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Cleaning Technologies – Trends and Developments

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Electrolube FR DE

Cleaning is an essential process within electronics manufacture and has been used for many years to remove potentially harmful contaminants during PCB manufacture. Such contaminants include flux, solder and adhesive residues, and other more general contaminants such as dust and debris present from other manufacturing processes. The purpose of cleaning, specifically within the rapidly expanding electronics industry, is to essentially improve product lifetime by ensuring good surface resistance and by preventing current leakage leading to PCB failure. Read more >

Conformal Coating Standards – Protection in Harsh Environments

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Electrolube

The electronics industry is one of the most rapidly expanding industries to date, with endless research and introduction into new applications. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are found in many domestic, industrial, automotive and military devices, to name but a few. In most of these applications, reliability is essential, even when the device may be subject to harsh conditions such as high humidity, corrosive atmospheres or high levels of dust or contamination. Conformal coatings can be utilised to protect the PCBs from such environments, ensuring optimum performance under the toughest conditions. They are applied as thin films, typically ranging from 25-75µm, and conform to the contours of the board, providing maximum protection with minimum weight or dimensional change to the PCB. This is one of the primary advantages of conformal coatings, particularly with popular trends in miniaturisation and portable devices. Read more >

Conformal Coating vs. Encapsulation - Protecting Electronic Devices, Which Do I Choose?

Posted on 14 August 2014 by Electrolube FR DE

The electronics industry is one of the most rapidly expanding industries to date, with new applications seemingly endless. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are found in many domestic, industrial, automotive and military devices, to name but a few. In such applications the environments can cause electrical performance to deteriorate due to the absorption of atmospheric moisture or electrostatic attraction of dust. Under extreme conditions, exposure to corrosive atmospheres or harsh chemicals, are just a couple of examples. In order to ensure reliability of these critical devices it is essential that the PCBs are protected to prevent reduced performance or in the worst case, complete failure. This protection can be offered in the form of a conformal coating or potting and encapsulation resins. Read more >