Technical Articles

Technical Articles

Protecting electronics from corrosive operating environments to increase end-product lifetime and reliability

Tags: Conformal Coatings

Conformal coatings are thin polymeric films, which cover and protect solder joints, the leads of electronic components, exposed traces and other metallized areas on PCBs, from corrosion in their end operating environments. Humidity, condensation, salt-spray, corrosive gases or a combination of all of these elements, activate the start of the corrosion process, which can be accelerated by residues from soldering and other assembly processes prior to coating. Read more >

Cleaning Technologies – Trends and Developments

Tags: Safewash, Electronic and General Purpose Cleaning, Cleaning

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 >