Which Conformal Coating to use is a question that we get asked frequently.
However, Conformal Coating application is AS important, if not MORE important than selecting the right material for your application. Even the best Conformal Coating, if it is applied poorly, will provide inadequate levels of protection.
This is due to a number of factors;
- The thickness the coating is applied
- the level of coverage achieved
- and how well the coating sticks to the board and it’s components
It is important therefore to select the right application method for the coating selected.
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Wrist straps and work surface mats are some of the most common devices used to remove static charges. Wrist straps drain charges from operators and a properly grounded mat will provide path-to-ground for for exposed ESD susceptible devices . However, what if the static charge in question is on something that cannot be grounded – an insulator or isolated conductor? All electronic products consist of conductors and insulators. And insulators and isolated conductors can be items used at the workstation such as hand tools, packaging materials, or fixtures. Read more ›
Rapid changes in packaging design and material force companies to purchase forward quantities to guard against the impact of component obsolescence on their final product.
Product lifecycles have become very short with new models being released sooner than ever before. Many manufacturers in industries including automobiles, aviation and avionics, military and railway must guarantee the availability of replacement parts (including PCBs) for 10 or even 20 years. This demands the advance purchase and extended storage of components and materials. Further complicating the problem is that most components cannot be stored for more than a few years without very special handling procedures.
IPC JEDEC Standards
Though the original document was released almost two decades ago, and new technologies have been introduced since, IPC/JEDEC J-STD-033 addresses a broad range of fundamentals regarding moisture-sensitive devices and their proper handling. Updated several times since its initial publication, the 2012 Rev C clarified some storage time definitions, but very long term storage of the extent faced by manufacturers mentioned above is not completely addressed.
Mirtec “The Global Leader in Inspection Technology,” announced that it received the prestigious 2017 Service Excellence Award (SEA) from Circuits Assembly magazine in the Test and Inspection category. Mike Buetow, Circuits Assembly’s Editor-in-Chief, presented the award to Brian D’Amico, President of MIRTEC’s North American Sales and Service Division during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center.
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The Murray Percival Company recently participated in the Pack Expo at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. Pictured is the booth for Alum- A- Lift which is one of our vendors that exhibited at the show.
Alum-A-Lift offers material handling ergonomic lifts that elevate, lower, move, position, rotate, translate and hold objects too heavy for the unaided human. The Murray Percival Company represents several manufacturers that offer solutions to the circuit board assembly industry but many other industries as well. Some other notable vendors are ECD whose Mole temperature profilers can measure the temperatures on a circuit board or even your favourite Keebler cookie when being backed. On-Site Gas who offer equipment to produce nitrogen for the wave soldering process which can be found in your favourite bag of potato chips keeping them fresh and tasty.
Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, last week announced that it was awarded two 2016 Global Technology Award in the category of Soldering – Selective for its VERSAFLEX-Ultra and the category of Rework and Repair for its HR600/2 VOIDLESS. This certainly demonstrates Ersa’s commitment to continually develop product to make our manufacturing process more robust and effective.