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Wearable Technology: Protecting the Future in Electronic Developments

Tags: Wearable tech, Consumer goods, Conformal coating, Encapsulation Resins, LEDs

"Wearable" – a term that was predominantly associated with the clothing industry is now trending for a whole new reason. Harnessing the electronic functions used in everyday life and incorporating them into devices and accessories that can comfortably be worn on the body, is leading us into the era of #wearables, #wearabletech. Everyone is talking about wearable technology and with such a wide scope of applications and products the industry is expected to see another large growth in 2015. In fact, for 2014, the wearables market was forecast to be worth over £300m within the UK market; the second highest prediction in Europe after Germany. The developments are continuing at a rapid rate too, with predictions such as this one by Gartner, that by as soon as 2017, 30% of wearable devices will be completely unobtrusive to the eye. Read more >

Conformal coatings for electronic military applications

Tags: Conformal Coatings, Thermal Management

Electronics for military applications are expected to operate first-time, every time in some of the most varied and demanding environmental conditions known to man. Military programs often run over several decades and hardware will often be updated several times during the life of the program. Most aerospace electronics, will be exposed to significant amounts of vibration, often extreme variations in operating temperature (depending on whether the electronics are situated in cabin or non-heated areas), as well as the opportunity to be exposed to cleaning chemicals and de-icing fluids etc. Commercial and military aerospace applications will typically have multi-decade program lifetimes and the hardware will usually be upgraded several times during its service life. Read more >

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 >