Technical Articles

Technical Articles

Conformal Coating – Selection, Best Practice and Future Trends

Tags: Conformal Coatings

Conformal coatings are protective lacquers used within the electronics industry to protect printed circuit boards (PCBs) and eliminate failures caused by exposure to a variety of environmental conditions. Such conditions can include airborne ionic material, atmospheric moisture and the electrostatic attraction of dust. In more challenging environments however protection from chemicals, extreme humidity or even corrosive atmospheres, such as salt mist, may be required. The coatings are designed to ‘conform’ to the contours of the board, protecting all areas to which they are applied and thereby extended the working life of the PCB. Read more >

Reducing the Impact of Chemical Products in the Electronics Sector

Tags: Environment, REACH, Legislation

Chemical use within the electronics industry is extensive – what improvements can be made? Concerns regarding chemical use are on the rise; whether it is a result of REACH and/or other regulations or just simply an increased awareness of operator safety and environmental impact, changes are definitely occurring. Organisations are on the lookout for greener, more user-friendly products and processes, whilst maintaining high levels of performance and production throughput. Read more >

Environmental and End-User Concerns: Responsible Manufacturing in the Electronics Industry

Tags: Environment, REACH, Legislation

With environmental awareness at an all time high, companies are looking for ‘greener’ options within their production processes. In the electronics industry this could, for example, include the use of alternative raw materials or the modification of production processes to become more efficient. From a raw material perspective, concentrating on chemicals used within the electronics sector, there are an increasing number of more environmentally friendly alternatives available for design engineers to consider. Read more >