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How to Avoid Orange Peel Appearance in Your Conformal Coating

Posted by HumiSeal Editor on Oct 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever seen your conformal coating look like the pictures above? It is a fairly common report to our technical support group. The appearance is often described as “orange peel” or sometimes “alligator skin.” We would like to offer you a basic explanation of this phenomenon, along with some simple approaches to avoid its occurrence or eliminate it when it appears.

What is orange peel and what is the cause?

In our experience, the uneven appearance that looks like the surface of your garden variety orange is almost always the result of exposing the coating to heat and airflow too quickly.

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, Orange Peel

Aromatic-Free Conformal Coatings: What Are My Options?

Posted by Dan Griffin on Jul 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Xylene and Toluene. Two words that can evoke concern and add to paperwork for environmental health and safety departments and manufacturing professionals. Aromatic solvents have been safely used for decades by employing basic safety equipment including gloves, masks, and proper workplace ventilation. Nevertheless, concerns for maximizing employee safety and minimizing effects on the environment have led electronics manufacturers to seek out alternatives. For over 20 years, HumiSeal® has supplied a wide-ranging group of aromatic-free products across all traditional chemistries to manufacturers for whom these concerns are critical.

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, conformal coating application, Aromatic Free

Get on the Right Wavelength with LED Curable Conformal Coatings

Posted by Dan Griffin on Jun 27, 2019 10:32:28 AM

The evolution of conformal coatings for protection of PCBs and electronics has accelerated over the past few years. One development in particular has increased in popularity due to a promising array of advantages over its predecessors. These are LED Curable Coatings.

A partial list of existing technologies for conformal coatings would include:

  • acrylics (both solvent and water-borne)
  • solvent-borne polyurethanes
  • silicone-based polymers
  • synthetic rubber (solvent-borne)
  • Parylene technology
  • UV-curable acrylated urethanes (arc and microwave bulb source)

and most recently . . .

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Topics: UV Curable (Type AR/UR), LED technology, Conformal Coatings

Are You Making This Mistake When Evaluating Conformal Coating Costs?

Posted by Dan Griffin on May 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Picking a Conformal Coating

You and your organization have spent weeks or months researching conformal coatings to meet the demanding specifications of your customers. These can include factors such as dielectric strength, thermal and mechanical shock properties, processing considerations, and so on. At some point, the critical consideration of price and cost must be added to the equation. The amalgamation of cost and performance could be considered a measure of the true value of any specific coating. 

 

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, conformal coating application, Conformal Coating Costs

The Importance of The Conformal Coating Thickness

Posted by Gyorffy, Balint on Mar 21, 2019 10:26:18 AM

Conformal coating thickness is one of the most important characteristics to ensure long-term reliability of your electronics. A minimum coating thickness is essential to provide the required function of the conformal coating, but if a conformal coating application is too thick, it can actually have negative effects on your level of protection.

Which conformal coating thickness should be applied to reach optimal protection?

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, conformal coating application

5 Tips to Detect Counterfeit Conformal Coating Products*

Posted by Humiseal Editor on Feb 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For decades, HumiSeal products have been considered the “gold standard” in electronics protection. As a result, it is no surprise that unscrupulous chemical manufacturers have been continuously trying to profit from this reputation through the production of copycat or counterfeit products. While imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery, the use of counterfeit materials is a serious danger to the integrity of your electronics production. 

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, counterfeit

Alternatives to Silicone Conformal Coatings Exist

Posted by Dan Griffin on Sep 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM

For many electronics manufacturers, the original justification for specifying a silicone coating is lost deep within the mists of time and it may be time for a re-evaluation and consideration of the question,

“Do we really need a silicone conformal coating?”

Humiseal® remains in a uniquely qualified position to help you answer this question. Unlike many coatings sources, Humiseal offers a full line of all the major conformal coating technologies including acrylics, urethanes, synthetic rubbers, water-borne, and yes; silicones. As a result, you can be certain of an unbiased approach to product evaluation that will result in the most cost-efficient material to meet your needs.

There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating your application to answer whether there is really a need for silicone technology:

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Topics: silicone conformal coating, Conformal Coatings

A Quick Guide to Understand IPC-CC-830B Qualification Standard

Posted by Vlad David on Mar 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

IPC CC-830 revision B is a conformal coating qualification standard mostly used by board fabricators, OEM design engineers, and coatings suppliers.  

There are two fundamental uses of this IPC standard:

  • Coatings’ performance capabilities
  • Quality consistency

In this blog, we will go over some of the specifications along with tests requirements, passing criteria, and quality characteristics.

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, Conformal Coating Process, Standard Qualifications, IPC-CC-830B

How to Save Time & Money Measuring the Right Amount of Viscosity

Posted by Rafael Hernandez on Mar 14, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The conformal coating process, like any other processes, has different variables, inputs, and outputs. In order to be able to control the results of your application (outputs), we need to fully understand how each variable affects the process. 

The importance of the variables

To get the right amount of liquid, thickness, right coverage, no contamination on keep out areas, etc., you need to identify and understand the variables of the process.

The most important variables:

  • Viscosity
  • Flow
  • Machine parameters (speed and Height)
  • Curing method

In this blog, we will concentrate on reviewing the first variable: Viscosity

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, conformal coating application, viscosity

Tired of Masking?  Try Selective Dip Coating

Posted by David Greenman on Feb 6, 2018 11:10:00 AM

When conventional coating methods such as hand spray, total dipping or robotic selective coating don’t provide the protection required, there is always selective dip coating.

What is selective dip conformal coating?

Selective dip coating is a process whereby the substrate rather than globally immerised in the coating, is discreetly coated in desired locales.  The technique in one form or another, has been around for over 25 years and is used with both classic solvent-based coatings and 100% UV cure conformal coatings.

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Topics: Conformal Coatings, Humiseal, Selective Dip Coating, Electronic Protection