Spotlight on Conformal Coating Benefits
Circuit boards, memory cards, SSDs, and other components of electronic devices are subject to exposure to damaging environmental conditions that could disrupt how they work or even cause a device failure. One way in which manufacturers of these components protect them is with conformal coating. There are many conformal coating benefits to consider if you are trying to decide if it is an appropriate customization for your memory cards and other systems. Here is what you need to know.
Conformal Coating Basics
Before you can understand the benefits of conformal coating, you have to understand what it is. Conformal coating is a polymeric covering that is formulated to protect components from environmental hazards. It is applied in a thin layer so that it doesn’t add to the size of the component, but because of the strength of the materials used, it can provide a significant amount of protection. A number of different materials can be used for conformal coating, depending on the application and the operating conditions.
Moisture Damage Protection
A significant concern for storage devices and other electronic components is exposure to moisture. The factors that put devices at risk of this kind of damage will depend on the application. For example, storage devices in automotive applications risk exposure to gasoline and brake fluids, while medical devices can be subject to moisture from humidity. Conformal coating protects devices from all sources of moisture to prevent critical failures from occurring.
Vibration and Shock Resistance
In industrial applications, vibration and shock are significant concerns. Although storage devices can be designed to have higher than normal tolerances to these conditions through the use of SLC technology, conformal coating provides an additional layer of protective cushioning. For devices that are used in transportation, automation, and other industries in which shock and vibration are particularly common, conformal coating can be an essential addition.
For more information about conformal coating benefits and other customizations for rugged storage devices, contact Delkin. We’ve available to help you select the best storage for your devices and choose the customizations that meet your specific needs.
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