Standards: IEC

IEC Conformal Coating Standards Required for Electronics

To ensure the high quality and safety of electronic and related technologies, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) provide standards and assessments that electrical suppliers and service providers should adhere to.

The IEC is the leading organization that gives consensus-based International Standards around the globe. Their publications are the basis for national standardization and serve as guidelines for international contracts.

For conformal coating, IEC’s main standard are found in IEC 61086-1 ed2.0 (Coatings for Loaded Printed Wire Boards) where the definitions, classifications, and requirements are all detailed.

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Who is Nexus?

Nexus brings together the accumulated knowledge of a group of conformal coating and electronics material dispensing consultants who provide a unique service, focused on helping electronics manufacturing clients improve their conformal coating and electronics materials processes.

Nexus operate across North America, Europe and Asia and can provide a unique perspective to the rapidly growing conformal coating and electronics materials industry. Expertise is held in liquid and parylene coating, capital equipment sales and specifications and material, equipment and process specification, troubleshooting and training.


Where are conformal coatings used?

Conformal coatings are being used as protection in ever increasing electronic applications across a wide range of market sectors.

Due to the fact conformal coatings provide several key benefits including moisture and insulation properties, chemical resistance and particulate protection, this means they are used anywhere there is a need for a higher reliability than that which is achieved without the coating.

However, it is possible to identify traditional and emerging sectors where conformal coatings are applied.

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Why use a conformal coating to protect a circuit board?

What is a Conformal Coating?

Materials that can protect a circuit board from the environment around it

There are a variety of materials that can protect a circuit board from attack.

This protection allows these electronics to be used in many more applications ensuring reliable, long-term performance.

The process of protection by material coating can be done by several methods. These include:

  • Conformal coating
  • Encapsulation
  • Potting
  • Casting

Many names have been used interchangeably so there is some confusion of the terms.

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What is a Conformal Coating?

How to Select a Conformal Coating Process – The Holistic Approach

Choosing a conformal coating process is a complicated and involved process usually balancing a number of trade-offs and compromises. This is because of three major parts of the complete process that can offer different options and create difficult choices.

These parts are:

  1. The Conformal Coating Material Requirements
  2. The Application Method Selected
  3. The Circuit Board Design

When you consider these three points you have to balance them to create the best compromise solution that suits your requirements.  This is the Holistic Approach to conformal coating.

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