Normally, when I am working with customers I see two types of problems.
Those are problems relating to the conformal coating process and those relating to the actual product reliability.
They are two very different issues to deal with.
Conformal coating reliability problems
Ultimately, there are many factors that can affect the short, medium and long-term reliability of a circuit board.
It is not just the conformal coating that can influence this.
However, if the conformal coating material is not correctly specified at the reliability design stage then this could be the major issue and the reason for failure.
Once the product reliability requirements have been defined as part of the conformal coating design procedure then the resulting information needs to be combined with the data from the conformal coating holistic approach.
This will ensure that the risks of a failure due to the conformal coating are minimised.
Conformal coating process problems
Typical failure mechanisms in conformal coating processing normally come from the conformal coating masking process or the application process.
Conformal coating masking failures
Failures in the masking process are generally a known quantity and easy to understand.
Adopting best practice methods for conformal coating masking can help to minimise these problems.
Conformal coating application failures
Failures in the conformal coating application process are very well understood.
Typical failure mechanisms include:
- Capillary Flow
- Orange Peel
- Fish Eyes
Understanding and troubleshooting why these conformal coating failures occur can quickly lead to a solution to the failure in the conformal coating process.
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Dr Lee Hitchens is the Author of the Nexus eBook and a main contributor to Nexus.