Nexus Conformal Coating Research Program

Nexus, an independent conformal coating resource company, have launched an Independent Conformal Coating Research Project starting in September 2012. Why should your company take part?
Nexus is conducting a world-first, independent analysis of the most popular commercially available conformal coating materials and combining the data with the various application methods used to apply them, to provide you an unparalleled level of knowledge and insight.
The Research Program will be structured over two years and broken into 3 phases. The Research Program will look at all areas of conformal coating, cleaning and related reliability.
 

Phase 1: Conformal Coating Materials and Equipment Benchmarking

In an effort to answer these questions and many more Nexus will begin Phase 1 of a full ongoing Research Program in August. This Research will identify the best conformal coating materials, conformal coating application processes and ultimately value for money for customers in the world of electronics printed circuit board protection.

  • Upon completion of the research you will know:
  • Whether your Conformal Coating Material is the best available for your application including well known acrylic, urethane, silicone liquid conformal coatings and parylene coatings.
  • Whether your application process is giving you the best results from your material
  • Whether there is a significant difference in protection provided by the various conformal coating equipment and application methods
  • Just how good the new environmentally friendly conformal coatings are
  • Optimise your commercial costs through using the right conformal coating materials and equipment
  • Which materials and processes you should be considering for your new projects

To find out more click Two Year Conformal Coating Research Program

Click here to find out Why you should take part in the Conformal coating Research Program.

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Why Should Nexus Carry Out Conformal Coating Research Now?

 The interest in, awareness of and need for conformal coating has never been greater.  With the continued drive towards miniaturisation, increased performance expectations among users and the ever more diverse and unexpected operating environments encountered, increasing the reliability of electronic assemblies becomes increasingly more of a challenge.
Conformal coatings have long been used in military and aerospace environments, and more recently have become more prevalent in automotive electronics as an additional level of protection to prevent corrosion and other failures due to humidity and condensation.  Increasingly, however, industrial control electronics and even consumer devices require coating to survive their warranty period, and provide a consumer acceptable lifetime.
Increasingly, western designed electronics are being manufactured and sold in developing economies, and encountering operating environments for which they were not designed, with high levels of humidity and pollution, resulting in some fairly corrosive operating environments.  Many OEM’s have encountered these kinds of issues, and often, the addition of a protective layer of conformal coating has been a more cost-effective solution than redesigning the device, electronics and or enclosures.
A Tale of Two Countries
One OEM of which we are aware had a monthly warranty claim in India alone of $600,000, for a mature, uncoated product design that had warranty claims in the region of $10,000 per year in North America.  The company’s brand image was suffering and senior management was ‘deeply concerned with finding a solution’.
One year after instigating a conformal coating process, this OEM now has warranty claims of under $10,000 in India.  The OEM achieved an ROI of greater than 60%, with a less than two month payback.  The Senior Leadership team is delighted, the operations manager responsible for the implementation was promoted to a global corporate role and they are looking to implement coating on all new designs and adopting a ‘design for coating’ mantra, based on their experiences over the last year.  All in all, a total success story?
Well not quite.  It took them three months to identify and prove the root cause failure mechanism was corrosion due to the cocktail of sulfides and nitroxides, present in significant quantities in the polluted indian cities, mixing with humidity and condensing as acidic solutions on the electronics, in a similar fashion to the ‘acid rain’ phenomenon so familiar in the west.
After they had diagnosed the failure mechanism, it took them two more months to decide on conformal coating, rather than changing the housing, gasketing the housing or potting as solutions.  Then they decided to adopt the conformal coating used by their parent company on the basis ‘if it was  tested and found good enough for them, it would be good enough for us’.
They then coated assemblies for test, by hand using an aerosol spray can, and ran them through a 3 month much shortened verification campaign, at the end of which all the units bar one had failed dismally.  2 weeks later they had a failure report which attributed most of the failures to either ‘the conformal coating material was not able to protect the circuit from the test environment’ or that ‘poor coverage and bad application technique were responsible for the failures’.
The engineering team gets smart
Thankfully, the failure analysis brought the operations team into the equation, since if the application method was important, then that should be considered as part of the solution.  The operations team got the selective coating equipment suppliers involved, and a partnership with the conformal coating material supplier was formed.
The manufacturers of the materials and equipment provided some actionable input, and a new set of assemblies was coated with a robot and a different (much more expensive) material and  subjected to the test regime.
Three months later all of the test units had survived the accelerated test, the material was fast-tracked through the corporate qualification program (another two months) since it was unknown and untested by them, and the implementation program began with another two month lead time on production equipment.
The real cost of implementation
The OEM had still been stuck with the warranty claims throughout the process development of nearly one year (approx $7,200,000)
Laboratory testing at an outsourced laboratory for the 6 months of actual validation, the expedited failure analysis report and the cost of corporate qualification cost the program close to $500,000
The overhead cost of the project team with an equivalent ten full-time members ran to nearly $1,000,000
The opportunity cost was unmeasured, but the same team were required to solve a soldering defect which was deferred.
The damage to the brand reputation of the additional year’s field failures and warranty returns.
The capital equipment for five production lines ran to $600,000
The material expenditure ran at $300,000 per annum
Total Investment = $9,300,000
Payback = 31 Months
3 Yr Return = 1%
5 Yr Return = 4%
Of course, the big number here is the length of time during which they continued to field warranty claims (and pay the project team, and an extra set of lab tests and more delay due to the false start with the original material and application method).  The selection of which was based on a bad assumption, and could very well be made again.  Was it the material or was it the application method that caused the failures in the first round of testing?  Is there a way to separate the two?  Does this dilemma sound familiar?
Is there a better way?
Conformal Coating is a process, not a material.  Not all materials and processes are created equally.  When it comes to increasing the reliability of your printed circuit assemblies in harsh operating conditions, you need to know which conformal coating materials and application processes provide the best levels of protection for your assembly.
Nexus, THE conformal coating consulting company, is conducting a world-first, independent research analysis of the most popular commercially available conformal coating materials and the various application methods used to apply them, to provide you an unparalleled level of knowledge and insight.  Upon completion of the research you will know:
• Whether your material is the best available or most suitable for your application
• Whether your conformal coating application process is giving you the best results from your material
• Whether there is a significant difference in protection provided by the various application methods.
• Which materials and processes you should be considering for your new (or legacy) projects.
Had the OEM team been armed with this report, they would have known that the initial conformal coating material selection and application method was or was not suitable and could have saved half of the time (and  $4,500,000) they spent on this project, reducing the payback by seven months to 24 months, improving returns to a more respectable 5% and 9%, reducing the damage to their brand reputation and moved onto solving the solder defect quicker, thus compounding their savings.

Nexus3C Conformal Coating Resource Exhibiting at Nepcon Shenzhen next week and are offering FREE Conformal Coating Support Packages to Visitors

Nexus3C, the Global Conformal Coating Resource, will be exhibiting at the Nepcon Shenzhen Show on the 28-30th August and would like to invite you to our stand 1B83 to discuss how Nexus can help you.

Nexus brings together the accumulated knowledge of independent conformal coating and electronics material consultants focused on helping electronics manufacturing users with their processes. We operate across North America, Europe & Asia and provide expertise in liquid & parylene conformal coatings, equipment, benchmarking, process specification, troubleshooting and training.

Nexus offer a full range of services around conformal coating and reliability including

Registration is free to users through our easy to use Nexus Registration portal at www.conformalcoatingconsultancy.com/cms/register or you can join at the show at our booth.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

FREE CONFORMAL COATING SUPPORT PACKAGES FOR NEPCON VISITORS

To celebrate our first visit to Nepcon Shenzhen, Nexus will be offering FREE Conformal Coating Support Packages from Nexus to visitors at the Nepcon Shenzhen show. Ensure you have full protection and apply for your Support Package from Nexus at our stand.

We look forward to meeting you at the show.

Just how good are the new environmentally friendly conformal coatings? Nexus Can answer this….

In an effort to answer this question and many more Nexus will begin Phase 1 of a full ongoing Conformal Coating Research Program in August.

This Research will identify the best conformal coating materials, conformal coating application processes and ultimately value for money for customers in the world of electronics printed circuit board protection.

The First Phase of the Research will:

  • Compare and rank the protective capability of a number new and well established conformal coatings including both liquid and parylene based materials, against single aggressive environments as well as the sequential load to provide a reliability enhancement index.
  • Compare and rank the performance capability of the commercial application methods including selective spraying, batch spraying, dipping and brushing.
  • Provide a cost comparison of coated assemblies and determine cost-benefit comparisons between coating materials and application processes combinations.

This research will be open to join by users and suppliers alike who wish to access the full unabridged data.

For further information on how to join the Program visit Nexus

Want to know What is the best Conformal Coating for your PCB?

Join the Nexus Conformal Coating Research Program

Join the Nexus research project and

  • Identify the best coating for your PCBs
  • Benchmark your  current processes
  • Access unique, independent research

The Research Starts August 2012

To receive an information pack on how you can gain access to the independent Research Program Contact Us Here


Nexus Exhibit at Farnborough to Announce Conformal Coating Research Program

Nexus are announcing their Research Program next week at the Farnborough Aerospace Show (FIA)

Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that are asked of Nexus include:

  •    What is the the best conformal coating for my Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)?
  •     How good is the Conformal Coating I am using right now?
  •     Can I switch the conformal coating I am currently using?
  •     Just how good are the new environmentally friendly conformal coatings ?
  •     What conformal coating process should I use to give me the best protection for my board?
  •     Can I use a lower cost conformal coating and still achieve the same level of protection?

In an effort to answer these questions and many more Nexus will begin Phase 1 of a full ongoing Research Program in August.

This Research will identify the best conformal coating materials, conformal coating application processes and ultimately value for money for customers in the world of electronics printed circuit board protection.

The First Phase of the Research will:

  • Compare and rank the protective capability of a number new and well established conformal coatings including both liquid and parylene based materials, against single aggressive environments as well as the sequential load to provide a reliability enhancement index.
  • Compare and rank the performance capability of the commercial application methods including selective spraying, batch spraying, dipping and brushing.
  • Provide a cost comparison of coated assemblies and determine cost-benefit comparisons between coating materials and application processes combinations.

This research will be open to join by users and suppliers alike who wish to access the full unabridged data.

For further information on how to join the Program please go to Nexus

 

Nexus Announce Conformal Coating Research Program

Nexus Conformal Coating Research Program Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that are asked of Nexus include:

  • What is the the best conformal coating for my Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)?
  • How good is the Conformal Coating I am using right now?
  • Can I switch the conformal coating I am currently using?
  • Just how good are the new environmentally friendly conformal coatings ?
  • What conformal coating process should I use to give me the best protection for my board?
  • Can I use a lower cost conformal coating and still achieve the same level of protection?
In an effort to answer these questions and many more Nexus will begin Phase 1 of a full ongoing Research Program in August.This Research will identify the best conformal coating materials, conformal coating application processes and ultimately value for money for customers in the world of electronics printed circuit board protection.
The First Phase of the Research will:

  • Compare and rank the protective capability of a number new and well established conformal coatings including both liquid and parylene based materials, against single aggressive environments as well as the sequential load to provide a reliability enhancement index.
  • Compare and rank the performance capability of the commercial application methods including selective spraying, batch spraying, dipping and brushing.
  • Provide a cost comparison of coated assemblies and determine cost-benefit comparisons between coating materials and application processes combinations.

This research will be open to join by users and suppliers alike who wish to access the full unabridged data.

For further information on how to join the Program please Complete the Research Information Request Form below or DOWNLOAD the flyer on the Research Program