Electronics, Medical Device, Cleaning Processes

How to Use Contact Angle Measurements to Dramatically Reduce Scrap

| Pierce Geary

Predicting production outcomes in manufacturing relies on accurate data that calculates the variables that actually matter to things like reliability, performance and longevity of the product....

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Adhesion Process, Electronics, Surface Preparation & Treatment

The Best Method of Controlling HMDS Use in Semiconductor Manufacturing

| Decker Horninger and Pierce Geary

Semiconductors are one of the most fascinating areas of electronics manufacturing. The ability to “grow” almost irreducibly small integrated circuit components on silicon wafers has made an...

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Electronics, Medical Device, Surface Preparation & Treatment

Surface Preparation for Reliable Optical Coatings in Photonics Manufacturing

| Pierce Geary

Coatings are an indispensable part of manufacturing photonics. The coatings help determine the most basic functionality of the lenses they are applied to. How much light passes through, what...

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Automotive, Electronics, Surface Preparation & Treatment

Coatings on Car Sensors and Why We Don’t Have Driverless Cars Yet

| Pierce Geary

Our relationship to our vehicles may have changed in the past few months with the idea of commuting to work looking more like a shuffle to the desk across the room rather than a drive to the...

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Electronics, Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation & Treatment

Plasma Treatment for Complete and Reliable Cleaning with Richard Burke

| Pierce Geary

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we wanted to explore the ways that electronics manufacturers, who are encapsulating their circuit boards with a conformal coating, are cleaning their boards. What are...

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Electronics, Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation

History of Cleaning for Ideal Electronics Manufacturing with Mike Konrad

| Pierce Geary

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we got the chance to sit down and chat with Mike Konrad, from Aqueous Technologies and the Reliability Matters podcast, a show about the reliability of circuit...
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Electronics, Cleaning Processes, Surface Testing

Why Surface Cleanliness is Crucial for Electronic PCBs

| Pierce Geary

Defining “clean” is actually more complicated than it sounds. Cleanliness can be in the eye of the beholder (I mean, we all had a college roommate who swore they were tidy, but let’s be honest…)...

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Electronics, Surface Treatment, Surface Preparation

Component Connection Failure Root Causes on ENIG PCBs

| Pierce Geary

The field of printed circuit board finishing and bonding methods has been growing and diversifying for decades. The design of PCBs depends heavily on the use and environment of the electronic...

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Adhesion Process, Automotive, Electronics

Form In Place Gasket Reliability Starts with the Surface

| Pierce Geary

Form-in-place-gaskets (FIPG) have been a revolutionary advancement in industries that bank on high-reliability sealing applications. FIPG is a versatile sealing technique that deploys a mostly...

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Adhesion Process, Electronics, Surface Preparation

Conformal Coating Failure Caused by Poor Surface Cleanliness

| Pierce Geary

Electronic components consist of many exposed and delicate pieces that leave them vulnerable.  A lot is relying on these fragile parts to function without fail. From implantable medical devices to...

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Material Science, Adhesion Process, Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Film & Flexible Packaging, Renewable Energy, Surface Treatment, Surface Preparation, Surface Preparation & Treatment

Easy Ways to Find Manufacturing Adhesion Failure Sources

| Pierce Geary

When adhesion failure plagues a manufacturing process it can be particularly disruptive. A production process may be humming along just fine and then it suddenly becomes clear that a coating is...

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