Designing for Selective Robotic Conformal Coating Processing: Rule 3 “Grouping Components”

Robot systems are generally not intelligent unless you pay for very sophisticated software based systems with clever sensing systems. All of these options cost money and time. To keep costs down consider that PCBs are 3D objects and considering the layout of the components and where you want conformal coating to be applied can save considerable problems.

Rule 3

Try and group all components of similar heights within the same general area of the assembly. This minimises the changes in dispensing height, enabling the machine to run efficiently at optimum speeds and give you the best coating coverage.

The Rules

The Rules for Selective Conformal Coating are straightforward. Follow them and you can save money and time in your application process. However, if the Rules are not followed, the resultant circuit board design can challenge even the most sophisticated conformal coating system and its operator to achieve the finish desired.

Click Designing Circuit Boards for Selective Robotic Conformal Coating for further Rules.

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About Dr Lee Hitchens

Dr Hitchens has been working in the electronics industry and the area of conformal coatings for over 25 years in various areas including sales and technical support. He has also been training people for almost the same amount of time in all areas of conformal coating whether that is materials & equipment selection, process development or troubleshooting to help them solve their particular problem. Recently, he decided that the industry needed a specific place where all of the useful knowledge on conformal coatings could be collated for users to find easily and use in their own production process. So, Nexus was born and he began the Nexus eBook project.

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