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28 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2021 Feature Article by Phil Kinner ELECTROLUBE Electrolube's Phil Kinner has been providing I-Connect007 readers with information, guid- ance, and practical tips on the uses and appli- cations of conformal coatings through Team Electrolube's "Sensible Design" columns pub- lished over the last four years. Now, we're revisiting four sessions from Kin- ner's 12-part micro-webinar series, "Coatings Uncoated." In the series, Phil examines confor- mal coating chemistries, including their prop- erties, applications, issues to be mindful of, and the processes you should follow to achieve a successful coating outcome. What is a micro-webinar? Divide a com- plicated technological topic into a logical sequence of concise, focused sections delivered online by a recognized expert, and you have an effective formula for transferring knowledge in clear-cut increments to a wide audience. Kinner is a highly respected name and a familiar face throughout the global electron- ics industry. He is the acknowledged expert on conformal coatings. In these selected webi- nars, we concentrate on some of the coatings topics most closely aligned to cleaning. Webinar 1: An Introduction to Conformal Coatings In his introduction, Kinner explains the gen- eral characteristics of conformal coatings, groups coatings into three general types, and lists the seven generic categories recognized in the IPC-CC-830C qualification and perfor- mance specification. Webinar 3: Corrosion and Tin Whisker Migration Understood In this segment, Kinner covers the elements required to invoke corrosive damage and the role of cleaning. How can cleaning and confor- mal coating protect the board from corrosion and mitigate against the effect of tin whiskers? Webinar 5: Not All Acrylics are Created Equally How can additional data, including test results, ensure a greater understanding of the most suitable coating for your application? is segment shares highly focused educa- tional information on conformal coating and encapsulation. Webinar 12: The Next Generation: 2K Conformal Coatings In this final segment, Kinner examines how these coatings differ from the more traditional options, such as how they perform like a resin and behave like a coating. e entire "Coatings Uncoated!" webinar series can be viewed in an hour and covers a comprehensive range of hot topics and appli- cation-relevant case study overviews, as well as back-to-basic subject matter and issues, such as condensation and contamination. Each of the 12 segments can be viewed in about five minutes. SMT007 Download your free copy of Electrolube's book, The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Conformal Coatings for Harsh Environments, and watch the micro webinar series "Coatings Uncoated!" CLEANING AND COATING Webinar Highlights

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