Nanocoatings Waterproof Electronics

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Europlasma is excited to launch at CES 2016 its next generation of plasma coating solutions for the electronics industry under the Nanofics 120 S brand name. The plasma coating technology platform has been used for many years for the coating of filtration products, functional textiles, medical devices and consumer electronics.

Nanofics is Europlasma’s patented and patent pending plasma coating technology platform, referring to nanoscaled functionalization into the core of complex shaped materials and products. The Nanofics 120 family of coatings are highly liquid repellent and an ideal technology to splashproof and corrosion protect wearable and portable electronics. The coatings can be applied on component level, PCB or even the whole device, and is typically used to reach water ingress protection levels up to IPX4, and salt mist corrosion protection for at least 48 hours.

Nanofics 120 S is a new ultra-thin coating system which allows electronics to survive full water submersion while powered on. Its believed that devices with their internal electronics protected by Nanofics 120 S can reach IPX7 or higher. The coating is applied in industrial type of Europlasma equipment, similar to the Nanofics 120 system. These machines are fit for mass production, with cycle times typically less than 50 per cent of parylene.

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Europlasma’s CTO Eva Rogge comments: “experiments have shown that ultra-thin Nanofics 120 S performs more than 10.000 times better than traditional Nanofics 120 during water submersion. The Nanofics 120 S performs even better than parylene during water submersion. Compared to parylene the 120 S coatings have much lower wettability, and the 120 S coatings will not easily crack because they are flexible, and they adhere well to different substrates.”

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Europlasma’s CEO Filip Legein concludes: “with Nanofics 120 and Nanofics 120 S we are now able to offer our clients plasma coating technology for any level of protection, from improving resistance to high humidity and corrosive environments, to making devices fully waterproof. We look forward to work with each customer individually to develop the best possible solution for his or her specific electronic device, and to implement it on industrial scale.”

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