Protecting PCBs: Costs & Benefits of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, RTV & Overmolding

Printed circuit board assemblies often require protection from moisture, dust, or vibration. Common techniques include conformal coating, encapsulation, room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone spot treatment and overmolding. Here is what to look for in a contract manufacturer’s (CM) capabilities and how your choice impacts lead time, cost, and quality. Conformal coating. Photo courtesy: Z-Axis Conformal…

FindChips Pro: Sourcing Tools Need More Muscle

Information aggregators for electronic components have emerged as a standard tool in the arsenal of supply chain professionals, engineers, and designers in the electronics industry. Now, however, these same customers want more from these information sources than ever before. FindChips.com is adding a paid service, called FindChips Pro, that provides new capabilities to help buyers…

Meeting Major Logistics Challenge: How Global Robotics Manufacturer Optimized Lithium Battery Supply Chain Shipping

Omron Adept Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Omron Corporation, faced a major logistics challenge: How to transfer the entire shipping process for the company’s line of industrial robots in-house and train staff to meet stringent hazmat transport regulations for large format lithium batteries. By partnering with Labelmaster, the company optimized its supply chain process and…

Batteries Get Safer Enclosures

The recently released data from Samsung regarding the fires associated with the Galaxy Note 7, indicate that the battery design appears to be the primary case of the fires. This is another instance in a string of lithium-ion (Li+) battery issues over the past decade. The problem is that no matter how well you design…

Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode

TOKYO — Following a three-month investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung put the blame squarely on the devices’ batteries. The company also revealed Monday that the Galaxy S8 would not be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month — an event typically used by the company to reveal its…

XP Power Signs Global Distribution Agreement with RS Components & Allied Electronics

XP Power today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with global electronics distributor Electrocomponents plc, incorporating trading brands RS Components and Allied Electronics. Covering XP Power’s AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC converters and high voltage power supplies, over 2,500 products will now be available from RS and Allied. XP Power’s AC-DC power supply range of…

Companies Shipping Defective, Damaged Lithium Batteries Face Many Challenges; Samsung Recall Highlights Risks Involved

CHICAGO – (October 26, 2016) – The transportation of lithium ion batteries continues to garner significant attention, especially with recent reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. The company is now recalling 2.5 million smartphones due to this flaw in the battery system.  The Samsung recall is just one…

Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?

PARIS — It’s far from clear what exactly caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire at this point. Samsung isn’t talking until after it finishes its own investigation. But a new report emerged Wednesday that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries themselves, which Samsung initially suspected. Rather, the problem might reside in the…