Aculon Inc. CEO Edward Hughes Discusses PCB Waterproofing at Productronica 2017 in Munich

San Diego, CA – 11 November, 2017 – Aculon Inc. announced today that CEO Edward Hughes was selected to speak at Productronica 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the development and production of electronics, being held November 14 -17 in Munich, Germany. Hughes will speak during two sessions to PCB and SMT manufactuers, fabricators and assemblers about incorporating water protection into PCB design and the different technologies used to ensure product performance while reducing device failures.

Hughes will speak on Wednesday, November 15 at 4pm during the SMT Speakers Corner and on Thursday, November 16 at 4pm during the PCB & EMS Speakers Corner. During both presentations, titled “Why PCB waterproofing will be a standard feature within two years and the new technology to make it happen,” Hughes will discuss why waterproofing electronic devices is moving from a desired feature to an industry standard.

In the smartphone industry alone, liquid damage is a huge issue. According to research from IDC (International Data Corporation), more than 900,00 smartphones are damaged by liquids every day globally. IDC’s research revealed that liquid damage is the second-largest cause of damaged smartphones with the impact estimated to be worth nearly $100 billion each year. IDC claims that by 2020, more than 1.7 billion smartphones will be shipped at a market value of $398 billion, with the problem of liquid damage only becoming more widespread if it is not addressed.

However, the need for waterproofing PCB’s goes way beyond smartphones. There has been tremendous interest by producers of tablets, IoT devices, appliances and even automotive component manufacturers. Hughes will address the different technology approaches to solving the problem including gasketing, vacuum deposition and next generation liquids where new surface modification technologies can be used to create an outer skin of the PCB rather than physical gasketing. He will then segue into Aculon’s latest advancements in waterproofing technologies.

Aculon NanoProof® treatments are designed to treat all the typical materials found on a PCB including metals, semiconductors, and polymers. The Aculon NanoProof® series of hydrophobic treatments can be applied inline using standard equipment produced by manufacturers such as PVA and Nordson Asymtek. This eliminates costly capital investment, masking, and bottlenecking batch processes, all of which are cost prohibitive. 

Also, unique to Aculon’s NanoProof® series is its Push Through Connectivity™, which allows connection to the board after it has been treated, thereby providing assembly flexibility currently not found with other technologies.

“Productronica provides a platform uniting all elements of innovative development and production for electronics and as premium electronics OEMs are looking for a reliable solution to water damage,  we have the opportunity to present our distinguished technology to decision makers,” said Hughes. “Our approach is to dispense our low-cost, formulations of NanoProof® onto PCBs and deliver the desired IPX rating (from 3-7) in an implementable manner.”

Attendees interested in speaking with Edward Hughes about Aculon’s technologies are welcome to grab his attention after his presentation or visit the Aculon booth number 115 in Hall 2 during the expo.

About Aculon

Aculon, Inc. is an award winning and leading surface modification company that specializes in creating ultra-thin film treatments to modify surfaces to make them repellant or to promote adhesion. The company was founded in 2004 on technology licensed from Princeton University using self-assembled monolayers of phosphonates (SAMPs). Since its founding Aculon has developed a broad suite of surface modification technologies including hydrophobic, superhydrophobic, oleophobic, hydrophilic, anti-fouling and adhesion promotion technologies for global electronics, oil and gas and a specialty treatment business for consumer products, automotive, optical, and industrial applications. Aculon’s technologies can be applied via spray, wipe or dipping processes that mitigate the need for capital-intensive vacuum chamber deposition processes.

Please contact Aculon at 1-858-350-9499 or for more information.

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