Dry Film Lubricants Minimize Shedding of Particles and Vapors When Working with Highly Sensitive Devices

Jan 19, 2016


In today’s world, the realm of personal electronic devices is highly competitive. This industry thrives on fast and continuous innovation, and requires the highest level of consistency as possible. Mobile phones, personal electronic devices and use of high-tech engineering materials have brought with them a great need for quality fastener adhesive, sealant and lubricant performance.

With most people adopting a smart phone into their life from grade school forward, it is taken for granted that the materials contained in, and facilities where these items are made, must also be as advanced as the final articles themselves. Many electronics require a clean room environment when they are assembled, and components (such as tiny fasteners) not only within the device, but also within the assembly room, cannot emit even the tiniest particles at any point during their lifetime.

Without proper qualification of materials and assembly, any item with a display or lens could be clouded by vapor deposits, electronics would short circuit from conductive chips, and memory media damaged by particles. Latent or stray particles, vapors and residues produced by any component in a device can lead to impairment or catastrophic failure of that device, due to optics fogging, contamination or electrical short circuiting.

This is a monumental challenge when components are made from filled plastics and metals, where the slightest frictional contact can produce a loose burr, chip or fiber particle. Tectorius® has produced a number of fastener coating products for sealing and enhancement, specifically designed to mitigate particle generation and outgassing from any number of substrates that are being used in highly sensitive environments.

Tectorius formulated our Tec-Slip™ 300 series for use in very sensitive environments such as clean rooms, electronics and optic assemblies. These materials are highly lubricious, non-conductive, dry film lubricants designed specifically to minimize shedding of particles and vapors while providing lubrication for assembly and operation of highly sensitive devices.

Similarly, new high-technology engineering materials such as carbon fiber and specialized alloys can offer unexpected galvanic corrosion challenges, not previously experienced with steel. Fasteners coated with specialized dielectric materials, prevent situations from arising that might not be detected for months or years.

Chemical coatings and component enhancement materials are often considered an afterthought for nagging assembly issues. By simply scratching the surface of this topic, one can see that technology in component coatings can often exceed that of the product itself.