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SMTA Toronto addresses conformal coating, potting technology


The SMTA Toronto Branch hosted one of its many educational seminars in the Greater Toronto Area recently, with a session focused on the important role of conformal coating and potting technologies.

The session featured two speakers including Jason Keeping P. Eng. project manager, ruggedized electronics sector, Celestica Inc. His address covered the best practices for the successful implementation of a conformal coating process. Approximately 40 attending SMTA members were exposed to some key variables that go into making the right choice when selecting conformal coating needs and how to control the process to ensure consistent results.

The second half of the session was led by Tom Charlton, president of Electronic Coating Technologies, Charlton’s discussion outlined the complexities of potting and encapsulation materials, helping attendees understand the selection process for materials based on design application.

The session concluded with an official tour of Electronic Coating Technologies facility in Brampton ON. Charlton founded the company in 1997, which specializes in conformal coatings, potting compounds, gaskets, adhesives and equipment. Electronic Coating Technologies also operates plants in Cohoes NY and Everett WA.

With more than 30-years experience in the industry, Charlton also owns a large multi-line adhesive and coatings distributorship that includes the engineered selling of products from such brand names as Dymax, Dow Corning Silicones, Emerson and Cuming, Biwax, Devcon, Pacer, Plexus and equipment from PVA, Sealant Equipment and Engineering, EFD and Knodle.