Latest vertical drying solutions to address protected PCBs

To maintain the reliability of sensitive electronic sub-assemblies, it is important for the printed circuit board to be coated. This involves a special drying process which ensures the PCB is protected and can withstand any difficult conditions. Altus Group, a leading distributor of capital equipment, understands the importance of this process and offers the very best drying systems in the marketplace, including those from Rehm Thermal Systems.

Rehm Thermal Systems provides innovative drying and hardening procedures to help protect electronics from damage due to corrosion or other environmental influences such as moisture, chemicals and dust. The coating and drying process increases the lifetime and quality of the product.

“It is extremely important to ensure electronic assemblies are coated so they work as they should. This is apparent in all sectors, and especially in automotive which has to withstand harsh conditions,” said Tony Sweetman, Altus Sales Manager.

“At Altus we understand how important this process is and that is why we only have the very best systems in our portfolio. This includes equipment from Rehm for example, Alteco, the company’s innovative vertical drying system. Uniquely, it offers maximum performance within a minimal footprint. All industries that utilise coating processes and work with sensitive flat assemblies with protective coating benefit from this system. We have seen a great interest in the Alteco vertical dryer since its recent introduction and foresee this to continue in 2020,” concluded Tony.

Alteco, features the exceptional temperature profiling possibilities and low energy consumption. With its vertical transport, the Alteco replaces a comparable 40-metre-long horizontal dryer with a system length of just 4 metres. This means valuable space is made in the production facility, and existing resources can be optimally used, with daily production enhanced.

Alteco allows flexible, high-performance drying and hardening processes of all protective paints and casting compounds that can be hardened with convection heat. The system consists of two process towers, which are each divided into four heating zones, and a downstream, segmented cooling tract. The circuit boards are loaded into goods carriers at the furnace infeed. These run through the drying process in the system in a vertical direction and are stacked on top of each other during the hardening process.

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