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Conformal Coatings: Providing Battery Barrier Protection Across Markets

Specialty Coating Systems discusses how to protect batteries during an era of change in their usage environments, particularly as new battery applications are being developed Feature Article by Specialty Coating Systems
Conformal Coatings: Providing Battery Barrier Protection Across Markets
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Due to rapid technological advancements, battery usage is growing at an exponential rate, and the environments in which they are being used are constantly changing.

Many medical implantable devices, drones, stationary energy storage, advanced defense and aerospace technologies and hearables depend on batteries for successful operation. As new applications for batteries are being developed, more environmental operating challenges are expected to occur.

Using Conformal Coatings

Batteries come in all shapes, sizes and designs as well as different materials, from lithium to solid-state, with the most common types being coin, button, pouch, solid-state and rolled.

Of these, coin, button and solid-state most benefit from the application of conformal coatings directly to the battery; they come in small sizes and are utilized in applications like hearables, medical implantable devices and hearing aids that are regularly exposed to sweat, moisture and corrosive fluids.

Conformal coatings, such as Parylene and PlasmaGuard™, provide thin-film barrier protection on the surface of batteries to safeguard them from environmental factors. More importantly, conformal coatings prevent the batteries from corrosion, maximizing their life.

Other Battery Protection

Other batteries, such as pouch and rolled batteries, typically do not utilize conformal coating directly on the battery, but they do require a form of barrier protection to improve efficiency.

Pouch batteries are often used in automotive, consumer and military applications. With the battery components enclosed, the pouch acts as the protective barrier.

Rolled batteries are commonly used in commercial and industrial applications and are installed in large arrays that are often filled with a potting or encapsulation material.

The Crucial Role of Conformal Coatings

As new battery technologies and applications emerge, providing batteries with the necessary level of protection to ensure they perform reliably throughout their expected operational life will remain essential.

Conformal coatings play a crucial role in engineering a robust battery across all markets, and as the demand for smaller, high-density batteries increases, coatings are well-suited to meet environmental challenges that may arise.

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