Why choose desiccator storage?
Desiccator storage has become critical in more and more manufacturing operations. A look at the costly effects of moisture exposure explains why.
As critical components become smaller and more sophisticated, their susceptibility to moisture damage increases.
Once absorbed by sensitive components, water creates a number of potentially disastrous conditions. Even minute traces of oxidation, the most notorious result of moisture exposure, can degrade soldering and other manufacturing processes. Because water dissolves ionic contaminants, it also alters the conductivity of the material, which in turn can degrade electrical function. Water also combines with other materials, causing harmful chemical reactions that degrade pharmaceutical samples and chemical mixtures.
Dwell Effect: Deferred Casualties among the "Walking Wounded" As bad as these problems are, the damage is worse when it's not immediately detected.
ICs, for example, that have absorbed substantial amounts of water may not show signs of degradation until late in the manufacturing process. These "walking wounded" parts may not fail until they have been shipped to a customer or been installed in increasingly more complex and expensive assemblies.
This deferred "dwell effect" of moisture exposure is perhaps the most economically compelling reason to provide a clean, dry storage environment at every stage of your manufacturing process.
Waterlogged Profits— in Many Industries!
Nitrogen-Purged Desiccators vs. the Alternatives One common method of dealing with moisture contamination is to remove it prior to each manufacturing step.
Although vacuum processing and bake-and-bag methods of IC drying accomplish this end, these operations slow down production, particularly if they must be repeated several times in the course of circuit manufacturing. Further, these baking and sealing processes themselves expose parts to thermal extremes that can cause damage.
Desiccant-based dry storage avoids some of these drawbacks, but introduces others. These systems remove moisture from an incoming supply line of air (or other process gas) and often feature dual-tower designs that perform on-line drying and off-line regeneration simultaneously for continuous operation. Such systems can be effective, but they require heating/drying components that may not be reliable. Further, they must be closely monitored to ensure that incoming gas flow remains below a critical humidity threshold. Their complexity and high operating costs makes them prohibitively expensive for long-term storage applications.
As an alternative to desiccant dryers, nitrogen-purged desiccator systems maintain dry conditions relatively cheaply and conveniently.
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