Making Automotive Technology Better With Parylene

Posted by Scott Curtis on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In 1982, I was fascinated with the hit TV show, Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight. Watching that shiny black Pontiac Trans-Am known as, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), with the flowing and pulsating red light in the front center of the car driving down that desert road while listening to that irresistible theme song gave me goosebumps.


A lot of people probably laugh at this show now, but I can tell you as a 6-year-old kid, KITT was one of the coolest things ever. Not only was the KITT car remarkable to look at, it was an advanced supercomputer on wheels and was way ahead of its time. The sophisticated engine and numerous technological dashboard features in it were mind blowing. In addition, it had turbo boost, tintable windows, flame thrower, cruise modes, surveillance mode, and so much more. My favorite feature was the voice synthesizer which meant KITT could talk. A talking car in the early 1980’s was incredible!

Not all the innovations in the artificially intelligent KITT supercar have found their way into real-life, but many have. In 2010, the KITT voice tone made millions of childhood dreams come true when it became available on GPS. In today’s highly advanced vehicles, many KITT-like features are available such as, communication, navigation, self-driving, auto collision detection, etc.

We have intelligent vehicles nowadays that will automatically parallel park your vehicle without the driver even needing to touch the wheel. Now, German car-maker Audi is rolling out technology that will allow its vehicles in the United States to communicate with traffic signals, allowing for a more stress-free ride in what it says is the car industry’s first commercial use of the nascent technology. With brilliant minds working in the auto industry, there are limitless possibilities to what manufacturers will include in their products in the coming years.
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Parylene… The Preferred Protection for Automotive Components
It’s not surprising that with all these newfangled technologies invading the car, electronic components will encounter harsh use, extreme weather and hostile environments that will require it has protection. Most electronics, often the weak spot in all systems, cannot be protected using standard conformal coating materials because they are too thick, too hard to apply, do not cover completely, add too much weight and do not provide a stable dielectric constant. Consequently, Parylene conformal coating plays a critical role in protecting today’s automotive components and is one solution to warrant that all of the technology in your vehicle will stay strong and have a longer lifespan.

Para-Coat Technologies provides Parylene environment friendly protective conformal coating that has excellent moisture and chemical barriers for automotive components. Because Parylene is applied as a vapor deposition polymerization, the coating effortlessly penetrates crevices and tight areas on multi-layer components, providing complete and uniform encapsulation. Parylene’s ultra-thin and lightweight coatings protect critical automotive sensors, MEMS, circuit boards and other electronic components from harsh chemicals, fluids and gases, and high temperatures encountered during prolonged use in automotive engines and systems.

As was for KITT on Knight Rider and is in a typical car today, electronic systems are critical to the smooth and safe operation of the vehicle. As electronic packages continue to become smaller and more complex, the computer-like intelligence must perform in rigorous environments filled with constant thermal changes such as, dirt, dust, and the weather. The vehicle is expected to endure a variety of elements and keep working for many years. Unlike a computer or smart phone, the electronic components of a vehicle are not meant to be replaced every year or sooner. Therefore, coating the internal electronics with Parylene will ensure that transmission of signals will be durable and that they stay clean and moisture free. PCT’s highly trained staff continues to deliver high-quality Parylene with ultra-thin and pinhole-free electronics coatings that promise to meet industry standards and satisfy customer needs.

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