Parylene Application Spotlight: MEMS

Posted by Jake Hinojoza on Mar 28, 2017 12:31:32 PM
Jake Hinojoza

Almost every professional field known to man relies on parylene in some way. Thanks to a wide range of benefits and reliable protection that is both long-lasting and durable, parylene coating is used in almost every area in our lives. One of the most interesting things about this conformal coating is exploring all of its vastly different applications--and today, our parylene application spotlight falls on MEMS.

The Basics

Microelectromechanical systems technology, or MEMS, is a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to making industrial sensors work. Sensors analyze analog information and then translate it into a virtual format--and that information is transported by MEMS, which deflect optical signals with small mirrors that can be placed in a variety of positions depending on needs and goals. Working together, sensors and MEMS form a crucial piece of many different types of technology, and this precise teamwork can be found in countless industries, from telecommunications to engine tech to basic electronics. Of course, this means that MEMS are often placed in extreme environments, which calls for the high levels of protection offered only by parylene coating.

Sensors, MEMS, and Parylene

Where do sensors, MEMS, and parylene all work together? Let our coating experts explain!

  • Automotive Tech. The list of automotive applications for MEMS is long, but you can bet parylene is right there every step of the way. Parylene is known for protecting the MEMS that control passenger comfort, chassis control, and more--and it's all protected from extreme vehicular environments, like extreme heat, engine humidity, oil, brake fluids, and more.
  • Gyroscopes. Gyroscopes rely on MEMS, but, unlike other MEMS applications, these can be hard to coat. Luckily, parylene provides smooth, pinhole-free covering that adheres to even the most irregular surfaces, which means that the gyroscope retains a full range of motion.
  • Inkjet Printers. Although many places where MEMS, sensors, and parylene work together are complex and professional, you might have this particular item in your office or even in your home. Parylene provides flexibility and reliability necessary for consumer products, making it the go-to coating in almost every industry.

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Topics: Parylene Conformal Coating