Mouser targets community designing for harsh environments
Mouser Electronics has introduced a new microsite on its global website providing products and technical information targeting harsh environments.
“The rationale is to educate, help narrow the list of products, and find the right products for their design projects,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser v-p of technical marketing.
While electronic components are primarily designed for stable, controlled environments, the real world often dictates extreme conditions. For example, dust, water, and even corrosive atmospheres occasionally factor into the design and present other challenges that push components to the “Nth” degree.
“Applications that fall in the Harsh Environments category, especially downhole, require robust, reliable components capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, intense vibration, water, and more,” said Hess.
The high temperature of downhole applications is a huge challenge to electronic components. Temperatures upwards of 200°C are not uncommon and even exceed the melting point of some solders.
Other areas covered are the IP Code (IEC 60529) and NEMA Type Number (NEMA 250). These ratings designate the various types and degrees of protection afforded to electrical equipment by a housing or enclosure against water, dust, and corrosive agents.