In response to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, governments and health organizations precautions are recommending the increased use of hand sanitizer solutions or similar germicidal agents. For manufacturers of electronic assemblies, this may mean a potential transfer of these solutions/agents to the surface of their assemblies as a potential contaminant.
Several years ago, Doug Pauls and Michael Vosatka of Rockwell Collins, authored a paper for IPC APEX that provided a detailed examination of some typical hand sanitizers and hand lotions and their impact on high-reliability electronic hardware.
Their research, which included SIR (Surface Insulation Resistance), FTIR and, ion chromatography, is very timely again in today’s environment.
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