Five ways manufacturers can reduce electronic waste

Five ways manufacturers can reduce electronic waste

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug such as computers and mobile phones – was generated worldwide in 2019, up 9.2 Mt in five years. The report also predicts global e-waste will reach 74.7 Mt by 2030, almost double the 2014 figure, fuelled by higher electric and electronic consumption rates, shorter lifecycles and limited repair options.

There is an urgent need to reduce this figure to protect public health and the environment and to reduce costs.

With consumers continuing to purchase electronic devices at a rapid rate and hardware technology continuing to advance, manufacturers have both a responsibility and an opportunity to revolutionise the supply chain, prevent tech hoarding and reduce e-waste.

Manufacturers do, after all, play an important part in driving the circular economy and have the power to promote the right to repair movement so that it reaches many communities and we can all see the benefits. Here we outline five key ways they can go about doing this.

1. Promote the Right to Repair
One way for manufacturers to reduce e-waste is to actively seek ways to make it easier for consumers to repair their electronics, provide key information in manuals and guides and partner with businesses who will make repairs a seamless experience too.

There is a great potential here, as the popularity of repair cafés testifies. Backed by manufacturers, businesses could partner with local restaurants/cafes/universities and offer their expertise, create awareness days, repair days etc. to support the movement. This will give them a competitive advantage as consumers want the right to repair to be a reality.

2. Anticipate and embrace legislation
Regulatory restrictions are expected to tighten over the years; there’s no way of avoiding them, but anticipating them can help manufacturers adapt their processes and operations sooner, save money and keep a competitive advantage as consumers are increasingly demanding sustainability from all businesses. This is a great chance for electronic design manufacturers to support consumers in making more sustainable decisions.

3. Design for repairability and recyclability

Practical solutions like liquid proof coatings help manufacturers to protect electronics from the dangers of water damage but they can also make devices more repairable from the start than their mechanical seal competitors, helping to eliminate the need for full replacement. The use of ultra thin coatings will increase the reliability of such devices and help ensure they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. In line with this, P2i’s technology not only gives manufacturers design freedom, but also ensures liquid protection remains for the lifetime of the product.

4. Implement recycling programmes

Many manufacturers today are looking to manage their own e-waste and search for elements that can be reused, recycled or responsibly disposed of. Going a step further and implementing company-wide schemes and recycling programs would make it easier and encourage consumers to return their old or broken devices.

5. Support the circular economy

In a circular economy, manufacturers should be continuously focusing on reducing e-waste by reusing resources. Materials can be added to one device before the device is then used and returned – and the material reclaimed. The materials can then be added to a second device and the cycle is repeated. P2i is passionate about making this possible and extending the life of devices through the use of our technology to ensure electronic components are protected from harsh environments.

Seizing the opportunity

The global problem of e-waste is a serious one and it is only getting worse. Electronics manufacturers have the opportunity to address this by supporting the right to repair movement and the circular economy, by implementing recycling programmes and critically too, by ensuring they put repairability at the very heart of their design process.

More information about P2i’s range of ultra thin coating technology and how it can play a part in making devices more repairable and therefore in reducing e-waste can be found here.

Right to repair has become a global movement whose advocates aim to encourage OEMs to make products more repairable, make parts more available for repairs, and provide repair information. Today, it is rapidly gaining in popularity, with Apple recently announcing Self Service Repair and Microsoft helping consumers make DIY repairs on their surface products.

Scoping the challenge

The urgency to change is highlighted by the dynamic growth curve of global electronic waste. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world, with only 15-20% recycled. 53 million tonnes of e-waste are produced each year, which is the equivalent weight of 350 cruise ships.

Greater repairability and recyclability is key here – and the right to repair movement can help. Legislation will be a key future focus – and, despite the challenges outlined above, it is now starting to happen. For example, last summer, the UK introduced new right to repair laws, which are aligned with the EU’s policy package that includes right to repair mandates. According to the UK government, the legislation will reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste generated each year.

In the US, the recent executive order signed by President Biden contained a recommendation to the FTC to make it easier and cheaper for consumers to repair items they own by limiting manufacturers’ ability to bar self-repairs or third-party repairs of their products. The FTC voted to adopt this order and to ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions.

Globally though, there is still a long way to go to move away from a throw-away economy. Some laws have not addressed the information barrier for product owners or the cost issues and they still allow the practice of ‘bundling’ multiple smaller components together with some common spare parts, meaning if the bearings of a washing machine fail, a consumer needs to repair the entire drum (with costs comparable to replacing an entire machine).

If countries such as the UK and US take steps sooner to patch up faulty legislations and extend access to spare parts and key information, then we will be better equipped to tackle the e-waste problem. If manufacturers face severe consequences for non-compliance, it’ll prompt them to change their practices and make repairability easier for everyone.

Right to repair starts at the design stage

We are already seeing signs that the game is changing. Moving forwards, for new products, we could see designs chosen for manufacture based on how easy they are to repair by a consumer.

Recent design trends have often made electronics difficult to open without compromising the device’s liquid protection mechanisms or structural integrity. Nano coatings offer a way forward here in that they can continue delivering liquid protection and do not degrade over time, so last the whole product lifetime. Typically, nano coatings are not compromised by other types of damage. Consequently, if a product needs to be repaired, the coating remains effective.

Over coming years, the drive to repairability will continue but there will also be more focus on safety. Manufacturers will need to add safety mechanisms to ensure compliance and protect devices during repair. Those mechanisms will need protecting from moisture or dust damage and that also impacts design.

Manufacturers will want to have the flexibility to be able to choose the safety mechanism most suited to their device and have that safety mechanism last ten years; be repairable; and be protected from dust and liquid too. Again, nano coating technology is key, not only helping protect the device and associated safety mechanism from damage that makes the need for repairs more likely, but also making conducting those repairs viable.

Nano coating technology eliminates the need for bulky mechanical seals – making devices easier to open and repair, and keeping circuit boards accessible and fully re-workable. With this technology, manufacturers can stay competitive in a market increasingly driven by calls for the right to repair.

More information about P2i’s range of nano coating technology and its benefits in terms of device repairability can be found here.

At P2i, we’ve been on a transformational journey since our beginnings in 2004. From our initial work in designing repellent coatings for clothing to protect the lives of the wearers to the development of nanotechnology-powered liquid protected coatings in a range of electronic devices, we’ve remained at the forefront of innovation. As part of the next step in our growth strategy, we’re delighted to share the news that we’ve received an £8m investment from Circularity Capital, a private equity firm specialising in in the circular economy.

For us, it’s a fantastic opportunity to take the next step in our environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) journey and continue to drive sustainable practices through electronics. Circularity Capital invested in P2i due to our ability to increase the product lifecycle of devices with our liquid protected coatings and nanotechnology. Circularity Capital believes in the purpose of companies, rather than just the short-term gains, and was impressed by the technology our business has developed.

Our solutions have never been more critical to achieving a more circular economy. Indeed, 71% of carbon emissions in the electronics sector are typically created during manufacturing. With consumers taking their smartphones to more locations and harsher environments, the risk of liquid ingress and device failure is increasing. Our technology enables electronic components to be reworked in comparison to conventional conformal coatings, thus extending the life of devices.

For Circularity Capital, our ability to reduce high levels of environmentally damaging e-waste was critical. After all, according to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report, a record 53.6 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2019 alone, increasing by 9.2 metric tonnes in just five years.

In addition to enhancing our circular economy credentials, this investment will allow us to expand in both our existing markets (such as mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets and hearing aids protection), as well as move into new vertical opportunities (such as the automotive industry, medical devices, industrial IoT devices, augmented reality and drones).

Typically, a significant portion of our work has focussed on OEMs and smartphone brands in the US and China, but with this investment behind us, we’ll now have the opportunity to expand into more geographies across Europe, plus India, Japan and South Korea. Not only that, but this financing also allows us to ensure our customers benefit from a better performing product and also allows them to meet their own ESG targets.

We also have some further plans in the pipeline that this investment will drive in the long-term beyond 2022. This includes evaluating how our core technology platform can contribute to increasing product lifecycles and aiding recyclability in the future.

For P2i, this partnership isn’t just significant financially, but is also valuable to us in terms of the insight and advice that Circularity Capital can provide. In protecting electronics, we’re also protecting the environment, and we’re excited to work towards our sustainable development goals with the experts by our side and expand our role in reducing the damaging effects of climate change.

Take a look at the full details of the investment in the news release here.  

We are in the midst of a global chip shortage, prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent surge in demand and growth of IoT devices.

Despite the easing of the pandemic, there is no sign of this shortage ending any time soon, with the president of IBM, Jim Whitehurst recently saying the global chip shortage may last a couple more years.

This makes it more important for devices to be made more durable, avoiding the need for them to be repaired or replaced so frequently, as every replacement, reduces the availability of chips.

As manufacturers look for a way out of this situation, the growth of IoT combined with the chip shortage call for manufacturers to add the right protection in the factory from the very outset.

What are the consequences of the global chip shortage?

The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch recently and now affects millions of people. As the demand is bigger than the supply, a significant number of companies are feeling the pinch from car makers, smartphone manufacturers, to appliance producers. Nobody is exempt as some of the biggest names have been hit by the shortage, including the likes of Tesla, Sony and Apple.

The shortage will be felt the most amongst consumers, as it may make products more expensive, with sellers on Amazon or eBay inflating prices and consumers bearing the brunt of the cost.

Can nanotechnology increase the lifespan of devices?

According to Juniper Research, the number of IoT devices in 2021 will have reach 46 billion – a 200% increase compared to 2016. Every one of these devices has a chip in them which will be exposed to environmental threats over time, whether they are kept indoors or outdoors, through temperature swings, air conditioning and moisture. Consequently, if they start to corrode, manufacturers won’t be able to afford to keep sending out engineers to fix them, because the cost will go through the roof.

The EEA found electronics are at least 2.3 years shorter than they were designed for, highlighting the importance of increasing their lifespan during the global chip shortage.

One of the biggest risks to the integrity and longevity of products is liquid damage, as five in every six (83%) manufacturers would expect their electronic products to fail within a year without liquid protection.

To improve their lifespan, manufacturers should require different levels of liquid protection, from splash resistance to submersible devices.

Nanocoating solutions provide tremendous value for manufacturers. The initial investment significantly extends a product’s life, providing cost savings from fewer returns as well as acting to strengthen the brand image and reducing e-waste.

Fortunately, solutions like P2i plasma nanocoatings can be seamlessly integrated within manufacturers’ supply chains or overall manufacturing processes to ensure that liquid protection is built into devices at the design stage.

Meeting consumer sustainability needs

Building reliability and sustainability in at the design stage is particularly important as the growing number of IoT devices and a shortened lifespan of today’s devices raise environmental concerns. Damage to a device can cause vital components to corrode, making it unusable and ultimately unrepairable. The partnership between liquid protection suppliers and manufacturers will reduce electronic waste and ensure the sustainability of their products.

Taking a long-term approach to the problem

The global chip shortage highlights the need for devices to be built to last, while alleviating the demand for chips. Building liquid protection into devices will help manufacturers increase the sustainability of their products and lessen their environment al impact.

P2i have developed a range of solutions to protect devices against humidity and weather, to splashes and spills, and to full immersion to a depth of at least 2 metres for 30 minutes.

More information about our range of liquid protection coatings can be found here.

Have you an old Motorola or Ericsson mobile phone stashed away in a drawer or hidden in the back of a cupboard, perhaps sitting alongside an old and unused laptop or printer?

If you have you are not the only one. In a recent study we carried out, we found that just over half of people (54%) are still holding on to old devices, which raises concerns that too little is being done to tackle the problem of tech-hoarding.

The survey of 321 people also found that just 19% said they recycled electronics they no longer use. This means millions of tonnes of e-waste could be piling up in people’s homes, depriving unused electronics of a second life.

In addition, we found almost half (49%) said they have used their current mobile device for one to two years, while 28% are using a phone purchased three to four years ago.

With large numbers of people changing their smartphones on a regular basis and the majority hoarding old models, manufacturers might eventually struggle to find the raw materials needed to produce new and exciting gadgets.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as the study also showed a growing number of people who wish to make an effort to be more sustainable. Close to a third (27%) said they now prioritise device durability when buying a new one, highlighting the importance and urgency for smarter design processes to ensure longer lifespans for new products.

In fact, the conflicting findings highlight the significance of manufacturers increasing product lifecycles at the design stage as this is by far the most effective solution to the growing e-waste problem. Tackling this issue will help reduce devices going to landfill as consumers become greener. One important step that consumers can make is to take all their old and broken electronic devices to a designated recycling point so that components and raw materials can be reused.

With the increasing reliance on ever-advancing technology, it’s clear that more should be done to improve the recyclability and reusability of all electronic devices.

At P2i we are committed to helping our customers reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes and products. That’s why we continue to lead the way by delivering solutions that support our customers’ environmental and sustainability goals, with our liquid-repellent nanotechnology, which not only protects devices, but allows them to be easily repaired without going to waste.

If you would like to learn more about how our nano-coatings can protect your devices, get in touch with our experts today.

Dropping phones in water is a regular occurrence with a staggering 1 in 4 people (28%) likely to do it at some point. With 80 million mobile phone subscriptions in the UK, that equates to a huge amount of damaged technology.

But whilst liquid protection features have become incorporated into newer mobile phones, manufacturers have not yet been able to create devices that are 100% liquid-proof. Reasons include inaccurate soft-tooling methods in the manufacturing process that can create new ways for liquid to seep in. Protective features can also add weight to a device, a significant purchasing barrier for consumers wanting smaller, lighter phones. As a result, customers are left to look for their own means of liquid protection.

Consumers are taking matters into their own hands

Water ejection apps such as Sonic or Water Eject Shortcut are increasing in popularity but have their limitations. For example, the tones generated from the Sonic app only remove water from the device’s speaker and don’t stop it infiltrating the internal parts that can subsequently cause it to fail.

Incorporating liquid protection from the outset is now essential. People use mobile phones everywhere, from restaurants to gyms, shops to offices. 91% of people even confess to taking their phone to the bathroom. The risk of liquid damage is higher than ever.

Liquid-proofing at the design stage

To extend the life of mobile devices, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must consider liquid-proofing at the design stage.

While it adds an extra layer to the development process, in the long term it can pay dividends. A longer life means second-hand devices can be sold more easily and consumers are less likely to try and tackle the challenge themselves.

There are also environmental benefits at play.  With less than 40% of electricals being recycled, the e-waste problem is huge and getting bigger and its harmful chemicals can end up in our soil, water and air.

Helping mobile devices to last longer not only positively impacts our planet by helping to enable the circular economy but also supports the sharing and reuse of excess technology. That in turn reduces the need for landfill and the incidence of e-waste. And, with new right to repair rules coming into force to encourage the repairability of electronic products, applying these regulations to mobile devices is surely not far away. Options for effective liquid protection

To realise these significant benefits, the right type of liquid protection must be applied by OEMs and they do have choices. Options include physical protection such as gaskets and O-rings, and liquid protection, such as sprays, dips and brushed-on conformal coats. Alternatively, parylene conformal coatings have been used historically, and are applied by chemical vapour deposition under a vacuum.

The most efficient and cost-effective option is Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD). Often referred to as nano-coating technology, it takes place at microscopic level and is increasingly used for a range of industries from optics and biomedical to aerospace and automotive.

Cost-savings are achieved by the low cost of applying this technology on the assembly line and eliminating scrap and by ensuring low return rates.

PECVD is also highly reliable due to the level of magnification to treat every part of a circuit board, including complete underfill. And thanks to the ionised gas-based process, there are no dynamic shifts or cracks to the coating once applied.

Treated products are also fully reworkable, which means that OEMs can, if required, resolder components and rework boards rather than having to throw them away which saves costs, reduces the need for landfill and enables regulations around waste to be more easily met.

The future of mobile device design is liquid-proofing technology

With mobile device ownership at an all-time high, incorporating preventative PECVD technology at the design stage makes perfect sense – it reduces costs, enables sustainable practices and avoids detrimental user intervention.

Now is the time for OEMs to take the lead and demonstrate the environmental and financial credentials of liquid-proofing to key stakeholders so it becomes an intrinsic part of mobile device design.

Augmented reality (AR) is one of today’s biggest technology trends. From manufacturing to healthcare, it is changing the way businesses operate and has joined sister technology, virtual reality (VR), in the shift from novelty entertainment to an essential business tool.

The growth of these immersive technologies has seen businesses and organisation use them in a variety of ways, from houseware companies super-imposing furniture in customers’ homes to surgeons using AR to help with complex operations.

Big technology companies are making rapid progress with both VR and AR devices. HP is building a VR headset in partnership with Microsoft and Valve, while Apple is said to be developing AR smart glasses and an AR headset, set to launch as early as next year.

In the drive to enhance the customer experience, the lines between the physical and digital world become ever more blurred.

The design challenges of new technology

But with new technology comes new design and development challenges. And the high-stakes, consumer credentials means that wherever or however AR and VR is used, the device they’re on must be long-lasting and reliable in almost every situation.

Exposure to humidity, rain and other environmental impacts and devices being accidentally dropped in water are just some of the risks that need mitigating when using this new technology.

The way AR and VR devices are designed and built, and the capability they need, make it impossible for tight mechanical seals to be added as they often are on mobile devices. Liquids getting inside can be especially problematic. Not only can this issue damage consumer trust but it can also be costly for manufacturers, negatively impacting the brand and buyer confidence.

There is also the growing market trend towards the miniaturisation of printed circuit board arrays (PCBAs). As the heart and soul of any AR and VR device, reliability and repeatability of these PCBAs are essential.

For example, if dropped accidentally the protective gaskets and O-Rings can be dislodged, letting water into the device. Often these coatings only protect certain components and not the full board. This can create a serious issue in devices that are open in design and include multiple moving parts such as joysticks and fans.

Nanotechnology plays a crucial role in device development

Naturally, engineers do not want to be spend time increasing the weight and bulk of these devices to stop water ingress. End users expect their devices to be visually appealing, be satisfactory to hold and feel comfortable to wear, and engineers want the freedom to fulfil these expectations in their designs.  To achieve this, they need technical solutions that can support those design requirements and at the same time, prevent water and corrosion damage.

The latest nanotechnology provides liquid protection for all AR or VR devices. Rather than battling vainly to prevent liquid ingress in the same way that conformal coatings would, nano-coatings allow water freely into the device and drain out later without causing corrosion to the internal parts.

Moreover, the use of nanotechnology coatings typically represent a more environmentally-sustainable approach. By adopting a reworkable sustainable nanocoating solution for their PCBAs, VR and AR device manufacturers  can cut harmful emissions in production and achieve their environmental targets.

The future of device protection and design

In the future, AR and VR devices will become smaller. This means removing gaskets, O-Rings and seals that might have previously been used to protect them. It could also mean using more natural materials such as wood.

As a result, engineers shouldn’t focus on preventing liquid from entering devices. More wisely, the electronics should be protected from corroding when they come into contact with water. This is what makes nanotechnology revolutionary. It is liquid protection that makes AR and VR devices stronger, lighter and more durable so they are faster, smaller and easily carried. And in today’s virtual world, it can make a significant contribution to this exciting new digital frontier.

If you’d like to learn more about how our nano-coatings can protect your technology devices, get in touch with our experts today.


The IPX liquid-protected smartphone market is holding steady despite the global economic crisis. According to the latest report from Canalys, the overall IPX market was only down by 1% year-on-year in 2020 compared to 7% for the total smartphone market. This means that the proportion of IPX rated devices actually grew.

Our recent study of R&D professionals specialising in electronic product design found that 57% of them deemed that IP certification was crucial for liquid protection for the product with the largest production volume they had designed in the last two years. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that devices without the IP certification aren’t protected.

Challenges

Going back a few years, IP ratings were used to determine how effective, for example electrical sockets on the outside of a house were at preventing the ingress of rainwater. O-ring seals and gaskets were developed for protection and they were then transferred to the consumer electronics field with the necessary changes to fit these new and rapidly evolving handheld devices. Consumers demanded smaller and more lightweight form factors, encouraging manufactures to seek alternative methods of preventing liquid damage. This led to the possibility of coating the device electronics and freely allowing liquids inside the device, as long as it still functioned correctly and reliably then there was no concern.

The leading international rating for grading the protection of electronic devices to liquid damage, IEC 60529, allows water into the device as long as it still functioned like the manufacturer promised it would. So, the main focus was placed on the device functioning correctly and not preventing water ingress. This led to the IPX designation which focuses on the liquid damage protection rather than the physical barrier afforded by the gaskets and O-rings.

As attractive as having an independent third-party certification resulting in an IPX certification is, it’s the manufacturer who knows exactly how the device should function. A third-party will of course conduct their own tests, check if the water got inside and if a phone can be turned back on again. And that in itself is a challenge because we don’t know how the device will behave throughout use.

Another problem comes from the negative pressure tests. Manufacturers who use O-rings and gaskets test them at the end of the assembly line to give them confidence of assigning a certain level of IPX certification. However, once you remove the negative pressure, there can be no guarantees.

There is also the potential issue of gaskets and O-rings perishing, being damaged or dislodged during shipping or consumer use. We have all heard stories or seen videos of packages being dropped… compromised seals can cause smartphone failure. That in turn leads to increased electronic wastage as they can’t be re-used because of possible corrosion.

Future opportunities

Looking ahead, we can expect the regulatory landscape around electronic device protection to evolve at a fast pace and become more flexible to match the developing technologies. However it is no longer acceptable to just provide protection at the end of the manufacturer’s assembly line, the consumer wants protection through-out the life of their device. The rising sustainability concerns present the consumer electronics industry with the perfect opportunity to change and do more to increase the product lifecycle, reduce waste and drive the circular economy.

At P2i we have shown strong commitment to minimising the environmental impact and helping our customers reach their sustainability goals. That’s why we developed our initial IPX2-rated Splash-proof liquid repellent nano-coating, which penetrates into the smartphone’s gaps to protect the ingress points for the device’s lifetime. This significantly reduces the need to repair it – meaning less waste and emissions. However, due to the 24/7 use of today’s handheld devices in multiple challenging environments including submersion into water and other liquids, there was a need to further increase protection to cover IPX3-8 challenges. P2i responded to this with the Barrier Coating range of solutions, resulting in a full tool box of capabilities to deliver protection to any liquid environment through-out the life time of your device.

If you would like to learn more about our certified nano-coatings and how they can protect your electronic devices, contact one of our team today.

The smart home security segment continues to grow. The worldwide shipments of devices reached 801.5 million units in 2020, an increase of 4.5% over 2019 and are predicted to surpass 1.4 billion in 2025 with a CAGR of 12.2%. The expansion means a wide range of devices are rapidly entering the market, for example digitally connected and controlled devices for burglary or hazard prevention, motion sensors, door locks, security cameras and surveillance services.

The truth is more and more consumers want to feel safe in their own homes. That’s why smart home technologies are increasingly appealing to them. They’re easy to install and use, and give customers the much needed peace of mind.

However, both indoor and outdoor security devices face liquid protection challenges from the ever-changing weather conditions, humidity, or steam coming from the kitchens and bathrooms. If a customer lives by the sea, the wind-driven rain and salt water can cause rapid degradation to their smart systems. If they live in urban areas, sulphur pollution can become the enemy.

Manufacturers need to ensure that the electronic components are fully protected and have a high level of reliability and repeatability. Thankfully, standards and regulations with security products are evolving. In China, for example, the GA374-2019 standard outlines testing procedures for burglary resistant locks. These tests check for resistance to high temperatures, humidity and salt fog to ensure the smart locks won’t corrode.

What are the protection methods?

The first common protection method for outdoor electrical devices are seals, which are typically built into the casing to provide a physical barrier. Unfortunately, they are often inconsistent and prone to perishing over time. Liquid that enters the device can freeze in winter and degrade the housing even further. Under the warranty, the costs of damage will be covered by the manufacturer. But the product will have to brought back to the R&D stage to rectify the design issue, which means a lengthy wait for the customer.

The second method is the use of liquid based conformal coats that are applied to the printed circuit board. The issue with these though is that they lack reliability and repeatability. Manufacturers are therefore searching for a solution that provides stronger adherence to the printed circuit board array, limiting wastage.

To combat the unreliability and increase the smart device’s lifetime, we have developed a whole range of innovative liquid protection solutions by using a gas phase deposition, plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD), often referred to as nanotechnology.

Our Splash-proof hydrophobic and oleophobic nanocoating is applied to the full device to protect it against high humidity and water ingress. For further protection should liquid get forced into the device, P2i Barrier provides unrivalled protection for printed circuits boards to reduce field repairs and returned products; whilst eliminating scrap during the device assembly process. In addition, our end-to-end water protection solution, Dunkable®, ensures no seals or gaskets are required, putting an end to degradation even after damage to the security device’s outer case.

With nano-coatings, customers can benefit from greater flexibility and high-quality protection of their smart security systems. Their homes can not only become smarter but also greener as the solutions are more sustainable and durable.

If you’d like to learn more about how our nano-coatings can protect your smart home security devices from liquid damage, get in touch with our experts today.

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