It's no surprise that electronic enclosures and housings in aerospace and defense applications are built to meet the most stringent of military standards. These include but are not limited to environmental stresses, EMI shielding, and maintenance requirements. Additionally, the advanced technological requirements of the devices requiring these enclosures mean that these devices must be more rugged and more powerful, as well as smaller, lighter, and easier to replace.
This poses challenges for designers, leading them not only to suppliers who can meet these requirements but partners who can assist in the design and supply chain management of these complex units.
For environmentally-sealed and EMI-shielded electronics devices, there is no better full-system solution than an overmolded or vulcanized cover.
So, what is overmolding/vulcanizing/mold-in-place gasket anyway?
With more than 40 years of experience in overmolding, the Process Engineering team at Parker Chomerics can assist with full system enclosure design that takes into consideration such factors as ideal surface finish and groove dimensions to meet customer-driven requirements. We will work with customers to determine whether overmolding is the best solution and feasible based on all necessary specifications.
As devices become more complex, so do the associated supply chains. An electronic enclosure can quickly pick up more than 5 or 6 individual suppliers, each needing to meet various requirements of military standards. In addition to the difficulties of sourcing the best suppliers, a complicated web of interdependent timelines starts to appear. This is where Chomerics can provide significant support and logistical relief. Parker has an extensive network of first-class suppliers and can also work with customer-approved suppliers to manage a project from start to finish. Services offered can include: overmolding, machining, painting, dip brazing, embedded fasteners, part marking, etching, and custom packaging.
Overmolded covers provide countless benefits for customers looking for the best solution to durable and reliable EMI shielded, environmentally sealed housings while minimizing a complicated system of suppliers.
This blog post was contributed by Ben Nudelman, market development engineer, Chomerics Division.