An Ounce of
in the Telecom Industry
By Oleh Artym
In a recent
"Plant Tour Study" prepared by Cahners Research,
information was gathered from electronics component manufacturers,
in order to gain a better understanding of the electronics manufacturing
industry and to gain a better understanding of their specific production
needs. The results were intriguing, because the results could be
very beneficial to you. For instance: Two out of five respondents'
companies assemble/manufacture products for the telecommunications
market. Over one-third assemble/manufacture for the aircraft, aerospace
and/or computer industry...nearly 80% of respondents describe the
scope of their company's manufacturing as full design through build
and test. More than one in ten describe the scope of their company's
manufacturing as prototype design, build and test. In the near future,
nearly two-thirds of respondents think that their assembly designs
will dictate an emphasis on the newer package styles. And more than
75% of respondents have been in electronics manufacturing for more
than 10 years, but nearly a quarter have been in the business for
under 10 years.
are clear. More and more electronic component manufacturers are
focusing on the telecommunications industry. In fact, it is the
fastest growing sector in US manufacturing. But what does this mean
to you? The fact is that most electronic components fail because
of corrosion. Newer electronic package styles are even more susceptible
than they have been in the past. More electronics manufacturing
industry companies now have their own R & D. capabilities. The R&D
lab is where Cortec®
VCI's often find their way into the process. Every electronics manufacturer
should be using Cortec products in their process.
for us to remember that in the telecommunications market, signal
continuity, extended component life, increased reliability and reduced
downtime are all critical quality issues. Both digital and analog
systems require frequent fixes. The point at issue then becomes:
Is an ounce of prevention really worth a pound of cure? The answer
is yes, if you apply Cortec®
cell phone transmitter site repair, parts replacement and labor
costs can range from $25,000 to $500,000 per occurrence in order
to maintain electronic equipment at peak operational capacity. According
the studies by Battelle Research, the effects of corrosion costs
business over $350 billion dollars in lost revenues each year, in
America alone. Most of these losses can be prevented. Unfortunately,
today new age electronics are often being treated with old age solutions.
As much as 90% of the traditional corrosion protection methods utilized
are using toxic ingredients and out-dated petroleum-based technologies.
talked with a cell phone antenna installer that replaced a cell
sight antenna repeatedly, in a very short period of time. (Three
antennas were replaced before the culprit was discovered.) Shortly
after each replacement the antenna's power output continued to drop
- a repeat of the original problem. Was there a transmitter problem?
No. The culprit was a corroded support bolt which was interfering
with the originating transmitted signal with its own sympathetic
vibrations. Even though, the primary cause of electrical and electronic
failure is loss of continuity, caused by corrosion, many component
manufacturers avoid metal protection fearing signal loss or signal
alteration. The fact is that very few installers or manufacturers
really concern themselves with life extension past expected duty
is an elevated potential for corrosion, electrical and electronic
products experience protracted downtime and turn-around time due
to frequent service calls and replacement. Humidity, acid rain,
and salt-laden atmospheres can and do literally consume circuitry
conductors. Traditional corrosion prevention technologies oftentimes
are less than effective. It was less costly to react to failures
than to try to prevent them. Even though the impact of corrosion
prevention reduces maintenance, extend the life of hardware and
provide over-all better quality customer service, many fail to recognize
this issue. In fact, extending electrical/electronic life and performance
on an ongoing basis is not a common practice. Instead companies
opt for replacement over proactive protection and maintenance. This
is a plan for disaster.
VCI innovative high tech corrosion control solutions are real, they
work and they don't impact the environment. Cortec technology is
breakthrough in the way we traditionally think about protecting
electronics. VCIs can be used on high and low voltage applications,
RF equipment, contacts, switches, and circuits and many telecommunication
components. VCIs do not alter characteristics such as dielectric
strength, resistance and electrical, electronic or optical characteristics.
VCIs defend against corrosion at a monomolecular level, protecting
metals electrochemically with a barrier that re-heals and self-replenishes
itself. The technology works at the free ion level to actually change
and neutralize the galvanic composition of a corrosion cell site.
VCI technology changes everything. It's easy, fast and sure and
doesn't contain any carcinogens or ingredients that harm the environment.
It's the 21st century technology corrosion solution for 21st century
In today's electronics,
corrosion destroys at unseen microcrystalline levels. As electronic
circuits become more micro, corrosion won't reduce, in fact the
effects will be even more devastating. When electrons stop flowing,
communication components fail. VCIs prevent these failures. For
pennies a cell phone could be protected with VCI technology that
would virtually eliminate electronic failure. Electronic interface
connections, control boards, cellular components, and antennas,
telecommunications companies leave high-end missions to environmental
chance. Something as simple as a rusty bolt or a corroded chip can
dash the promise of real-time connectivity and result in consumer
dissatisfaction and unrecoverable profit loss. Corrosion prevention
is the solution. Lowering the risk of component failure reduces
product liability, and the loss of customer good will. Advanced
chemical technologies, such as Cortec VCIs have been developed with
superior results allowing high-capacity infrastructures to work
efficiently sparing limited customer access. The growing market
must meet increased demands for service as well as training, replacement
positions for additional technicians and advanced technologies that
improve product performance and longevity.
faster, and smaller e-technologies looming on the horizon, customers
are demanding more. The viability and reliability of electronics
are dependent on transmission wire media and metal construction.
All of these systems are susceptible to environmental destruction.
Replacement may serve the economics of supplier and distributor,
but they do not serve the customer. Prevention is the necessary
and reasonable solution. Cortec®
VCI products make the solution possible.