How Not to Fail at IoT

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Mallory McGuinness | October 8, 2020

The growth of the collaborative network of the Internet of Things is exponential.

As collective network intelligence spurs virtually every industry to deploy connected devices into new environments, the number of IoT endpoints will increase to more than 41.6 billion by 2025.

Although the proliferation of IoT has never been more substantial, meeting this demand with the production of smart electronics has never been more challenging. Devices are shrinking as functionality grows, causing the need to pack more components into a miniaturized electronic landscape. Despite a clear and present requirement for successful IoT projects, a study conducted by Cisco illustrated that only 26% of companies considered their IoT initiatives a success.

A 75% failure rate begs the question, what makes an IoT project a success? In general, successful IoT initiatives demonstrate the capacity to:

Mitigate Liability

Autonomous vehicles depend upon connected devices to operate as designed, using them to avoid unexpected mishaps and potentially large accidents that could incur unplanned expenses.

Bolster Productivity

IoT devices decrease downtime in connected warehouses and factories by providing real-time information to warehouse and factory operations, facilitating them with dependable predictive maintenance to reduce downtime.

Reduce Costs

In an oil rig, trustworthy sensors collect critical information from harsh environments, eliminating unnecessary service calls that often require access to remote locations (e.g., oil platforms, pipelines).

Generate Revenue

Ensuring the reliability and durability of devices leads to ancillary sales of services, applications, and accessories, leading to more profit.

While these are varied ways to define successthere is one concept at the root of all four types of value: reliability. As electronics manage and maintain critical infrastructures, reliable performance has never been so important. 

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How to Design Reliable Devices

Resilient hardware is at the heart of reliability. Although connected device software is much more sophisticated, the circuitry inside is still sensitive to corrosives, humidity, sweat, liquids of all types, salt spray and salt, blood, chemicals like oil, and cleaning fluid. Overheating is also a concern for connected devices; another issue is the frequent need for electronics to withstand intense electrical activity.

Devices are shrinking as functionality grows, causing the need to pack more components into a miniaturized electronic landscape.

It’s Time to Take Stock

How confident are you that your IoT product will withstand these threats? In the world of IoT, change is the only constant. Electronic capabilities are continually evolving, creating a need for next-generation component protection to safeguard your hardware from environmental threats that were once novel, but now typical.

How is your traditional electronic protection working? It might be time to upgrade to a protection solution that can meet your needs. Although seals and traditional conformal coatings are a protection convention, real necessity is the mother of invention. At HZO, we’ve taken these business requirements into account and created a solution: thin-film protective coatings and nanocoatings with an approach for every industry.

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Read more about how our thin-film solutions can make your device corrosion-resistant.

The Turnkey Solution

We deliver our protective coatings through several business models: coating only, coating as a service, or coating plus. No matter your need, we want you to know that HZO isn’t a ‘job-shop.’ If you are in the initial design phase, we can guide you with helpful DFX service and suggestions, or we can integrate our coating process into your business’s process at many points in production. Our ready-to-deploy, custom thin-film, and nanocoating solutions comprise four attributes: our people, processes, equipment, and material science.

HZO People

Our quality assurance team, industry SMEs, proficient R&D group, and team of dedicated engineers are committed to earning your trust with meaningful relationships. We move beyond the “buyer and seller” relationship, forming the partnerships required to produce actionable outcomes that meet application and industry requirements.

Read blogs from some of our people:
Director of coating technology Dr. Sean Clancy’s blog on Parylene thickness.
Application engineer Ziad Naboulsi’s thoughts on heat dissipation.

HZO Processes

Better processes yield better protection, so we have invested time into nailing down repeatable, dependable solutions that produce defect-free coatings. Our IP portfolio with over 370 assets helps us configure and deploy industry-specific processes with ease, creating greater efficiencies and outcomes to bring the latest technologies and thinking into the protection process.

Read more about our portfolio.

HZO Equipment

With your product hanging in the balance, consistency matters. That’s why we designed and built our own thin-film coating and nanocoating equipment to be highly repeatable, consistently producing defect-free coatings every run. Optimized for scalability, our proprietary coating chambers house more substrates than any other in the industry for the highest throughput.

Read about our equipment.

HZO Material

We are the only coating vendor with a Spectrum of Protection™, a portfolio of material coating solutions, including sustainable, halogen-free alternatives that are REACH and RoHS compliant. The diversity of chemical compositions address varied requirements such as tolerance, weight, bulk, and cost, dielectric, and thermal considerations.

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The Big Picture

With the intersection of people, processes, equipment, and material science, we can tailor the precise protection you are looking for, regardless of component size, shape, or application. You can stop limiting your design with temperamental adhesives, traditional conformal coatings, or aesthetically unattractive mechanical seals. It takes just a moment to fill out our quote form to discuss how to begin improving your devices.

We want our value to be understood so that we can start to understand your challenges. We want to help you succeed so that you can deliver trustworthy electronics to your market, company, and customers, rather than falling into a statistic. Don’t stay up at night worrying about how to improve your company and reputation. Reliability is at your fingertips.

Case Study: PRISMVIEW and HZO Bring Reliability to Light

In the world of IoT, change is the only constant.

Mallory McGuinness

Mallory is an electronics protection evangelist who writes content for HZO. In her free time she is reading non-fiction, and hanging out with her beta fish, King Awesome.

Ryan Moore

Ryan is a 9-year veteran to the world of protecting electronics from harsh environments and a lover of all things technology.

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