Mouser Electronics has unveiled a new technology site on Mouser.com featuring Harsh Environments. The site contains technical information that is intended to aid design engineers in developing and designing solutions that have to meet more stringent and rigorous operating conditions.
While electronic components are primarily designed for stable, controlled environments, the real world often dictates extreme conditions. For example, dust, water, and even corrosive atmospheres occasionally factor into the design and present other challenges that push components to the “Nth” degree.
The high temperature of downhole applications is a huge challenge to electronic components. Temperatures upwards of 200°C are not uncommon and even exceed the melting point of some solders, it’s an area that exemplifies continual advancement and remains a key focus for downhole engineers worldwide.
Other areas covered are the IP Code (IEC 60529) and NEMA Type Number (NEMA 250). These ratings designate the various types and degrees of protection afforded to electrical equipment by a housing or enclosure against water, dust, corrosive agents, and more. In addition, the site provides extra resources to help spearhead design development such as in-depth industry articles, white papers and a comprehensive library of technical resources that can be reviewed by topic or supplier. A Featured Products guide and user-friendly graphical interface are designed to speed navigation. Engineers can quickly navigate to products and information based on defined parameters and design requirements.
Commenting on the new site Kevin Hess, Mouser Vice President of Technical Marketing, said “The rationale behind our Technology sites is to educate, help narrow the list of products, and find the right products for their design projects. Applications that fall in the Harsh Environments category, especially downhole, require robust, reliable components capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, intense vibration, water, and more. Our goal is to help transform knowledge into design know-how – all with the simple click of a mouse.”