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PVA’s Jon Urquhart to Present at SMTA Heartland’s STAR Forum on High Reliability Electronics

Halfmoon, NY – March 2024 – PVA, a global supplier of automated dispensing and coating equipment, is pleased to announce that Jon Urquhart, the company’s Global Director of Applications Engineering, will be presenting at the SMTA Heartland’s High Reliability: Strategic Technology Advancement Research (STAR) Forum. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Olathe.

In his presentation titled “Protecting Electronics – An Overview of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, and Potting,” Urquhart will delve into the critical aspect of safeguarding electronic assemblies from environmental factors to prevent failure. While designers and manufacturing professionals acknowledge the importance of protection, configuring automation in a production environment can be challenging. Urquhart’s presentation will provide valuable insights into three commonly used methods of protecting electronic assemblies using liquid formulations: conformal coating, encapsulation, and potting.

The presentation will cover essential topics such as the materials used, application methods, real-world examples, and troubleshooting tips to ensure a successful manufacturing process. Attendees can expect to gain valuable knowledge and practical strategies to enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic products. Urquhart has served as PVA’s Senior Application Engineer since 1993, boasting extensive expertise in fluid material processing within production environments. He is highly sought after by both material manufacturers and end-users for his ability to optimize processes and recommend efficient automated equipment and application solutions. Urquhart holds multiple patents for spray valve designs and coating machine configurations. With more than 20 years of practical experience, he is recognized as a leading authority in the selective application of conformal coating materials, contributing significantly to the advancement of manufacturing processes.

For more information about PVA, please contact PVA at or (518) 371-2684.