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Today’s demand for energy usage in a wide range of applications has necessitated the creation of more powerful and compact energy storage solutions. This, in turn, has led to increased complexity both in the chemistries and methods of storage used, as well as more complex methods for regulating and maintaining and protecting those systems. Modern design of batteries and battery packs requires accurately determining the challenges that will be faced and choosing the right materials to combat those problems.
Power supplies handle an important task in our increasingly electronic world. These devices are used to convert power from one type to another (i.e. AC to DC) or regulate voltage from a source to its destination. These devices have become standard in many consumer electronics devices, where they convert AC power from transmission lines to DC power used in appliances.
A basic question that many design engineers have when thinking about assembling their products is: What are the differences between adhesives and sealants, which jobs are they best at, and how do I decide which ones to use for which materials and applications?
Before an adhesive can be applied, users need to be sure that surfaces have been properly treated to allow for maximum wettability.
Surface treatments are often needed when bonding low-surface energy substrates, but confusion between corona and plasma treatments clouds the decision of which process to use.