The award was in recognition of the XSD Series desiccant dry cabinets. Designed to exceed the formidable challenges associated with IPC J-STD-033C and 1601 for handling Moisture Sensitive Devices, XSD desiccant cabinets deliver a process combining ultra low humidity (<0.5%) and mild temperatures (40-60C) proven to replace traditional oven baking of components and boards at a fraction of the cost. (10%) Unlike other desiccant cabinets with heaters, the Super Dry XSD cabinets can dry BGAs, PCBs and other moisture sensitive devices at oven-equivalent speeds without oxidation and inter-metallic growth induced by traditional baking temperatures. Oxidation is a significant drawback of baking components and even a single bake cycle at typical 125o will significantly increase wetting time. Unlike vacuum or baking ovens, the XSD cabinets also offer cost effective unlimited MSD safe storage in full compliance with 033C specifications.
Accepting the award, Richard Heimsch commented, “These are not only solutions for a new electronics process problem, but they are also cost efficient and extremely eco-friendly. They consume less than 10% of the energy of traditional baking ovens while at the same time reducing overall floor space and logistics.”