Making a splash in water-resistant digital devices: Page 4 of 4

November 24, 2016 // By Sean Riskin
Making a splash in water-resistant digital devices
The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make them faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But waterproofing has become the new focus of global electronics manufacturers and most brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind in this ultra-competitive market. Since water-resistant standards play a big role in making expensive handheld and wearable digital devices more durable, the industry has adopted the IPX7 rating, which protects against immersion in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet).

It also creates a vibration-proof joint that is easy to assemble, thus saving digital device brands time and money.

“When you’re stacking multiple components for assembly, tolerances always add up and nothing is perfect. So the more bearing surface area you can have can be a major advantage. These solutions provide additional bearing surface area or a single circular point of contact under the head, significantly improving the sealing surface,” Riskin says. 

Now that his study is complete, Riskin hopes his discoveries will help handheld and wearable device manufacturers dive deeper into the realm of new possibilities.

“Nobody wants to be just as good as their competition. They want to be better. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the market by diversifying themselves. That’s exciting. Imagine what we might be buying and wearing in a couple years,” he says.

Modified Spiralock fasteners.

About the author:

Sean Riskin is Director of Engineering at Stanley Engineered Fastening –

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