In 1976 we, while manufacturing audio equipment, encountered major problem with switches which were being used at very low signal levels. Although mechanical efficient, they demonstrated excessive RF demodulation effects, thin-film distortion anomalies and intermittent microphonics. All attempts to rectify these problems b cleaning or the application of protective materials (such as oils), had only a shorter palliative effect.
Because we were working with audio voltages as low as 80 microvolts, into impedance's of from 40 ohms to 47 Kohms, we also encountered unsatisfactory behavior from the connectors used in the system.
Being aware of the probable evolution of low-power (CMOS) logic and the burden this would place on connector systems, we decided in 1977 to develop a coating treatment which could be applied to electromechanical contacts in order to make them more reliable.
We set forth several goals for the material: (not in order of importance)
It took us from 1977 to 1982 to develop such a material and to satisfy ourselves that we had met the design parameters. Extensive field testing was done during the development and the material was released to the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 for trials as well as being introduced to the consumer electronics market at that time.
Stabilants are a product of Dayton Wright research & development and are made in Canada
NATO Supply Code 38948
15 mL of S22A has NATO Part # 5999-21-900-6937
The Stabilants are patented in Canada - 1987; US Patent number 4696832. World-wide patents pending. Because the patents cover contacts treated with the material, a Point-of-sale License is granted with each sale of the material.
Stabilant, Stabilant 22, and product type variations thereof are Trade Marks of D.W. Electrochemicals Ltd.
© Copyright 1987, '88. '89, '90 - D.W. Electrochemicals Ltd. This note may be reproduced or copied, provided its content is not altered. The term "contact enhancer", © 1983 Wright Electroacoustics.
NOTICE: This Application Note is based on customer-supplied information, and D.W. Electrochemicals is publishing it for information purposes only. In the event of a conflict between the instructions supplied by the manufacturer of the equipment on which the Stabilant material was used, and the service procedure employed by our customer, we recommend that the manufacturer be contacted to make sure that warranties will not be voided by the procedures.
While to our knowledge the information is accurate, prospective users of the material should determine the suitability of the Stabilant materials for their application by running their own tests. Neither D.W. Electrochemicals Ltd., their distributors, or their dealers assume any responsibility or liability for damages to equipment and/or any consequent damages, howsoever caused, based on the use of this information.
Stabilant, Stabilant 22, and product type variations thereof are Trade Marks of D.W Electrochemicals Ltd.