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Guess the Contact Angle: Abraded Aluminum

As part of the Guess the Contact Angle series, we have brought you a new video that demonstrates how the surface quality of a material changes based on common surface preparation processes. In this video, we’ll be using the same piece of aluminum, but now we’ll see what happens when we abrade...

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Top Challenges Product Development Teams Experience When Bringing a Product Concept to Manufacturing

Modern product development is fraught with challenges due in large part to the sophistication and complexity of the various elements that go into a final product – everything from materials and surface geometries to coatings, bonding, and even staff skills and competencies. Pitfalls await even...

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BTG Labs evolves capabilities, leadership and name to become Brighton Science—bringing unmatched expertise to the emerging field of Surface Intelligence.

BTG Labs, a company that has spent the past 20 years solving critical adhesion issues and developing the world’s first surface inspection technology for leading manufacturers, has evolved its capabilities, leadership and name to become Brighton Science.

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Why Manufacturers Can’t Achieve Manufacturing Innovation Gains by Simply Purchasing Equipment

Innovation is a word you hear tossed around frequently in various industries. Many organizations pursue innovation relentlessly as the key to their success and to gain or maintain a competitive edge. But innovation can be elusive for organizations that don’t quite know how to support it. As a...

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Using an XPS to Understand Surfaces Critical to Adhesion

In today’s blog post we’ll be highlighting our lab’s capabilities. With the help of Rose Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Custom Applications and Materials Engineer, we’ll complete an overview of our x-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), one of our more complex tools, and how we use it to research the...

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How to Streamline the Product Development Lifecycle

As growing numbers of manufacturers embrace the principles of Industry 4.0, they are experiencing the benefits of its cornerstone concepts, including system and process integration, information transparency, and smart technology, all of which enable manufacturing across a variety of industries...

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Top 5 Trends in Products & Manufacturing Today

Change is perhaps the one absolute constant in manufacturing. Developments - in materials, processes, machinery, testing, products, markets and thousands of other things that affect manufacturing companies - happen every day. To remain cutting edge, optimally efficient, positively adaptable, and...

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Guess the Contact Angle: IPA Wiped Aluminum

As part of the Guess the Contact Angle series, we have brought you a new video that highlights best practices when cleaning material surfaces with IPA wipes and we will ask you to "guess" the contact angle measurement after the surface has been cleaned.   The contact angle featured in this demo...

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Data-informed Use of Contact Angle Measurements Minimize the Risk of Making the Wrong Decision about Product Quality

Deciding whether to reject a part or not based on a quality measurement always carries with it a finite risk: you could unknowingly decide that a perfectly good part is actually bad (a Type 1 error), or you might incorrectly conclude that a bad part is actually good (a Type 2 error). There is a...

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Leveraging the Variability in Contact Angle Measurements to Improve Surface Quality and Process Control

Determining whether your material surface has been adequately cleaned or prepared for bonding, coating, sealing, painting, or printing requires the ability to objectively quantify the chemical and physical characteristics of the top few molecular layers: this is where all the action is. Water...

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Eliminate Surface Engineering Challenges & Design with Freedom

Oftentimes, to boost innovation and improve processes, you have to think outside the common practice. You have to take the restraints off of creativity. Freedom to design and build to the limits of our imaginations is at the core of what makes us human.  In manufacturing, this kind of creative...

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How to Master Industrial Adhesion with Scientific Predictability

Manufacturers who produce products with surfaces that require paints, adhesives, or sealants face a challenge in determining the quality and reliability of the final product. The problem is often caused by the fact that most manufacturers don’t have complete control over three critical elements...

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How Manufacturers Can Optimize the Effectiveness of Plasma Activation

In last week’s blog post, Using Plasma for Surface Cleaning and Activation Rose Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Custom Applications and Materials Engineer, discussed how to use plasma for the dual purposes of cleaning critical surfaces and activating critical surfaces as they are prepared for bonding,...

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Using Plasma for Surface Cleaning and Activation

Today’s blog post is the first of a two-part series focusing on plasma. In today’s post, with the help of Rose Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Custom Applications and Materials Engineer, we are going to review plasma basics and discuss how plasma can be used for both cleaning and surface activation. We...

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Surface Quality Measurements Enable Plating and Coating Chemistry Suppliers to Guarantee Quality to Their Customers

Automotive supply chains are complex. Nearly 78 million vehicles were manufactured in 2020. Each vehicle may have upwards of 30,000 individual parts. Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to manage billions of parts annually. If any of these parts fail, vehicle performance is...

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Quantifying the Effectiveness of High Volume Metal Cleaning in Fresh and Aged Baths

In today’s video we will show you how to quantify the surface quality of metals when using fresh and aged baths. We will demonstrate how Water Contact Angle (WCA) measurements can provide feedback in less than two seconds on the effectiveness of your cleaning process and will enable you to...

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What Are Material Handling Best Practices to Keep Surfaces Clean?

Does your business, or your customer’s business, deal with adhesion – either in the form of bonding, coating, sealing, printing or painting? Given that these processes may be occurring either upstream or downstream, does everyone in your organization share a common understanding and appreciation...

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Guess the Contact Angle

In today’s blog post, we are going to have a bit of fun using video to learn more about contact angles. We will show you a contact angle and will ask you to “guess” the contact angle measurement.  The contact angle featured in this demo is formed by a water droplet deposited on a piece of ‘as...

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Does Surface Roughness Impact Surface Analyst Measurements?

In response to customer inquiries regarding surface energy, the Materials and Process Specialists at BTG Labs launched a research project to determine whether contact angle measurements obtained by the Surface Analyst™ are impacted by surface roughness. The study examined the effect--or lack...

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BTG Labs Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification Demonstrating Commitment to High Quality Standards

Cincinnati, OH - BTG Labs, the industry leader in industrial cleaning, surface treatment, and adhesion process control, has earned ISO 9001:2015 Certification. Internationally recognized as the standard for quality management, ISO 9001:2015 certification signals to customers that BTG Labs’...

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What to do When Your Contact Angle is out of Spec

Adhesive bonding can be used to create strong, reliable assemblies that perform extraordinarily well in the field. Adhesive bonding is a deceptively sophisticated process that is frequently used in complex manufacturing environments. It is imperative to take a holistic view of each step in a...

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Henkel and BTG Labs Partner to Establish Surface Measurement Standards

Highly engineered products, such as radar, guidance, and communication systems for commercial and defense aerospace applications use highly engineered materials when building products. As a supplier of sophisticated adhesives used in these high-end applications, it is not enough to merely sell...

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Harnessing  the Power of Water to Achieve Precise Results

Nature is miraculous. Living entities, be they plants, animals, marine life or humans, can perform an amazing array of complex tasks. As scientists, inventors, and engineers, we at BTG Labs take inspiration from any source that provides a good idea.  We marvel at how the archerfish uses water to...

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Contact Angle Measurements Can Be Used With Statistical Analysis To Predict Surface Quality

The use of contact angles to measure surface quality has been widely adopted throughout many industries and applications. Your organization, too, has recognized that contact angle measurements provide consistent and objective results in determining whether a surface has been properly prepared...

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Why You Should Rethink Your Manufacturing Cleaning Process

In manufacturing, a final assembly is only as reliable as its constituent parts and the bonding or joining method used to hold them together, or the coating method used for corrosion protection and/or the final aesthetic touch. In order to guarantee the strength and successful performance of a...

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The Best Method of Measuring Contact Angles for Reliable Manufacturing Processes

"Materials Science" sounds niche, and even a little peculiar, but no manufacturer is a stranger to the implications of material science principles for building reliable products. Materials react with one another. Material properties impact how these interactions occur. Accurately anticipating,...

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The Surface Analyst™ 5001 — BTG Lab’s Smart Data Solution

Cincinnati, OH––BTG Labs, the industry leader in industrial cleaning, surface treatment, and adhesion process control, is proud to announce the new Surface Analyst 5001™. Building on the success of earlier models, the Surface Analyst 5001 ushers in a new age of smart analytics for quantifying...

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The Water Break Test as a Surface Measurement Gauge

The water break test is a common way for manufacturers to test the surface cleanliness of metals. Compared to other legacy cleanliness tests, it is relatively simple to perform, however, the results rely almost entirely on the subjective eye of the person performing the test. Hydrophobic...

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Why Knowing Water Contact Angle is Important for Successful Adhesive Performance

Adhesives are an integral part of modern manufacturing, but choosing the right adhesive is only one part of the equation. It’s well known that you won’t get a reliable bond with an adhesive if you just slap the adhesive on to your material without doing anything to prepare that surface. What...

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How to Avoid Polymeric Coating Failure Which Leads to Corrosion in Materials

We know that plastics are in nearly everything these days, but we don’t often think about how plastics are also on nearly everything. Polymer coatings are as common as the latex paint covering the walls of your house. For industrial use, polymeric coatings have been protecting and beautifying...

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What are Surfactants and How Do They Impact Surface Tension?

What are Surfactants and How Do They Impact Surface Tension? In recent articles we’ve discussed what surface tension and surface energy are. Manufacturers need to acquaint themselves with these concepts because controlling surface quality through surface energy measurement of solid materials is...

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What is the Difference Between Surface Free Energy and Surface Energy

When it comes down to it, this is another purely semantic question much like the one we dealt with in another article comparing the terms “surface tension” and “surface energy.” Surface free energy is free energy in a particular space - the surfaces of materials. Free energy, in its most...

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How to Measure Surface Tension

The attractive force of the molecules present at the surface of a liquid towards each other is called the surface tension of that liquid. It may seem like a little thing (and in terms of mass, it doesn’t really get much smaller than the top few molecular layers that make up the surface of a...

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What is the Difference Between Surface Tension and Surface Energy

Using adhesives in manufacturing is becoming increasingly common for building everything from massive machines to everyday tech devices. But companies' reliance on the science of adhesion to make sure their products work perfectly and look marvelous didn’t start there. In the centuries since the...

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Surface Energy Measurement is the Key to Process Control and High Performance

When manufacturing companies take adhesion seriously it can have a remarkable effect on their ability to achieve their business goals. The key is to take a strategic look at adhesion processes early in product development. Glues, epoxies, coatings and other adhesives are coming alongside or...

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Why You Should Use Predictive Data in Building Material Manufacturing

Construction companies and the manufacturers who build the parts and materials that create buildings are relying on adhesives more than ever. When it comes to modern flooring, roofing, siding, windows and wall construction, to make sure the outside stays out and the inside stays warm/cool/dry,...

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Maintaining Consistent Adhesion Quality for Shoe Manufacturers even with Material Changes

There are a lot of reasons why sneakerheads love the shoes they covet. Athletic shoes have become one of the most sought after clothing items due to their aesthetic appeal but also because of the ever-evolving material innovations of shoe manufacturers. Shoes were once ubiquitously leather or...

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How Surface Sensitive Measurements Help Medical Device Manufacturers Avoid Regulatory Bottlenecks

The pathway to zero defect manufacturing through implementation of quality control procedures is found right there in the name. Quality control requires the control of variables to ensure quality outcomes. But it’s the former that is beguiling to quality engineers. The variables in manufacturing...

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Reduce Field Repairs Through Zero Defect Manufacturing

Quality control isn’t about preventing just the most egregious failure possibilities. It’s about setting high standards so that products are reliable for years. Control of quality standards for adhesive bonding of dissimilar materials plays a massive role in not only ensuring recalls and...

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Don’t Let This Process Gap Ruin Your Polymeric Powder Coating

Powder coating is a widely used painting and coating technique to create protective and aesthetic barriers on products from vending machines at municipal pools to washers and dryers, or cars sitting in your driveway. This ingenious technology, that uses an electrostatic charge to bind polymeric...

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How to Reduce Medical Device Surface Testing Time and Subjectivity

Time is always of the essence for medical device manufacturers. When a medical breakthrough needs to make it to market there is no time to waste. There is also no margin for error. Medical device manufacturers are always working with doctors and scientists to experiment with profound new...

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Manufacturing Best Practices for Business Continuity Plans

Even though coming to the end of 2020 has not at all meant the end of the impact of Covid-19, manufacturers are pushing forward to make sure 2021 is not marred by the setbacks of this year. This has not been a normal economic downturn and the ways to remain resilient in the past are not enough...

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Better Consumer Electronics Reliability: Coatings and Adhesives

In a recent study conducted by Instrumental, the top ten most common manufacturing defects were examined. The number one defect that manufacturers fight against is a deficiency in glue. It’s a simple fact that electronic products are relying on adhesive bonding far more than mechanical fasteners...

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How to Achieve Zero Defect Manufacturing: The Promise of Industry 4.0

It’s a common fallacy to assume we have a handle on the future based on past or present circumstances. If 2020 has collectively taught us anything, the bright shiny lesson is likely that we should never be so hubristic to assume we can know what challenges the future holds. A second lesson,...

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What is the Best Surface Quality Inspection for Smart Manufacturing?

Manufacturing processes can, on the surface, appear to be an amorphous web of convoluted conveyors and machinating machinery. But taking a closer look through the eyes of a quality engineer reveals that the process that leads to reliable products is, in fact, itself a series of decisions, each...

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Reliable Wire Bonding Through Quality Data Collection for Industry 4.0

Wire bonding and sintering are critical processes involved in the manufacture of a majority of electronic devices. These processes are used to connect silicon chips, integrated circuits (ICs), and electrical components to their housings and boards. Wire bonding has become one of the most...

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How to Use Contact Angle Measurements to Dramatically Reduce Scrap

Predicting production outcomes in manufacturing relies on accurate data that calculates the variables that actually matter to things like reliability, performance and longevity of the product. There are countless tests to examine every conceivably measurable aspect of production. Metrology is...

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What Medical Device Manufacturers Need From Surface Cleanliness Testing

Quality tests during medical device production need to check a lot of boxes for manufacturers. Testing must increase confidence in product reliability in order to be worthwhile to manufacturers. What’s more, that confidence needs to be measurable and reportable because companies cannot tolerate...

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A Great Idea to Help Save the Aerospace Industry

2020 is a year that will live in infamy for many industries. We haven't even seen the full effect of Covid-19 on economies, which inserts a heap of uncertainty into decision making for manufacturers. But one thing is for sure: we're not going to get back to business as usual anytime soon.  The ...

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Everything Breaks: What Reliability Means for Adhesively Bonded Products

The seemingly easy and obvious answer to the question implied in the title of this article is: reliability means no failures whatsoever forever and ever, amen. Sadly, it’s not quite so simple. For manufacturing engineers, reliability is an elastic concept that is particular to each and every...

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Where to Look to Achieve Operational Visibility in Manufacturing

Enterprise manufacturing operations are made up of interlocking, overlapping and critically interdependent processes. Each process in this symbiotic web consists of a series of steps that are only successful when the invisible details are unshrouded and subject to quantitative quality parameters.

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Effective Strategies for Efficient and Reliable Manufacturing That Can’t Wait

The sea change of 2020 has accelerated many shifts that were taking place within manufacturing over the past decade. We are either kicking down the door or being unwittingly swept over the threshold into the next industrial revolution. This transformation requires a paradigm shift from...

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The Huge Need for Zero Defect, Large Scale Molding Processes

Backyard pool retail showrooms are a true wonder. Seeing behemoth, empty vessels crowding a giant indoor space is disorienting, but it’s not the most stunning aspect of that strange, magical feeling. What makes these massive pools so improbable is that each one is just one solid, pristine,...

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Process Control Innovations for Card Manufacturers

We’ve all experienced the disappointing (and kinda embarrassing) moment when we’re at a register trying to buy armfuls of tortilla chips and salsa and the point of sale card reader screams out that an error has occurred. For credit and debit card manufacturers, these are the moments they want to...

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The Best Method of Controlling HMDS Use in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Semiconductors are one of the most fascinating areas of electronics manufacturing. The ability to “grow” almost irreducibly small integrated circuit components on silicon wafers has made an incredible amount of micronization possible. The theory has always been that as the chips got smaller,...

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Surface Preparation for Reliable Optical Coatings in Photonics Manufacturing

Coatings are an indispensable part of manufacturing photonics. The coatings help determine the most basic functionality of the lenses they are applied to. How much light passes through, what happens to that light when it passes through the lens, does some light get absorbed, are some spectral...

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Ensuring the Durability of Oleophobic Coatings on Consumer Tech

We’re all thinking a lot more about the surfaces we touch and the invisible things that might be on those surfaces. Manufacturers have been thinking about how surfaces interact with our skin and the environment long before COVID-19 made us all much more cognizant of what we can get from touching...

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Using Data to Improve Ink Adhesion to Polymer Film

One of the most frustrating aspects of experiencing a problem in manufacturing isn't necessarily the issue itself, but rather, it's the difficulty of accurately determining and communicating what the problem actually is.  In the case of blown and extruded polymer films (and many other...

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How to Get a Stronger Weld Through Cleaning

Even though we look around us and see plastic everywhere, in every shape and imaginable application, metals are still a more commonly used raw material in machined products. Metals are the legacy material of choice due to their strength and relative ease of bonding, but advances in polymers are...

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3 Things You Need to Know to Create Strong, Reliable Bonds With Laser Cleaning

Manufacturers are always looking to create stronger, more durable, more reliable and, in the automotive and aerospace sectors, lightweight products. In this pursuit they’ve often upgraded and swapped out material systems for metal alloys that have lower density, better temperature tolerance and...

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Surface Analyst vs. Goniometer Measurements

The Study of Goniometer Measurements Contact angle goniometry is the study of the characterization of liquid/solid interactions. The first benchtop goniometer designed at the NRL (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) served as a monumental advance with a way to measure contact angles to measure...

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How to Know if Hydrophilic Coatings on Medical Devices Provide the Necessary Comfort for Patients

Comfort is more than just a nice thing to hope for when it comes to medical devices like tubing, catheters and stents that are implanted into the human body. Comfort, in this instance, is referring to the absence of pain. Having a piece of plastic or metal inserted into your body is never going...

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How to Control Surface Quality for Bonding Dissimilar Materials

We’ve mentioned many times, in various articles, that bonded material systems are becoming the norm for manufacturers in nearly every industry. In order to make finished products more efficient in terms of weight, to cut material costs, to accommodate more automated processes, to lessen the need...

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COVID-19 Makes Remote Quality Monitoring Crucial for Manufacturers

Since COVID-19 has reshaped the economic landscape for the foreseeable future and there are many questions about how to safely and effectively respond to it, now is a good time for manufacturers  to consider how to make the best of our “new normal” if they haven’t already done so in earnest. In...

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How to Bond Fiber Reinforced Plastics for Harsh Environments

Many manufacturers have a dual performance concern when their products are out there in the world being used in whatever capacity they were designed for. These parallel interests are: how to maintain appearance and how to guarantee structural integrity through common usage of the products. ...

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Upcoming Summer 2020 Webinars

BTG Labs has several opportunities coming up for you to connect with our Materials Science and Manufacturing experts. Webinars are a great way to learn more about technologies and methods to optimize processes, protect the integrity of your brand and ensure the safety of your consumers. Get...

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Coatings on Car Sensors and Why We Don’t Have Driverless Cars Yet

Our relationship to our vehicles may have changed in the past few months with the idea of commuting to work looking more like a shuffle to the desk across the room rather than a drive to the office across town. However, cars have not dropped from their prominence in our society. With health...

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Controlling Parts Washing Methods for Medical Components

Cleanliness is next to production standardization requirements for medical device manufacturers (as the old saying goes). Devices built to be inserted within the human body understandably need to meet the highest cleanliness standards. Companies in this industry have already known what many of...

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The Dangers of Missing Vital Surface Quality Information in Production

A major problem for manufacturers is a problem of sensitivity. There is a rampant lack of sensitivity to material surfaces for companies across every manufacturing industry. Granted, it’s not easy to test surface quality to predict the outcomes of common manufacturing processes like adhesive...

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Verification vs. Validation for Medical Device Product Quality Assurance

Validation and verification are inextricable from product development and process design for the manufacturing of medical devices. To satisfy regulatory standards, reduce risk, create efficiencies and ensure outcomes, manufacturers have ever-evolving validation and verification procedures. New...

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How to Control Additive Blooming in Polymer Films

We all take the ease of peeling open, and resealing packs of double stuff Oreos for granted. The plastic packaging that maintains the freshness of our favorite snacks and foods has become so ubiquitous it doesn’t even register as existing, until we try to open that hotdog pack with our bare...

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The Best Way to Verify Medical Diagnostics Coatings

The biomedical industry runs on testing. Testing is at the heart of meeting extensive requirements to ensure healthcare practices and facilities are safe. A kind of testing that has been on all of our minds lately is the kind of testing that analyzes the presence of diseases. Often these tests...

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Single vs Multi-fluid Contact Angle Techniques Part 2: Why one fluid is all you need for process control in manufacturing

This is part two of a two-part series explaining the finer points of BTG Labs’ approach to helping companies build reliability into their cleaning and adhesion processes through consultation and implementation of novel inspection equipment. These two articles are based on this technical paper...

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Single vs Multi-fluid Contact Angle Techniques Part 1: Surface energy and the attractions between substances

This is part one of a two-part series explaining the finer points of Brighton Science's approach to helping companies build reliability into their cleaning and adhesion processes through consultation and implementation of novel inspection equipment. These two articles are based on this technical...

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Will New Hand Washing Practices Cause Problems for Manufacturing?

Like many industries during the COVID-19 crisis, manufacturing has had to make big changes including scaling back its workforce, enforcing new and intensified hygiene standards and taking a closer look at workplace cleanliness. Looking ahead to the permanent adjustments we’re all making, it’s...

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Proposed ASTM Standard Will Ease the Pain of Manufacturers

An exciting development is taking place to make surface quality and cleanliness inspection technology more available to all manufacturers. We have collaborated with ASTM International and other stakeholders to craft a revision to a practice to establish a standard use of  handheld goniometers in...

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Demystifying the Greatest Metal Brazing Process Challenges

When thinking about what manufacturing looks like, most people envision sparks flying, metal clanking and fires blazing. This isn’t too far off the mark since metals have been used for bonding joints together to build larger, sturdier and more stable structures since before the first Industrial...

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How to Protect Overmolded Connectors for Medical Devices

Protective coverings are part and parcel of our lives these days. For industries reliant upon electronic components and connectors, protective coverings in the form of polymeric overmolding encapsulation need to remain sealed and impervious to the environment. To accomplish this, manufacturers...

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New Study Proves the Surface Analyst is Dependable for Process Control

One of our favorite services we provide to manufacturers is to help optimize surface preparation techniques for their particular materials and products. It’s our specialty and one of our biggest passions. We feel so strongly about it because we know that if you, as a manufacturer, are able to...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacuum Plasma Treatment

Vacuum plasma is the treatment method of record for many manufacturers. Not only because it is a legacy technology proven useful over many, many decades, but because it can be particularly effective at creating chemically reactive surfaces of various geometries that need to be bonded, coated,...

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How to Bond PTFE to Anything

Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE is a very common material in wide use among almost every major industry. This ultra-lubricious and multi-use fluoropolymer touches everyone from aerospace and automotive industries (as an insulating cover on cabling) to musical instrument maintenance (it’s found...

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Covid-19: Biological vs. Chemical Contamination in Manufacturing

Lately, the whole world has been having variations on the same conversation. Whether the discussion centers on N95 masks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or what movies to watch while maintaining a safe social distance, the underlying concern is about cleanliness. At BTG Labs...

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4 Things You Should Know About Monitoring Surface Quality Remotely

The way we work, live, and fundamentally interact with each other inevitably changes over time; sometimes those changes come much more rapidly than we anticipate or hope to see. Even at the best of times, though, preparation and efficiency can be invaluable principles to suffuse workflows and...

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A Summary of Surface Treatment Methods for Manufacturers

One of our many mantras at BTG Labs is that all manufacturers who bond, coat, seal, paint and print stand a better chance of fully understanding and controlling their manufacturing process when it’s defined as an adhesion process. We believe this because adhesion is quite literally and...

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Cleaning Strategies for Great Adhesion

Cleanliness in manufacturing gains avid devotees all the time. Once the importance of cleanliness is grasped, it’s nearly impossible to think about manufacturing processes without considering the pervasive impact cleanliness has on every aspect and feature of the process.  Cleaning as a means to...

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Plasma Treatment for Complete and Reliable Cleaning with Richard Burke

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we wanted to explore the ways that electronics manufacturers, who are encapsulating their circuit boards with a conformal coating, are cleaning their boards. What are the benefits to their current processes and what are some things manufacturers could learn to make...

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History of Cleaning for Ideal Electronics Manufacturing with Mike Konrad

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we got the chance to sit down and chat with Mike Konrad, from Aqueous Technologies and the Reliability Matters podcast, a show about the reliability of circuit assemblies.   Mike is an electronics components and assemblies cleaning expert, whose mission is to...

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Topcoat to Primer Surface Reliability for Aircraft Painting

Adhesion problems don’t have a preference when it comes to the kind of damage they cause. Whether the end result is structural or cosmetic, headaches for manufacturers abound; although there are times where the issue doesn’t have to do with sunroofs detaching, electrical shorts or planes falling...

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Surface Quality in Aircraft Sealing and Bonding for Repairs

When an aircraft is manufactured, every single portion of the plane or jet is designed to be able to be serviced and repaired for the next 20-30 years. Aircraft manufacturing OEMs are building aircraft with the expectation that extensive repairs will have to be done later down the road. This is...

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Why Surface Cleanliness is Crucial for Electronic PCBs

Defining “clean” is actually more complicated than it sounds. Cleanliness can be in the eye of the beholder (I mean, we all had a college roommate who swore they were tidy, but let’s be honest…) and it can also be calculated and precisely managed to the nth degree. In regard to pcb cleanliness...

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Spring and Summer 2020 Trade Shows and Webinars

BTG Labs exists to solve adhesion problems in manufacturing no matter how long they’ve persisted, how complex their root causes may be, or what industry they manifest in. Toward this end we have amassed a wealth of knowledge we are eager to share with the world. Because when we all understand...

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Component Connection Failure Root Causes on ENIG PCBs

The field of printed circuit board finishing and bonding methods has been growing and diversifying for decades. The design of PCBs depends heavily on the use and environment of the electronic package, and those design decisions include what Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is employed. SMT...

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Form In Place Gasket Reliability Starts with the Surface

Form-in-place-gaskets (FIPG) have been a revolutionary advancement in industries that bank on high-reliability sealing applications. FIPG is a versatile sealing technique that deploys a mostly silicone (they can sometimes be blended with metals like silver, aluminum and nickel for conductivity...

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Eureka Moments: Exposing Improper Abrasion Materials

At Brighton Science (formerly BTG Labs), it's a daily occurrence for us to have a conversation with a customer who, when explaining the reasoning behind using a particular cleaning method or surface preparation material, tells us they use what they use because it's what they've always done....

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Surface Preparation for Primer Coating of Composites in Aerospace Applications

A lot goes into painting an aircraft. This massive, multi-stage process begins long before that final, shiny topcoat you see on the wings and tail is applied. The components are molded, then they’re prepared (which is often a multi-step process in-and-of itself), then they’re assembled, then...

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Conformal Coating Failure Caused by Poor Surface Cleanliness

Electronic components consist of many exposed and delicate pieces that leave them vulnerable.  A lot is relying on these fragile parts to function without fail. From implantable medical devices to navigational equipment and from sensor packages in cars to cell phones, the manufacturers of...

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Importance of Adhesion & Composites in Lightweighting Cars

One of the most pressing questions on the minds of manufacturing engineers is how to take a load off. Lightweighting, or shedding pounds on assembled vehicles and machinery, is a critical puzzle in aerospace, marine and, most acutely, in automotive industries. In fact, with the pressure to...

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BTG Labs 2019 Year in Review

It's been a wonderful year at BTG Labs and we'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of the things we're most proud of and grateful for. We've helped a lot of companies overcome what seemed to be insurmountable adhesion issues and discover new ways of thinking about both cleanliness and...

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Is Roughness as Important as Surface Cleanliness to Adhesion?

When the subject of material surfaces comes up among manufacturing engineers the discussion usually centers on the physical attributes of that surface; the surface topography or morphology, or more simply - the surface roughness.  Preparing material surfaces for assembly, coating, painting or...

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Surface Treatment of Thermoplastics for Aerospace Components

The Aerospace and Defense Industry is experiencing a market boom right now. Investments in the aerospace industry are an increasingly significant part of the world economy. Last year, almost $1 trillion was spent worldwide with about $400 billion spent directly on aircraft and space systems...

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How to Get Help Fixing Adhesion Problems in Manufacturing

There’s no shame is asking for help. Adhesion problems have a tendency to be persistent and resilient to most solutions, causing frustration and long-term headaches at best, costly rework, recalls, scrap, production delays and reputation loss at worst. These problems often require more than...

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The Tools & Skills to Address Adhesion Problems in Production

When adhesion issues become apparent in a manufacturing process, they can seem to come out of nowhere. When coatings on circuit boards delaminate and cause shorts; when automotive glass doesn’t properly seal and moisture is let through, or when implantable medical devices aren’t meeting...

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The 3 Crucial Elements for Good Adhesion in Manufacturing

Excellent adhesion relies on manufacturer’s ability to understand and control three distinct yet interrelated elements. In manufacturing, adhesive bonding takes many forms but the fundamental principles of adhesion are always the same.  Even if the application is metal joint welding, parylene...

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Fundamentals of Adhesion & Why 3 Molecular Layers Matter

Adhesion is a powerful phenomenon that can hold massive structures together and fuse microscopic compounds. It is also extremely dependent upon delicate and fragile processes to succeed. In manufacturing, adhesive bonding takes many forms but the principles of adhesion are always the same. Even...

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Popular Mechanics: How to Glue Yourself to a Plane, According to Science

Our team at BTG Labs was entertained and honored that Popular Mechanics would feature BTG Labs and Giles Dillingham, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Scientist in a fascinating, and surprisingly educational, article. We decided to share an excerpt of the article here with a link to the full story. 

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New Solutions to Address Adhesion Failures in Manufacturing

In order to create predictable adhesion outcomes in manufacturing, precision is key. When thinking about the success of a bonding, printing, coating, sealing, painting or cleaning application, manufacturers need a new perspective. Manufacturers need an approach that considers the entire adhesion...

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Best-practice Surface Preparation Processes for New Products

New Product Development is an essential component to the successful growth of companies who always challenge themselves to improve and innovate. Getting this design stage right is pivotal in that it sets in motion everything the product will be and how well it will perform. Yet, many new...

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What are the Primary Causes of Chronic Adhesion Failures?

Adhesion problems have a tendency to show up in a manufacturing process and then overstay their welcome. The chronic nature of so many adhesion issues is due to factors that many manufacturing companies are oblivious to. That’s not to fault the manufacturers. Until recently, there hasn’t been a...

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How to Minimize Production Scrap from Adhesion Failures

In manufacturing it is extremely difficult to eliminate all inefficiencies and production deficits. Setbacks that come in the form of scrap rates and rework resulting from product failures before shipping out or recalls and returns after products have gone to market, are par for the course--but...

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Best Approach to Adhesion Failure Root-Cause Analysis

There are a lot of options available to manufacturers who are trying to prevent product failures caused by imperfect adhesion. Many times the plan of attack is to budget adhesion failures into the scrap rate and consider the job done. In other, more dramatic instances, companies will overhaul...

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Identifying Adhesive Bond Failure Points in Manufacturing

Adhesion processes vary widely across different industries that incorporate bonding, sealing, printing, coating, painting or cleaning into their manufacturing operations. Every adhesion process is constructed differently based upon what the product being manufactured requires. However, all...

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What is the Best Fast & Accurate Alternative to Dyne Testing?

Dyne solutions have been the most common method of quality checking material surface cleanliness for decades. Their ubiquity and low cost have led them to be heavily relied upon by manufacturers even though they are imprecise, destructive to surfaces and harmful to the user. The science behind...

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How to Ensure a Manufacturing Surface is Clean Enough for Adhesion

Cleanliness and adhesion go hand-in-hand. If you’re looking for an adhesion process to be successful then you are also absolutely interested in cleaning the materials involved in the application.  In order to get the most out of your cleaning operations it’s imperative to know three things: ...

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How to Know if a Manufacturing Surface is Treated or Untreated

In order to ensure successful bonding, coating, printing, painting, laminating or meet cleanliness standards in manufacturing, material surfaces must be manipulated. One such manipulation that gets surfaces ever closer to being ready for adhesion is surface treatment. There are many operations...

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How Surface Quality Devices Can Validate Adhesion Specs

Regulatory specifications in manufacturing exist to ensure that the highest quality, safest and most useful products are created. These are devised internally through research and development testing to meet customer demands and through external regulatory bodies to protect consumers and public...

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How to Transfer a Lab Surface Treatment Process to Production

Production processes don’t just materialize, fully-formed on the manufacturing floor. Procedures and operations go through a full research and development cycle which can take years before they are integrated into the production line. This pre-production work includes strength, reliability, and...

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4 Manufacturing Process Gaps that Create Adhesion Problems

Process gaps emerge in production processes any time manufacturers do not have all the information they need to make decisions that will prevent or solve adhesion problems. Often these gaps are the result of oversights, however, sometimes they can exist and be difficult to detect because they...

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Can a Surface Science Lab Ensure Adhesion in Manufacturing?

Manufacturers utilize research and design laboratories all the time. To scale new products up to the production line, years of toiling in testing labs is done to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch once production starts. There are some areas crucial to adhesion processes that these...

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Secrets to Predicting Adhesion Failures in Production

When adhesion failure becomes apparent in manufacturing processes it can seem to come out of nowhere. Very often, there is no problem until suddenly there is. It feels unpredictable, unavoidable and like the best solution is to either eat the loss it brings or just hope it goes away as quickly...

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Will Automated Surface Prep Inspection Guarantee Adhesion?

Automation is inherently fascinating. Robotic arms, programmed workflows and smart data. These innovations are populating the manufacturing space and are changing the landscape of production processes. Adhesion processes and surface quality inspection operations, in particular, have...

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Why a Surface Quality Inspection Process Ensures Adhesion

Manufacturing processes that involve bonding, coating, sealing, printing, painting, laminating or cleaning need a metric to measure the surface quality of the materials involved. Without such a metric it is impossible to predict whether the adhesion process will be successful or if it's on the...

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TickTock: Impact of Time on Surface Preparation in Production

There are numerous obstacles to maintaining a material surface that is clean and fully prepared for adhesion in a manufacturing process. But there is one element that carries through the entire adhesion process and has a massive effect on the adhesion performance of the final product: TIME.  ...

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Why an Incoming Cleanliness Spec Ensures Vendor Compliance

Supply chain control is crucial to ensuring that the time, money and labor put into a production process doesn’t go to waste. Managing what comes into the production process has a massive impact on how effective and efficient the production process is ultimately going to be. For companies...

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A Benchmark for Your Production Surface Preparation Process

Certainty. This is the goal of every manufacturing process. Manufacturers need to have total confidence that every aspect of their production process will go according to plan. The adhesion process needs to be controlled just like any other production operation, with accuracy and on-going...

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Webinar: Reliable Adhesion Success Through Process Control

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Thursday June 13th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT for a webinar titled: "Uncovering Non-Obvious Variables in Surface Preparation Processes for Bonding and Coating".  Register today for the webinar being presented by Tech Briefs and BTG Labs.  About the webinar:

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Webinar: Unexpected Places to Control Adhesion in Medical Devices

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Thursday June 6th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT. In this webinar you'll discover typically unnoticed, yet critical points throughout medical device manufacturing processes that affect adhesion outcomes. These points are commonly overlooked but when they are properly inspected and...

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Webinar: Commonly Overlooked Variables that Affect Composite Adhesion

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Tuesday June 4th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT. In this webinar you'll discover unnoticed yet critical points throughout manufacturing processes involving bonding, coating, cleaning and sealing of composites, that have a great effect on adhesion outcomes. These points are often...

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7 Most Valuable Tips to Ensure Proper Adhesion in Production

Adhesion problems are an insidious concern to manufacturers in any industry with printing, painting, bonding, laminating or coating applications. These problems settle into a production process and they manifest in many different ways. An adhesion issue could look like joint failure, uneven...

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Why a Production Adhesion Process is Essential to Quality

What manufacturers know about the crucial role a successful adhesion process plays in a high-quality production operation and what manufacturers do about this fact can be widely divergent. Every manufacturer who bonds, seals, coats, paints or prints knows that in order to proclaim that a...

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Expert Guide to Create a Surface Quality Specification

Various industries have different names for ways they change material surfaces during a production process. In medical fields and other industries dealing with high-reliability polymers they’ll refer to the treatment of materials. In automotive and machining sectors the word used is often ...

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Catch BTG Labs on the Road This Spring

BTG Labs is bringing our message of how to guarantee clean surfaces and eradicate adhesion failure directly to you. Whether you are on the coasts, in the Midwest or anywhere in the world there will be a conference, industry event or webinar perfect for you!

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Webinar: How to Control Non-Obvious Variables in Polymer Surface Preparation

Polymer use spans nearly every manufacturing industry, so the troubles with controlling treatment methods in adhesion processes have touched a wide range of companies.

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New and Better Surface Quality Test Than the Water Break

There are times when trying to discern if adhesion in manufacturing will succeed seems like a deeply mysterious and opaque puzzle. The water break test is a simple and fairly straight-forward method of detecting hydrophobic (water-repellant) contaminants on surfaces, most commonly on flat sheets...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham Speaking at Parts Cleaning 2019

April 2-4 we will be exhibiting at the Precision Machining Technology Show and Dr. Giles Dillingham will be presenting at the Parts Cleaning Conference co-located with PMTS. Dr. Dillingham is presenting "Rapid Quantitative Evaluation of Chemical Cleanliness" at 12:30pm Tuesday 4/2 and you can...

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Easy Ways to Find Manufacturing Adhesion Failure Sources

When adhesion failure plagues a manufacturing process it can be particularly disruptive. A production process may be humming along just fine and then it suddenly becomes clear that a coating is uneven, or paint is chipping (when it wasn’t before), or joints are weaker than they had been, or film...

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How to Fix Common Causes of Adhesion Problems

Manufacturers often have a large blind spot when it comes to the causes of adhesion problems. This blind spot makes it impossible to solve these problems and generates frustration and loss rather than productivity and adhesion success. Taking the blinders off and taking on adhesion failure at...

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10 Most Common Surface Quality Mistakes by Manufacturers

Manufacturers are constantly fighting against adhesion problems. Surfaces not sticking and adhesives not working is the daily reality facing manufacturers looking to make high quality, reliable products. The daunting nature of the task to eliminate adhesion failure seems insurmountable and...

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Corona Treatment Concerns You Need to be Taking a Closer Look At

Disclaimer: this article is not about COVID-19, it is about a surface treatment process for better adhesion in manufacturing. If you're looking for information about cleaning, here's an article that discusses the difference between biological cleanliness and chemical cleanliness: COVID-19:...

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Get the Conversation Started at MD&M West

BTG Labs is going to be exhibiting at the Medical Device and Manufacturing (MD&M) West medtech event Tuesday February 4 to Thursday February 7. Our Surface Experts will be joining 19,000 attendees from around the world for three days at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA to discuss the...

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Don’t Forget the Surface of Microelectronics

It’s easy to be dazzled by the advancements in electronic and medical devices that are constantly being made and discovered allowing manufacturers to work on increasingly micro levels. Smaller tech means greater efficiency and higher production rates which can lead to lower prices and more...

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See You at IPC APEX in San Diego Next Week

Members of the BTG Labs team will be exhibiting at IPC APEX in San Diego January 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC APEX is one of the largest showcases of electronics technology and emerging ideas about the future of electronics manufacturing. We're very excited to be participating...

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Surface Analyst 2001: The Tool That is Simplifying Adhesion Success

The BTG Labs suite of tools, that enable manufacturers and technicians to fully control their adhesion processes, has a new addition. The Surface Analyst 2001 introduces new levels of ease, simplicity and accuracy to manufacturing processes, providing the confidence that the surface will stick. ...

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We're Exhibiting at Medical Microelectronics Technology Workshop Next Week

January 22 and 23 BTG Labs is heading to San Diego, California for the Advanced Packaging of Medical Microelectronics technical workshop hosted by the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS). We'll be tabling in the exhibition hall ready to discuss ways to improve...

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How to Get the Most out of Industrial Parts Washers

Parts washers are the heavy-duty, hardworking machines that have become irreplaceable staples in any automotive or machined part manufacturing process. As manufacturing processes have become more sophisticated, the industries using parts washers includes not only industrial metals and aerospace...

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How To Keep Up With the Changing Landscape of Advanced Materials

There's a logical fallacy akin to a "what's good for one is good for all" mindset that is devastating when applied to surface treatment in adhesion processes. Polymers are rapidly being developed and synthesized for niche applications to push the limits of current physical properties of...

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Holiday Greetings as the Year End Draws Near

The BTG Labs team spent a classy evening reminiscing on the exceptional year we are saying goodbye to.

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4 Common Factors that Affect Conformal Coating Adhesion

The pervasiveness of electronics in every manufacturing industry has provided unique challenges. Manufacturers are tasked with protecting these componentsin environments that make electronics vulnerable to even minute amounts of moisture, debris and environmental contamination. A useful solution...

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The Secret to Effective Polymeric Plasma Treatment is Control

Plastics are ubiquitous a material as they come, and there is nary an industry that does not utilize them in an adhesion application; medical device, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and flexible film and packaging industries all exploit the versatility of polymers in manufacturing. Take a...

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Webinar: BTG Labs + Plasmatreat Team Up for Polymer Surface Activation Discussion

This Tuesday, December 11 at 2pm EST we'll be partnering with Plasmatreat, a developer of surface treatment systems, to present a webinar hosted by Plastics Technology magazine. Dr. Giles Dillingham, BTG Labs' CEO and Chief Scientist, and Khoren Sahagian, Chief Process Engineer and Applications...

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NASA and UVA Work with Brighton Science (formerly BTG Labs) to Co-Author Spectroscopy Journal Article

Brighton Science's Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Giles Dillingham and Research and Development Chemist, Brooke Campbell recently collaborated with NASA scientists and researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia on an article published...

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What Happens if You Don't Continually Monitor Your Adhesion Process?

When a material begins its journey through a manufacturing process it becomes crucial to know and control everything that happens to that material as it makes its way down the line. There are two major factors to consider when understanding and controlling what happens to the surface of that...

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Looking at a Turkey Through the Eyes of a BTG Process Engineer

Ever wonder what a hungry BTG Process Engineer is pondering while preparing the turkey for the feast of gratitude to be shared around the Thanksgiving table? The sharp minds at BTG Labs are ever vigilant in the quest for a surface state properly prepared for the task at hand; whether that be...

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How to Control Your Adhesion Process by Getting to Know Your Critical Control Points

What is a Critical Control Point? A Critical Control Point (CCP) is any point in the manufacturing process where the surface condition of a material has the opportunity to change—intentionally or unintentionally—and impact adhesion, in a positive or negative way. Why should you care about them?

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What Does Clean Mean?

This article was co-written by Elizabeth Kidd, BTG Labs' Custom Applications Scientist and Research and Development Chemist. Coating and adhesive bonding are extremely common manufacturing process steps. It may seem obvious, but to ensure success in these applications, surfaces must be properly ...

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Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Your Plasma Treatment

We've collaborated once again with Composites World for a webinar elucidating a surface prep tool that's widely used and seldom understood. Watch the video of the webinar "Strategies to Control and Optimize Plasma Treatment in Composite Manufacturing" to learn how to get the most out of plasma...

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Reaching Out - Upcoming October Events and Tradeshows

Autumnal vibes have landed at BTG Labs and along with football-watching, apple-picking, Halloween costume-planning we have an array of opportunities for you to interact with us and learn more about the Surface Analyst.

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Speaking Engagement at AMI Medical Tubing Conference October 2-3

In the diverse and ever-growing world of medical devices, particularly those involving polymeric tubing, it is always crucial, and not always easy, to test and definitively guarantee the adhesion of your bonds and coatings. In the pursuit of bringing solutions to adhesion issues, BTG Labs is...

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New Webinar Discussing Additive Blooming Effects on Polymer Adhesion

Partnering with Plastics Technology, BTG Labs held a webinar about a topic that’s attracting a lot of attention.

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Custom Feet: How to Solve Surface Adhesion Problems in Difficult-to-Measure Areas

What do both of these statements about surface adhesion have in common? “We need to measure surface quality of the teeth on a gear to make sure the coating stays on.”  “We need to make sure the coating on our tubing is uniform, but we can’t measure a curved surface with our current surface...

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Adhesive Failure is a Good Thing, and here's why

Adhesion failure in manufacturing is an opportunity in disguise for exceptional business growth...if you do the work to understand the why behind your failures. Say what?

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Your Technicians Are Solvent Wiping Aluminum Wrong (and what to do about it)

Your Technicians are Solvent Wiping Aluminum Wrong   “We need to be solvent wiping our aluminum before it’s coated/painted/sealed/insert adhesion-intensive process here.” Technically, that’s correct...you should be. But is that understanding enough?

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The Ten Minute Talk that Could Spark Never-Before-Seen Improvements in Your Manufacturing Operation

10 Minutes to Fix your Manufacturing Operations   What could happen in 10 minutes? Well, if you work to improve a manufacturing operation, you know that means quite a bit...

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Bring your samples, to SAMPE.

On May 21-24, BTG Labs heads back to Long Beach, CA but this time for the SAMPE 2018 Conference & Exhibition. Recently in Long Beach for AeroDef, one of the aerospace and defense industries’ most widely recognized conferences, BTG Labs now contributes to this tradeshow that features “the latest...

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Surface Stories: How one company used real-time data with RS-232 to eliminate adhesion failures

Real-time data. New industry buzzword? Or a new generation of process and quality control?

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How to Uncover Hidden Adhesion Problems in Your Manufacturing Process

“We didn’t even know we were having process problems.” It’s an all-too-common phrase we hear from our customers, when they realize the level of understanding available to them now in their manufacturing operation. Simply put, you can’t solve an adhesion problem that doesn’t exist, and we’re...

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The Top 4 Reasons Your Material Surface Isn’t Ready for Processing

Incoming! What’s that sound? That’s the sound of manufacturers not having a supplier specification created for incoming materials in their operation. It’s like the old piece of wisdom: You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you came from. While we’re not exactly sure who said...

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Surface Stories: A Golden Bonding Opportunity

When most of us think of gold, we think of watches, rings, necklaces and even teeth. For electronics manufacturer’s, gold is one of the highest quality and most electrically conductive materials used in electrical component manufacturing. In order to best perform its golden duty as a conductor...

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New Life for Catheter Manufacturing: Proving Surface Quality to the FDA

“We’re manufacturing catheters, but currently we don’t have a reliable way to prove to the FDA that our plasma treatment process is effective and in control”   It's no surprise that manufacturing in the medical world carries with it a unique level of responsibility. The comfort and safety of...

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We're going to AeroDef 2018...........are you?

At the end of this month, an opportunity that comes only once a year will be coming to the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference, March 26-29 in Huntington, CA.

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Surface Stories: It's All a Matter of Grit

The quality of a process should be left up to chance. This is commonly the approach that has been taken by manufacturers when working to control their adhesion preparation processes. However, this is due to no fault of their own. In the past, the approach to gaining this understanding was...

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Surface Stories: When “clean” means not so clean

When it comes to preparing raw materials for adhesion in manufacturing, optimizing the level of surface preparation is directly related to achieving the highest quality final product. Under-preparing a surface, or over-preparing a surface both mean sub-par adhesion when it comes time to bond,...

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When it comes to low water contact angles, the Surface Analyst “means” business

The desktop goniometer is a widely-used and accepted method of obtaining surface energy measurements of materials in the lab setting. For those unfamiliar, the goniometer uses the “profile-view method,” with water contact angle obtained optically as viewed from the side. This method effectively...

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BTG Labs CEO, Giles Dillingham, to Speak at Graduate Seminar at University of Cincinnati

On Friday, February 2nd, current University of Cincinnati materials science & engineering graduate students and faculty will have the opportunity to hear one of their fellow alumni speak.

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Supplier Product Quality: Common Questions Circuit Board Printers and Manufacturers Ask BTG Labs

We get our circuit boards from an international supplier and don't have a clear understanding of what the , so how can we trust they understand our concerns and are objective with their answers?

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How manufacturers can slide into FDA validation of their medical tubing

 Image above: Medical catheters used with a custom fixture

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Customer Journey: Medical Tubing Gets Validated

  How do we obtain FDA validation on our medical tubing when there’s no way to show quality in a measurable and specific way? A question all too commonly faced in the medical device industry, with the answer meaning acceptance of the product and the ability to sell without risking legal...

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Recap: CAMX 2017

Last week, BTG Labs exhibited and presented at the largest composites show and conference: CAMX 2017. Despite a set-back due to Hurricane Irma, causing the date to be rescheduled from September to December, the show attracted a large turn out with hundreds of industry specialists to exchange the...

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Connect with BTG Labs at CAMX 2017

BTG Labs will exhibit at CAMX 2017, The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, which will run December 11-14 in Orlando, FL. BTG Labs will host booth N17. Visit our booth for live demonstrations of the Surface Analyst. BTG Labs' CEO and Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham will give a...

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Deck the Hulls: Preparing Ship Hulls for Coating and Painting

Manufacturing a product to withstand the environmental stresses of wind, rain, and sediment is challenging enough. But, when you add saltwater and wave action to the mix, the detrimental threat of corrosion increases significantly. A coating adhesion test is important for quickly testing a...

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"We Speak Dyne, Too" Learn How in BTG Labs' New Video

In some industries--including film and flexible packaging--dyne is the primary language. BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst uses water contact angle measurements as a fast easy, objective, and non-destructive alternative to dyne inks. The main concern we hear from manufacturers is that both the suppliers...

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On the Surface: An Overview of Surface Types and Measurement Challenges in Manufacturing

Of all the challenges manufacturers face, creating and optimizing critical surface processes for various materials can be very difficult. Traits such as location, size, shape, and texture can add to the challenge. The success of any critical surface process requires an in-line, fast, easy, and...

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Case Study: Determining the Sweet Spot of Flame Treatment in Automotive Interior Parts

In 2014, a large manufacturer of automotive exteriors and interiors encountered a problem consistently adhering paint to their dashboards due to an inappropriate use of their flame treatment.

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Improve You Understanding and Control of Surface Preparation

Watch BTG Labs’ latest video and learn how to gain total surface quality control with surface preparation with the push of a button. This video offers a way to better understand and optimize control of critical surface processes, ultimately giving manufacturers the ability to engineer a stronger...

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Learn How to Gain Total Surface Quality Control

Watch the latest BTG Labs’ video showing the Surface Analyst’s revolutionary method for optimizing critical surface processes in manufacturing. This video demonstrates how the Surface Analyst provides total surface quality control for manufacturers who previously had ineffective methods, or no...

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Guaranteeing Anti-fog Coating Application on Automotive Headlights

The competitive nature of the automotive industry requires manufacturers to engineer the ideal product; failures, no matter how small, are unacceptable and can bring heavy consequences.

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Watch BTG Labs' Recent Webinar

BTG Labs presented yet another successful webinar. Hosted by Composites World, and presented by Dr. Giles Dillingham, “Development and Control of Surface Treatments for Adhesive Bonding of Composites” brought over 430 registrants.

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BTG Labs Presenting New Paper at ASNT 2017

BTG Labs is excited to present a new paper at the ASNT (American Soceity for Nondestructive Testing) Annual Conference 2017. Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee October 30 to November 2, this event brings together individuals and companies from a diverse range of industries including...

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Register for BTG Labs' Upcoming Webinar: "Development and Control of Surface Treatments for Adhesion Bonding of Composites"

Join BTG Labs for another webinar presented by Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham. Tune in Tuesday, October 17 at 2 pm ET for this highly anticipated seminar. Hosted by Composites World, this webinar has attracted over 300 registrants so far. Dr. Dillingham’s seminar on optimizing the adhesion...

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2017 SAMPE High Desert Chapter Symposium: A Recap with BTG Labs’ West Coast Sales Engineer

Last week, SAMPE hosted a one-day technical conference, the High Desert Chapter, to provide an opportunity for composites manufacturers to touch base before the next full length SAMPE show in 2018. BTG Labs’ West Coast Sales Engineer Aaron Berding, hosted a booth for the event. Was this your...

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Read BTG Labs' Most Recent Publication in Converting Quarterly

Check out BTG Labs’ recent article published in Converting Quarterly’s Q3 issue. The official publication and technical journal of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators, Converting Quarterly is the go-to publication for web processing, converting, and finishing industries. Industry...

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BTG Labs Takes on Vegas

Image above: BTG Labs Sales Engineer, Derrick Merrell enjoying a game of Jenga at Pack Expo 2017.   Last week, BTG Labs traveled to Las Vegas for the largest and most comprehensive packaging event in North America: PACK EXPO 2017. BTG Labs Sales Engineers met with leaders of the packaging...

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Here’s the Big Deal about Surface Cleanliness Measuring on Small Parts

Performing any kind of inspection on small parts can be difficult. When measuring for surface cleanliness, accessing small parts can be even more challenging, especially when measuring on the factory floor. With the Surface Analyst, measuring surface cleanliness on small parts has never been...

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How the Surface Analyst Optimizes Parts Washer Performance

Parts washers play an integral role in manufacturing, especially on machined parts and bonding surfaces. Prior to coating, sealing, painting, and welding, parts washers help remove contaminants generated from fabrication to facilitate stronger bonds. But, for a reliable bond to form, the surface...

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Network and Learn with BTG Labs at AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis 2017

BTG Labs Lead Sales Engineer Lucas Dillingham will present “What Manufacturers Need to Measure When Controlling Surfaces for Adhesion” at AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis 2017 on September 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm. This event will run September 19-20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The...

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Webinar: How to Establish and Monitor Cleaning Processes

BTG Lab's recently held another successful webinar. Hosted by Products Finishing and presented by Dr. Giles Dillingham, the webinar emphasized the importance of monitoring cleaning processes and explored different ways to measure surface cleanliness.

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Sitting Down with BTG Labs' President, Tom McLean

Tom McLean’s distinctive voice can often be heard throughout the halls of BTG Labs. I sat down with President and Chief Growth Officer of BTG Labs to learn more about the man behind the voice.   If you could, please walk me through the steps of your career. “The career is dominated by software....

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The Surface Analyst's Unique Ability to Measure on Vertical Surfaces

Challenges often arise when verifying critical surface processes on the factory floor when measuring hard to reach areas and varying angles. The Surface Analyst conquers those challenges with the unique ability to measure on vertical surfaces, which include assembled parts and hard to reach...

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Register for BTG Labs’ Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Products Finishing

Join BTG Labs August 29 at 2pm EDT for the webinar “How to Establish Quantitative Control of Cleaning Processes” hosted by Products Finishing, presented by Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham.

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Presenting the BTG Labs Online Shop

BTG Labs is pleased to announce the online shop is now live.  You can now easily find and order your Surface Analyst™ accessories. Items include replacement Fluid Cartridges, Performance Verification Check Surfaces, AC Adapters, Battery Chargers, and Battery Packs. Keep your Surface Analyst up...

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Print Isn't Dead

Contrary to popular belief, print isn’t dead: at least not printed packaging, an industry growing to a worth of $8 billion of the $20 billion global print market. The printed packaging market is booming. As with any growing industry, manufacturers must work vigorously to produce the best product...

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Chief Scientist Giles Dillingham Presents at the National Lab in Los Alamos

Nestled in the tall pines of the Jemez Mountains lies the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This center of scientific excellence, brings together some of the top minds in the world to maintain the country’s nuclear arsenal. This maintenance requires precise attention to detail and includes upkeep...

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Teflon: More than just pots and pans

Teflon is a household name that commonly invokes images of eggs sizzling on a skillet, spatulas flipping pancakes, or rice steaming in a pan. But, there is much more to this magical non-stick coating. Teflon, a brand name for PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), prohibits food from sticking to pots...

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Tales from the M&P Lab

In the BTG Labs’ Materials and Processing laboratory, magic happens. Or, at least it seems that way. In the BTG Lab our specialists see the unseen. They reveal the invisible. We’re talking about invisible surface chemistry, of course. “Usually, the customer knows there’s something wrong with the...

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Surfactant Detection and 9 Other Surface Measurement "Hacks"

Brighton Science's Surface Analyst is more than just a fast, easy, accurate, hand-held, non-destructive, objective surface cleanliness gauge. It encompasses features to personalize your application for measuring on different parts and for different purposes. Because we work in highly diverse...

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Giles Dillingham Reflects on Traveling and Teaching a Short Course at Universidad Nacional in Colombia

Dr. Carlos Barrios, a colleague of mine from 3M St. Paul, asked over dinner at the last meeting of the Adhesion Society if I would like to take part in teaching a week-long course in polymers at the leading university in Colombia. The course took place at Universidad Nacional in Bogota,...

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How to Measure & Control Bonding of Thermoplastics

Presented by Brighton Science's Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham who discussed the surface characteristics of thermoplastics. Dr. Dillingham also explored surface treatment processes such as flame, corona, and plasma, and ways to monitor and verify those processes. The ability to understand...

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SAMPE Recap: Through the Eyes of a BTG Labs Sales Engineer

SAMPE is the “Society of Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering,” and annually they host a conference and exhibit hall where Scientists and Engineers gather to learn about the past year’s manufacturing advancements. Giles Dillingham, our Chief Scientist and CEO, has been a member for...

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Upcoming Webinar on Overcoming the Challenge of Bonding to Low Energy Thermoplastics

Every plastics manufacturer knows that bonding low energy thermoplastics can be challenging. In the upcoming webinar hosted by Plastics Technology, BTG Labs’ Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham will discuss practical ways to improve bonding of thermoplastics more reliably and efficiently.

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Learn about the New and Exciting World of Lightweighting in the Upcoming Webinar

In the fast-paced automotive industry, manufacturers are constantly working to engineer stronger and more innovative vehicles. Emissions regulations call for more light weight, fuel efficient vehicles. As a result, manufacturers require a way to build an automobile that has it all: strength,...

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Don't Get Burned this Memorial Day Weekend: A Unique Surface Analyst Application

Every year for Memorial Day weekend, my family would pack up the station wagon and head to the lake. The weekend would be filled with red, white and blue, firing grills, festive picnic tables, and bathing suits. My mother would chide me to apply sunscreen before doing anything. And time after...

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New Paper Presented at ANTEC 2017

Last week, BTG Labs exhibited and presented at ANTEC 2017. We were pleased to connect and exchange intelligence with leaders in the plastics industry. Our booth featured the Surface Analyst, which uses contact angle to measure surface cleanliness of a material. This monitors the surface...

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How Clean, is Clean Enough?

Manufacturers often encounter a similar puzzle, when cleaning invisible contaminants from a surface, how do you know when the surface is clean; how clean is clean enough? This is a common question that manufacturers ask when preparing their surfaces for bonding, coating, sealing, printing or...

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BTG Labs Presenting at AA&S 2017

Top aerospace manufactures recruit state-of-the-art equipment to ensure precision and perfection. One thing the best of the best have in common: the Surface Analyst. BTG Labs first engineered the Surface Analyst through an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant to collaborate with the...

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Keeping Your Golf Equipment on Par: Why Top Manufacturers Turn to the Surface Analyst

There’s nothing like arriving at the course on a fresh spring morning. The sun is low, casting long shadows across the green mounds, foggy rays bring hints of warmth, a fresh, dewy smell fills the air, and everything is the most vivid green of the year. It’s time to get out the bag, polish the...

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Connect with BTG Labs at ANTEC 2017

What is known as The Plastics Technology Conference, ANTEC (Annual Technical Conference) 2017 brings together diverse members of the plastics industry from around the world. Taking place in Anaheim, California May 8-10, ANTEC 2017 showcases the latest technologies and advancements in the...

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Building Smarter with the Surface Analyst

Roosevelt University, a liberal arts college in the Loop of downtown Chicago perfectly contrasts antiquated and contemporary architecture. Roosevelt’s first venue, constructed in 1889 just in time for the World Fair, is 17 floors of beautiful Art Nouveau structure. The Auditorium Building...

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A Beer with Giles Dillingham

 Image above: In 1987, Giles earned his PhD and moved to Midland, Michigan to begin laboratory work at Dow Chemical.   The office of Giles Dillingham is unique, eclectic, and full of resources; very much like Giles Dillingham. The corner office is filled with books, antique tools, paintings by...

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Earth Day: How the Surface Analyst Contributes to Conservation and Renewable Energy

BTG Labs is gearing up for Earth Day; after all, we proudly manufacture an instrument that is valuable in a variety of industries from aerospace, automotive, packaging, and even renewable energy. It’s also pretty eco-friendly. The Surface Analyst™ improves the man