The Importance of Surface Cleanliness
Brighton Science's Surface Analyst™ is a fast, easy, accurate, nondestructive, handheld device that measures contact angle on real-world surfaces and products. Contact angle measures the level of cleanliness and quality of a material surface. Understanding and defining surface cleanliness within manufacturing is necessary when bonding, coating, painting, printing or welding.
How a manufacturer qualifies a properly prepared surface can differ depending on the surface preparation process and requirements. Measuring and monitoring surfaces applies to many different steps within the manufacturing procedure. Data generated by the Surface Analyst enables streamlined process development, supplier verification, identifying present and potential issues, and anticipating possible contaminants that could cause adhesion failure.
Surface Preparation and So Much More
Brighton Science breaks down the 5 Primary Uses of the Surface Analyst and demonstrates the multifaceted ways in which the Surface Analyst can refine surface preparation processes to reinforce reliable, consistent, and strong adhesive processes.
5 Primary Uses of the Surface Analyst
- Develop appropriate surface preparation processes and guarantee performance.
There are dozens of surface preparation processes: grit-blasting, plasma treatment, solvent wiping, washing, etc. Each process produces different results. Manufacturers in all industries can use the Surface Analyst to define what the optimal surface cleanliness level should be for a particular process or material and way in which to achieve said level to successfully produce high-performance adhesion results.
- Verify condition of incoming surfaces from suppliers.
Supplier verification is crucial, but can be difficult and even impossible without a way to measure surface cleanliness. With the Surface Analyst, both the manufacturer and the supplier can objectively verify the validity of the part's surface quality and cleanliness.
- Confirm and document proper surface treatment on the manufacturing floor, or during repairs.
On the factory floor, the Surface Analyst instantly confirms a part's state of quality or cleanliness. When failed bonds require repairs, the Surface Analyst can ensure a successful bond and prevent further failures.
- Determine the effect of aging on surface preparation.
Often, after preparing a surface, time passes before the part or material goes onto the final assembly step whether it's being painted, adhered, printed on or coated. Time matters to surface quality and being able to monitor surface cleanliness levels in this lay time can identify and anticipate potential failure caused by contaminants.
- Troubleshoot surface preparation processes.
Occasionally, coatings bubble, paint peels, or a bond fails. When this happens, the surface preparation process requires reexamination. This can be a simple or complex process, depending on the procedure. The Surface Analyst can identify where and when a step needs refining.
So, as a measure of surface cleanliness, the Surface Analyst has multiple applications. Whether it's process development, troubleshooting, supplier verification, data collection, or contaminant monitoring it can renovate and refine the surface preparation process.
To find out more about the primary uses of the Surface Analyst, download the eBook, "Manufacturer's Roadmap to Eliminating Adhesion Issues in Production." This guide gives clear insight into how organizations can eliminate guesswork around adhesion and achieve consistent and successful results.