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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Webinar Emerges from Plasmatreat Open House: The 4 Surface Fundamentals for Successful Bonding in Manufacturing

Manufacturers are all too familiar with the challenges of getting a bond to stick and hold. The success of a bond relies on the surface created prior to that bond, so, monitoring and measuring surface processes is the only way to know that the surface is ready to bond reliably. BTG Labs’...

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Optimizing your Metal Performance with the Surface Analyst

Manufacturers working with metal and worrying about metal performance are all too familiar with the obstacles that come along with coating, painting, bonding, printing, or sealing it. While the uses of metal in manufacturing are countless and exist in numerous industries, the common denominator...

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Aerodef 2017 Recap: Through the Eyes of a BTG Labs Sales Engineer

The Aerodef Manufacturing conference was held last week in Ft. Worth Texas. This event is a smaller regional manufacturing show focusing on aerospace and defense industries. The show typically features technical papers on a variety of topics, a small trade show floor, and a few receptions to...

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BTG Labs to Present at CMH-17

This week, BTG Labs will attend the CMH-17 PMC Coordination Meeting in conjunction with ASTM D-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of this gathering is to present and collaborate on the latest in composite advances and standards and contribute to document updates.

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BTG Labs Interviews Louis Dorworth of Abaris about AeroDef 2017

This week, BTG Labs’ Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham will be co-hosting a booth and presenting a 3-hour long workshop with BTG Labs’ valued partner, Louis (Lou) Dorworth, Direct Services Manager at Abaris Training Resources, Inc.   Louis C. (Lou) Dorworth Division Mgr.-Direct Services...

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How the Surface Analyst Improves Composites Performance

The utilization of composites increases daily in manufacturing as more ways in which to use this advanced material are discovered. Composite is a smart material that provides a lighter weight and stronger product. This advanced material is being used in many different industries, from consumer...

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BTG Labs at AeroDef 2017

AeroDef Manufacturing 2017  is the pivotal event for world leaders of the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. BTG Labs is excited to exhibit, speak, and teach a course at the conference held March 6-9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. BTG Labs Chief Scientist...

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The Surface Analyst's Ability to Measure on Concave and Convex Surfaces

Broadening the Abilities of the Surface Analyst The Surface Analyst™ has the unique ability to measure on almost any surface: vertical, horizontal, smooth, rough, mirrored and in an easy, accurate, fast, and non-destructive way. However, until now, measuring on concave and convex surfaces...

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The Surface Analyst Technology Replaces the Old Language of Dyne

Smarter Surface Processes For over a decade, manufacturers and suppliers have spoken the language of dyne when dealing with surface preparation and treatment verification. Because the process of dyne analysis requires users to interpret the way the ink spreads on a surface, it is highly...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham to Present at The Adhesion Society 40th Annual Meeting

A Meeting of the Adhesion Society Annually, scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and students professionally concerned with the science and technology of adhesion, gather for a meeting of the Adhesion Society. Since 1978, this gathering has brought together these great minds to discuss,...

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Top 11 Most Frequently Asked Questions About the Surface Analyst

1. Does surface roughness affect the measurement? Can you measure on curved parts? Because the Surface Analyst uses patented Ballistic Deposition to deposit liquid drops, the user can easily take measurements on surfaces with varied shapes, orientation, and texture. While Ballistic Deposition...

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The Role of Brighton Science's (formerly BTG Labs) Surface Analyst in the Development of the F-35 Lightning II

With the exciting release and testing of the F-35 Lightning II, Brighton Science swells with pride over its involvement in the development of this remarkable aircraft. The F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office recently released a booklet of Small Business Success Stories to share the...

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Can Contact Angle Quantitatively Measure Total Surface Energy?

Water Contact Angle as a Quantitative Measurement of Surface Energy Brighton Science's Surface Analyst™ uses contact angle of highly purified water ballistically deposited on a material to determine surface energy.  This surface energy correlates directly to a material's ability to adhere....

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BTG Labs' Success Story: The Development of the Surface Analyst

Evolution of Aircraft Manufacturing: Moving Towards a Lighter Material In the early 2000s, the U.S. Airforce recruited BTG Labs to aid in the development of bonding technologies for composite materials to replace heavier aluminum and titanium in aircraft manufacturing. Carbon fiber composites...

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5 Primary Uses of the Surface Analyst

The Importance of Surface Cleanliness BTG Labs' Surface Analyst™ is a fast, easy, accurate, nondestructive, handheld device. It uses contact angle to measure the cleanliness level of a surface. Understanding and defining surface cleanliness within manufacturing is necessary. How a manufacturer...

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BTG and Vapormatt will Co-Host Booth at CAMX 2016

Symbiosis: BTG Labs and Vapormatt BTG Labs looks forward to co-hosting a booth with Vapormatt at The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) 2016. The expo will take place September 26-29, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. This event emerged from a collaboration...

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Qualification of Surface Preparation Processes for Bonded Aircraft Repair

Adhesive Bonding Repair The two principle materials used in aircraft manufacturing, metals and polymers, tote particularly reactive surfaces. This leaves them highly susceptible to contamination. As adhesive bonded repairs become more and more popular in the industry, knowing and understanding...

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CompositesWorld Magazine, BTG Labs & Abaris Hosting Surface Energy and Quality Assurance Webinar

Webinar: Measuring Surface Energy in Manufacturing and Repair of Composites to Assure Quality of Bonded Interfaces Thu, Jun 9, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT OVERVIEWThis interactive tutorial provides a comprehensive look at common industry practices, including typical surface preparation methods...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham to Present at SAE Conference on the Evaluation of Surface Contaminants

BTG Labs will be attending the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) AMS Aerospace Organization Coatings Committee (AMS G-8)’s annual meeting May 3-5. Dr. Giles Dillingham and Lucas Dillingham will present on “An Integrated Approach to Quantification of Contaminant Effects on Surface Sensitive...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham Teaching Adhesion Society Short Courses

The Adhesion Science & Technology Short Course will be held February 19-20, 2016 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. Adhesion and Surface Processes Dr. Giles Dillingham, President and Chief Scientist of BTG Labs, will be teaching two short courses at the annual meeting of the Adhesion...

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The Surface Analyst's™ Unique Method of Measuring Water Contact Angle

Image above: The Surface Analyst uses Ballistic Deposition to deposit water on diverse surfaces to measure contact angle.   Fluid Deposition Style of Contact Angle Measurements Measuring the contact angle of a fluid on a surface provides an accurate reading of surface energy. However, methods...

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BTG Labs' Surface Analyst™ Instantly Measures Contact Angle to Determine the Potential Adhesive Strength of Bonds

Handheld Solution for Verifying Surface Cleanliness The Surface Analyst™ is an innovative handheld solution for use in the lab and on the factory floor. It reduces waste, rework, and recalls when poorly prepared substrate surfaces lead to bonding, coating, sealing, painting, or printing failure.

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