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4 Critical Questions to Consider When Assessing Risks & Challenges in New Product Development

There are numerous obstacles to achieving and then maintaining a clean material surface. But there is one element that carries through the entire product lifecycle and can have a massive impact on the adhesion performance of the final product: TIME.  Time takes its toll on surface quality. Time can...

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What is Materials Science & Why is it Crucial for New Product Development?

Many people are not familiar with the subject matter and discipline of materials science because it’s not taught in elementary or high school, and only infrequently at the university level. Instead, we are often taught chemistry and physics. Chemistry teaches us how atoms and molecules interact,...

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Does Surface Roughness Impact Contact Angle Measurements?

When measuring and quantifying surface energy, a common question arises: "Does surface roughness impact contact angle measurements obtained by the Surface Analyst?" In response, Surface Intelligence experts at Brighton Science launched a research project to determine whether contact angle...

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How to Measure Contact Angle on Convex and Concave Surfaces

Historically, accurately measuring contact angle on concave and convex surfaces has been a challenge. The typical method used to measure contact angle on these types of surfaces has been with a benchtop goniometer. The challenges arise from the way goniometers measure contact angle—from a...

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Why Creating a Surface Intelligence Center of Excellence Is Crucial for Manufacturing

As manufacturing becomes more complex and the globalization of supply chains increase, the need for a Surface Intelligence Center of Excellence grows. Such a center would compile data, training and best practices from across the business to identify areas where further efficiency and quality...

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Guess the Contact Angle: Plasma Treated Aluminum

So far in our Guess the Contact Angle Series, we have brought you three videos demonstrating how contact angle changes depending on the state of the material surface:  Contact angle measurement on a piece of aged, 'as is' aluminum Contact angle measurement on aluminum after cleaning it with an IPA...

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What Is the Role of Surface Chemistry in Industry?

Manufacturing has become increasingly complex with the fusion of technologies that are blurring distinctions between the digital, physical, and biological worlds. Physical products and services have become significantly transformed due to enhancements made possible by digital capabilities. New...

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How to Quickly Qualify Suppliers and Make Changes with Confidence

Materials used to manufacture increasingly advanced and complex products have likewise evolved to be equally advanced and complex. As a result, it has become critical to understand the surfaces of these materials in order to optimize their ability to accept various paints, films, coatings, and...

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The Benefits of Benchmarking Surface Quality in Manufacturing

Certainty 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 monitoring....

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Does Your Organization Take A Holistic Approach to Innovation?

Innovation can be a scary thing. For companies built on order, predictability, and success, innovation can be unsettling. It can be messy, unpredictable, and prone to failure before producing a demonstrable payback. But, innovation is vital. Without it, there can be no evolutionary growth or...

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How to Conceptualize and Design Products Using New Materials and Substrates with Confidence

Materials as technology is one of the most important fields in developmental science. As new materials are created and perfected, they proliferate and quickly spread to manufacturing centers around the world, spurring innovative product design. Rapid development of ceramic, sustainable materials,...

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How to Use Surface Intelligence Data to Build Smart Prototypes and Rapidly Pilot Manufacturing Lines

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been evolving, periodically marked by significant, fundamental changes such as the introduction of mechanization, mass production through assembly lines, and computerization. Today, we are witnessing what experts are calling Industry 4.0 – a period...

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How to Get Help Finding the Root Cause of Adhesion Failure in Manufacturing

Adhesion, coating and bonding problems have a tendency to be persistent and resilient, causing frustration and can lead to costly rework, recalls, scrap, production delays and reputation loss, at worst. These problems often require more than manufacturers are currently equipped to handle on their...

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Guess the Contact Angle: Abraded Aluminum

So far in our Guess the Contact Angle Series, we have brought you two videos: the first one shows the Surface Analyst taking a contact angle measurement on a piece of aged, 'as is' aluminum. The second video asks you to guess the contact angle after we took the same piece of aluminum, but cleaned...

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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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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 to...

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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 is...

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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 of...

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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 improve...

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Guess the Contact Angle: Aged 'as is' Aluminum

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 is’...

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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, and...

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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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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 liquid...

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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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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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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 warranty...

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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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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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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 manufacturing...

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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 surface...

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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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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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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 hands...

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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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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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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 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 in...

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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 we...

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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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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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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 for ...

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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 involves...

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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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The 3 Crucial Elements for High-Performance 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 if...

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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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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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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 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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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 R&D...

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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 and...

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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 path...

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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 dealing...

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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 production...

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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 cleaning....

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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 of...

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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 its...

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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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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 materials....

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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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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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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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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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Tales from Brighton Science's Materials & Processing Lab

In the Brighton Science Materials and Processing laboratory, magic happens. Or, at least it seems that way. In the lab, our specialists see the unseen. They use expertise, specialized tools and data to reveal the invisible. We’re talking about invisible surface chemistry, of course. “Usually, 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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A Beer with Brighton Science's Founder, Giles Dillingham

Image above: In 1987, Giles earned his Ph.D. and moved to Midland, Michigan to begin laboratory work at Dow Chemical.

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Surface Energy Measurement on Food Packaging and Print

Food packaging and print industries often face the obstacle of adhering to low energy substrates such as polypropylene. Measuring the surface’s cleanliness prior to bonding or printing is the key to successful adhesion. The common method for measuring surface cleanliness, or surface energy on these...

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Surface Treatment Processes: Flame Treatment

Flame treatment is a surface activation treatment process used to chemically modify a surface for better adhesion. This process is typically used on low energy surfaces that can be difficult to adhere to, such as plastics and composites. The treatment is also very gentle, posing low risk to the...

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Brighton Science's Exceptional Lab: Experts in Advanced Materials and Processes

Lab Capabilities The history of Brighton Science (formerly BTG Labs) is rooted in adhesion research. Originally a development lab, Brighton Science specialized in plasma polymerized coatings. The engineers worked with coatings containing corrosion resistant and anti-microbial properties. Brighton...

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Infographic: The Surface Analyst vs. Water Break Tests and Dyne Ink

In manufacturing there exist critical surface preparation process requirements to ensure products are safe and reliable. There are some legacy tests to determine if these requirements are being met and that the cleaning has been sufficient to ensure strong adhesion for coating, bonding, sealing,...

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Gage Reproducibility and Repeatability (R&R) of the Surface Analyst™

Obtaining Quality and Consistency with the Surface Analyst Brighton Science's Surface Analyst™ uses a micro-liter of highly purified water to quantifiably measure contact angle. This objective measurement enables any user to obtain accurate results in either a pass/fail rating or a contact angle...

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Automotive Series: Surface Preparation of Composite Surfaces

Building a More Fuel-Efficient Automobile The pursuit to produce a more fuel-efficient automobile does not rely solely on the efficiency of the engine. A great amount of fuel efficiency gains are possible not because of improvements to engine design, but because of improvements in materials....

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Common Surface Energy Tests: Dyne Inks

For years, manufactures have implemented a conventional method of testing surface energy using a solution called dyne inks. Dyne ink, when applied to a surface, can reveal the surface's adhesion potential. But, there's an inherent problem with the inks themselves...

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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. Contact...

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The Surface Analyst's™ Unique Method of Measuring Water 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 of depositing the droplet and measuring the contact angle vary. With this sensitive process, every detail and particularity...

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Automotive Applications Series: Ensuring Success for Formed-In-Place Gasket (FIPG) Applications

Controlling Surface Condition in FIPG Application Increasingly, FIPG processes are replacing traditional gaskets for a variety of automotive applications such as air filters, oil filters, door panels, and external engine parts. The advantages include cheaper material cost, higher throughput...

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Meet Brighton Science's Chief Scientist, Giles Dillingham

A Deep History in Materials Science President and Chief Scientist of Brighton Science, Dr. Giles Dillingham's fascination by the connections between the invisible (the molecular structure of the world around us) and the perceivable (the properties and behavior of materials and objects) stems from a...

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Contact Angle Measurements on Oxidized Polymer Surfaces Containing Water-Soluble Species

When Polymer Surfaces are Not Easily Accessible

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