About Us

BTG Labs is an innovative, fast-growing materials science-based technology company that engineers and manufacturers the Surface Analyst™. The Surface Analyst is a fast, easy, accurate, and non-destructive surface cleanliness gauge that quantifies how prepared a surface is for bonding, coating, sealing, painting, printing, or cleaning from the lab to the manufacturing floor.

Over twenty years ago, BTG Labs began as a development lab for plasma polymerized coatings. Through research and development work led by Chief Scientist and CEO Dr. Giles Dillingham, BTG Labs made great strides in the field of material science and adhesives. With the USAF Small Business Innovation Research grant, BTG Labs developed Ballistic Deposition, a crucial step in engineering the Surface Analyst, the first hand-held contact angle measurement device.

Today, BTG Labs continues its research and development in the Materials and Processing lab, while constantly improving the Surface Analyst technology. Since its inception in the aerospace industry, the Surface Analyst technology has spread throughout numerous industries including automotive, medical device, consumer goods, industrial printing, packaging, and electronics. As a company rooted in science, BTG Labs continues to evolve, expand, and discover new applications and industries where the Surface Analyst improves and monitors manufacturing processes. As BTG Labs exponentially grows, new skilled, formative, and unique members are joining the team.


  1. 2017

    BTG Labs plays key role in DARPA funded TRUST program, providing conceptual framework and critical handheld measurement technology. This creates a path for certification of primary bonded aircraft structures through rapid quantification of bond surface quality during the manufacturing process.

  2. 2016

    Surface Analyst 3001 customers include Apple, Google, Tesla, Intel, Ford, GM, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft. Surface Analyst inspections exceed 1 million annually.

  3. 2016

    Employee growth of > 300% since 2014.

  4. 2015

    BTG Labs re-brands as the company transitions from an R&D services group to a Surface Analyst product company.

  5. 2015

    Surface Analysts are installed and in use in 23 countries around the globe.

  6. 2014

    New product developments for the factory floor funded by NSF SBIR grant.

  7. 2009

    The Surface Analyst is introduced and brings surface inspections to the factory floor and sees widespread adoption in aerospace, electronics, automotive and medical device companies.

  8. 2005

    Lockheed Martin F-35 program needs for QA of surface preparation led to support for BTG Labs to develop the Surface Analyst prototype: the first F-35 aircraft built using the Surface Analyst was first F-35 built with zero adhesion failures.

  9. 1996

    Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) support to BTG Labs from the USAF extended this work to develop Ballistic Deposition™ technology for rapid, orientation independent wetting measurements along with the demonstration of this technology for quality assurance of surface cleaning and surface preparation.

  10. Late 1990's

    Participation in the Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) program in the late 1990’s (a joint government/commercial venture aimed at identifying and overcoming barriers to widespread adoption of composite materials in aircraft) demonstrated the potential utility of wetting measurements for prediction of adhesive bond performance.

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