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.
Surface Analyst 3001 customers include Apple, Google, Tesla, Intel, Ford, GM, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft. Surface Analyst inspections exceed 1 million annually.
Employee growth of > 300% since 2014.
BTG Labs re-brands as the company transitions from an R&D services group to a Surface Analyst product company.
Surface Analysts are installed and in use in 23 countries around the globe.
New product developments for the factory floor funded by NSF SBIR grant.
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.
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.
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.
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.