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Guess the Contact Angle: IPA Wiped Aluminum

Matt Hontanosas

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 ...

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4 minute read

Data-informed Use of Contact Angle Measurements Minimize the Risk of Making the Wrong Decision about Product Quality

Giles Dillingham

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 ...

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Leveraging the Variability in Contact Angle Measurements to Improve Surface Quality and Process Control

Giles Dillingham

Determining whether your material surface has been adequately cleaned or prepared for bonding, coating, sealing, painting, or printing requires the ability to objectively quantify ...

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6 minute read

Eliminate Surface Engineering Challenges & Design with Freedom

Lucas Dillingham

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 ...

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3 minute read

How to Master Industrial Adhesion with Scientific Predictability

Lucas Dillingham

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 ...

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4 minute read

How Manufacturers Can Optimize the Effectiveness of Plasma Activation

Marce Epstein and Matt Hontanosas

In last week’s blog post, Using Plasma for Surface Cleaning and Activation Rose Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Custom Applications and Materials Engineer, discussed how to use plasma for ...

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Using Plasma for Surface Cleaning and Activation

Marce Epstein and Matt Hontanosas

Today’s blog post is the first of a two-part series focusing on plasma. In today’s post, with the help of Rose Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Custom Applications and Materials Engineer, ...

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Surface Quality Measurements Enable Plating and Coating Chemistry Suppliers to Guarantee Quality to Their Customers

Marce Epstein

Automotive supply chains are complex. Nearly 78 million vehicles were manufactured in 2020. Each vehicle may have upwards of 30,000 individual parts. Automotive original equipment ...

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Quantifying the Effectiveness of High Volume Metal Cleaning in Fresh and Aged Baths

Marce Epstein and Matt Hontanosas

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 ...

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5 minute read

What Are Material Handling Best Practices to Keep Surfaces Clean?

Marce Epstein

Does your business, or your customer’s business, deal with adhesion – either in the form of bonding, coating, sealing, printing or painting? Given that these processes may be ...

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1 minute read

Guess the Contact Angle

Marce Epstein and Matt Hontanosas

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 ...

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Does Surface Roughness Impact Surface Analyst Measurements?

Marce Epstein

In response to customer inquiries regarding surface energy, the Materials and Process Specialists at BTG Labs launched a research project to determine whether contact angle ...

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BTG Labs Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification Demonstrating Commitment to High Quality Standards

Marce Epstein

Cincinnati, OH - BTG Labs, the industry leader in industrial cleaning, surface treatment, and adhesion process control, has earned ISO 9001:2015 Certification. Internationally ...

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What to do When Your Contact Angle is out of Spec

Marce Epstein

Adhesive bonding can be used to create strong, reliable assemblies that perform extraordinarily well in the field. Adhesive bonding is a deceptively sophisticated process that is ...

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5 minute read

Henkel and BTG Labs Partner to Establish Surface Measurement Standards

Marce Epstein

Highly engineered products, such as radar, guidance, and communication systems for commercial and defense aerospace applications use highly engineered materials when building ...

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Harnessing  the Power of Water to Achieve Precise Results

Marce Epstein

Nature is miraculous. Living entities, be they plants, animals, marine life or humans, can perform an amazing array of complex tasks. As scientists, inventors, and engineers, we ...

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Contact Angle Measurements Can Be Used With Statistical Analysis To Predict Surface Quality

Marce Epstein

The use of contact angles to measure surface quality has been widely adopted throughout many industries and applications. Your organization, too, has recognized that contact angle ...

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6 minute read

Why You Should Rethink Your Manufacturing Cleaning Process

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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The Best Method of Measuring Contact Angles for Reliable Manufacturing Processes

Pierce Geary

"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. ...

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The Surface Analyst™ 5001 — BTG Lab’s Smart Data Solution

Marce Epstein

Cincinnati, OH––BTG Labs, the industry leader in industrial cleaning, surface treatment, and adhesion process control, is proud to announce the new Surface Analyst 5001™. Building ...

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The Water Break Test as a Surface Measurement Gauge

Pierce Geary

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, ...

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Why Knowing Water Contact Angle is Important for Successful Adhesive Performance

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

Adhesives are an integral part of modern manufacturing, but choosing the right adhesive is only one part of the equation. It’s well known that you won’t get a reliable bond with ...

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How to Avoid Polymeric Coating Failure Which Leads to Corrosion in Materials

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

We know that plastics are in nearly everything these days, but we don’t often think about how plastics are also on nearly everything. Polymer coatings are as common as the latex ...

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What are Surfactants and How Do They Impact Surface Tension?

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

What are Surfactants and How Do They Impact Surface Tension? In recent articles we’ve discussed what surface tension and surface energy are. Manufacturers need to acquaint ...

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What is the Difference Between Surface Free Energy and Surface Energy

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

When it comes down to it, this is another purely semantic question much like the one we dealt with in another article comparing the terms “surface tension” and “surface energy.” ...

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How to Measure Surface Tension

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

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 ...

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What is the Difference Between Surface Tension and Surface Energy

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Surface Energy Measurement is the Key to Process Control and High Performance

Pierce Geary

When manufacturing companies take adhesion seriously it can have a remarkable effect on their ability to achieve their business goals. The key is to take a strategic look at ...

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Why You Should Use Predictive Data in Building Material Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

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, ...

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Maintaining Consistent Adhesion Quality for Shoe Manufacturers even with Material Changes

Pierce Geary

There are a lot of reasons why sneakerheads love the shoes they covet. Athletic shoes have become one of the most sought after clothing items due to their aesthetic appeal but ...

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How Surface Sensitive Measurements Help Medical Device Manufacturers Avoid Regulatory Bottlenecks

Pierce Geary

The pathway to zero defect manufacturing through implementation of quality control procedures is found right there in the name. Quality control requires the control of variables ...

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Reduce Field Repairs Through Zero Defect Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Don’t Let This Process Gap Ruin Your Polymeric Powder Coating

Pierce Geary

Powder coating is a widely used painting and coating technique to create protective and aesthetic barriers on products from vending machines at municipal pools to washers and ...

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How to Reduce Medical Device Surface Testing Time and Subjectivity

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Manufacturing Best Practices for Business Continuity Plans

Pierce Geary

Even though coming to the end of 2020 has not at all meant the end of the impact of Covid-19, manufacturers are pushing forward to make sure 2021 is not marred by the setbacks of ...

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Better Consumer Electronics Reliability: Coatings and Adhesives

Pierce Geary

In a recent study conducted by Instrumental, the top ten most common manufacturing defects were examined. The number one defect that manufacturers fight against is a deficiency in ...

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How to Achieve Zero Defect Manufacturing: The Promise of Industry 4.0

Pierce Geary

It’s a common fallacy to assume we have a handle on the future based on past or present circumstances. If 2020 has collectively taught us anything, the bright shiny lesson is ...

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What is the Best Surface Quality Inspection for Smart Manufacturing?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Reliable Wire Bonding Through Quality Data Collection for Industry 4.0

Decker Horninger and Pierce Geary

Wire bonding and sintering are critical processes involved in the manufacture of a majority of electronic devices. These processes are used to connect silicon chips, integrated ...

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How to Use Contact Angle Measurements to Dramatically Reduce Scrap

Pierce Geary

Predicting production outcomes in manufacturing relies on accurate data that calculates the variables that actually matter to things like reliability, performance and longevity of ...

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What Medical Device Manufacturers Need From Surface Cleanliness Testing

Pierce Geary

Quality tests during medical device production need to check a lot of boxes for manufacturers. Testing must increase confidence in product reliability in order to be worthwhile to ...

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A Great Idea to Help Save the Aerospace Industry

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Everything Breaks: What Reliability Means for Adhesively Bonded Products

Pierce Geary

The seemingly easy and obvious answer to the question implied in the title of this article is: reliability means no failures whatsoever forever and ever, amen. Sadly, it’s not ...

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Where to Look to Achieve Operational Visibility in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

Enterprise manufacturing operations are made up of interlocking, overlapping and critically interdependent processes. Each process in this symbiotic web consists of a series of ...

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7 minute read

Effective Strategies for Efficient and Reliable Manufacturing That Can’t Wait

Pierce Geary

The sea change of 2020 has accelerated many shifts that were taking place within manufacturing over the past decade. We are either kicking down the door or being unwittingly swept ...

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The Huge Need for Zero Defect, Large Scale Molding Processes

Pierce Geary

Backyard pool retail showrooms are a true wonder. Seeing behemoth, empty vessels crowding a giant indoor space is disorienting, but it’s not the most stunning aspect of that ...

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Process Control Innovations for Card Manufacturers

Pierce Geary

We’ve all experienced the disappointing (and kinda embarrassing) moment when we’re at a register trying to buy armfuls of tortilla chips and salsa and the point of sale card ...

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The Best Method of Controlling HMDS Use in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Decker Horninger and Pierce Geary

Semiconductors are one of the most fascinating areas of electronics manufacturing. The ability to “grow” almost irreducibly small integrated circuit components on silicon wafers ...

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Surface Preparation for Reliable Optical Coatings in Photonics Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

Coatings are an indispensable part of manufacturing photonics. The coatings help determine the most basic functionality of the lenses they are applied to. How much light passes ...

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Ensuring the Durability of Oleophobic Coatings on Consumer Tech

Pierce Geary

We’re all thinking a lot more about the surfaces we touch and the invisible things that might be on those surfaces. Manufacturers have been thinking about how surfaces interact ...

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Using Data to Improve Ink Adhesion to Polymer Film

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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How to Get a Stronger Weld Through Cleaning

Pierce Geary

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. ...

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3 Things You Need to Know to Create Strong, Reliable Bonds With Laser Cleaning

Pierce Geary

Manufacturers are always looking to create stronger, more durable, more reliable and, in the automotive and aerospace sectors, lightweight products. In this pursuit they’ve often ...

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Surface Analyst vs. Goniometer Measurements

Emily Leporati

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 ...

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How to Know if Hydrophilic Coatings on Medical Devices Provide the Necessary Comfort for Patients

Pierce Geary

Comfort is more than just a nice thing to hope for when it comes to medical devices like tubing, catheters and stents that are implanted into the human body. Comfort, in this ...

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How to Control Surface Quality for Bonding Dissimilar Materials

Pierce Geary

We’ve mentioned many times, in various articles, that bonded material systems are becoming the norm for manufacturers in nearly every industry. In order to make finished products ...

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COVID-19 Makes Remote Quality Monitoring Crucial for Manufacturers

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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How to Bond Fiber Reinforced Plastics for Harsh Environments

Pierce Geary

Many manufacturers have a dual performance concern when their products are out there in the world being used in whatever capacity they were designed for. These parallel interests ...

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Upcoming Summer 2020 Webinars

Pierce Geary

BTG Labs has several opportunities coming up for you to connect with our Materials Science and Manufacturing experts. Webinars are a great way to learn more about technologies and ...

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Coatings on Car Sensors and Why We Don’t Have Driverless Cars Yet

Pierce Geary

Our relationship to our vehicles may have changed in the past few months with the idea of commuting to work looking more like a shuffle to the desk across the room rather than a ...

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Controlling Parts Washing Methods for Medical Components

Pierce Geary

Cleanliness is next to production standardization requirements for medical device manufacturers (as the old saying goes). Devices built to be inserted within the human body ...

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The Dangers of Missing Vital Surface Quality Information in Production

Rose Roberts and Pierce Geary

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. ...

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Verification vs. Validation for Medical Device Product Quality Assurance

Pierce Geary

Validation and verification are inextricable from product development and process design for the manufacturing of medical devices. To satisfy regulatory standards, reduce risk, ...

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How to Control Additive Blooming in Polymer Films

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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The Best Way to Verify Medical Diagnostics Coatings

Pierce Geary

The biomedical industry runs on testing. Testing is at the heart of meeting extensive requirements to ensure healthcare practices and facilities are safe. A kind of testing that ...

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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

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Single vs Multi-fluid Contact Angle Techniques Part 1: Surface energy and the attractions between substances

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

This is part one 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 ...

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7 minute read

Will New Hand Washing Practices Cause Problems for Manufacturing?

Pierce Geary

Like many industries during the COVID-19 crisis, manufacturing has had to make big changes including scaling back its workforce, enforcing new and intensified hygiene standards ...

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Proposed ASTM Standard Will Ease the Pain of Manufacturers

Pierce Geary

An exciting development is taking place to make surface quality and cleanliness inspection technology more available to all manufacturers. We have collaborated with ASTM ...

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8 minute read

Demystifying the Greatest Metal Brazing Process Challenges

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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How to Protect Overmolded Connectors for Medical Devices

Pierce Geary

Protective coverings are part and parcel of our lives these days. For industries reliant upon electronic components and connectors, protective coverings in the form of polymeric ...

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7 minute read

New Study Proves the Surface Analyst is Dependable for Process Control

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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6 minute read

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacuum Plasma Treatment

Pierce Geary

Vacuum plasma is the treatment method of record for many manufacturers. Not only because it is a legacy technology proven useful over many, many decades, but because it can be ...

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How to Bond PTFE to Anything

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Covid-19: Biological vs. Chemical Contamination in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 Things You Should Know About Monitoring Surface Quality Remotely

Pierce Geary

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. ...

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A Summary of Surface Treatment Methods for Manufacturers

Pierce Geary

One of our many mantras at BTG Labs is that all manufacturers who bond, coat, seal, paint and print stand a better chance of fully understanding and controlling their ...

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7 minute read

Cleaning Strategies for Great Adhesion

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Plasma Treatment for Complete and Reliable Cleaning with Richard Burke

Pierce Geary

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we wanted to explore the ways that electronics manufacturers, who are encapsulating their circuit boards with a conformal coating, are cleaning their ...

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History of Cleaning for Ideal Electronics Manufacturing with Mike Konrad

Pierce Geary

At IPC APEX 2020 in San Diego we got the chance to sit down and chat with Mike Konrad, from Aqueous Technologies and the Reliability Matters podcast, a show about the reliability ...

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Topcoat to Primer Surface Reliability for Aircraft Painting

Pierce Geary

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; ...

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Surface Quality in Aircraft Sealing and Bonding for Repairs

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Why Surface Cleanliness is Crucial for Electronic PCBs

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Spring and Summer 2020 Trade Shows and Webinars

Pierce Geary

BTG Labs exists to solve adhesion problems in manufacturing no matter how long they’ve persisted, how complex their root causes may be, or what industry they manifest in. Toward ...

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Component Connection Failure Root Causes on ENIG PCBs

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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6 minute read

Form In Place Gasket Reliability Starts with the Surface

Pierce Geary

Form-in-place-gaskets (FIPG) have been a revolutionary advancement in industries that bank on high-reliability sealing applications. FIPG is a versatile sealing technique that ...

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Eureka Moments: Exposing Improper Abrasion Materials

Lydia Supinger

At 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 ...

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Surface Preparation for Primer Coating of Composites in Aerospace Applications

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Conformal Coating Failure Caused by Poor Surface Cleanliness

Pierce Geary

Electronic components consist of many exposed and delicate pieces that leave them vulnerable.  A lot is relying on these fragile parts to function without fail. From implantable ...

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Importance of Adhesion & Composites in Lightweighting Cars

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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BTG Labs 2019 Year in Review

Pierce Geary

It's been a wonderful year at BTG Labs and we'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of the things we're most proud of and grateful for. We've helped a lot of companies ...

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Is Roughness as Important as Surface Cleanliness to Adhesion?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

Surface Treatment of Thermoplastics for Aerospace Components

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

How to Get Help Fixing Adhesion Problems in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

There’s no shame is asking for help. Adhesion problems have a tendency to be persistent and resilient to most solutions, causing frustration and long-term headaches at best, ...

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6 minute read

The Tools & Skills to Address Adhesion Problems in Production

Pierce Geary

When adhesion issues become apparent in a manufacturing process, they can seem to come out of nowhere. When coatings on circuit boards delaminate and cause shorts; when automotive ...

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3 minute read

The 3 Crucial Elements for Good Adhesion in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 minute read

Fundamentals of Adhesion & Why 3 Molecular Layers Matter

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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1 minute read

Popular Mechanics: How to Glue Yourself to a Plane, According to Science

Pierce Geary

Our team at BTG Labs was entertained and honored that Popular Mechanics would feature BTG Labs and Giles Dillingham, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Scientist in a fascinating, and ...

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3 minute read

New Solutions to Address Adhesion Failures in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 minute read

Best-practice Surface Preparation Processes for New Products

Pierce Geary

New Product Development is an essential component to the successful growth of companies who always challenge themselves to improve and innovate. Getting this design stage right is ...

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3 minute read

What are the Primary Causes of Chronic Adhesion Failures?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

How to Minimize Production Scrap from Adhesion Failures

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 minute read

Best Approach to Adhesion Failure Root-Cause Analysis

Pierce Geary

There are a lot of options available to manufacturers who are trying to prevent product failures caused by imperfect adhesion. Many times the plan of attack is to budget adhesion ...

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4 minute read

Identifying Adhesive Bond Failure Points in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

Adhesion processes vary widely across different industries that incorporate bonding, sealing, printing, coating, painting or cleaning into their manufacturing operations. Every ...

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4 minute read

What is the Best Fast & Accurate Alternative to Dyne Testing?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 minute read

How to Ensure a Manufacturing Surface is Clean Enough for Adhesion

Pierce Geary

Cleanliness and adhesion go hand-in-hand. If you’re looking for an adhesion process to be successful then you are also absolutely interested in cleaning the materials involved in ...

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4 minute read

How to Know if a Manufacturing Surface is Treated or Untreated

Pierce Geary

In order to ensure successful bonding, coating, printing, painting, laminating or meet cleanliness standards in manufacturing, material surfaces must be manipulated. One such ...

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4 minute read

How Surface Quality Devices Can Validate Adhesion Specs

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

How to Transfer a Lab Surface Treatment Process to Production

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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5 minute read

4 Manufacturing Process Gaps that Create Adhesion Problems

Pierce Geary

Process gaps emerge in production processes any time manufacturers do not have all the information they need to make decisions that will prevent or solve adhesion problems. Often ...

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4 minute read

Can a Surface Science Lab Ensure Adhesion in Manufacturing?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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4 minute read

Secrets to Predicting Adhesion Failures in Production

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

Will Automated Surface Prep Inspection Guarantee Adhesion?

Pierce Geary

Automation is inherently fascinating. Robotic arms, programmed workflows and smart data. These innovations are populating the manufacturing space and are changing the landscape of ...

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3 minute read

Why a Surface Quality Inspection Process Ensures Adhesion

Pierce Geary

Manufacturing processes that involve bonding, coating, sealing, printing, painting, laminating or cleaning need a metric to measure the surface quality of the materials involved. ...

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4 minute read

TickTock: Impact of Time on Surface Preparation in Production

Pierce Geary

There are numerous obstacles to maintaining a material surface that is clean and fully prepared for adhesion in a manufacturing process. But there is one element that carries ...

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3 minute read

Why an Incoming Cleanliness Spec Ensures Vendor Compliance

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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3 minute read

A Benchmark for Your Production Surface Preparation Process

Pierce Geary

Certainty. This 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. ...

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1 minute read

Webinar: Reliable Adhesion Success Through Process Control

Pierce Geary

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Thursday June 13th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT for a webinar titled: "Uncovering Non-Obvious Variables in Surface Preparation Processes for Bonding and Coating".  ...

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1 minute read

Webinar: Unexpected Places to Control Adhesion in Medical Devices

Pierce Geary

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Thursday June 6th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT. In this webinar you'll discover typically unnoticed, yet critical points throughout medical device manufacturing ...

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Webinar: Commonly Overlooked Variables that Affect Composite Adhesion

Pierce Geary

Join Dr. Giles Dillingham Tuesday June 4th at 2 p.m. U.S. EDT. In this webinar you'll discover unnoticed yet critical points throughout manufacturing processes involving bonding, ...

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4 minute read

7 Most Valuable Tips to Ensure Proper Adhesion in Production

Pierce Geary

Adhesion problems are an insidious concern to manufacturers in any industry with printing, painting, bonding, laminating or coating applications. These problems settle into a ...

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Why a Production Adhesion Process is Essential to Quality

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Expert Guide to Create a Surface Quality Specification

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Catch BTG Labs on the Road This Spring

Pierce Geary

BTG Labs is bringing our message of how to guarantee clean surfaces and eradicate adhesion failure directly to you. Whether you are on the coasts, in the Midwest or anywhere in ...

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Webinar: How to Control Non-Obvious Variables in Polymer Surface Preparation

Pierce Geary

Polymer use spans nearly every manufacturing industry, so the troubles with controlling treatment methods in adhesion processes have touched a wide range of companies.

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New and Better Surface Quality Test Than the Water Break

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham Speaking at Parts Cleaning 2019

Pierce Geary

April 2-4 we will be exhibiting at the Precision Machining Technology Show and Dr. Giles Dillingham will be presenting at the Parts Cleaning Conference co-located with PMTS. Dr. ...

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Easy Ways to Find Manufacturing Adhesion Failure Sources

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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How to Fix Common Causes of Adhesion Problems

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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10 Most Common Surface Quality Mistakes by Manufacturers

Pierce Geary

Manufacturers are constantly fighting against adhesion problems. Surfaces not sticking and adhesives not working is the daily reality facing manufacturers looking to make high ...

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BTG Labs Attends the Adhesion Society Annual Meeting

Pierce Geary

  For the past five years BTG Labs has been a major presence at the annual meeting of the Adhesion                          Society. This year we are heading to Hilton Head, SC ...

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Corona Treatment Concerns You Need to be Taking a Closer Look At

Pierce Geary

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, ...

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Get the Conversation Started at MD&M West

Pierce Geary

BTG Labs is going to be exhibiting at the Medical Device and Manufacturing (MD&M) West medtech event Tuesday February 4 to Thursday February 7. Our Surface Experts will be ...

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Don’t Forget the Surface of Microelectronics

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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See You at IPC APEX in San Diego Next Week

Pierce Geary

Members of the BTG Labs team will be exhibiting at IPC APEX in San Diego January 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC APEX is one of the largest showcases of electronics ...

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Surface Analyst 2001: The Tool That is Simplifying Adhesion Success

Pierce Geary

The BTG Labs suite of tools, that enable manufacturers and technicians to fully control their adhesion processes, has a new addition. The Surface Analyst 2001 introduces new ...

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We're Exhibiting at Medical Microelectronics Technology Workshop Next Week

Pierce Geary

January 22 and 23 BTG Labs is heading to San Diego, California for the Advanced Packaging of Medical Microelectronics technical workshop hosted by the International ...

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How to Get the Most out of Industrial Parts Washers

Pierce Geary

Parts washers are the heavy-duty, hardworking machines that have become irreplaceable staples in any automotive or machined part manufacturing process. As manufacturing processes ...

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How To Keep Up With the Changing Landscape of Advanced Materials

Pierce Geary

Co-written with Elizabeth Kidd, BTG Labs' Custom Applications Scientist.   There's a logical fallacy akin to a "what's good for one is good for all" mindset that is devastating ...

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Holiday Greetings as the Year End Draws Near

Pierce Geary

The BTG Labs team spent a classy evening reminiscing on the exceptional year we are saying goodbye to.

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4 Common Factors that Affect Conformal Coating Adhesion

Pierce Geary

The pervasiveness of electronics in every manufacturing industry has provided unique challenges. Manufacturers are tasked with protecting these componentsin environments that make ...

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The Secret to Effective Polymeric Plasma Treatment is Control

Pierce Geary

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, ...

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NASA and UVA Work with BTG Labs to Co-Author Spectroscopy Journal Article

Pierce Geary

BTG Labs' CEO and Lead Scientist, Dr. Giles Dillingham and Research and Development Chemist, Brooke Campbell recently collaborated with NASA scientists and researchers from the ...

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What Happens if You Don't Continually Monitor Your Adhesion Process?

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Looking at a Turkey Through the Eyes of a BTG Process Engineer

Pierce Geary

Ever wonder what a hungry BTG Process Engineer is pondering while preparing the turkey for the feast of gratitude to be shared around the Thanksgiving table? The sharp minds at ...

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How to Control Your Adhesion Process by Getting to Know Your Critical Control Points

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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What Does Clean Mean?

Pierce Geary

This article was co-written by Elizabeth Kidd, BTG Labs' Custom Applications Scientist and Research and Development Chemist. Coating and adhesive bonding are extremely common ...

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Reaching Out - Upcoming October Events and Tradeshows

Pierce Geary

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 ...

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Speaking Engagement at AMI Medical Tubing Conference October 2-3

Pierce Geary

In the diverse and ever-growing world of medical devices, particularly those involving polymeric tubing, it is always crucial, and not always easy, to test and definitively ...

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Custom Feet: How to Solve Surface Adhesion Problems in Difficult-to-Measure Areas

Hunter Brankamp

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 ...

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Adhesive Failure is a Good Thing, and here's why

Hunter Brankamp

Adhesion failure in manufacturing is an opportunity in disguise for exceptional business growth...if you do the work to understand the why behind your failures. Say what?

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Your Technicians Are Solvent Wiping Aluminum Wrong (and what to do about it)

Hunter Brankamp

Your Technicians are Solvent Wiping Aluminum Wrong   “We need to be solvent wiping our aluminum before it’s coated/painted/sealed/insert adhesion-intensive process here.” ...

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The Ten Minute Talk that Could Spark Never-Before-Seen Improvements in Your Manufacturing Operation

Hunter Brankamp

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.

Hunter Brankamp

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 ...

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How to Uncover Hidden Adhesion Problems in Your Manufacturing Process

Hunter Brankamp

“We didn’t even know we were having process problems.” It’s an all-too-common phrase we hear from our customers, when they realize the level of understanding available to them now ...

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The Top 4 Reasons Your Material Surface Isn’t Ready for Processing

Hunter Brankamp

Incoming! What’s that sound? That’s the sound of manufacturers not having a supplier specification created for incoming materials in their operation. It’s like the old piece of ...

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Surface Stories: A Golden Bonding Opportunity

Hunter Brankamp

When most of us think of gold, we think of watches, rings, necklaces and even teeth. For electronics manufacturer’s, gold is one of the highest quality and most electrically ...

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New Life for Catheter Manufacturing: Proving Surface Quality to the FDA

Hunter Brankamp

“We’re manufacturing catheters, but currently we don’t have a reliable way to prove to the FDA that our plasma treatment process is effective and in control”   It's no surprise ...

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We're going to AeroDef 2018...........are you?

Hunter Brankamp

At the end of this month, an opportunity that comes only once a year will be coming to the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference, March 26-29 in Huntington, CA.

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Surface Stories: It's All a Matter of Grit

Hunter Brankamp

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 ...

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Surface Stories: When “clean” means not so clean

Hunter Brankamp

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 ...

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When it comes to low water contact angles, the Surface Analyst “means” business

Hunter Brankamp

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 ...

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BTG Labs CEO, Giles Dillingham, to Speak at Graduate Seminar at University of Cincinnati

Hunter Brankamp

On Friday, February 2nd, current University of Cincinnati materials science & engineering graduate students and faculty will have the opportunity to hear one of their fellow ...

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Supplier Product Quality: Common Questions Circuit Board Printers and Manufacturers Ask BTG Labs

Hunter Brankamp

We get our circuit boards from an international supplier and don't have a clear understanding of what the , so how can we trust they understand our concerns and are objective with ...

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Customer Journey: Medical Tubing Gets Validated

Hunter Brankamp

  How do we obtain FDA validation on our medical tubing when there’s no way to show quality in a measurable and specific way? A question all too commonly faced in the medical ...

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Happy New Year from BTG Labs

Hunter Brankamp

 Image above: Our President, Tom McLean and founder Giles Dillingham sharing in the joy of this past holiday season.

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Happy Holidays from the BTG Labs Team

Emily Walsh

 The BTG Labs team dressed in their holiday best to celebrate another successful year   During this holiday season, BTG Labs reflects on another great year. In 2017, the team grew ...

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Recap: CAMX 2017

Emily Walsh

Last week, BTG Labs exhibited and presented at the largest composites show and conference: CAMX 2017. Despite a set-back due to Hurricane Irma, causing the date to be rescheduled ...

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Connect with BTG Labs at CAMX 2017

Christian Meininger

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 ...

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Deck the Hulls: Preparing Ship Hulls for Coating and Painting

Emily Walsh

Manufacturing a product to withstand the environmental stresses of wind, rain, and sediment is challenging enough. But, when you add saltwater and wave action to the mix, the ...

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"We Speak Dyne, Too" Learn How in BTG Labs' New Video

Emily Walsh

In some industries--including film and flexible packaging--dyne is the primary language. BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst uses water contact angle measurements as a fast easy, objective, ...

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On the Surface: An Overview of Surface Types and Measurement Challenges in Manufacturing

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Case Study: Determining the Sweet Spot of Flame Treatment in Automotive Interior Parts

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Improve You Understanding and Control of Surface Preparation

Emily Walsh

Watch BTG Labs’ latest video and learn how to gain total surface quality control with surface preparation with the push of a button. This video offers a way to better understand ...

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Learn How to Gain Total Surface Quality Control

Emily Walsh

Watch the latest BTG Labs’ video showing the Surface Analyst’s revolutionary method for optimizing critical surface processes in manufacturing. This video demonstrates how the ...

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Guaranteeing Anti-fog Coating Application on Automotive Headlights

Emily Walsh

The competitive nature of the automotive industry requires manufacturers to engineer the ideal product; failures, no matter how small, are unacceptable and can bring heavy ...

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Watch BTG Labs' Recent Webinar

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs presented yet another successful webinar. Hosted by Composites World, and presented by Dr. Giles Dillingham, “Development and Control of Surface Treatments for Adhesive ...

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BTG Labs Presenting New Paper at ASNT 2017

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs is excited to present a new paper at the ASNT (American Soceity for Nondestructive Testing) Annual Conference 2017. Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee October 30 to ...

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Register for BTG Labs' Upcoming Webinar: "Development and Control of Surface Treatments for Adhesion Bonding of Composites"

Emily Walsh

Join BTG Labs for another webinar presented by Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham. Tune in Tuesday, October 17 at 2 pm ET for this highly anticipated seminar. Hosted by ...

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2017 SAMPE High Desert Chapter Symposium: A Recap with BTG Labs’ West Coast Sales Engineer

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Read BTG Labs' Most Recent Publication in Converting Quarterly

Emily Walsh

Check out BTG Labs’ recent article published in Converting Quarterly’s Q3 issue. The official publication and technical journal of International Metallizers, Coaters, and ...

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BTG Labs Takes on Vegas

Emily Walsh

Image above: BTG Labs Sales Engineer, Derrick Merrell enjoying a game of Jenga at Pack Expo 2017.   Last week, BTG Labs traveled to Las Vegas for the largest and most ...

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Here’s the Big Deal about Surface Cleanliness Measuring on Small Parts

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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How the Surface Analyst Optimizes Parts Washer Performance

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Network and Learn with BTG Labs at AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis 2017

Christian Meininger

BTG Labs Lead Sales Engineer Lucas Dillingham will present “What Manufacturers Need to Measure When Controlling Surfaces for Adhesion” at AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis 2017 ...

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Webinar: How to Establish and Monitor Cleaning Processes

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Sitting Down with BTG Labs' President, Tom McLean

Christian Meininger

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 ...

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BTG Labs will Exhibit and Present at ACCE 2017

Emily Walsh

  Next week, BTG Labs will exhibit and present at SPE ACCE (Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition) the world’s leading automotive ...

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The Surface Analyst's Unique Ability to Measure on Vertical Surfaces

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Register for BTG Labs’ Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Products Finishing

Emily Walsh

Join BTG Labs August 29 at 2pm EDT for the webinar “How to Establish Quantitative Control of Cleaning Processes” hosted by Products Finishing, presented by Chief Scientist Dr. ...

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Presenting the BTG Labs Online Shop

Christian Meininger

BTG Labs is pleased to announce the online shop is now live.  You can now easily find and order your Surface Analyst™ accessories. Items include replacement Fluid Cartridges, ...

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Print Isn't Dead

Emily Walsh

Contrary to popular belief, print isn’t dead: at least not printed packaging, an industry growing to a worth of $8 billion of the $20 billion global print market. The printed ...

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Chief Scientist Giles Dillingham Presents at the National Lab in Los Alamos

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Teflon: More than just pots and pans

Emily Walsh

Teflon is a household name that commonly invokes images of eggs sizzling on a skillet, spatulas flipping pancakes, or rice steaming in a pan. But, there is much more to this ...

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Tales from the M&P Lab

Emily Walsh

In the BTG Labs’ Materials and Processing laboratory, magic happens. Or, at least it seems that way. In the BTG Lab our specialists see the unseen. They reveal the invisible. ...

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Surfactant Detection and 9 Other Surface Measurement "Hacks"

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst is more than just a fast, easy, accurate, hand-held, non-destructive, objective surface cleanliness gauge. It encompasses features to personalize your ...

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Giles Dillingham Reflects on Traveling and Teaching a Short Course at Universidad Nacional in Colombia

Giles Dillingham

Dr. Carlos Barrios, a colleague of mine from 3M St. Paul, asked over dinner at the last meeting of the Adhesion Society if I would like to take part in teaching a week-long course ...

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New Webinar Answers Questions to Surface Cleanliness Challenges in FIPG Applications

Emily Walsh

Thanks to advancements in powertrain manufacturing, sealing processes have improved assembly efficiency. Formed-in-place gaskets (FIPG) are replacing traditional mechanical ...

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Experience BTG Labs' New Webinar on Bonding Thermoplastics

Emily Walsh

Plastics manufacturers are all too familiar with the challenges of bonding thermoplastics. Last week, BTG Labs successfully hosted a webinar with Plastics Technology to discuss ...

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SAMPE Recap: Through the Eyes of a BTG Labs Sales Engineer

Aaron Berding

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 ...

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Upcoming Webinar on Overcoming the Challenge of Bonding to Low Energy Thermoplastics

Emily Walsh

Every plastics manufacturer knows that bonding low energy thermoplastics can be challenging. In the upcoming webinar hosted by Plastics Technology, BTG Labs’ Chief Scientist Dr. ...

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Learn about the New and Exciting World of Lightweighting in the Upcoming Webinar

Emily Walsh

In the fast-paced automotive industry, manufacturers are constantly working to engineer stronger and more innovative vehicles. Emissions regulations call for more light weight, ...

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Don't Get Burned this Memorial Day Weekend: A Unique Surface Analyst Application

Emily Walsh

Every year for Memorial Day weekend, my family would pack up the station wagon and head to the lake. The weekend would be filled with red, white and blue, firing grills, festive ...

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New Paper Presented at ANTEC 2017

Emily Walsh

Last week, BTG Labs exhibited and presented at ANTEC 2017. We were pleased to connect and exchange intelligence with leaders in the plastics industry. Our booth featured the ...

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How Clean, is Clean Enough?

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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BTG Labs Presenting at AA&S 2017

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Keeping Your Golf Equipment on Par: Why Top Manufacturers Turn to the Surface Analyst

Emily Walsh

There’s nothing like arriving at the course on a fresh spring morning. The sun is low, casting long shadows across the green mounds, foggy rays bring hints of warmth, a fresh, ...

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Connect with BTG Labs at ANTEC 2017

Emily Walsh

What is known as The Plastics Technology Conference, ANTEC (Annual Technical Conference) 2017 brings together diverse members of the plastics industry from around the world. ...

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Building Smarter with the Surface Analyst

Emily Walsh

Roosevelt University, a liberal arts college in the Loop of downtown Chicago perfectly contrasts antiquated and contemporary architecture. Roosevelt’s first venue, constructed in ...

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A Beer with Giles Dillingham

Emily Walsh

 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 ...

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Earth Day: How the Surface Analyst Contributes to Conservation and Renewable Energy

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs is gearing up for Earth Day; after all, we proudly manufacture an instrument that is valuable in a variety of industries from aerospace, automotive, packaging, and even ...

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BTG Labs to Present New Data at ALAC Conference 2017

Emily Walsh

  BTG Labs will present new data on monitoring laser cleaning with Surface Analyst at ALAC (Advanced Laser Applications Conference) 2017. Taking place in Novi, Michigan from May ...

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

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Play Ball: It's Opening Day in Cincinnati

Emily Walsh

Image above by Cincinnati Reds via Cincinnati Business Courier    It’s Opening Day in Cincinnati, Ohio! Now this isn’t just any season opener, Opening Day in Cincinnati is an ...

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Q&A with Plasmatreat's President and CEO Andy Stecher on the Upcoming Open House and Surface TechDays

Emily Walsh

This week, BTG Labs will travel to Hayward, California to attend Plasmatreat’s Open House and Surface TechDays. As a partner of BTG Labs, Plasmatreat recruits the Surface Analyst ...

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Optimizing your Metal Performance with the Surface Analyst

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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

Lucas Dillingham

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 ...

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Spring Cleaning: BTG Labs Style

Emily Walsh

It’s the first day of spring. Depending on where you live, this could mean opening the windows, planting seeds, rolling out the motorcycle, and waiting for Opening Day. Here at ...

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BTG Labs to Present at CMH-17

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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The Importance of Quantifying Parts Washers: Dr. Giles Dillingham's Presentation for Adhesion Society Meeting 2017

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs' Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham recently presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Adhesion Society. An elected Fellow of the Adhesion Society, Dr. Dillingham has ...

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Surface Energy Measurement on Food Packaging and Print

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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BTG Labs Interviews Louis Dorworth of Abaris about AeroDef 2017

Emily Walsh

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, ...

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How the Surface Analyst Improves Composites Performance

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Surface Treatment Processes: Flame Treatment

Emily Walsh

Flame treatment is a surface treatment process used to chemically modify a surface for better adhesion. This process is typically used on low energy surfaces that can be difficult ...

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The Water Break Test as a Surface Measurement Gauge

Emily Walsh

The water break test is a common way to test for surface cleanliness. It allows the user to test for the presence of hydrophobic contaminants, which can be detrimental to ...

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BTG Labs at AeroDef 2017

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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BTG Labs Speaking at Plasmatreat's Open House

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs excitedly anticipates Plasmatreat's Open House and Surface TechDays. Held March 30 & 31 in Hayward, California. The 2-day event brings together leaders in the ...

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The Surface Analyst Featured in SAMPE Journal

Emily Walsh

 BTG Labs is proud to have the Surface Analyst featured on the cover of the January/February issue of SAMPE Journal (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process ...

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

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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The Surface Analyst Technology Replaces the Old Language of Dyne

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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

Emily Walsh

A Meeting of the Adhesion Society Annually, scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and students professionally concerned with the science and technology of adhesion, gather for a ...

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2016: A Big Year for BTG Labs

Emily Walsh

The New BTG Labs 2016 was a big year for BTG Labs. The year brought new members and growth, to improvements on the Surface Analyst and a new company look. The BTG Labs team ...

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BTG Labs Celebrates Knowledge

Emily Walsh

Monthly Lunch & Learn As a science based company, BTG Labs emphasizes the importance of continually sharing and gaining knowledge. Once a month, the office gathers together ...

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Does Roughness Impact Surface Analyst Measurements?

Emily Walsh

A Frequently Asked Question BTG Labs Decided to Answer When measuring and quantifying surface energy, a common question arises: "Does roughness impact contact angle measurements ...

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Webinar: The Importance of Adhesive Bonds in Composite Manufacturing and Repairs

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs recently hosted another successful webinar through Composites World Magazine. The webinar, presented by BTG Labs' CEO and Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham, entitled ...

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BTG's Exceptional Lab: Experts in Advanced Materials and Processes

Emily Walsh

Lab Capabilities The history of BTG Labs is rooted in adhesion research. Originally a development lab, BTG Labs specialized in plasma polymerized coatings. The engineers worked ...

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Top 11 Most Frequently Asked Questions About the Surface Analyst

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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

Pierce Geary

Surface Preparation in Manufacturing In manufacturing there exist critical surface preparation process requirements to ensure products are safe and reliable. There are some legacy ...

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BTG Labs at Generis American Medical Device Summit 2016

Emily Walsh

The Latest in Medical Device Manufacturing BTG Labs will host a booth at the Generis American Medical Device Summit 2016. The event, taking place at The Westin Lombard Yorktown ...

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BTG Labs Hosting Another Webinar with Composites World Magazine

Emily Walsh

The Importance of Understanding and Controlling the Bond Surface BTG Labs will host their second webinar with Composites World. The webinar, "Understanding and Controlling the ...

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CMH-17: Composite Materials Handbook

Emily Walsh

Ongoing Advancements in the Field of Composite Materials  BTG Labs maintains an important connection to  CMH-17, the Composite Materials Handbook. BTG Labs recently attended a ...

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BTG Labs Webinar with Abaris on Measuring Surface Energy of Bonded Composites

Emily Walsh

BTG Labs Collaborates with Abaris to Present Webinar Giles Dillingham of BTG Labs recently  presented a webinar with Louis Dorworth of Abaris. Hosted by Composites World Magazine, ...

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

Emily Walsh

Obtaining Quality and Consistency with the Surface Analyst   BTG Labs' Surface Analyst™ uses a micro-liter of highly purified water to quantifiably measure contact angle. This ...

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Automotive Series: Surface Preparation of Composite Surfaces

Lucas Dillingham

Image above: BMW i8 with a body constructed with carbon fiber composite, aluminium and special plastic.   Building a More Fuel-Efficient Automobile The pursuit to produce a more ...

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Common Surface Energy Tests: Dyne Inks

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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The Role of BTG Labs' Surface Analyst in the Development of the F-35 Lightning II

Emily Walsh

 With the exciting release and testing of the F-35 Lightning II, BTG Labs swells with pride over its involvement in the development of this remarkable aircraft. The F-35 Lightning ...

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Can Contact Angle Quantitatively Measure Total Surface Energy?

Emily Walsh

Water Contact Angle as a Quantitative Measurement of Surface Energy BTG Lab's Surface Analyst™ uses contact angle of highly purified water ballistically deposited on a material to ...

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

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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5 Primary Uses of the Surface Analyst

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Industry Applications: Conformal Coating in Electronics

Emily Walsh

Elemental Threats to Circuit Boards Today, the range of when and where we use electronics broadens constantly. Consequently, electronics encounter threats such as water, extreme ...

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Giles Dillingham's Presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo 2016

Emily Walsh

A Gathering of Chemical Professionals Dr. Giles Dillingham, BTG's CEO and Chief Scientist, will present at the American Chemical Society (AMS) National Meeting and Expo 2016. The ...

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BTG and Vapormatt will Co-Host Booth at CAMX 2016

Emily Walsh

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 ...

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Contact Angle Analysis: Sealing Surface of Aluminum Castings

Emily Walsh

Surface Requirements of Aluminum Castings Automotive manufacturers widely utilize aluminum castings as the most successful way to create aluminum parts. However, this process can ...

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BTG Labs to Host Booth at AMI Medical Tubing 2016

Emily Walsh

AMI Medical Tubing 2016  BTG Labs will host a booth and present at the Applied Marked Information (AMI) Medical Tubing Conference September 13-14, 2016. The event will take place ...

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Qualification of Surface Preparation Processes for Bonded Aircraft Repair

Emily Leporati

Adhesive Bonding Repair The two principle materials used in aircraft manufacturing, metals and polymers, tote particularly reactive surfaces. This leaves them highly susceptible ...

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Contact Angle Comparison Study Featuring the Surface Analyst™

Emily Walsh

Surface Cleanliness Gauge Comparison As part of its development, BTG Lab's Surface Analyst™ has undergone countless studies to demonstrate its effectiveness as a surface ...

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

Emily Leporati

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 OVERVIEW This interactive ...

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

Emily Leporati

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 ...

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Evaluation of the Effects of Contaminants on Surface Sensitive Processes

Emily Leporati

BTG Lab's Collaborations This paper, written as part of an ongoing collaboration between BTG, Southwest Research Institute, and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks. Funded by the Defense ...

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Automotive Applications Series: Polymer Painting and Bonding in Automotive Manufacturing

Lucas Dillingham

Polymers are some of the most common base materials used in automotive parts. Polypropelenes, Polyolefins, and ABS plastics are used in dashboards, door panels, bumper fascias, ...

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Dr. Giles Dillingham Teaching Adhesion Society Short Courses

Emily Leporati

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 ...

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

Emily Leporati

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 ...

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Automotive Applications Series: Evaluating Surface Preparation for the Automotive Industry

Lucas Dillingham

 Automotive manufacturers who bond, seal, coat, paint, or print now have a reliable way to verify the cleanliness of their surface.

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

Lucas Dillingham

Controlling Surface Condition in FIPG Application Increasingly, FIPG processes are replacing traditional gaskets for a variety of automotive applications such as air filters, oil ...

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

Emily Walsh

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, ...

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Meet the BTG Labs Chief Scientist, Giles Dillingham

Alexis Liu

A Deep History in Materials Science President and Chief Scientist of BTG Labs, Dr. Giles Dillingham's fascination by the connections between the invisible (the molecular structure ...

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

Alexis Liu

When Polymer Surfaces are Not Easily Accessible A recent collaboration between BTG Labs and 3M scientists demonstrates that the Surface Analyst™ can provide receding contact ...

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Welcome to BTG Labs: the Evolution of Brighton Technologies

Alexis Liu

The New BTG Labs Welcome to the new BTGLabs.com, the online home of the Surface Analyst™.  You’ve known us as Brighton Technologies, but like the scientists we are, we’re always ...

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