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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 industries ...

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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 over ...

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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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Plasma Treatment: Advanced Surface Treatment Method

Emily Walsh

An Exceptional and Versatile Surface Treatment Among the various methods of surface treatment processes, plasma treatment stands as a highly respected method. Plasma treatment is ...

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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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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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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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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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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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