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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Automated Surface Analyst XA is HERE!

Pierce Geary

The wait is finally over. Making its world debut at MD&M in Minneapolis, the Surface Analyst XA integrates the power, simplicity and ease of our handheld Surface Analyst directly ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Dillingham, ...

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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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