Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation, Surface Preparation & Treatment

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 are: how to...

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Electronics, Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation

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 of circuit...
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Aerospace, Surface Treatment, Surface Preparation

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; although there are...

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Electronics, Surface Treatment, Surface Preparation

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 the electronic...

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Adhesion Process, Aerospace, Surface Preparation

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 preparation material,...

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Aerospace, Composites, Surface Preparation

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 molded, then...

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Adhesion Process, Electronics, Surface Preparation

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 medical devices to...

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Adhesion Process, Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation

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 morphology, or...

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Material Science, Adhesion Process, Surface Preparation

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 succeed.

In...

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Material Science, Cleaning Processes, Surface Preparation

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 the application. 

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Surface Treatment, Surface Preparation, Surface Preparation & Treatment

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 manipulation that...

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