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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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