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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 minute read

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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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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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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7 minute read

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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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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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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8 minute read

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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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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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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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 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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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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3 minute read

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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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

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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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 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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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

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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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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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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4 minute read

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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3 minute read

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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2 minute read

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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