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How to Avoid Polymeric Coating Failure Which Leads to Corrosion in Materials

Giles Dillingham and Pierce Geary

We know that plastics are in nearly everything these days, but we don’t often think about how plastics are also on nearly everything. Polymer coatings are as common as the latex ...

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Maintaining Consistent Adhesion Quality for Shoe Manufacturers even with Material Changes

Pierce Geary

There are a lot of reasons why sneakerheads love the shoes they covet. Athletic shoes have become one of the most sought after clothing items due to their aesthetic appeal but ...

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3 minute read

Reduce Field Repairs Through Zero Defect Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

Quality control isn’t about preventing just the most egregious failure possibilities. It’s about setting high standards so that products are reliable for years. Control of quality ...

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4 minute read

How to Reduce Medical Device Surface Testing Time and Subjectivity

Pierce Geary

Time is always of the essence for medical device manufacturers. When a medical breakthrough needs to make it to market there is no time to waste. There is also no margin for ...

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7 minute read

How to Achieve Zero Defect Manufacturing: The Promise of Industry 4.0

Pierce Geary

It’s a common fallacy to assume we have a handle on the future based on past or present circumstances. If 2020 has collectively taught us anything, the bright shiny lesson is ...

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3 Things You Need to Know to Create Strong, Reliable Bonds With Laser Cleaning

Pierce Geary

Manufacturers are always looking to create stronger, more durable, more reliable and, in the automotive and aerospace sectors, lightweight products. In this pursuit they’ve often ...

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7 minute read

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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6 minute read

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacuum Plasma Treatment

Pierce Geary

Vacuum plasma is the treatment method of record for many manufacturers. Not only because it is a legacy technology proven useful over many, many decades, but because it can be ...

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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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4 minute read

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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6 minute read

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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3 minute read

Surface Treatment of Thermoplastics for Aerospace Components

Pierce Geary

The Aerospace and Defense Industry is experiencing a market boom right now. Investments in the aerospace industry are an increasingly significant part of the world economy. Last ...

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How to Get Help Fixing Adhesion Problems in Manufacturing

Pierce Geary

There’s no shame is asking for help. Adhesion problems have a tendency to be persistent and resilient to most solutions, causing frustration and long-term headaches at best, ...

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4 minute read

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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3 minute read

Why a Production Adhesion Process is Essential to Quality

Pierce Geary

What manufacturers know about the crucial role a successful adhesion process plays in a high-quality production operation and what manufacturers do about this fact can be widely ...

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4 minute read

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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4 minute read

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1 minute read

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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Speaking Engagement at AMI Medical Tubing Conference October 2-3

Pierce Geary

In the diverse and ever-growing world of medical devices, particularly those involving polymeric tubing, it is always crucial, and not always easy, to test and definitively ...

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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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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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Bring your samples, to SAMPE.

Hunter Brankamp

On May 21-24, BTG Labs heads back to Long Beach, CA but this time for the SAMPE 2018 Conference & Exhibition. Recently in Long Beach for AeroDef, one of the aerospace and defense ...

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The Top 4 Reasons Your Material Surface Isn’t Ready for Processing

Hunter Brankamp

Incoming! What’s that sound? That’s the sound of manufacturers not having a supplier specification created for incoming materials in their operation. It’s like the old piece of ...

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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: When “clean” means not so clean

Hunter Brankamp

When it comes to preparing raw materials for adhesion in manufacturing, optimizing the level of surface preparation is directly related to achieving the highest quality final ...

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Connect with BTG Labs at CAMX 2017

Christian Meininger

BTG Labs will exhibit at CAMX 2017, The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, which will run December 11-14 in Orlando, FL. BTG Labs will host booth N17. Visit our booth for ...

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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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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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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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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 on ...

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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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Giles Dillingham Reflects on Traveling and Teaching a Short Course at Universidad Nacional in Colombia

Giles Dillingham

Dr. Carlos Barrios, a colleague of mine from 3M St. Paul, asked over dinner at the last meeting of the Adhesion Society if I would like to take part in teaching a week-long course ...

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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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SAMPE Recap: Through the Eyes of a BTG Labs Sales Engineer

Aaron Berding

SAMPE is the “Society of Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering,” and annually they host a conference and exhibit hall where Scientists and Engineers gather to learn ...

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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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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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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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Aerodef 2017 Recap: Through the Eyes of a BTG Labs Sales Engineer

Lucas Dillingham

The Aerodef Manufacturing conference was held last week in Ft. Worth Texas. This event is a smaller regional manufacturing show focusing on aerospace and defense industries. The ...

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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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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 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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Giles Dillingham to Present at SAE Conference on the Evaluation of Surface Contaminants

Emily Leporati

BTG Labs will be attending the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) AMS Aerospace Organization Coatings Committee (AMS G-8)’s annual meeting May 3-5. Dr. Giles Dillingham and ...

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Evaluation of the Effects of Contaminants on Surface Sensitive Processes

Emily Leporati

BTG Lab's Collaborations This paper, written as part of an ongoing collaboration between BTG, Southwest Research Institute, and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks. Funded by the Defense ...

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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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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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Contact Angle Measurements on Oxidized Polymer Surfaces Containing Water-Soluble Species

Alexis Liu

When Polymer Surfaces are Not Easily Accessible A recent collaboration between BTG Labs and 3M scientists demonstrates that the Surface Analyst™ can provide receding contact ...

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Welcome to BTG Labs: the Evolution of Brighton Technologies

Alexis Liu

The New BTG Labs Welcome to the new BTGLabs.com, the online home of the Surface Analyst™.  You’ve known us as Brighton Technologies, but like the scientists we are, we’re always ...

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