Why dyne solutions are not the best option for measuring surface quality

Dyne solutions, including inks and pens, have been used in many manufacturing applications to help companies understand their material surface quality before and after treatment, cleaning or processing. Dyne solutions have become an industry standard in many manufacturing processes. 

The primary reason for their use is their relatively low upfront cost to implement, but we can think of many more reasons why this method isn’t the best option for understanding how well a surface is prepared for adhesion success. Learn about the disadvantages of using dyne pens in surface testing environments.

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Disadvantages of using dyne solutions: 


  1. Subjective testing means results may vary based on each user
  2. Dyne chemicals are destructive to the parts being tested, resulting in scrap
  3. Results are often unrepeatable and unreliable
  4. High user skill needed to perform test and interpret results
  5. Dyne solutions are solvents that can remove contaminants from the surface being tested, resulting in readings that are not accurately reflecting the quality of the surface (i.e. they provide false positives, indicating that an actually contaminated surface is clean)
  6. Dyne chemicals can be teratogenic, potentially leading to birth defects in pregnant users
  7. Dyne solutions should not be used on metal, but are often used in this way
  8. Dyne pens with felt tips easily pick up contamination from one surface and transfer it to another surface if that same pen is used more than once

Manufacturers haven’t had an alternative testing method to dyne inks, until now!

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The Surface Analyst is the ideal alternative to dyne solutions; providing a fast, easy, accurate, quantitative, and non-destructive inspection resulting in a much more seamless quality control process for use on the factory floor.

Using ‘Dyne Mode,’ the Surface Analyst even provides a dyne measurement read-out directly on the instrument, allowing manufacturers to maintain their investment in the dyne measurement language.

These are a few benefits of using the Surface Analyst as an alternative to dyne solutions:

  • The device can be used in any environment, both the lab and the manufacturing floor
  • Measurements can be done on materials of all kinds
  • Harmless to the user
  • Non-destructive to the part being tested, saving in scrap
  • Provides an accurate and quantitative measurement
  • Fast and efficient--takes 1 measurement in 2 seconds
  • The automated Surface Analyst products allow manufacturers to implement non-contact surface quality inspections directly on the production line
  • Results can be tracked and analyzed to reveal if a surface is trending toward or away from adhesion success
  • Simple and intuitive use means results won’t vary between users

Check out this video and see for yourself, a demonstration of the ease and accuracy of the Surface Analyst with dyne measurements.