Ensuring predictable outcomes in a manufacturing process is a critical component of quality assurance. Recent experience with bonding and coating operations across a range of industries has revealed that processes that were successfully demonstrated in a materials and process laboratory don’t always translate into reliable and repeatable processes in the actual assembly setting. Root cause analysis has shown that this usually stems directly from a lack of knowledge of all of the variables that can affect the success of a surface preparation process. Process variables that are not identified cannot be measured and controlled. Surface preparation for aerospace, automotive and medical device bonding and coating operations typically include manual and automated processes which frequently include some combination of solvent wiping and abrasion, among other uncontrolled preparation methods such as ultrasonic parts washing and plasma treatment. These processes can be very effective if implemented with proper process control feedbacks.
This webinar presents:
- A compendium of variables that have been uncovered during failure analysis of common bonding operations
- How awareness of these variables permits implementation of simple process control steps that significantly increase bond reliability
- Insight into what conditions are required for ideal adhesion and how to achieve them