Technical Articles

BTG Labs has published these technical articles:

(Engineering Services)
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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 upgraded and swapped...
(Product and Material Testing)
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There are a lot of options available to manufacturers who are trying to prevent product failures caused by imperfect adhesion. There are a lot of inefficient ways to approach getting failures down to...
(Surface Finishing Products and Equipment)
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New Product Development is an essential component to the successful growth of companies who always challenge themselves to improve and innovate. Getting this design stage right is pivotal in that it...
(Calibration and Testing Services)
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Manufacturers utilize research and design laboratories all the time. To scale new products up to the production line, years of toiling in testing labs is done to ensure that everything goes off...
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Cleanliness in manufacturing gains avid devotees all the time. Once the importance of cleanliness is grasped, it's nearly impossible to think about manufacturing processes without considering the...
(Coating Services and Finishing Services)
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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 drive to the office...
(Finishing)
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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 the electronic package,...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 medical devices to...
(Product and Material Testing)
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Cleanliness is next to production standardization requirements for medical device manufacturers (as the old saying goes). Devices built to be inserted within the human body understandably need to meet...
(Engineering Services)
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Since COVID-19 has reshaped the economic landscape for the foreseeable future and there are many questions about how to safely and effectively respond to it, now is a good time for manufacturers to...
(Engineering Services)
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Lately, the whole world has been having variations on the same conversation. Whether the discussion centers on N95 masks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or what movies to watch...
(Metals and Alloys)
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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 used for bonding joints...
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A frequent question from people who use contact angle measurements to characterize surfaces and control manufacturing processes is, "What effect does surface roughness have on these measurements?"...
(Coating Services and Finishing Services)
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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 with our skin and the...
(Product and Material Testing)
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The factors that have a high impact on the success of adhesion processes are not always what they seem. Over the years we've discovered that contamination of surfaces that leads to adhesion failure...
(Abrasives and Abrasive Products)
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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 preparation material, tells...
(Seals)
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Form-in-place-gaskets (FIPG) have been a revolutionary advancement in industries that bank on high-reliability sealing applications. FIPG is a versatile sealing technique that deploys a mostly...
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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 succeed. In...
(Circuit Protection)
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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 of circuit...
(Engineering Services)
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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 are: how to maintain...
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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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 has become so...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 more efficient in...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 the application....
(Metals and Alloys)
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Even though we look around us and see plastic everywhere, in every shape and imaginable application, metals are still a more commonly used raw material in machined products. Metals are the legacy...
(Manufacturing Equipment and Components)
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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, costly rework, recalls,...
(Calibration and Testing Services)
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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 particularly effective...
(Coating Services and Finishing Services)
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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 instance, is referring to...
(Product and Material Testing)
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In manufacturing it is extremely difficult to eliminate all inefficiencies and production deficits. Setbacks that come in the form of scrap rates and rework resulting from product failures before...
(Connectors)
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Protective coverings are part and parcel of our lives these days. For industries reliant upon electronic components and connectors, protective coverings in the form of polymeric overmolding...
(Product and Material Testing)
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One of the most pressing questions on the minds of manufacturing engineers is how to take a load off. Lightweighting, or shedding pounds on assembled vehicles and machinery, is a critical puzzle in...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 morphology, or more...
(Engineering Services)
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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 of our biggest...
(Engineering Services)
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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 boards. What are the...
(Product and Material Testing)
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Our team at BTG Labs was entertained and honored that Popular Mechanics would feature BTG Labs and Giles Dillingham, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Scientist in a fascinating, and surprisingly educational,...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 reader screams out that an...
(Engineering Services)
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An exciting development is taking place to make surface quality and cleanliness inspection technology more available to all manufacturers. We have collaborated with ASTM International and other...
(Engineering Services)
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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 consultation and...
(Process Controllers)
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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 consultation and...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 molded, then...
(Optical Components)
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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 through, what happens...
(Seals)
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When an aircraft is manufactured, every single portion of the plane or jet is designed to be able to be serviced and repaired for the next 20-30 years. Aircraft manufacturing OEMs are building...
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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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 year, almost $1...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 fundamental...
(Product and Material Testing)
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Semiconductors are one of the most fascinating areas of electronics manufacturing. The ability to "grow" almost irreducibly small integrated circuit components on silicon wafers has made an incredible...
(Calibration and Testing Services)
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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 has been on all of our...
(Product and Material Testing)
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When adhesion issues become apparent in a manufacturing process, they can seem to come out of nowhere. When coatings on circuit boards delaminate and cause shorts; when automotive glass...
(Industrial Coatings and Sealants)
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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; although there are times...
(Product and Material Testing)
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One of the most frustrating aspects of experiencing a problem in manufacturing isn't necessarily the issue itself, but rather, it's the difficulty of accurately determining and communicating what the...
(Product and Material Testing)
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Reliably predicting dye penetrant wettability for fluorescent crack inspections hinges on understanding surface cleanliness prior to penetrant application. Validating the efficacy of a parts washer...
(Quality Assurance, Test and Compliance Software)
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Validation and verification are inextricable from product development and process design for the manufacturing of medical devices. To satisfy regulatory standards, reduce risk, create efficiencies and...
(Product and Material Testing)
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Adhesion problems have a tendency to show up in a manufacturing process and then overstay their welcome. The chronic nature of so many adhesion issues is due to factors that many manufacturing...
(Calibration and Testing Services)
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Managing what comes into the production process has a massive impact on how effective and efficient the production process is ultimately going to be. For companies dealing with bonding, coating,...
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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Defining "clean" is actually more complicated than it sounds. Cleanliness can be in the eye of the beholder (I mean, we all had a college roommate who swore they were tidy, but let's be honest!) and...
(Product and Material Testing)
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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 and taking a closer...