News + Science from the Engineers of the Surface Analyst

  • 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 November 2, this event brings together individuals and companies from a diverse range of industries including radiographers, engineers, manufacturers, and researchers for one of the largest non-destructive testing conferences offered.

    Attendees will gather to present, exhibit, and exchange the latest developments and advancements in non-destructive testing. …Read More

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  • 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 Composites World, this webinar has attracted over 300 registrants so far.

    Dr. Dillingham’s seminar on optimizing the adhesion of composites, “Development and Control of Surface Treatments for Adhesion Bonding of Composites” will offer attendees a chance to learn more about surface science and ask questions. …Read More

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  • 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 SAMPE show in 2018.

    BTG Labs’ West Coast Sales Engineer Aaron Berding, hosted a booth for the event.

    Was this your first time at the show? What were some advantages to a smaller show? What was different about this one?

    This was BTG’s first time at the show. The advantage of the small show was that attendees had more time to stop and chat without the overwhelming crowds and busy schedule. They are more willing to stop and chat with your because there were only 75 booths, instead of 300, 500, etc. …Read More

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  • Check out BTG Labs’ recent article published in Converting Quarterly’s Q3 issue. The official publication and technical journal of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators, Converting Quarterly is the go-to publication for web processing, converting, and finishing industries.

    Industry professionals and researchers contribute to the magazine and offer the latest in research and development and industry trends.

    Dr. Giles Dillingham, Chief Scientist of BTG Labs, contributed to the most recent issue with an article entitled, “Film surface properties: Techniques for measurements and control of treatment level.”

    The success of print quality and adhesion quality of films relies on precise control of the surface. Manipulating surface composition with methods such as flame, corona, and plasma treatment can increase surface energy and thus improve the integrity of print and adhesion on film. …Read More

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  • BTG Labs Takes on Vegas

    by Emily Walsh October 2017

    Last week, BTG Labs traveled to Las Vegas for the largest and most comprehensive packaging event in North America: PACK EXPO 2017. BTG Labs Sales Engineers met with leaders of the packaging industry to exchange the latest trends and advances.

    BTG Labs Sales Engineer, Derrick Merrell enjoying a game of Jenga at Pack Expo 2017.

    The event gave BTG Labs a chance to visit existing customers and learn new applications in the industry.

    BTG Labs Sales Engineer, Derrick Merrell was a first-time attendee and was highly impressed by the enormity of the show that included over 30,000 packaging professionals from more than 40 countries.

    Sales Engineers Alex Bien and Paul McLean who have attended many PACK EXPO’s, explain that a lot of the major players are high end film and flexible packaging. BTG Labs plays major roles in these industries by optimizing surface critical processes from treatment to printing.

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  • Performing any kind of inspection on small parts can be difficult. When measuring for surface cleanliness, accessing small parts can be even more challenging, especially when measuring on the factory floor.

    With the Surface Analyst, measuring surface cleanliness on small parts has never been easier. This handheld instrument is fast, easy, accurate, and non-subjective allowing for precise measurements, right on the factory floor.

    With specialized measurement heads and a tether to allow access to small parts, manufacturers can verify surface readiness to bond, paint, clean, coat, print, or seal. The Surface Analyst optimizes manufacturing, repairs, and maintenance. …Read More

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  • 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 remove contaminants generated from fabrication to facilitate stronger bonds.

    But, for a reliable bond to form, the surface must not only be free of particles, it must also be chemically clean. Thus, quantifying and analyzing parts washer effectiveness in removing chemicals is the key to ensuring the desired surface is achieved.

    The importance of monitoring cleaning processes in preparation for bonding is becoming increasingly necessary as sealing processes are rapidly replacing traditional mechanical fasteners and gaskets.

    However, when sealing, the surface must be clean and clear of contaminants to guarantee the bond. The Surface Analyst monitors and optimizes washer systems to ensure the part comes out chemically clean and ready to hold a reliable bond. …Read More

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  • 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 September 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm. This event will run September 19-20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

    The conference will be AMI’s first Polymer Testing & Analysis program in the United States. This showcase will allow industry insiders the opportunity to discover and converse about the latest in polymer testing. Questions to be addressed will include “How will a change in compound formulation affect the mechanical properties of an end product?” and “What are the latest regulations governing food-contact plastics?”

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  • 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 cleaning processes and explored different ways to measure surface cleanliness.

    In the webinar, Dr. Dillingham discusses measuring surface cleanliness as a way to quantify cleaning processes. By measuring the success of cleaning processes, manufacturers can determine the ideal solution for their application.

    Precisely evaluating cleaning processes with water contact angle is a fast, easy, accurate, quantitative to way to gain ensure consistency and precision on the factory floor.

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  • Tom McLean’s distinctive voice can often be heard throughout the halls of BTG Labs. I sat down with President and Chief Growth Officer of BTG Labs to learn more about the man behind the voice.

    If you could, please walk me through the steps of your career.

    The career is dominated by software. I started working in the software business in ‘76. At that time, when you told people that you worked at a software company, they didn’t even know what it was. If I was at a cocktail party and said software, people would usually think ‘software’ referred to clothing.

    “Anyway, software from the early days was meant for computers the size of a warehouse. Things that were once done on computers costing millions of dollars are now done on your cell phone for almost nothing.”

    “There are similarities between Ci-Vision [where Mr. McLean was President] and BTG Labs. Ci-Vision is a vision inspection company using cameras, lights, and software, and BTG Labs uses cameras, lights, and software to inspect products, so it is also a vision company in many ways. Software is key in both situations. The more powerful your software, the more value you provide. We have a sophisticated scientific instrument here [the Surface Analyst™], which has important hardware elements, but software is also key.

    “I started my career as a programmer with a goal of going into sales and marketing. I was successful at sales, and over time, moved to product management, which I enjoyed most. To me, it is the most exciting area of any company. At BTG Labs, product management determines what features go into the next release of a product and the overall product direction. We blend what the market needs and wants, and what we can physically develop, not unlike other companies I have managed.” …Read More

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