Tag Archives: medical device

  • Happy Holidays from the BTG Labs Team

    by Emily Walsh December 2017

    The BTG Labs team dressed in their holiday best to celebrate another successful year

    During this holiday season, BTG Labs reflects on another great year.

    In 2017, the team grew by 53%, expanding almost every department with new, talented members.

    Throughout the year, BTG Labs has kept busy, traveling coast to coast for trade shows and conferences in industries ranging from film and flexible packaging to medical device and globally for visits to both new and existing customers.

    The new website, BTGLabs.com is heavier with content and new pages including a Services page featuring the Process Development Packages and the popular Extended Care Plan; and the Shop page for purchasing Surface Analyst accessories such as battery packs, water cartridges, AC adaptors, and Performance Verification Check Surface (PVCS) cards. The new pages allow Surface Analyst users to more efficiently order accessories or attain BTG Labs services to ensure all instruments are running seamlessly.

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  • Connect with BTG Labs at CAMX 2017

    by Christian Meininger December 2017

    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 live demonstrations of the Surface Analyst.

    BTG Labs’ CEO and Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham will give a presentation entitled “Rapid Development of Surface Treatment Processes” on Wednesday, December 13 at 2:00 pm, Room W209A.

    Giles will discuss the use of rapid water contact angle measurements to screen surface preparation methods for adhesive bonding processes, and the transition of these measurements into the manufacturing environment to ensure long-term control. The course will review successful application of water contact angle measurements in laser surface preparation, peel ply and plasma treatment and secondary bonding of dissimilar materials in aircraft repair. Add this course to your MyCAMX schedule here.

    Giles will also be teaching a short course along side BTG Labs’ partner Lou Dorworth of Abaris Training Resources. This short course titled, “Surface Preparation & Adhesion Principles: Successful Bonding of Composites” will examine methods for achieving long-lasting bonds to laminated RFP composite structures by focusing on techniques to ensure proper surface preparation and surface treatment.

    This course will take place Monday, December 11 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in room W207C. Add it to your MyCAMX schedule here.

    If you bond, coat, clean, seal, print, or paint, be sure to add the BTG Labs booth to your schedule here.

  • 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 texture can add to the challenge. The success of any critical surface process requires an in-line, fast, easy, and accurate verification method.

    That’s why more and more manufacturers are turning to the Surface Analyst. Whether it’s bonding, painting, printing, cleaning, coating, or sealing, BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst optimizes critical surface processes and monitors surface treatment on virtually any surface so the product is guaranteed to deliver.

    Surface Analyst drop on a lens

    BTG Labs engineered the Surface Analyst to adapt to any application directly on the factory floor. Patented Ballistic Deposition deposits a stream of micro-droplets on the surface; these micro-droplets contain kinetic energy which allows the drops to overcome various textures and different angles without interfering with measurement accuracy. The drop size can also be adjusted so that measurements can be taken on any sized surface from a giant wind turbine to a minuscule medical catheter.

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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

  • 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 magical non-stick coating.

    Teflon, a brand name for PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), prohibits food from sticking to pots and pans because of its hydrophobic properties.

    As a low-energy, fluorocarbon solid neither water nor water containing substances can influence the surface. This means that nothing will stick to the surface or penetrate it.

    Today, Teflon has improved culinary pursuits and made cooking more accessible, but that isn’t the only field PTFE has influenced.

    The medical device industry would not be what it is today without PTFE. As medical devices work intimately with the human body, they must be completely sanitary, inert, and harmless.

    With its lubriciousness and impenetrable properties, PTFE is used to coat a variety of medical devices such as catheters, surgical equipment, balloons, bladders, and implants.

    But, PTFE only works when the coating itself sticks to the surface. This requires proper surface preparation which can be challenging in any manufacturing floor. It’s especially difficult in medical device manufacturing as specifications are so high and there is no room for failure.    …Read More

  • How Clean, is Clean Enough?

    by Emily Walsh May 2017

    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 a common question that manufacturers ask when preparing their surfaces for bonding, coating, sealing, printing or painting. Until now, there hasn’t been an objective and reliable way to answer this question. Successfully cleaning a surface directly correlates to the adhesive ability of the surface. In order to get something to stick reliably the surface must be clean. How we define that parameter is different for a variety of materials.

    For example, you clean your car differently than you clean your dishes. Why? Because a car rides on the road through rain, smog, dirt, maybe mud, and the other is a vehicle for your food.

    At BTG Labs, our answer to the “clean enough” question is, “Depends on what you’re doing.” There are dozens of critical surface preparation processes that exist for a number of different applications. A handful include:

    • Flame treatment on polypropylene bumpers prior to painting
    • Plasma treatment on PET catheters prior to coating
    • Hand sanding and solvent wiping on aircraft nut plates before adhesively bonding to composite
    • Grit-blasting titanium golf clubs in preparation of bonding to composite
    • Corona treatment on film for packaging prior to metallization, lamination, or coating

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  • 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 lighter weight and stronger product. This advanced material is being used in many different industries, from consumer products like bicycle frames to airplanes. Yet, because the strength is held in the fibrous matrix of the material, composites must be adhesively bonded together as traditional mechanical fasteners can break the fibers and compromise the material’s integrity.

    To guarantee these bonds, BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst™ precisely, accurately, and quantifiably measures the surface’s readiness to bond. BTG Labs’ experience in the field of composites reaches back to the genesis of the Surface Analyst when the USAF turned to the company to engineer a hand-held surface energy measurement device for composite bonding of aircraft. Since then, the Surface Analyst’s composite applications continue to increase and span into many more industries.

    Surface Analyst Applications Examples for Bonding, Coating, Sealing, and Painting Composites

    • Aerospace: satellites, aircraft, and spacecraft
    • Sports and Recreation: sporting equipment
    • Automotive: structural components, drive shafts, interior parts
    • Medical Device: prosthetics, repair equipment, tubing
    • Marine: structural frames and components, fiber glass applications
    • Renewable energy: wind turbines, fuel cells, marine turbines, power transmissions, solar panels
    • Construction: architectural, fiberglass, bridges, infrastructure, housing, refurbishing

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  • Medical Device Applications

    by Emily Walsh February 2017

    BTG Labs’ origins are in the research and development of adhesives and coatings, including the development of a corrosion resistant antimicrobial coating–often used in the medical device industry. The Surface Analyst is the ideal surface cleanliness gauge for the medical device industry in that it is completely non-destructive, precise, quantitative, and able to measure on various substrates including rough, convex, and concave surfaces. BTG Labs’ twenty plus years of expertise can assist in the optimization of medical device manufacturing processes to meet the highly-tailored specs of this industry to manufacture more reliable, fail resistant products.

    Monitor

    • Layers of silicone wafers prior to bonding
    • Sanding and solvent wiping on carbon fiber and titanium for prosthetics
    • And identify the presence of detrimental silicone in a bonding step
    • Flame treatment on medical devices including catheters
    • Plasma treatment on catheters prior to bonding luers
    • Surfaces preparations prior to solvent bonding

    Validate

    • Microbial lubricious coating and uniformity on catheters
    • Surface cleanliness of stainless, aluminum, titanium, and polymer devices
    • Sterilization methods such as ultra-sonic baths and vacuum plasma chambers
    • Audit concerns with shelf-life and uniformity of antimicrobial coatings …Read More
  • 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 of electronics, automotive, and medical device. The Open House will showcase Plasmatreat’s new R&D Center and Plasma Laboratories.

    The Surface TechDays will include technical talks and demonstrations of the latest in surface treatment advances. BTG Labs, along with other Plasmatreat partners will present on technical surface topics.

    BTG Labs’ President Tom McLean will present on the “Four Critical Control Points for Managing Surface Performance.” Tom McLean will discuss the Surface Analyst™ and its use to verify plasma treatment and its ability optimize the plasma treatment process.

    Click here to register for the event to learn more about Plasmatreat and the latest in plasma technology from world industry leaders. You can also register by emailing or calling:

     

    Please confirm your attendance no later than March 24th, 2017 to:

    infoptna@plasmatreat.com or call (855) 4TH-STATE or (855) 484-7828.
    Ask for Melissa.

     

    Open House, Demonstrations & Technical Presentations

    Thursday, March 30, 2017, 11:00am – 8:00pm
    Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm

     

    Plasmatreat USA, Inc.

    30695 Huntwood Avenue
    Hayward, CA 94544

     

     

  • The Surface Analyst Now has Countless Applications

    What began as an application in the aerospace manufacturing industry is now stretching across numerous diverse industries from medical devices to automotive to consumer goods, and many others. The applications of the Surface Analyst™ continually present themselves in a variety of settings. As the importance of surface cleanliness and surface preparation is recognized and implemented more and more, the significance of monitoring surface energy in bonding, printing, painting, sealing, cleaning, or coating comes along with it.

    From determining an automotive composite part’s readiness to bond to measuring cleanliness levels to meet highly regulated specs in medical device manufacturing, the Surface Analyst lends its expertise from the lab to the manufacturing floor.

    While the endless applications of the Surface Analyst are constantly revealing themselves, here is a list of some of the most common applications. From verifying surface cleanliness levels, to verifying adhesion and surface preparation processes, the Surface Analyst possesses multifaceted applications.
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