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CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: BTG Labs

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BTG Labs is introducing the Surface Analyst XA, an automated solution for evaluating material surfaces.
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BTG Labs CAMX 2020 composites analysis

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BTG Labs (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) is introducing the Surface Analyst XA, an automated solution for evaluating material surfaces to reduce waste, rework and recalls when poorly prepared substrate surfaces lead to bonding, coating, sealing, painting or printing failure. The XA is said to deliver real-time surface condition feedback to manufacturers, to ensure adhesion processes will be successful.

The XA applies the technology employed by the original handheld Surface Analyst to deposit a highly purified drop of water on a surface and then measure the contact angle. By automating this process, the XA increases speed and efficiency by completing inspections on multiple surface points on a material surface at rates of up to 5,000 inspections per hour. As a result, the XA is siad to map a surface across multiple points, ensuring the consistency and uniformity of surface quality on products ranging from silicon wafers, electronic displays and critical medical device components to cast or machined metal parts and glass surfaces.

BTG Labs CAMX 2020 composites analysis

Source | BTG Labs

According to BTG Labs, the XA measurement process is completely non-destructive. The unit uses highly-purified HPLC-grade water to prevent contamination of inspected material surfaces. Measurements are touchless, eliminating potential transfer of contamination from point to point on a surface. Being automated, the XA limits operator error or variation between inspections. Data capture and transfer to MES is automatic with Archer software, providing statistical process control as well as long-term trend analysis that monitors process drift.

The XA unit can be integrated into a production line using either a robot or linear actuator to move it from point to point, or it can be fixed in place on the line. Off-line cell inspections can also be conducted robotically or with a linear actuator. Self-implementing or full-line integration options are available.

According to BTG Labs, the XA can be configured to match any company’s unique manufacturing process, and customizable fixtures hold a variety of material sample shapes and sizes to meet customer application needs. The XA accommodates TCP/IP/Serial integration, and produces easy-to-use result output in a CSV file format.

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