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Total Surface Quality Control Gets Fully Automated: BTG Labs Introduces the Surface Analyst XA

July 22, 2019
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The Surface Analyst XA applies the proven 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 the 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 maps a surface across multiple points, ensuring the consistency and uniformity of surface quality on products ranging from the silicon wafers, electronic displays, critical medical device components to cast or machined metal parts and glass surfaces.

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 the powerful 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 with a robot or linear actuator. Self-implementing or full-line integration options are available.

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.

BTG Labs is a cutting-edge materials science based company that delivers effective adhesion quality control for manufacturers who are concerned with adhesive bonding, painting, coating, printing, and cleaning. The expert support offered by our specialized materials Surface Lab allows manufacturers to diagnose the root cause of adhesion failure and optimize surface preparation processes. BTG Labs equips manufacturers with the insight to reduce scrap, recalls and rework caused by adhesion failure. Our action-oriented lab services, coupled with fast, easy, accurate and non-destructive surface inspection products, provide quantifiable, repeatable tests producing results that will fix adhesion problems. For further information about the Surface Analyst and BTG Labs, call (513) 469-1800 or visit the company website at www.btglabs.com

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