On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Uncovering Non-Obvious Variables in Surface Preparation Processes for Bonding and Coating


Surface preparation for aerospace, automotive, and medical device bonding and coating operations includes manual and automated processes, which frequently include some combination of solvent wiping and abrasion, among other uncontrolled preparation methods such as ultrasonic parts washing and plasma treatment. These processes can be very effective if implemented with proper process control feedbacks.

However, recent experience with bonding and coating operations across a range of industries has revealed that processes that were successfully demonstrated in a materials and process laboratory don’t always translate into reliable and repeatable processes in manufacturing. Root cause analysis has shown that this usually stems directly from a lack of knowledge of all the variables that can affect the success of a surface preparation process. Process variables that are not identified cannot be measured and controlled.

This 30-minute Webinar presents a compendium of variables that have been uncovered during failure analysis of common bonding operations. It also shows how awareness of these variables permits implementation of simple process control steps that significantly increase bond reliability.

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.


Giles Dillingham, Executive and Chief Scientist, BTG Labs