Preparation of polymers for adhesion includes processes like corona, flame and plasma treatment. These can be very effective if implemented with proper process control feedbacks. However, recent experience 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 of the variables that can affect the success of a surface preparation process. Process variables that are not identified cannot be measured and controlled. This webinar presents a compendium of variables that have been uncovered during failure analysis of medical device adhesion operations, and shows how awareness of these variables permits implementation of simple process control steps that significantly increase bond reliability.
Dr. Giles Dillingham has worked in the areas of surfaces, interfaces, and adhesive bonding for 30 years, and has over 120 publications and patents in these areas. After receiving his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1987, Dr. Dillingham worked in the Advanced Composites Laboratory of the Dow Chemical Company. Returning to Cincinnati he worked on plasma processing of materials and adhesive bonding of advanced composites while incorporating and growing BTG Labs since 2001.