Brighton Science, the global provider in surface intelligence, announced a next-generation solution to help manufacturers better use data and analytics to assess bonding and adhesion issues at all stages of the product life cycle.
BConnect, which runs on Brighton’s proprietary SaaS platform, collects data from networked devices that assess surface readiness for bonding, coating, or sealing by measuring the water contact angle. Because 90% of surface failures are due to a lack of surface readiness, getting this data point is critical throughout the development and production process.
“Nearly every product that’s made today has some kind of surface bonding requirements, whether that’s paint, glue, coatings, or adhesives. For decades, companies have struggled to understand why certain materials fail, because what’s happening on these surfaces is invisible,” explains Brighton CEO, Andy Reeher.
“Getting real-time surface readiness data and sharing it is a frontier where none have ventured before, and the implications are game-changing,” adds Reeher. “If we can help our customers see what’s happening molecularly on those surface interfaces, they can get more predictability and assurance with their bonds, which will unleash innovation with new materials and make their existing products more durable and sustainable.”
Unlike tools that are centered on scientists and limited to the lab, BConnect gathers and distributes vital data to teams throughout the enterprise and around the world. This enables engineers, product designers, vendors, line operators, executive leadership, and others to communicate with greater ease, speed and efficiency — bridging expertise gaps and language differences.
“The rate of innovation in manufacturing is exponential right now, with revolutionary new materials. Yet unseen environmental conditions and simple human choices continue to compromise surface integrity,” says Giles Dillingham, Brighton Chief Science Officer, Ph.D. “Our BConnect system can now accomplish what traditional QA cannot — bringing more visibility and certainty to the manufacturing process.”
BConnect is a subscription-based offering that includes highly sensitive mobile and inline sensors that collect surface readiness data and wirelessly upload it to the BConnect cloud-based SaaS platform. Completely customized for each company and its users, these “surface intelligence” networks give teams a common language and data set to innovate, troubleshoot and optimize processes while reducing costly waste and recalls.
All data collected via BConnect is private and proprietary to each company.
Companies that subscribe to BConnect can also opt in to the SIQ Community, an emerging industry collective committed to advancing knowledge and driving innovation in the surface science space, collaborating on topics like increasing sustainability, speed, and safety in global manufacturing.