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Thin Film Measurement Simple and Accurate.

 Advanced new tools to help manufacturers meet significant and unmet needs for real-time thin film thickness measurement results and enable plant personnel to measure thin films and coatings more precisely in the lab, on the shop floor and as part of the production process. Flexibly designed to bring time and cost-saving benefits to coating and QA processes within a broad variety of market applications, SpecMetrix systems are setting a new highly precise standard for non-contact and non-hazardous thin film and coating thickness measurement solutions.
 

Applications in the:

Packaging Industry

Companies in the flexible and rigid packaging industry can now reduce their coating related costs, better assure coating quality and reduce the production and QA man-hours spent in their coating and film weight QA processes. The SpecMetrix line of coating and film thickness measurement solutions offer a more accurate non-contact means to measure surface finishes including wash coat, inside spray, varnishes and UV coatings for metal packaging and adhesives, UV hard coats, primers, films and other clear and semi-transparent coatings for most other packaging applications.

The use of SpecMetrix systems has helped to produce a reduction of scrap and waste materials made possible by the system’s ability to generate first article approvals from a single coated sheet or initial web measurements, in lieu of running products until dry coated products have passed through ovens.  From related industry experience, Sensory has seen its customers eliminate up to 75% of waste typically created by delays from waiting for dry product to be measured, thereby significantly reducing plant waste streams. For packaging providers, the systems deliver the unprecedented and cost-saving ability to measure individual adhesive, hardcoat, UV and other discrete package layers while production webs are in-process.

SpecMetrix Lab and QA station systems are in active use at global beverage and food OEMs as an incoming inspection tool and at coating leaders worldwide as a means to diagnose potential film weight or coating thickness problems on samples or individual containers. For food container manufacturers, the flexibility of SpecMetrix systems for use in a QA lab, tech center, on the production floor or directly measuring wet coatings in-line provide an unprecedented new means to reduce coating costs and set-up times.

Beverage container manufacturers can select between manual, semi-automated or fully automated SpecMetrix ACS container measurements systems to streamline their current film weight inspection processes for all base materials and applied coatings. Only SpecMetrix systems offer 2-PC container manufacturers the ability to select between diagnostic and production modes to quickly and reliably measure production containers and then more specifically address identified spray distribution or other quality issues on individual containers. For food and beverage container manufacturers, only the exclusive SpecMetrix ruggedized optical interference technology available from Sensory and its global partners can deliver both food and beverage container coating measurements in the QA lab or directly in-process. Be sure to specify SpecMetrix technology for your container film weight measurement needs.

For precise measurements in your manufacturing process, SpecMetrix systems can provide your team with film weight, wet or dry film thickness tools to save costs and increase production center profitability.  Please use the link below or contact the Sensory applications engineering team directly for additional information on these innovative and powerful new time-saving systems for your packaging applications.

Film Weight Gauge

 

Thin film layers and coatings are applied to various products in diverse industries such as thin film manufacturing, solar energy, optical films, consumer packaging and metal packaging to achieve critical functional characteristics.  Coatings improve surface properties of the substrate such as appearance, adhesion, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and scratch resistance. In other applications, in particular in printing processes and semiconductor device fabrication, the coating forms an essential part of the finished product.

While traditional measurement tools can be effective for total package thickness or certain coat weights if properly maintained and calibrated, SpecMetrix systems can deliver real-time film and coating thickness results on single or dual layers immediately following coating application.  With its exclusive ruggedized optical interference technologies, SpecMetrix tools are non-contact, non-hazardous and flexible enough to be used in R&D, QA, laboratory and in-process applications.

With their unprecedented ability to precisely measure thin clear coatings applied to substrates of any color, to include UV hardcoats and adhesives, SpecMetrix systems have become the coating and thin film measurement systems of choice for leaders within the specialty films, solar control window films, electronics films, packaging film and solar industry markets.

If more accurate process control would benefit your manufacturing production, then our coating thickness gauges and wet film thickness gauges will give you the needed precision to reduce costs and increase profitability.

 

Industrial Coatings

Manufacturing companies across a variety of industrial markets are now able to reduce their coating related costs, better assure their coating quality and reduce the production and QA man-hours spent in their coating and film weight QA processes. Coatings are applied to various industrial and medical products to achieve critical functional characteristics.  Coatings can also be used to improve surface properties of the substrate such as appearance, adhesion, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and scratch resistance.

Unlike traditional and time-consuming contact measurement devices, SpecMetrix coating and film thickness measurement solutions are a more accurate non-contact means to measure surface finishes including anodize, spray coatings, varnishes, adhesives, hard coats, primers, films and a host of other clear and semi-transparent coatings. These non-contact and non-hazardous measurement tools automatically validate coating thickness and capture that data for SPC and subsequent quality documentation, helping to reduce subsequent customer claims. Industries currently benefitting from the use of SpecMetrix film and coating thickness currently include:

  • Anodize and Product Finishing
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Glass Products
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Films and Packaging
  • Metal Packaging
  • Solar Control Films
  • Thin Films & Coatings

Please contact the Sensory applications engineering team for additional information on these innovative and powerful new time-saving systems for any of your coating and film thickness measurement needs.

For more precise measurements in your manufacturing process, SpecMetrix can provide your team with film weight, wet film thickness and coating thickness gauges to save costs and improve production profitability.  Thin film thickness measurements can be made to the tightest tolerances with the SpecMetrix system.

 

Aerospace/Defense

Aerospace and defense industry customers face an extraordinary range of coating and film thickness measurement challenges due to the diversity of their applications and variations in coatings and coating compositions.  SpecMetrix systems are particularly well suited to meet the stringent requirements of both commercial and defense coating and surface finish applications. The SpecMetrix line of coating and film thickness measurement solutions are a more accurate non-contact means to measure anodize, top coat and a host of other clear and semi-transparent coatings, hard coats, primers and films on applications ranging from component parts to finished vehicles and aircraft.

The SpecMetrix Dark system uses alternate non-contact RFE technologies to measure the opaque specialty and performance materials used in the most advanced defense programs today as well as to identify various defects either on or within composite materials. Together, these innovative offerings provide one multi-sensory coating measurement tool that can measure the broadest range of surface treatments and applied finishes available.  Unlike traditional scopes and gauges used today, SpecMetrix systems can be readily integrated onto robotic or other automated metrology or spray tools to deliver the unprecedented ability to measure either wet or dry coatings immediately following application.

For precise measurements in your manufacturing process, SpecMetrix can provide your team with coating thickness gauges to save costs and improve production profitability.  Thin film thickness measurements can also be made to the tightest tolerances with the SpecMetrix system.

Please contact the Sensory applications engineering team for additional information on these innovative and powerful new time-saving systems for any of your aerospace, aviation and defense application needs.

 

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