From wind turbines to milling machines and from assembly robots to mining dump trucks, there are countless varied applications for tribological knowledge in industrial sectors. Tribology research has been used to make processes and machines in these fields more reliable, efficient and profitable.
In heavy industry applications the forces on components such as bearings, gears and shafts can be huge. Therefore, making sure a good lubricating film can be maintained is integral to keeping heavy machinery running. PCS’ range of instruments, particularly the ETM and MPR are often used to study these applications and inform the design of everything from components through to the lubricant itself. The ETM is used for its ability to reach the high pressures seen in the applications and the MPR for its speed of testing, taking minimal time to reach high numbers of contact cycles. Together these instruments can help inform decisions and keep industry moving smoothly.
In lighter industrial applications, the forces seen are often much smaller but the importance of a good lubricating film is not diminished. Often moving at high speed or with tighter tolerances, the design of components and lubricants in these sectors is crucial in keeping machines moving as expected. Instruments such as the MTM and EHD are often used for these applications. Together they, and the other instruments from PCS, can be used to get a clear picture of how parts and lubricants will work together and how to design systems that are both efiicient and reliable.