To be the Global Leaders in Tribology Test Equipment
PCS Core Values
- Innovation: Continually striving to produce creative forward thinking products
- Quality: Ensuring all our products and services achieve the highest quality
- Consistency: Consistently offering the most reliable instruments and excellence in service provision
- Integrity: Conducting business to the highest level of professional behaviour and ethics
- Customer Focus: 100% committed to helping to develop customer knowledge and research capabilities
- Continuous Improvement: Always striving to constantly improve our products and processes
PCS Instruments, based in West London (UK), designs and manufactures equipment for the testing of fuels and lubricants.
PCS Instruments has a worldwide client base of users performing to ISO and ASTM test procedures as well as specialised research in the field of tribology.
The company was established in 1987 by a group of research engineers from the Tribology Laboratory at Imperial College, London and continues to maintain a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the College.
The scope of PCS Instruments Limited’s Quality Management System is applicable to the design, manufacture, installation, service and testing of tribology test equipment and associated parts.
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PCS Instruments Timeline
PCS began as a consultancy company formed by a group of academic and post grad students from the Tribology department of Imperial college.
First EHD sold
Clive & John, Technical Director and Managing Director of PCS, moved into an office in Albert Court, adjacent to Royal Albert hall
CEC F- 06 – A-96 published and includes PCS' HFRR instrument
ISO 12156 - First ISO diesel fuel lubricity standard
First full time employee, Matthew, joins PCS and is still with PCS today
Relocation to Warple Way, West London
Exhibited at WTC, London
Exhibited at STLE conference for the first time
Relocation to 78 Stanley Gardens, West London to accommodate expanding business
New control unit on HFR2
ASTM jet fuel lubricity standard (ASTM D5001) approved
25 years of trading
Due to further expansion acquired additional premises in Stanley Gardens
Opening of the Marketing suite
Sponsors of BioTribology conference at Imperial College
What our clients say
“To develop better lubricant additives, Afton strives to better understand how lubricants perform under a wide variety of operating conditions. This deeper understanding of tribology cannot be achieved without the proper instruments. PCS Instruments has supplied Afton with a wide range of innovative instruments to help us answer the difficult tribology questions that lead to innovative lubricants.”
Dr Mark Devlin, Afton Chemicals, USA
We recently used this in Pin on Disc configuration with different material pairs to produce wear coefficients. This gave us wear maps so a client was able to choose the best material pair for their application. We have also been using it for standard Stribeck curves and the effects of nano particles in the lubricants on these curves. A useful piece of equipment to compliment the other tribometers in the lab.
Peter Lee, Principal Engineer – Tribology at Southwest Research Institute
As a speciality chemical supplier it is vital for us to understand how the inclusion and modification of our additives and base fluids affects performance in automotive and industrial lubricants. A focus for Croda over the last 5 years has been friction control; this is a broad subject which includes numerous applications, chemistries, surfaces, contact pressures, contact geometries, speeds, temperatures and many more factors. The bench testing equipment provided by PCS Instruments has been of great value in allowing us to successfully identify and optimise friction control additive and base fluids across a diverse range of applications.
Ian Hobday, Applications Team leader, Croda UK
PCS Instruments tribometers provide us with valuable results for lubricant and additives characterisation. We also appreciate the reliability and versatility of the equipment, the reasonable size and the wide choice of specimens on offer. The fact that both the hardware and software are user friendly makes PCS tribometers a favourite to our students.
Dr. Monica Ratoi, Lecturer in Lubrication Science at nCATS, University of Southampton
Developing fast structure-property relationship data in screening lubricants is a vital step in the new product development process. The instruments provided by PCS have helped our Dow Chemical team to optimise new polymer architectures for novel synthetic lubricants and build formulation know-how through careful additive package development. The use of these innovative tools help move new development products from the laboratory into the field with speed and give us a higher degree of confidence in their performance.
Dr Martin Greaves, Dow Chemicals, Switzerland
Much of the success of the Imperial College Tribology Group in terms of experimental research comes from working with PCS Instruments. The test equipment they supply is extremely well designed (both hardware and software) giving consistently precise and accurate results. They also have just the right level of automation, saving considerable time and aiding repeatability while retaining sufficient flexibility to carry out non-standard tests.
Dr Tom Reddyhoff, Lecturer, Tribology Department, Imperial College London
At the University of Birmingham, the Microstructure group is developing in-vitro measurements to better understand how complex food materials behave during oral processing. Working with PCS and the MTM2 over the last 5 years has allowed us to study the soft contact lubrication behaviour of these materials in a versatile and repeatable manner that we would otherwise be unable to achieve in-house.
Dr Tom Mills, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Birmingham, UK
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