How does your lubricant compare?

How does your lubricant compare?

In 2015 the EPA estimated that the automotive industry was accountable for approximately 27% of the USA’s total greenhouse gas emissions. As awareness on climate change increases and resources deplete government legislations tighten pressuring manufacturers to find a way of reducing these emissions whilst keeping costs low. Optimizing the lubricants used such as engine oil, […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Mark Devlin, Technical Advisor, Afton Chemicals

  Next on our 60 seconds feature we asked one of our oldest and most loyal customers Mark Devlin, technical advisor for Afton Chemicals to tell us about his research.   Hi Mark thanks for agreeing to our 60 seconds spotlight interviews, why does Afton Chemical Corporation perform tribology research? Afton sells additives for fuels […]

60 Seconds in the Spotlight: Dr Anwesha Sarkar, Associate Professor in Food Colloids and Processing, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds

  Dr Sarkar has very kindly offered to do the first in our 60 seconds in the spotlight series, here is what she had to say:   Hi Dr Sarkar thanks for agreeing to do our first 60 seconds spotlight interviews, how long have you been researching food tribology and what areas are you focusing […]

Improving life expectancy of our railways

  With China, India and UK having some of the busiest rail networks in the world, maximising the life expectancy of the trains and track and reducing downtime is extremely important. Early failure of any component can be very costly and cause major disruptions to commuters. At Clapham Junction, the UK’s busiest station, at peak […]


Scuffing Research Proposal Overview Scuffing can occur in high speed/high load contacts, where the breakdown of both EHL and boundary film leads to metal-metal welding between the surfaces, causing high friction, noise, vibration and wear.  The standard testing methods currently used to evaluate the scuffing performance of lubricants are unable to distinguish between the lubricants […]

Ultra Shear Viscometer

Lubricant formulators have long been aware of the shortcomings of existing high shear viscometers. Whilst the state of the art in high shear rate viscometry has remained around the 1,000,000 reciprocal second mark for many years, developments in engine and lubricant technology mean that in-service conditions are more like 10,000,000 reciprocal seconds. Extending the measuring range of existing viscometers is […]

Towards Improving Fuel Economy through Tribology Testing

Fuel Economy 1970-2016   Increasing at an average of 5% annually, most passenger cars must achieve 39 mpg, and light trucks 30 mpg, by 2016   Passenger Car Growth Statistics Global passenger car sales rose by 7.2% to 66.6 million vehicles in 2012 All regions grew except Western Europe Double-digit growth rates in North America and […]

Wind Turbine Issues

The Statistics     Wind Turbine Components Gearbox Wind Turbine gearbox generally employs three stages of gear enhancements providing appropriate speed ratio between the low and high-speed shafts. Designed to handle highly varying loads from the low-speed driveshaft due to the transient nature of wind. Braking loads when the overspeed brake is engaged, as the […]

PCS Service Contracts

Following feedback from our customers and extensive market research PCS are pleased to announce we are now offering annual service contracts on all our instruments. Service Contract Benefits at a glance   This service contract will give you the piece of mind that your instruments are running correctly and the results being produced are both accurate […]

Micro and Macro Pitting

Definitions: Macropitting: A surface fatigue phenomenon that causes large pits to form on the surfaces in contact. These result from surface or subsurface initiated cracks propagating into large scale pits. Macropitting tends to occur in more heavily loaded contacts than micropitting. Micropitting: A surface fatigue phenomenon resulting in microscopic pits forming on the surfaces in […]