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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 Why have a PCS Annual Service? Reduce Instrument Downtime A PCS Annual Service includes a full on-site service and calibration of the equipment to ensure […]

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 […]

Biotribology is Everywhere

Biotribology is one of the most exciting areas of tribology research and one which affects every aspect of our every day life from skin blisters to artificial joints and contact lenses. In many cases interaction with our environment is governed by tribology and in particular our response to perceived friction. The use of touch to […]

HFRR available hardware and software options. What is the most suitable option for you?

HFRR: the basic system is supplied with a control unit. This is pre-set to perform ASTM D6079 and ISO 12156-1 test methods. Results are displayed on the in-built window. Wear scar is measured manually using a metallurgical microscope and calibrated  micrometer stage (HFRRMIC) HFRRPC : Software enables user to perform standard tests (ASTM&ISO) through PC […]

Presentation Kits

PCS Instruments are now supplying all instrument orders with professional compact cases. These lightweight, durable cases minimise the possibility of damaging or misplacing items and ensures work spaces are kept organised and tidy. All parts are named to enable a fast efficient process should any items need replacing. All available kits are listed below; ABS Essentials […]

MTM: Wet Clutch Screening

Research using the MTM has been carried out using an MTM Clutch disc, the specimen consists of a friction material coated steel disc, which is designed for the accurate screening of lubricants in a wet clutch type contact. The MTM Clutch Screening Method was used; this test configuration, which has been successfully used at Imperial College London, UK […]

Biotribology Investigation of Chocolate

Introduction A selection of chocolate samples produced by a popular Chocolate Brand were supplied to PCS Instruments for analysis using a bio-tribology technique. This shows the lubrication regime of the chocolate and how it is controlled by the constituents within the chocolate. Method The chocolate test samples where heated in an oven at 60°C for […]

3D SLIM (SPACER LAYER IMAGING METHOD)

Both the MTM2 and EHD2 have a 3D SLIM option available. What are the differences and benefits of both options? EHD2 A lubricant film is formed between a rotating coated glass disc and 3/4” steel ball.  An RGB camera  is used to capture a dynamic image of the contact in the elastohydrodynamic region. The SLIM […]

ASTM D6079- What items do you require to conform to the standard?

ASTM D6079 : Evaluating Diesel Fuel Lubricity The ASTM D6079 specifies the PCS Instruments’ High Frequency Reciprocating Rig (HFRR) mechanical and control Unit. HFRR system ( P/N:HFRRSYS) comprises of: Mechanical test unit with upper and lower specimen holders. Control and data acquisition system pre-loaded with standard test protocols.   User manual Main RTD temperature probe Tool […]

HFRR ASTM D6079 Reference Fuels

PCS Instruments is the sole supplier of the HFRR, as stated in ASTM method D6079. The procedure states that ASTM reference (A + B)  fuels must be tested every 20 tests  to verify the apparatus’s performance. These fuels adhere to the ISO method and can be purchased from PCS Instruments in 1.8 litre cans. The […]