Designing and manufacturing equipment for the testing of fuels and lubricants.
We are PCS Instruments
PCS Instruments design and manufacture laboratory instruments for testing fuels and lubricants. We have a worldwide client base of users performing to ISO, ASTM and CEC test procedures as well as specialised research in the field of tribology.
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
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
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.
March 9th, 2021 marks 55 years since the publication of the Jost report, a work that coined the term tribology. PCS Instruments have decided to mark this occasion by looking back at how one aspect of tribological testing, optical interferometry, has changed in the 55 years since. Follow the link below to find out more.