About PCS Instruments

Designing and manufacturing equipment for the testing of fuels and lubricants.

Why Choose Us

Over 30 years leading the tribology test equipment industry
ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Certified
Over 40 distributors supplying to more than 90 countries
More than 2000 systems sold worldwide
Excellent customer service and technical support
Continued development of products to suit customer needs
Presenting at research conferences across the globe
Cited in over 500 technical papers
Attending exhibitions worldwide

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Our Mission

Supplying the most innovative test equipment providing researchers with the tools to produce marketing leading lubricants and fuels

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

About Us

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.

ISO Certification

PCS Instruments has been certified by Alcumus ISOQAR to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 under certificate number 15659.

Certificate Number 15659
ISO 9001, ISO 14001

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ISO 9001:2015 certificate

ISO 14001:2015 certificate

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Supplying to more than

90 countries

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What our clients say

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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