Ian Hobday, Applications Team leader, Croda 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.