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Graphic element New chemically inert precision lubricants and advanced bearing systems
     
 
Increased lifetime and efficiency was achieved through the optimal combination of adapted bearing designs, the best plastic materials and special application-adapted lubricants.
 

A wide variety of modern machinery is dependent on precision friction-reducing systems, including bearings, runners and slideways. While recent advances in materials technology have led to significant improvements in the efficiency of such components, their relatively short lifetimes are still limiting factors in the overall longevity of mechanical systems like ventilators and motors.

This project was aimed at developing chemically inert precision lubricants, as well as a variety of new bearing systems for heavy-duty, high-temperature and high-precision tasks. The new materials provide excellent friction and wear-reducing properties in sliding systems made out of plastics. Increased lifetime and efficiency was achieved through optimal component combination: appropriate plastic-adapted bearing designs; the right plastic materials; and special application-adapted lubricants.

The new systems have allowed project partners to access new markets and to increase market share where they were already present. A patent has been granted and a new testing procedure has become the new DIN/ISO standard. Partners say the availability of EC funding was an important factor in the success of their project.

Cordis RCN: 895
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