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.