Contract Research & Testing

The following lists companies and organisations that offer contract research and testing services using both Plint tribometers and units from other manufacturers.
National Physical Laboratory
Country: UK
Location: London
Contact Name: Dr Mark Gee
Contact E-mail: Mark.Gee@npl.co.uk
Web Site: www.npl.co.uk
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 66 Micro-Scale Abrasion Tester
TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine
TE 68 Gas Jet Erosion Rig
Other Tribometers: Low speed pin-on-disc
High load pin-on-disc
TCL Scratch test system
Low load scratch test system
Nano Indenter
Nanomaterials test system
High temperature nanoindentation
Reciprocating test system
High temperature (1500 deg C) reciprocating rig
High temperature (1500 deg C) thrust washer and pin-on-ring
ASTM G65 Abrasion Testing
ASTM B611 Abrasion Testing
Analytical Equipment: SEM
National Centre of Tribology
ESR Technology Ltd
Country: UK
Location: Warrington
Contact Name: Dr Paul Tweedale
Contact E-mail: paul.tweedale@esrtechnology.com
Web Site: www.esrtechnology.com
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 53 Multi Purpose Friction and Wear Tester
TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine
TE 82 High Speed Four Ball Machine
Other Tribometers: Denison Pin on Disc
Falex Pin in Vee Block
Taber Abrader
Reciprocating Pin on Plate 0-100 mm stroke
Long Stroke Reciprocating Pin on Plate 0-500 mm stroke
Thrust Washer ASTM D3702 Rig
Rubber Wheel Abrasion Tester, Dry & Wet
Analytical Equipment: SEM with Quantitative EDAX
Optical Microscopy
Hardness, Micro Hardness
Nano Indenter
Profilometers, contacting & non contacting
Fraunhofer-Institut für Schicht-und Oberflächentechnik IST
Country: Germany
Location: Braunschweig
Contact Name: Dr.-Ing. Jochen Brand
Contact E-mail: brand@ist.fhg.de
Web Site: www.ist.fhg.de
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 74 Two Roller Machine
Other Tribometers: Pin on disc tests (rotating and oscillation)
WAZAU Tribo test
CSM Scratch test
Nano Indenter (Fischerscope)
Cavitation tester
Analytical Equipment: SIMS
EPMA
REM, EDX
RAMAN
AFM, STM
XRD
Intertek Farnborough Fuels and Lubricant Analysis
Country: UK
Location: Farnborough
Web Site: www.intertek.com/petroleum/farnborough
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine
TE 92 Microprocessor Controlled Rotary Tribometer
Other Tribometers: Numerous
Analytical Equipment: Numerous
Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-CMS)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Country: Germany
Location: Karlsruhe
Contact Name: Dr.-Ing. Johannes Schneider
Contact E-mail: johannes.schneider@kit.edu
Web Site: www.iam.kit.edu/cms
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 92 HS High Speed Microprocessor Controlled Rotary Tribometer
Other Tribometers: Oscillating sliding tester (self made), max. temperature 400°C
Unidirectional sliding tester (CSEM), max. oil bath temperature 100°C
Unidirectional sliding tester (CETR UMT3), max. temperature 175°C
Unidirectional sliding tester (self made: block/ring), max. temperature 900°C
Sliding-rolling tester (Amsler)
Static friction tester (self made)
Abrasive wheel tester (Erichsen 533)
Scratch tester (self made)
Cavitation tester (self made according to ASTM G32-92)
Various micro tribometers (transition static/kinetic friction, unidirectional sliding, slip-rolling)
Analytical Equipment: Stylus and optical profilometry
Hardness tester (Vickers, Rockwell, Martens)
Materialography
REM, EDX, AES
AFM, STM
XRD
Falex Tribology NV
Country: Belgium
Location: Leuven (Rotselaar)
Contact Name: Dr Dirk Drees
Contact E-mail: office@falexint.com
Web Site: www. www.falexint.com
Plint Tribology Equipment: TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine (ASTM G 133)
TE 87 Multi-station Circular Translation Pin on Disc Machine
Other Tribometers: Falex Pin & Vee Block (ASTM D 2625, 2670, 3233, 5620)
Falex Block-on-Ring (ASTM D 2509, 2714, 2782, 2981, 3704, ASTM G 77)
Falex Multispecimen (ASTM D 2266, 3702, 4172)
Falex Tapping Torque (ASTM D 5619)
Falex Abrasion (ASTM B 611, G 65 Dry, G 105 Wet)
Falex Four Ball Wear (ASTM D 2266, 4172, 5183)
Falex Pin-on-Disk (ASTM G 99)
Falex Miller Slurry Abrasion (ASTM G 75)
Conestoga Vane Pump (ASTM D 7043, ISO 20763)
Analytical Equipment: SEM
AFM
White Light Interferometer
Profilometry
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Country: USA
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Contact Name: Dr Peter Lee
Contact E-mail: Peter.Lee@swri.org
Web Site: www.swri.org/4org/ae/tribology.htm
Plint Tribology Equipment: 3 x TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine
Other Tribometers: Single Cam Rig – high speed data and tappet rotation
TriboEngine – 0.5l single cylinder research engine. Independent oil sumps for valvetrain and crankshaft. Duel fuel supply. Oil sampling from piston assembly and liner. Component (valvetrain and piston assembly) friction measurement
Block-on-ring – high load (Falex)
Block-on-ring – Low load (Bruker UMT 3)
Reciprocating – (Bruker UMT 3)
Pin-on-disk – high speed 350C wet (Bruker UMT 3)
Pin-on-disk – high speed 1,000C dry (Bruker UMT 3)
Scratch testing
Hot hardness testing
Mini Traction Machine (MTM 2)
4-ball rig (ARKL Coming)
Analytical Equipment: SEM
AFM
Xray
Profilometry
White Light Interferometry
Rheometry
– parallel plate
cone on plate
cup and bob
Pressure rheology
-180C – 450C
ElectroRheology (AC and DC with wave form input)