You are always working toward a leaner production. It will save you time and money. When looking for that leaner production, materials, friction, lubrication, and wear should be something you consider.
This is because when creating a fastening joint, there is going to be friction involved. That friction is simply the interaction between contact surfaces of two bodies. When thinking about friction, tribology is something that needs to be considered.
Tribology is the science and technology of surfaces affecting each other in relative motion.
Tribology covers subjects like friction and wear as well as lubrication. Lubrication is a necessary part of assembling a joint and connecting elements because it helps achieve a reliable and quality connection. Lubrication is also important because it can help prevent screw breaks which can lead to unscheduled shut-downs in assembly operations.
When lubricating, you have the option of fluid lubricants or dry coats. Tribological dry coatings are anti-friction coatings used instead of fluid lubricants. These dry coatings, such as Bossard ecosyn®-lubric, are used on screws, nuts and washers and they create a smooth film that optimizes the friction conditions by evening out irregularities.
When you are working on developing the best mechanical technologies, tribology is an important consideration. You will also want to inspect your products regularly to check for safety-related screw connections. You will also want to consider using tribological coatings to improve your process.
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