Coatings and Tribology Features

Surface engineering has never been more important to engineering. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, views and opinions about coating technology and surface engineering. Find out how to optimise the materials you use to get the most out of them from longer life, to better performance.

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13/10/2010

Better bearings last longer in hot spots

Tom Shelley reports on bearings aimed at meeting the requirements of challenging environments, particularly in the food and beverage industries  Read More

10/08/2010

Sintered plastics control fluids on micro scale

Tom Shelley reports on some of the applications of very fine-grained, high-purity, sintered plastic.  Read More

13/07/2010

Five starts to maximum efficiency

Tom Shelley reports on some recent advances in linear systems and bearings that give striking enhancements to performance.  Read More

13/07/2010

Design methods optimise cost and performance

Innovative design methods have allowed a bearings manufacturer to cut costs and increase product performance.  Read More

09/06/2010

Turbine technology gears up

As the UK ramps up its wind energy resources, Paul Fanning looks at the technological challenges facing the sector and the innovations that are overcoming them.  Read More

04/05/2010

Non-invasive mixing and de-aeration of viscous and non-viscous liquids and powders

Mixing of materials in the laboratory or for smaller production volumes is traditionally done by hand, or the use of some sort of mechanical blade, impellor or paddle to agitate the mix. These are fine in their way, being largely inexpensive, manual or simple powered tool processes, and are adequate for many mixing tasks.  Read More

08/04/2010

SKF supplies bearings to Zytek's hybrid-electric race car

SKF has been chosen by Zytek Engineering to supply customised and standard deep groove ball bearings to the electric motor generator unit and the intermediate shaft of the new Ginetta-Zytek GZ09HS racing car.  Read More

08/04/2010

Bearing extends equipment life

Baldor Electric has launched a Dodge-brand mounted ball bearing incorporating sealing and lubrication innovations that can substantially extend equipment lifetimes in harsh, washdown-duty operating environments such as food and beverage processing.  Read More

05/01/2010

Reducing friction and wear

Tribology is an often overlooked subject area and new technologies in the area can often be over looked due to their complex and 'difficult to get right' nature.  Read More

09/11/2009

Cover story: Spot the difference?

The flow of counterfeit components in to the UK spans many industries and components. Justin Cunningham finds out who is affected and what the solutions are  Read More

05/10/2009

Innovations offer smoother movement

Tom Shelley reports on state of the art developments with regard to bearings and achieving smooth linear movement  Read More

22/07/2009

Selecting the ‘best’ bearing

An adequate bearing is not the same as the right bearing. Justin Cunningham finds out how one company wants to change how engineers perceive bearing selection  Read More

21/07/2009

Game, set and match to roof design consortium

Tom Shelley reports on the technology and skill that has gone into providing a folding roof for a British landmark   Read More

14/07/2009

Suspension and bearings specified for 1000mph

Justin Cunningham talks to the design engineers involved on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and hears about the project's progress  Read More

07/04/2009

Plastic fantastic

The use of plastic bearings is increasingly being looked at for low cost and maintenance free applications. Justin Cunningham reports  Read More

10/10/2008

Bearing good news for Mars landing

The Pheonix Mars Lander uses Kaydon ‘Reali-Slim’ thin section bearings to position its robotic arm for digging in the permafrost there  Read More

14/07/2008

Plasma lubricants slip into new markets

Lubricant technology first revealed in Eureka in 2001 is extending its range of commercial applications, thanks mainly to its ability to save energy. Lou Reade reports  Read More

06/05/2008

Dispensing with keys and keyways

Bushings made up of split sleeves and locknuts do away with keys and keyways and associated maintenance problems on a mine type ride for a European theme park  Read More

10/04/2008

Sound investment

Linear slides sit at the heart of machine that makes products with a musical heritage. Julie Bieles reports  Read More

10/04/2008

Linear progression

Astronomy and electronics are two beneficiaries of cutting edge linear motion technology. Lou Reade reports from the Linear Motion Masterclass  Read More

08/02/2008

In a line

Delegates at next month's Linear Motion Masterclass will learn about emerging technologies and key techniques from experts in the field. Lou Reade reports  Read More

20/07/2007

Bearing the brunt

New developments are extending the lives of bearings working under particularly severe conditions  Read More

26/04/2007

On a roll

More efficient bearings could deliver big savings to a range of mechanical systems, reports Lou Reade  Read More

26/04/2007

Cam rollers and balls run on same rails

Bosch Rexroth has come out with a guide rail system that is compatible with carriages equipped with either cam rollers or recirculating balls  Read More

26/04/2007

Guide balls prevent cage creep

Cage creep, where the ball or roller cage creeps out of its original position in a linear bearing without recirculating balls, is a well-known problem  Read More

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