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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15/06/2004

Pick-and-place machine is spot on

A novel pick-and-place machine that took more than three years to develop has the potential to redefine biological research. Dean Palmer investigates   Read More

14/06/2004

High precision ballscrews meet DIN standard

For design engineers that require precision ballscrews, THK UK has developed a range of precision ground ballscrews.   Read More

15/04/2004

Clip on bearing fits precisely

Bearings, whether rolling or plain, normally have to be pressed onto shafts  Read More

14/03/2004

Miniature linear guides key to machine downsizing

For OEMs that need to downsize their products, bearings manufacturer NSK’s miniature precision linear guides are ideal.  Read More

14/03/2004

Special guides for special applications

If design engineers are looking for a linear guide where the specification refers to words such as “ceramic, vacuum, clean, non-magnetic, lightweight, high temperature and insulation” it’s not easy to find a UK source for such a product.   Read More

27/01/2004

Plain bearings make toughest slides

Tom Shelley reports on some useful innovations in linear systems for use in difficult environments  Read More

06/11/2003

Combined motor and ballscrew succeeds with precision

Motor driven ballscrew actuators are widely used in applications as varied as special purpose machines and extending jetways at airports  Read More

09/06/2003

Large bearings sensed into place

Mounting of large bearings is eased by SKF's new SensorMount system.  Read More

09/06/2003

Insulation cuts need for bearing maintenance

A range of insulated bearings combat electrical erosion in trains  Read More

06/05/2003

Special bearings brought together

INA and FAG Kugelfischer, now one company, are combining their top of the range products and services under a new umbrella brand called 'X-life'.  Read More

13/04/2003

As if by magic, measurements appear

Bearings form the mainstay of many technologies, with the humble roller bearing playing an important role   Read More

09/04/2003

Linear bearings made even better

New linear ball bearings are said to have improved accuracies and load ratings, smoother performance and reduced noise.   Read More

09/04/2003

Special bearing lifts positioning

A special bearing has been developed to improve the positioning accuracy of high speed lifts in tall buildings   Read More

03/03/2003

Sounding out bearing lubrication

Mark Fletcher delves into a UK-based research project which will attempt to demystify the measurement and analysis of bearing lubrication films  Read More

22/01/2003

Developments with a bearing on motion

Mark Fletcher delves into the world of bearings and takes a look at some of the most recent advances and product offerings  Read More

08/11/2002

Cold idea prompts hot prospects

Tom Shelley reports on an energy saving way of cooling freezers, and some of the spin-off benefits  Read More

07/10/2002

Turning to higher accuracies

Tom Shelley reports on a visit to the UK's leading maker of very high precision machine tools  Read More

30/07/2002

The future beckons for bearing packages

Tom Shelley talks to bearing vendors and makers about their perceptions of future demand and their responses in terms of technical developments   Read More

10/06/2002

Taking it to the limit

Leading experts tell Tom Shelley about the factors that limit the performance of rolling element bearings and how the frontiers are being pushed back.  Read More

10/06/2002

One ball saves the race

Mark Fletcher digs into the facts behind a self-healing bearing arrangement  Read More

01/12/2001

Smooth running

Novel design ideas behind something we all take for granted, telescopic slides, such as those found in filing cabinets  Read More

01/11/2001

Run quiet, run smooth brings profits from precision

Ways in which added value from bearing makers can help engineers meet more demanding environmental requirements and increase sales.  Read More

01/10/2001

Caged ballscrews enhance performance

Market forces, legislation and designing from first principles have enabled one company to develop a new range of ball screws with a number of interesting design tweaks  Read More

01/07/2001

Bearing lubrication comes in from the cold

Grease can be found that reliably protects under conditions of extreme cold  Read More

01/07/2001

Bacteria may lead to nano bearings

Serious money is being sunk into researching nano mechanisms on the molecular scale found in nature  Read More

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