More than 20 different tribotesters in Falex Tribology and Falex Corporation global labs
More than 20 years of practical experience in the field of tribological testing for industrial users. Supported by the expertise of Surface Engineering and Tribology at the Catholic University of Leuven, and by cooperations with international research institutes such as Tekniker (Spain) and Centre Tudor (Luxembourg).
Optimal test results thanks tohigh quality tribometers (Falex, Plint, Tetra, Conestoga, PCS) regularly calibrated and maintained. We use certified specimens and train our operators regularly, complying with ISO17025.
Full compliance with international standards assures known precision and repeatability of our standard tests.
The Block On Ring Test Machine combines test versatility with operational simplicity. Capable of simulating a variety of field conditions, the Falex Block-on-Ring Test Machine evaluates the friction and wear characteristics of materials and lubricants in research, quality control, and technical service applications. Tests are typically performed using a flat (HP) block for single line contact, but conforming blocks for area contact may also be used.
The Ball on Three Disk (BOTD) Test Stand was originally designed to be a very high precision Diesel fuel lubricity evaluation tool (under Subcommittee of ASTM Committee D2 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants).
The tester can also be used to evaluate anti-wear properties of low viscosity lubricants and aqueous emulsions.
Conestoga Vane pump test runs are used to test the anti wear properties of hydraulic fluids at the final stage of the development of a new formulation. Therefore the weight loss of pump components, achieved after a certain period of time under constant high load conditions, is evaluated with empirically derived upper wear limits. If the wear of ring and vanes remains within the range marked by zero and these limits wear, the formulation fulfils the fluid specifications.
As of January 2014, we have installed a Nanofocus µSurf Explorer in our labs. This significant investment fits in our strategy to expand our high quality testing and characterisation infrastructure to remain true to our mission : providing high quality data to our industrial customers in the context of our credo "quality, knowledge, partner solutions"
With the confocal microscope, we can measure 3-D surfaces with the highest resolution and this helps us particularly with the quantification of (low) wear in our friction and wear simulations. Depending on the requirements of the customer, the technique can be an additional measurement technology to the well known 2D profiles and light optical microscopy measurements of wear scars.
The Four Ball EP Test Machine is available in two configurations : Standard System and High Performance System with Data Acquisition.The Falex Four Ball Extreme Pressure Test Machinemeasures a lubricant’s extreme pressure properties under High Hertzian contact in pure sliding, or pure rolling motion. The test is used to determine the load carrying properties of a lubricant at high test loads.
Standard Test Methods
ASTM D2596 - D2783 – D2266 - D4172
CEC L-45-A-99 - IP 239 - DIN 51350-1 – 51350-2 – 51350-4 - 51350-6
The Four Ball Wear Test Machineis used to determine the relative wear-preventing properties of lubricating fluids and greases in sliding and rolling applications. Lubricants are compared using the average size of the scar diameters worn on the three lower clamped balls.
The Falex Four-Ball Wear Test Machine is available in standard or variable drive configuration.
The Miller Number Slurry Abrasivity Test Machine develops data on the relative abrasivity of any slurry (Miller Number), or response of different materials to abrasivity of slurries (SAR Number). The machine meets the requirements of ASTM G75, Test Method for Determination of Slurry Abrasivity (Miller Number) and Slurry Abrasion Response of Materials (SAR Number).
The Mini Traction Machine from PCS Instruments is the latest evolution of the successful MTM instrument which to date has sold over 50 systems worldwide. It is a flexible general purpose instrument for measuring the frictional properties of lubricated and unlubricated contacts under a wide range of rolling and sliding conditions. One of the main applications is the fully automated traction mapping of lubricants under conditions commonly found in internal combustion engines. Additional features allow the measurement of anti-wear additive film growth on test specimens, investigation of soft contacts, reciprocating friction and wear measurements.
The TE 87 Multi station Circular Translation Pin on Disc Machine is manufactured by Phoenix Tribology Ltd. under licence from Dr Vesa Saikko, Laboratory of Machine Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology. It is based on his Super-CTPOD machine design. It is a highly compact, cost effective and easy to operate wear test device for the evaluation of prosthetic joint materials. It can be supplied with a total of either 50 or 100 sample test stations. This capacity makes it possible to test many different material combinations simultaneously, under identical test conditions.
Although nominally a pin on disc machine, the motion is not that of a conventional machine in which the disc rotates about its own axis, with corresponding uni-directional sliding at the pin face. In the TE 87, the disc follows an orbital path without rotation. The pin track may be adjusted to be circular, elliptical or linear reciprocating.
This orbital motion following a circular or elliptical path is similar to that generated in multi-axis hip joint simulators and produces wear that correlates well with these types of device and with in vivo behaviour. Typically, for tests with a UHMWPE pin loaded against the Co/Cr disc, the wear is confined exclusively to the pin, with well-rounded PE debris generated, with a size range of 0.1 to 1.0 microns, with the majority of particles of 0.25 microns diameter.
The new 10-station parallel wear generator is a prototype instrument we have designed in close cooperation with Phoenix Tribology, combining our testing needs with their design skills.
The testing conditions of this new multistation system are more flexible than those of the 50-station machine. Test specimens can be more versatile, and speed as well as heating and lubricating are more flexible.
The concept is a rod-on-specimen configuration, whereby the rods can be either a standard 'countermaterial' to evalute the wear of 10 individual specimens, or alternatively, the rod can be the object of testing : a coating, surface treatment or new alloy. In that case, the rod is tested against standard countermaterials.
10 pneumatically loaded station all apply the same pressure, but can be disengaged in pairs so that a variation of cycles is possible.
The machine combines the versatility and alignment advantages of the standard block-on-ring machine, with the efficiency gains of a multistation system. Contacts can be point (crossed cylinders), line (flat on cylinder) or area (conformal block on cylinder). Heating and lubrication are integrated.
Although only conceived for wear generation (no friction measurements), the tester fulfills the demand for efficient but statistically relevant wear tests. Often these tests are long, so obtaining 10 data points simultaneously, is a great advantage.
The MultiSpecimen Test Machine is the most versatile commercial system for evaluating friction, wear, and abrasion characteristics of materials, coatings, and lubricants. Standard Test Methods and Application Specific Custom testing programs are possible due to user selected contact geometries, motions, velocities, temperatures, contact pressures, and test specimen materials. One test apparatus meets many test specifications and simulates a broad range of field applications. Applications include research and development, quality control, product qualification and the evaluation of physical and performance characteristics of materials, coatings, and lubricants.
The Pin & Vee Block Test Machineis a laboratory tool for evaluating wear, friction and extreme pressure properties of materials and lubricants. The equipment rotates a ¼ inch diameter test pin against two ½ inch diameter vee blocks. A four line contact is established as load is applied through a mechanical gage by a ratchet wheel and an eccentric arm.
The Falex Pin & Vee Block Test Machine is available in manual, digital or computer controlledconfiguration.
The Plint TE 77 High Frequency Friction Machine is a versatile reciprocating tribometer with a maximum stroke of 25 mm and maximum load of 1,000 N. It is now a well-established research and development tool for evaluation of lubricants, materials, coatings and surface treatments.
With the TE 77, sliding contact conditions can be matched to a number of machine elements. Specimens may either be of a standard format, or cut from real components, preserving surface finish and other properties.
The TABER® Rotary Platform Abrasion Tester - Model 5135 or 5155 is commonly referred to as the Taber Abraser (Abrader) or Rotary Platform Dual (Double) Head Tester. First introduced in the 1930's, this precision built instrument was developed to perform accelerated wear testing. Capable of providing reliable data in a matter of minutes compared to the years that may be required by in-use testing, the Taber Abraser (Abrader) rapidly became the world standard for evaluating abrasion resistance.
Since its inception, the Taber Abraser has been used for quality & process control, research & development and material evaluation. Used to test a wide spectrum of materials, the instrument has been referenced in numerous standards and specifications (including plastics, coatings, laminates, leather, paper, ceramics, carpeting, safety glazing, etc.).
The Timken Extreme Pressure Test Rigis one of the first commercially manufactured and most widely recognized testers for evaluating the load carrying capacity of extreme pressure lubricants. Originally developed in the 1930’s by the Timken Company, this tester evaluates fluid lubricants and greases containing extreme-pressure additives. Manufactured by Falex Corporation since 1982, the Falex Timken Test Rig is supplied as a complete system to conduct ASTM Standard Test Methods D2509 and D2782.