Low friction coatings provide improved performance and service life while eliminating the need for wet lubricants in operating environments that require resistance to heat, chemicals, or clean room conditions.Micro Surface Corporation provides low friction coatings such as Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) for when close tolerances, high heat, and clean room environments must be maintained and MoS2 (Molybdenum Disulfide) for a where "wear in" is necessary and a thicker coating is desirable. Our Nicklon (Nickel Teflon) and Nicklon Plus (Nickel Teflon Plus) coatings provide both lower friction and high corrosion resistance which makes it an excellent coating for rubber injection molds. Additionally, fortified Teflon® and Xylan® address the low friction requirements of engine components, compressors, pumps, and actuation devices.

Lubricity or lubrication's objective is to reduce friction between two mating surfaces to extend the wear life of the components. If the objective is to have a wear in period for the parts to size together then a thicker coating solution is required. If the application is an item with close tolerances or preload factors such as a bearing, then a very thin coating would be best to reduce friction. Be it a brewery, pharmaceutical manufacturing, or food processing industry, the low friction coatings applied by Micro Surface solve the problems they all face.

Although adding a low friction coating adds an additional initial expense to the cost of a component, the long term benefits that are realized far outweigh this by reducing energy consumption which saves money and fuel or battery power and also allowing production to continue for an extended period.

Low Friction Coating Selection Guide

Coatings to Improve Fuel and Engine Efficiency in Automobiles

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a third of an automobiles fuel or electric energy consumption is spent overcoming friction which has a direct impact on emissions and miles per gallon (MPG) or Miles per gasoline equivalent (MPGe). However, by coating components of a car with a coating like Tungsten Disulfide WS2, it is possible to reduce the friction on the rubbing and turning of various mechanical parts in the engine, transmission, and exhaust systems such as gears, bearings, pistons, and shafts and as a result improve fuel or energy consumption and emissions.

Automobile Energy Consumption Breakdown
Energy OutputEnergy Consumed %
Exhaust33%
Cooling29%
Mechanical Power
Engine11.5%
Transmission5%
Rolling Resistance11.5%
Brakes5%
Air Drag5%
Engine Energy Loss from Friction Chart

Low Friction Coatings Specifications:

Coating Coefficient of Friction Thickness (in.) Cure Temp Application Examples
Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) 0.035 0.00004 Ambient
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Plastic Tooling
  • Release for Plastic Molding
  • Bearing Dry Lubication
  • Industrial
  • Originally developed to eliminate galling of SS on Aluminum, steel on steel or aluminum on aluminum
  • Takes high loads and pressures and can be applied to DLCs.
Nicklon Plus (Nickel Teflon® Plus) 0.065 0.0015 750F
  • Rubber Mold Release
  • Release for Resins and Compounds
  • Excellent release and good metal to metal with a coefficient of friction 0.085
Nicklon (Nickel Teflon®) 0.065 .0002 -
.002
200F
  • Industrial Corrosion
  • Industrial Release
Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) 0.02 0.0005 Ambient to 400F
  • Long Wear Life for Automotive & Defense Department/Military
  • Excellent Corrosion Protection
  • Chemical Resistance
Teflon® 0.08 0.0002 -
0.010
350 - 815F
  • Industrial Dry Lubrication
Minimum Charge for coating services is 295.00USD.