We build long-term strategic partnerships with customers to unlock significant value for their business through the application of our innovative technologies to target markets in four key service areas:
- Design and Validation
- Condition Monitoring
- Prototype and Product Development
- Field Troubleshooting
We address requirements in the above areas by selecting from our extensive measurement technology portfolio which we have focused on certain core measurement competencies which can be broadly classified into the following six categories:
Lubricant Film Thickness
Tribosonics is the only company in the world leveraging ultrasonic reflection technology to measure ultra-thin layers and materials.
Whether dealing with a wind turbine or a train piston, nearly all rotating or sliding systems require intra-surface lubrication to function effectively. The lubrication – its presence and quantity – is crucial in optimising these systems. Identifying a perfect equilibrium is critical to the optimisation of these systems: too much lubrication can introduce frictional losses, whilst too little can lead to direct contact between two adjacent materials resulting in wear and heat build-up.
Our proprietary sensing technology has the capability to measure films, solid or liquid, as thin as 50 nanometres in thickness – with no upper limit. It is essential to measure lubricant thickness in bearings, piston rings and sealing applications in order to deliver essential performance monitoring and control information.
From traditional crack detection and void inspection, to thickness gauging and the development of Quality Assurance systems, our ultrasonic technologies can be applied throughout the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) field.
Unlike many NDT solutions, our technologies can be embedded at the component level, allowing for the development of a complete monitoring system that can be operated through remote autonomous operation.
Our technologies can be tailored to customer requirements and can be packaged to suit ATEX, IECEx and UL certifications.
In order to achieve maximum output, many engineering structures and components are designed to operate at the threshold of critical parameters, which can often lead to the formation of stress fractures throughout the structure.
By taking proactive measures to monitor the condition of a given component, and the level of stress within it, we can deliver valuable information regarding not only the health of the component but also of the wider system in which the component is operating.
Our stress monitoring technology can be applied to all manner of transport, power generation and manufacturing applications. As with all our technologies, we can apply embedded solutions, enabling monitoring of critical components in remote locations.
From the smallest cog to the largest system, every mechanical system in the world experiences wear and tear. Managing wear is important: 3% (16 EJ) of the world’s total energy consumption is used to remanufacture worn parts and spare equipment due to wear and wear-related failures. (cite)
Fortunately, unless subjected to external factors, wearing processes typically progress in a linear fashion, which, when measured by our embedded sensing technology, allows for the accurate prediction of impending failure and the scheduling of planned maintenance.
The measurement of wear is crucial in many application areas including:
- Internal Combustion Engine liners
- Mechanical Seals
- Rails and Wheels
- Chutes and Handling Machine
- Earth Moving Equipment
- Rotating Equipment, Shafts etc
Our non-invasive measurement technology is able to detect contact between two surfaces, characterise the contact area and measure the contact pressure profile of an interface in-situ in real time. And with a measurement frequency up to 100kHz, previously immeasurable contacts can now be monitored.
This technology is particularly useful for monitoring a change in contact pressure over time, for example in a bolted joint, a press fit joint or a gasket seal.
Almost every processing application uses or utilises liquids at some point in the process. In these processes the properties of the fluid are critical and maintaining them within a specified range is paramount to operational performance and efficiency.
Ultrasonic measurements have significant advantages over other measurement and monitoring techniques, primarily in being non-invasive: The transducer may be on the outside of the component/system and the measurements are performed on what is happening inside.
Tribosonics measurement technology can be applied to measure various properties in liquids including: