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Tribis Engineering Inc
Profile last edited on: 10/25/18      CAGE: 5V3B5      UEI:

Business Identifier: Tribological data for plane bearing materials
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48597 Hayes Road
Shelby Township, MI 48315
   (866) 931-8568
Location: Single
Congr. District: 10
County: Macomb

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Tribis Engineering, Inc. is focused to work in tribological data for plane bearing materials. Precision, reliability, durability and minimal (no) maintenance are essential attributes for successful production machinery designs. Establishment of the company was driven by the need to minimize or eliminate maintenance while ensuring long service life for the firm's machine designs. With focus on materials used, bearings became a focal point, especially non-lubricated bearings to eliminate routine maintenance needs. The pervasive dearth of bearing material performance data (i.e., PV wear and friction data) was a constant frustration. Rarely, however, did this PV Limit information have any direct relationship to the target application’s pressure and velocity demands. Since PV Limit data provides no insight into how different materials behave differently across a range of PVs, choosing the optimal bearing material was essentially a shot in the dark. Experience with the high cost and long timeframes associated with commissioning tests at specific PV’s was far from satisfying. He envisioned a day when wide ranging PV wear and friction data was readily available to application engineers. Armed with wide ranging data, engineers could differentiate between bearing materials and make more robust decisions without having to undertake unique one-off tests. The doctoral research of the firm's founder was focused on characterizing plane bearing materials’ PV friction and wear performance profiles. Testing across wide ranging PV parameters was required to develop the mathematical models characterizing different patterns of PV performance. A solution for the time and cost associated with attaining multiple PV tests had to be found. The solution came with development of a tribometer that could dramatically shrink the time required to attain reliable PV wear and friction test results - the Tribis’ TS-01D. The device incorporates a state of the art, ultra-sensitive in-situ measurement system coupled with proprietary machine automation and control logic. The prototype for this machine permits completing up to 100 PV test parameters within a 24 hour period. Tribis has utilized the TS-01D to perform tests for some significant plane bearing material suppliers. These customers have been extremely satisfied with the test results delivered in very short timeframes. Based on this response, Tribis will be expanding its customer base as it develops additional testing configuration options for the TS-01D to support additional testing modes and lubricant related tests, as well as expanding the tester portfolio beyond the TS

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2013 1 Navy $148,045
Project Title: Wear and Chemical Resistant Arresting Gear Slipper Material

Key People / Management

  Robert Adams