Proven Precision Dry Lubrication

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Overview
  • Performance
  • Materials
  • Standards
  • Testing/Performance
  • Surface Finish
  • Application Process
  • Service
  • Handling
  • Locations

Overview

Key to Dicronite dry lubrication’s wide range of applications are its:

  • Ultra-low coefficient of friction (u=0.030)
  • Precision film thickness of 0.5 microns maximum (0.000020 inches)
  • Wide functional temperature span – 188C to +538C (up to +1316C in vacuum)
  • Near ambient temperature (max 35C) application process

Based on these key values, Dicronite dry lubrication is proven world-wide for:

  • Friction and wear reduction
  • Anti-seize / anti-galling / anti-fretting
  • Plastic mold release and flow enhancement
  • Co-lubrication enhancement in combination with oils and greases
  • Co-deposit with Ni, Cr, Ti and many other coatings
  • In place of conventional lubricants in high-vacuum/temperature situations

PERFORMANCE

Can Dicronite dry lubrication be used with other lubricants?
Yes. It is commonly used as a co-lubricant with oils, greases and other lubricants.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication provide more than just lubrication?
Yes. Beyond its very low coefficient of friction, Dicronite dry lubrication reduces wear, particularly wear due to fretting or galling.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication alter the electrical or magnetic properties of the substrate?
No.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication function over a wide temperature range?
Yes. Dicronite dry lubrication functions over a temperature range of -188C (-306F) to +538C (+1000F) and up to +1316C (+2400F) in a vacuum.

Is Dicronite dry lubrication biocompatible?
Yes. It has been tested and complies with ISO-10993-5 and United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Class 6. It is also gamma ray, ethylene oxide and autoclave sterilization stable.

Has Dicronite dry lubrication been approved for use in food handling and processing equipment?
Yes. Application specific approvals have been received from both the United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MATERIALS

Can Dicronite dry lubrication be applied to any ferrous or nonferrous metallic substrate?
Yes. Dicronite dry lubrication can be applied over other substrates, including most plastics and ceramics.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication affect the surface finish of the substrate?
No. Being maximum 0.5 micron’s thick, Dicronite dry lubrication reflects the underlying surface finish.

Are these limitations relating to finishes or coating beneath Dicronite dry lubrication?
No. Dicronite dry lubrication functions well and is often used in combination with other coating such as TiN, CrN, CrC or Nickel.

Can Dicronite dry lubrication be applied in soft-soft, soft-hard, hard-hard, or any other variation with another coating?
Yes.

STANDARDS:

What standards does Dicronite dry lubrication comply with?
Dicronite dry lubrication complies with AMS2530 and DOD-L-85645 Rev C, Type 1.

What are the quality processes used?
Most Dicronite dry lubrication facilities operate under an AS9100 Rev C, ISO 13485 and TS/ISO 16949 compliant quality system. Several are AS9100 certified and also NADCAP accredited. In addition, many facilities run customer-specific quality systems.

TESTING/PERFORMANCE DATA

Are there performance data available to support specific applications?
Yes, there is a wide body of application/industry-specific data from independent laboratories (including NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, White Sands Test Facility and the University of California at Davis) available across many industries. Please contact your nearest facility for more information.

Is it possible to do application specific testing?
Yes. Please contact LSI or your nearest facility for more information.

SURFACE FINISH

Will Dicronite dry lubrication interfere with precision tolerances?
No. The technology and carefully controlled application process result in Dicronite dry lubrication’s 0.5 microns (0.000020”) maximum thickness. As such, it will not affect precision tolerances.

Is there a minimum surface finish for the substrate to accept Dicronite dry lubrication?
No.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication change the surface color?
Yes. Dicronite dry lubrication will change the surface color to either a soft grey or grey tint depending on the underlying surface color.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication affect the surface finish of the substrate?
No. Being maximum 0.5 microns thick, Dicronite dry lubrication reflects the underlying the surface finish.

Does Dicronite dry lubrication change the dimensions of the item?
No. Being maximum 0.5 microns thick, Dicronite dry lubrication will not affect dimensional tolerances within typical precision machining limits.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Will Dicronite dry lubrication interfere with precision tolerances?
No. The technology and carefully controlled application process result in Dicronite dry lubrication’s 0.5 microns (0.000020”) maximum thickness. As such, it will not affect precision tolerances.

Can you apply Dicronite dry lubrication to holes, inside diameters or inside surfaces?
Yes. Generally for holes or inside diameters, there is a depth limitation of two times the diameter. For larger diameters, it may be possible to apply to a greater depth.

Is it possible to mask off or protect portions of the substrate or part so that they do not receive Dicronite dry lubrication?
Yes this is commonly done.

Can Dicronite dry lubrication be re-applied over itself?
Yes. With some preparation by the Dicronite dry lubrication processing plant of the substrate.

Are there high or low temperatures involved in the application of Dicronite dry lubrication?
No.

The application temperature range is between 20℃ (68℉) and 35℃ (95℉), and therefore, will not subject the substrate to heat stress or distortion.

SERVICE

Can Dicronite dry lubrication be applied in quick turnaround situations?
Yes. Typical lead-time is between one and four days, exclusive of any transport. Please contact your nearest facility for a specific quote.

Do I need to specifically prepare the surface prior to application of Dicronite dry lubrication?
No. You will need to ensure the parts are free of oil and grease as much as possible. Please note that Dicronite dry lubrication should generally be the final step in manufacturing. Any other surface processes (e.g. passivation, anodizing, polishing) should be completed prior to the Dicronite dry lubrication processes.

How can I get a quote for Dicronite dry lubrication?
Please contact the facility nearest you for an application-specific quote.

HANDLING

Are there any special handling requirements once the Dicronite dry lubrication has been applied to the substrate?
No. Consistent with industry standard practices, the surface should be kept clean and dry, other than co-lubricants, prior to final assembly.

Are there environmental or health and safety considerations after Dicronite dry lubrication has been applied?
No. The material is inert and non-toxic.

LOCATIONS

Do all locations offer the same Dicronite dry lubrication process?
Yes.

I am interested in opening a new Dicronite dry lubrication facility, who do I contact?
Please contact LSI for more information.

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: +1-408-834-7442 (INTL)

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