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When to use Dicronite®
Engineers use Dicronite® when:
precision tolerances or sealing must be maintained
high or low temperatures limit the use of other lubricants
lubrication is needed where there’s exposure to chemicals, radiation, or other harsh environments
optimal performance is needed
power output of an assembly is being robbed by friction losses
friction is creating too much resistance in the motion of an assembly
sliding wear is limiting component lifetime
there is galling and seizing of threaded components
Where to use Dicronite®
Common manufacturing applications that use Dicronite® include but are not limited to:
Benefits of using Dicronite® dry lubrication include:
avoid component failure, increase reliability
extend component lifetime and decrease the need for maintenance
increase mechanical efficiency for more power output
ability to outperform in varied atmospheric conditions (humidity, vacuum, etc.)
0.5 micron thickness won’t interfere with tolerances
lubricant in extreme temperatures (-188° C to +538° C)
compatible with many solvents, fuels, and fluids
compatible with greases and oils
Dicronite® dry lubrication is in used general manufacturing for mechanical applications where reducing friction and heat and improving performance are critical. Vacuum stable, radiation stable, Liquid (LOX) and gaseous oxygen compatible, Dicronite® dry lubrication is widely used as a primary lubricant or co-lubricant.
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Most frequent questions and answers
Wear is a system effect, so it can be difficult to estimate the lifetime in each application. Dicronite® should be used for applications where sliding wear is present, but not abrasive wear – this is too aggressive for the soft, lubricious Dicronite® coating. In applications where an extensive wear life is required, it is common for Dicronite® to be applied on top of a hard, wear resistant coating.
We recommend testing to ensure Dicronite® is sufficient for your application and are always happy to coat a small order of parts to support your testing!
Dicronite® can be applied to all metals, most plastics, and some ceramics. In addition, Dicronite® can be applied on top of many other coatings or platings such as Nickel, Zinc, Chrome, Anodize, DLC, and more.
Dicronite® provides only minor corrosion prevention. It is not recommended to use Dicronite® to prevent corrosion. However, many customers use Dicronite® on top of coatings or platings that do prevent corrosion for combined corrosion resistance and friction reduction.
We recommend cleaning coated surfaces with isopropyl alcohol or mineral spirits, but other solvent or solutions may also be used. Avoid using cleaners that are very acidic or basic.
If wiping coated surfaces, use a soft cloth. Note that when wiping a coated surface, you may find a residue coming from the part – this is normal. It is not necessary to wipe the coated surface until no residue is wiped from the surface. The coating naturally “smudges” or “smears” as part of its ability to lubricate.
Coated parts should be handled to prevent physical damage to coated surfaces such as scratching, scraping, or abrasion. In addition, parts should be stored in a manner that prevents corrosion of the underlying substrate. If the part begins corroding underneath the Dicronite® coating this can diminish the performance of the coating.
Yes. Our standard process works the same for parts being re-coated.
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