Dry Lubrication for Plastics

Sticking of surfaces in the mold release process will cause rework , scrap, machine downtime, and line stoppage. Use Dicronite® to improve mold release, decrease cycle time, and increase reliability.

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When to use Dicronite®

Engineers use Dicronite® to reduce friction when:

  • high temperatures limit the use of other coatings

  • maintenance is too frequent and causes costly downtime

  • inefficient mold release is slowing production

  • ineffective mold release is resulting in costly scrap rates

  • trying to avoid costly redesign

  • the mold tooling and equipment is experiencing inefficiencies 

  • there is a need to ensure an assembly or component won’t fail 

Where to use Dicronite®

Common plastics applications that use Dicronite® include but are not limited to:

  • bearings

  • bushings

  • blocks

  • core pins  

  • ejector blades

  • ejector pins

  • guides

  • molds (cavity surfaces)

  • plates

  • rails

  • rods

  • sleeves 

  • slides

  • threads

Why use
Dicronite®

The benefits of using Dicronite® dry lubrication within the plastics industry include: 

  • reduce cycle times due to improved release and better mold flow

  • reduce reject rates for a low draft or undercut parts such as caps and closures power

  • biocompatible per select ISO-10993 testing

  • enhance the performance of CrC, CrN, TiN and other surface treatments as a co-deposit 

  • avoid component failure, increase reliability

  • a low application temperature

  • high temperature stability 

  • improved efficiency of moving parts in the mold tooling and equipment

Across industries, (automotive, medical, food and beverage packaging, consumer electronics, etc.) uniformity and precision is a requirement when delivering final plastic injection molded components.

Coat components with Dicronite® to facilitate better mold release, reduce friction & wear on tooling and:

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Technical Data Sheet

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Dicronite® will have very little impact on dimensions. For almost all tolerances, Dicronite® can be integrated without any changes. 

The Dicronite® process has very little effect on surface finish. If surface finish is extremely critical, our process can be adjusted to ensure surface finish is maintained. 

The best approach is to test the coating in your application to assess coating life. Feel free to contact us for more information, or to discuss if Dicronite® is a good fit for your application. 

Dicronite® can be applied on top of many other coatings. There is typically no need to change the surface in order to incorporate Dicronite®. 

Yes. Our standard process works the same for parts being re-coated.

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Sliding Wear

Sliding wear occurs when two surfaces slide against one another causing material loss to one or both surfaces. Over time, this can result in component failures, additional maintenance, and costly down time.  

Coating components with Dicronite® can help minimize this wear and reduce the need for maintenance and down time.

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Tight Tolerance Lubrication

Extremely tight tolerances can present challenges when lubricants or coatings are needed to reduce friction. Many products are available to help reduce friction, but in the case of very tight tolerances, few can be integrated without the need for adjustments.

Dicronite® has an average thickness of 0.5 microns (0.00002 inch) or less. This precision thin film allows users to incorporate Dicronite® on designs with tight tolerances without the need for design or manufacturing changes.

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Vacuum Environment Lubrication

Vacuum environments present a challenge for lubrication. Many conventional lubricants aren’t effective under vacuum and are largely vaporized.

Dicronite® can be used in vacuum to reduce friction where other lubricants can’t function. The outgassing of Dicronite® under vacuum conditions is well below screening levels for spacecraft materials per ASTM E595.

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Energy Lost to Friction

Friction is wasted energy! Systems with critical mechanical power output need to be extremely efficient.

Dicronite® optimizes mechanical efficiency by reducing friction losses and can even work in tandem with existing lubrication to further optimize efficiency.

Dicronite® is especially useful in precision systems, extreme environments, or where minimizing size and weight is vital.

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Fretting

Fretting is a unique form of sliding wear that occurs when contact surfaces oscillate over a very small range of motion. Although it may seem minor, this surface wear can ultimately lead to fatigue cracking and devastating damage.

Dicronite® helps remedy fretting by providing lubrication at contact surfaces. This effectively reduces the wear and surface stresses that cause so much damage.

Dicronite® can be integrated into existing designs and assemblies without any other adjustments for seamless reduction of fretting wear.

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Extreme Temperature Lubrication

Extreme low or high temperatures can be challenging environments for lubrication. At low temperatures, conventional lubricants may be too viscous to be effective, while extreme high temperatures can result in breakdown of the lubricant.

Dicronite can be used in extreme environments to ensure effective lubrication while also being used in combination with oils and greases.

Dicronite is stable across a wide temperature range:

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Excessive Heat from Friction

As friction in an assembly generates heat, elevated temperatures can result in unwanted operating conditions.

This can cause overheating and accelerate the breakdown of materials, resulting in costly maintenance and down time or destructive failure.

Proper lubrication can help minimize friction, reduce heat, and increase mechanical efficiency. Coat parts with Dicronite® to avoid excessive maintenance and ensure components will run as efficiently as possible.

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