Conveyor systems in various industries are exposed to a wide range of loads and ambient conditions, which have a very strong influence on the friction and wear behaviour of the materials used.
The market launch of LubX® in 2012 by Röchling revolutionised the observation of sliding materials because, for the first time, the interaction of the individual sliding partners in the actual application was used to develop the materials.
Today, our LubX® product family comprises seven matched sliding plastics having exceptional sliding properties for different sliding systems and/or ambient conditions.
To develop our sliding materials, we conducted a large number of tribological tests under various conditions and had our materials tested in test labs of leading scientific institutions in plastics and conveyor technology after testing them in our in-house test labs.
There is no typical material characteristic value for the friction and wear of a material. The selection is about the "system properties", i.e. the analysis of further influencing variables and parameters from the individual application. The tribological system (Tribosystem for short) was introduced for this purpose. In addition to the two friction partners, it also comprises further influencing variables such as the intermediate material, the ambient medium and the ambient conditions present, such as the movement sequence, the length of time, the pressure and the temperature in addition to the conveying velocity and the layout of the conveyor system. A suitable sliding material for an application can only be selected if all parameters have been systematically considered. (See: Czichos, Habig (2015), p. 14, Tribology Manual, 4th Edition, Springer-Verlag, Wiesbaden)