Research in competitive manufacturing of low friction components
Purpose and goal
The purpose of this project has been to do research on how to use ANS Triboconditioning in production on a large scale. By well-planned trials in an industrial environment, the influence of different process parameters on Triboconditioned cam follower rollers has been evaluated. Optimized process parameters has then been used to produce parts for verification in test rig and later also engine test. All goals stated in the application have been fulfilled during the project and we have gained valuable knowledge on how Triboconditioning should be industrialized.
Results and expected effects
More than 1000 cam follower rollers have been treated with ANS Triboconditioning at the Gnutti factory in Alvesta. Research done by Halmstad University on the influence of initial surface roughness and different process parameters has resulted in two conference articles and one paper to be published. Two Master students working in the project has been examined by Halmstad University. The project group has gained valuable knowledge which will be necessary in the next step for Scania and Volvo to feel confident to use Triboconditioning in full scale production.
Approach and implementation
The project has followed the initial project and time plan without any significant exceptions. All planned work packages has been executed and the activities in the plan has been followed. Research done at Halmstad University had to be rescheduled since the researcher moved back to France and the vacancy had to be filled. Therefore some publication of results will be done after the end of the project. Engine tests at Scania with ANS Triboconditioned components will also be completed after the end of the project.