“ANS is at the leading edge of friction reduction technology,” says Chris Miltenberger, president and CEO of Sunnen. “We’re excited about working with ANS on the development of new products and surface-finishing methods, which will bring unique solutions to all segments of the manufacturing industry.”

Triboconditioning is a combined mechanical/chemical surface-treatment process that uses a machining procedure to level off surface peaks and apply a friction- and wear-reducing compound to the component surface. Unlike spray coatings, the compound becomes an integrated part of the component structure at a nano level. The process is mechanically simple and, in most cases, can be performed with Sunnen honing equipment. In addition, the process is said to be very cost-efficient in mass production environments, making it suitable for in-house manufacturing. Key applications include automotive engine components, such as valve train parts, cylinder liners, crankshafts and connecting rods, as well as industrial applications like hydraulic motors, rock drills, pumps, chains, gears and compressors.

“We’re looking forward to combining our knowledge of friction-reducing technology with Sunnen’s expertise in surface finishing,” says Christian Kolar, CEO at ANS.“The solutions under development have the potential to be real game-changers in component efficiency and product lifetime.”