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Learn the Essentials of Surface Texture and Tribology

Michigan Metrology’s upcoming short course will be held April 1–2, 2020, in Livonia, MI

Published: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 13:00

(Michigan Metrology: Livonia, MI) -- Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface texture, wear, finish, and friction, will share their expertise in a two-day course, April 1–2, 2020, in Livonia, Michigan.

“This course is designed for scientists, engineers, and technicians working in medical devices, automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers, and other fields,” says Don Cohen, Ph.D., who will lead the two-day workshop. “In recent years we have seen a great deal of interest in surface metrology and tribology education. This class offers material that will benefit both relative novices and advanced metrology users who want to further their understanding of these essential topics.”

The Surface Finish/Wear/Friction short course will cover:
• Measuring roughness, waviness, and form
• Introduction to surface measurement instruments
• How to correctly set filters for texture measurements
• An overview of data analysis techniques and tools
• Definitions and applications of surface texture parameters
• Techniques for specifying surface texture
• Relating surface texture to wear, sealing, leaks, and other functionality
• Surface energy, adhesion and texture, and paint appearance
• The mechanics of dry sliding
• Characterizing rolling friction
• The fundamentals of lubrication

In addition to classroom sessions, the workshop will include hands-on demonstrations with surface measurement and tribology instruments from Bruker Corp. Attendees are encouraged to bring one or two samples to measure, in order to address their specific metrology and tribology requirements and challenges.

“Michigan Metrology has been hosting metrology classes for over 15 years,” says Cohen. “In that time, interest in the classes has grown dramatically. We continuously update topics and add examples that reflect the latest measurement technology and techniques. We’re anticipating a full house for the event and look forward to lively discussions and exchange of knowledge.”

For more information and to register for the class, visit www.michmet.com/classes.htm. Registration can also be completed by calling (866) 953-5030 or emailing info@michmet.com.

About Donald Cohen

In 1994, Cohen established Michigan Metrology to help engineers and scientists solve problems related to “Squeaks, leaks, friction, wear, appearance, adhesion, and other issues,” using 3D Surface MicroTexture Measurement and Analysis.

Prior to forming Michigan Metrology, Cohen was vice president of engineering at  WYKO Corp. (now part of Bruker Corp.), developing surface metrology instrumentation. He served as vice chairman/chairman of the ANSI/ASME B46.1 Surface Texture Standards committee from 2000–2011 and is past chairman of the STLE-Detroit section. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in optical sciences.


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Michigan Metrology was formed in 1994 by Donald K. Cohen, Ph.D., to provide industries with 3D surface finish and wear measurement and analysis services. Using the NPFlex 3D Optical Profiler from Bruker Corp. and a host of advanced analysis software, Michigan Metrology provides solutions for many types of surface-related development and manufacturing process problems. Clients range from small, exciting start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, biomedical, and materials industries. Projects are constantly being performed to address problems from new product development to pressing warranty issues.