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Online Courses in Surface Roughness/Texture and Tribology Now Available

Designed for scientists, engineers, technicians working in medical devices, automotive, aerospace, and other fields

Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:00

(Michigan Metrology: Livonia, MI) -- Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface texture, wear, finish, and friction, are now offering courses in surface texture analysis, friction, and wear in online formats.

“These courses are designed for scientists, engineers, and technicians working in medical devices, automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers, and other fields,” says Don Cohen, Ph.D., who presents the courses. “We have been holding classes in surface metrology and tribology for over 15 years. Presenting the classes online will make this fundamental material available to a wider audience of people who cannot easily travel to attend the training in person.”

The Surface Roughness/Texture and Tribology courses 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
• Surface texture parameters
• Specifying surface texture
• Relating surface texture to wear, sealing, vibration, and other functionality
• Surface energy, adhesion and texture, paint appearance
• Mechanics of dry friction and rolling friction
• Fundamentals of lubrication
• Surface metrology strategy (project approach)

A 4-hour version of the class is available via the online training site Udemy. This version of the course offers a thorough introduction to the topics above in a self-paced, downloadable format.

Cohen will also be hosting a 2-day course, live online via Webex, in a professional learning environment. The class offers a deep dive into the course topics, with access to the instructor for real-time questions about how the material applies to particular applications.

As a third option Cohen presents the course in an online format customized for individual companies, as a cost-effective means to train multiple team members dispersed across the country or world.

Information on all three online class options is available at www.michmet.com/classes.htm. Registration requests can also be made 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 texture measurement and analysis.

Prior to forming Michigan Metrology, Cohen was vice president of engineering at  WYKO Corporation (now part of Bruker Corporation), 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 a bachelor of science and master of science 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.