Rtec Instruments provides several ASTM, DIN, ISO standard and customized tests to evaluate friction, wear, lubricity and tribological properties of lubricant, oil, grease, additives, solid coatings, and more.

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Liquid container for block on ring tribology test

Oil, Lubricant, Additives, Grease

Test oil, lubricants, additives, grease using several ASTM, DIN, ISO standards.  Carry out standard and customized tests across a wide range of load, speeds, and test temperature. Rotary, block on ring, 4 ball, SRV, HFRR, linear reciprocating, and EP wear modes are available.


Fretting wear occurs when two contacting surfaces experiencing oscillatory displacement of small amplitude.

Rtec Instruments provides voice coil based fretting tester that can control stroke from 10 microns to 4 mm, and frequencies up to 300 Hz. Test the fretting failure under controlled environmental conditions.

Fretting test wear mark
Tapping torque test on Rtec instruments tribometer

Metal Working, Cutting tools

Characterize metal working, forming fluids, additives, and lubricants. Rtec Instruments offers tapping torque test, CNC simulator, and cutting tool test setups that simulate actual life processes under lab conditions.


Characterize bearings, grease, coatings, washers, rings, and shafts. Wide loads, speed, and environmental controlled conditions. Rtec Instruments block on ring test setup allows several ASTM, DIN, ISO and non standard tests .

Bearing test using block-on-ring tribometer
High temperature tribology chamber

High Temperature

Characterize effect of temperature (up to 1200°C) on tribological properties of grease, coatings, lubricants, and surfaces. Run standard ASTM, DIN, ISO tests, or perform custom tests on the versatile multi function tribometer.

Low Temperature

Low temperature tribology testing chambers offer friction, wear studies from -120 °C (liquid Nitrogen cooled). Perfect for space research, EV vehicles, power plants, and low temperature friction and wear analysis for coatings, materials, and components. Run several common rotary tests at cryogenic levels, such as low temperature ball on disk tribometer and low temperature pin on disk tribometer tests.

Rtec Low Temperature Tribometer
Engine Lubricants


Rtec Instrument offers several solutions for engine related tests to measure friction, wear, adhesion, roughness, fretting, and more. Study piston ring liner friction and wear at engine speed on a lab scale. Test engine additives with our  HFRR and SRV test setup. Study DLC and other coating adhesion using our scratch test setup.  Study fretting failures of engine components due to constant vibrations.

Surface Modification, Solid Lubricant, Coatings

Surface modifications are used to alter surface friction, wear,  and mechanical properties. Study correlation between lubricant, grease, additives, surface modifications, or solid coatings using several provided solutions. Study wear, friction, adhesion, and hardness under various controlled environmental conditions.

block-on-ring tribometer used for grease testing on Rtec tribometer
Wear mark with inline profilometer on rtec instruments tribometer

3D Imaging

Study surface roughness, film thickness, and surface profile with our universal profilometer. The profilometer can be a stand-alone instrument or combined on the tribometer platform. These provide surface change vs time during friction and wear analysis.

Universal profilometer combine 4 imaging modes in one head to characterize a wide range of testing surfaces used in lubricant industry.  Image any surface with ease with this combination of imaging modes – transparent, flat, dark, flat, curved, and more.

Custom Industrial Development

Rtec Instruments offers several industry application solutions. We are always keen on helping the industry to get solutions to the problems they encounter. Few development examples include:

Brake Screening, Superlubricity, Compressor 200 psi test, Rapid timken tester, Rapid 4 Ball tester, Thermal Spray coating tester, Optical lens testing, and much more.


Rtec Low Temperature Tribometer

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 Universal-Tribometer MFT-5000 von Rtec Instruments
Need Versatility

Take a closer look at the Multi Function Tribometer.

Fretting tester from Rtec instruments model FFT-1
Need Fretting?

Check out our FFT Fretting Testers Series

Rtec Instruments Surface Material Tester, SMT-5000
Need Indentation and Scratch Testing?

Learn more about our Indentation and Scratch Tester, the SMT-5000.

Fretting tester bench top from Rtec Instruments model FFT-M
Need HFRR Testing?

Check out our bench top HFRR Tester, the FFT-M

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