With those simple words, United States President John F. Kennedy ushered in the space era.
But reaching this exciting new frontier proved challenging to existing technology. Space, with its wide temperature swings and extreme vacuum, rendered traditional lubrication technology obsolete. Dicronite® dry lubrication was first developed to meet the new challenge and played a key role in realizing President Kennedy’s vision of reaching the moon
Dicronite® dry lubrication technology, a proprietarily modified form of Tungsten Disulfide (WS2), was originally developed by Robert D. Nelson in the early 1960s. To develop and market his innovative technology, Nelson founded Lubrication Sciences International, Inc. (LSI) in 1965.
Given its success in space, Nelson recognized the impact Dicronite® could have on a wide range of industries, including aerospace, food processing, mechanical equipment, medical, plastics, and semiconductors. LSI continues to fulfill its founder’s goal by constantly refining the technology and increasing the range of applications worldwide.
What is Dicronite® dry lubrication?
Dicronite® dry lubrication is dry air applied at ambient temperatures, requiring no cure time, binders, adhesives or carriers. It provides extremely low friction (coefficient of friction 0.030), and with a maximum thickness of 0.5 microns will not affect precision tolerances. Dicronite® dry lubricant bonds to metallic, ceramic and resin substrates. It does not require removal prior to repairs, facilitating onsite or in-field repairs and can be reapplied over itself without expensive stripping.
Dicronite® is used to reduce friction and heat and increase performance in a broad range of automotive applications, including gears, valves, camshafts, crankshafts, bearings and drive train components, by several leading Formula 1 teams. Team FH-Trier Fachbereich Technik Eco-Team Trier relied on Dicronite® for the bearings and gears in their vehicle for the 2007 Shell Europe EcoMarathon, which achieved an astounding 1800km/l (4233 mpg).
MEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL
Meeting the International Standards Organization (ISO) 10993 criteria for biocompatibility, Dicronite® provides reliable, biocompatible lubrication for artificial joints and devices for in-body surgery. Dicronite® has also received United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval, which coupled with its strong adherence (non-contaminating) and lubricity, has led to its application in the pharmaceutical and food processing equipment industries.
Dicronite® is used in the semiconductor equipment industry on linear bearings, micro gears and vacuum pump equipment. Dicronite’s ability to lubricate precision tolerances combined with superior performance under vacuum conditions and strong adherence(non-contaminating) are key to meeting the stringent performance requirements of the semiconductor equipment industry.