Now you can do more besides simply recording lubricant holding capabilities. The mechanical loading capacity can also be optimized through precise surface characterization. When such surfaces are manufactured, very small surface parameter tolerances are called for, while throughput must remain at a consistently high level. To this end, Polytec’s white-light interferometers from the TopMap range offer contactless surface metrology with a high repetition rate to record the entire surface’s topography in a matter of seconds.
Wear and tear studies are typical applications for TopMap products, see the figure illustrating a surface topography analysis used for fault analysis.