SlicKoat is a provider of a dry film lubricant process that can be used in virtually any situation where friction is a major cause of part or mechanical wear or failure. The SlicKoat Ultralube™ Process provides a more durable, long lasting lubricant that bonds to whatever material it is applied without changing the specifications or integrity of the part/piece in any way.
Below are various industries SlicKoat has serviced in the past. Click on a tab to view testimonials.
Subject: Alcor (Independant Testing Company)
Application: Bearings and Gears, Dry Lubrication tests for endurance during absence of standard lube in helicopter transmissions for U.S. Army
Purpose of Test: To improve operating life of bearings during emergency no-lube conditions. Goal 30 minutes.
Bearing: 100mm tollway roller bearing #RCS-120-560
Load: 250 LB. Radial
Speed: 10,000 RPM (inner race rotation)
ST’D Lube: MIL-L-7808 (synthetic turbine lubricating oil)
Test: A thermo-couple was attached to the outer race and a bearing (not processed) was subjected to 250LB radial load, 10,000 RPM, with a jet stream of MIL-L-7808 directed onto the bearing. Bulk oil temperature was measured just behind the jet at 175º F. Under these conditions the outer race stabilized at 250º F.
Oil stream was shut off and the bearing failed after 6 minutes. Outer race temperature had increased to 335º F. Failure was due to broken retainer. This same test was performed on three bearings and failure time was maximum 6 minutes, minimum 3 minutes. An Ultralube™ coated bearing was subjected to the same test conditions as above.
After oil stream was shut off, outer race temperature increased to 425º F after 38 minutes of running time, and the bearing showed no signs of failure. Test was stopped because 30 minutes was their goal.
Temperature rise was not steady, but observations showed a tendency to stabilize about every 50º, and outer race temperature remained stale at 425º F.
Subject: Customer’s Ultralube™ Motor Bearing Test Report
Application: Motor Bearings
Discussion: In conduction further test of cage-less needle roller bearings in motors, the account had a failure elsewhere in the engine (gear box) which resulted in a severe thrust overload on one bearing. This caused the outer ring to begin rotating in the housing and against its locating shoulder.
Bearing: Torrington outer and needles riding on hardened shaft.
Size: outer track diameter 1-3/8” approximately shaft track diameter 1-1/16” approximately
Materials: 52100 steel
Speed: 5,000 RPM
Running time prior to failure: 204 hours
Temporary overload: 6,000 LBS Thrust
Lubrication: 50:1 gas/oil mixture
In previous failures, the resulting load and friction caused temperatures up to 1200-1500ºF causing the rollers to literally run red hot and then fail. With Ultralube™ on all bearing surfaces and the housing shoulder, the temperature reached only 500-550ºF and there was no sign of spalling or fatigue after 2.5 minutes running under overload. The Rockwell Hardness had dropped about 8-10 points from 62RC to 52-54RC but the bearing could have been used again.
Also significant is the fact that the bearing had no signs of fatigue after 204 hours of running (to say nothing of overload). An untreated bearing would have shown appreciable spalling after 100 hours running and failure in 200-250 hours.
Subject: Duck Creek Machine Works - Thread Chasers Coated with Ultralube™
Discussion: We increased our chaser life from 1,000 to in excess of 60,000 threads per set of chasers with a savings of approximately $3,000 per year. Our experience was with 3/16” round 6061-T6 aluminum material.
We recently purchased new chasers for our business and plan to have them processed with Ultralube™ also to extend their natural life.
Subject: Thermoplastic Pultrusion Inc. - Pultrusion run with dies processed with Ultralube™
Discussion: We’ve had a continual problem with poor surface finish on our products. While our aluminum dies are polished, they still have’t provided the finish we desire.
Since, for several reasons, we can’t use other die materials that polish better, we’ve been required to add several post pultrusion operation to achieve the desired product finish.
The finish is much, much better now that the die has been processed with Ultralube™. This finish is of high enough quality that it can go out the door without further processing.
Subject: Douglas & Forys Racing - Winter Nationals Stock Eliminator
Discussion: We are pleased to report that ever since we had our 1960 Pontiac Engine processed with Ultralube™ we have noticed an increase in performance in the form of reduced friction.
The engine turns over easier and oil temperatures are lower. We have experienced absolutely no break-in scuffing, a common problem in racing engines.
High wear surfaces such as camshaft lobes and rocker arms show no signs of wear after three months of racing.
Subject: Honda CB750 Final Drive System
Discussion: Effect of Ultralube™ process on wear stretch of rear chain.
Components: All components were Ultralube™ processed
New 100 link diamond 148 chain
17 tooth countershaft sprocket
48 tooth rear sprocket
Results: Rear chain lubed every 300 miles of 1,200 mile trip
Rear chain showed no signs of stretch
It was not adjusted once in 1,200 miles
This is in comparison to previously adjusting the rear chain every 200-275 miles while using the conventional aerosol chain lube.
Ultralube™ has proved to be a definite solution to a very aggravating, expensive, and sometimes dangerous problem.
Subject: VW Engine, Transmission parts, & wheel bearings - Gransee Racing Team
Discussion: We reassembled the engine, transmission, and front wheel bearings which were all processed with Ultralube™. Before the transmission was processed with Ultralube™, I could just barely turn (with my fingers) the transmission in 3rd gear and not at all in 4th gear. After Ultralube™ I could turn it with one finger in 4th gear.
The engine before Ultralube™ dynode at 41.8HP at 5,000 RPM and after Ultralube™ it read 46.8HP at 5,000 RPM. It also brought the engine temperature down 20 degrees. The engine lasted two hours on the dyne and racing it lasted ten hours on the track on Saturday and Sunday. During the race on Sunday it sprung a rod bearing due to a faulty oil pickup in the crankcase.
If it had not been for Ultralube™ I never would have finished the race on Saturday much less on Sunday. The engine was still running at 4,500 RPM up until tear down. Tear down proved that the engine was running on Ultralube™ and not on oil.
Subject: Cams, Racing Engines - NASCAR Racing Season
Discussion: Although this may sound incredible, we can conservatively estimate an increase of competition profiled cam life to about fifteen times normal.
The car was running a low cost cast iron cam that was processed with Ultralube™. The extremely radical grind of this particular camshaft has heretofore given a comparatively short effective life. Using this cam and its extended life as a criteria, leads us to believe we can project a 1500% increase in service.
This is supported by our experience with other various cams that were processed with Ultralube™ and run during this past racing season.