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Lubricants are primarily used to reduce friction and tribological wear between contacting surfaces. They help transport wear debris out of contact zones, reducing further damage to bearing surfaces from abrasive wear. With an estimated current growth rate of about 2.5%, the value of the world lubricant market is expected to reach more than $160 billion within a few years, dominated mostly by transportation and automotive sectors. To leverage such market growth in the coming years, R&D and QC activities are going to be major areas of focus for lubricant manufacturers. The end-users of lubricants will be looking for the suppliers who can deliver products that are designed to reduce overall costs with improved performance and reliability. One of the most reliable and easy-to-use procedures for testing and evaluating lubricants for potential applications is obtaining Stribeck curve. However, it is challenging to find a single tool that can cover all regions of the Stribeck curve. Bruker’s UMT TriboLab™ is a universal tribometer that has been specifically designed to mitigate this challenge.

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