Science of IFWS2 reduces metal wear

Component life is improved and oil performs better for longer
There are many attributes that make the use of inorganic fullerene-like tungsten disulphide (IFWS2) particles in lubricants an absolute no-brainer, according to Techenomics CEO Chris Adsett, but it’s not about magic or miracles … it is driven by science.

The science of IFWS2 reduces friction, and operating temperatures to reduce metal wear and this, in turn, increases component life and boosts oil hour as oxidation and contamination are reduced.

Metal wear is reduced because the spherical IFWS2 particles act like ball bearings between metal surfaces, reducing friction and lowering operating temperatures. They form a protective micro-layer on metal surfaces within engines, gear boxes and final drives and prevent these surfaces from coming into contact.

Contact pressure causes submicron spheres to exfoliate tribophilms that attach to surface asperities and smooth them, with the resulting reduction in wear improving overall efficiency, extending component and machinery life and reducing maintenance downtime, and costs.

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Chris Adsett says the process forms a protective coating on the metal. “IFWS2 has the lowest coefficient of friction known of for metal coatings of .003.”

He says the NanoLub IFWS2 technology developed by Nanotech Industrial Solutions Inc (NIS) is completely different and much more efficient than other additives which are platelet technologies based on molybdenum or graphite.

“When IFWS2 is used in engines, tolerances are tightened and blow-by is reduced, which in turn reduces the energy required to operate the engine.”

This is not just marketing speak, Chris Adsett says, as Techenomics has conducted independent tests and trials on a global scale, ranging from mining to industrial applications, to ensure the product truly does reduce wear.

Through these tests and trials Techenomics is also building case studies which will help customers understand the short-term and long-term benefits of IFWS2 for their assets.

The nanotechnology science is based on the 1992 discovery by Professor Reshef Tenne of inorganic multi-layered submicron fullerenes.

The science of IF-WS2 sees the particles interact with surfaces at the points of contact in a unique combination of mechanisms. They don’t react with the surface, like most conventional EP or AW additives, and don’t interact with the sliding surfaces in the same way as legacy solid lubricants.

The multiple mechanisms of sliding, rotation, exfoliation and compression make IFWS2 particles truly unique and important to all lubricants, enabling them to perform better for longer in various applications.

As the only manufacturer of the submicron spherical IF-WS2  particles, NIS has made Techenomics the exclusive worldwide mining agent for these products, which add value to the company’s existing total fluid management services, including oil analysis.

“NanoLub IFWS2 combines advanced anti-friction and anti-wear functionalities, which introduces the concept of continuous surface reconditioning,” Chris Adsett says.

“With these attributes reducing metal wear, IFWS2 improves productivity and reduces costs,” he says, “IFWS2 adds value to our core business at Techenomics and we are proud to offer the product developed by NIS throughout our network.

“As we are the sole distributor to the mining industry, we are demonstrating that the IFWS2 particles shine when used in engines and other mechanical equipment in which lubricants are used in mining operations – whenever and wherever,” Chris Adsett says.

For more information about Techenomics International visit or contact Chris Adsett,; in Indonesia Freddy,; in South East Asia Siti,, in Mongolia Tumee,, in Australia Jason Davis,, or in Africa Chris Adsett,

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