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This week marks the start of “EffiGears” – a new Eurostars project where ANS are teaming up with Otec Präzisionsfinish GmbH, Optosurf GmbH, KTH Royal Institute of Tech and Lund Technical University.

The project will focus on increasing gear efficiency in EV transmissions by Triboconditioning® CG. The unique properties of Triboconditioning® CG have already showed great potential for such applications by providing reduced friction, wear and acoustic emissions.

ANS has signed a development Licence Agreement with one of the world’s largest automotive OEM’s. The customer has already started development work on several different applications for both internal combustion engines, hybrids and EV drive systems. The Triboconditioning® platform is already operational at the customer site.

From ANS’s side we are of course very happy and proud that one of the worlds most renowned automotive companies has chosen to develop its current and future product portfolio based on the Triboconditioning® platform.

Applied Nano Surfaces was recently informed by the SAE Editorial Team that its technical paper entitled “Mastering the Art of Cylinder Bore Honing” has been rated as one of the best papers presented for the Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants 2020 meeting. This paper was co-authored by Applied Nano Surfaces associates Boris Zhmud (Chief Technical Officer) and David Chobany (Technology and Sales Director – Americas).  Due to the papers high rating it has now been selected to appear in the 2021 edition of the “SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility” which is SAE’s online journal celebrating the very best papers from various technical events.

SAE International, previously known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a U.S.-based, globally active professional association and standards developing organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Principal emphasis is placed on global transport industries such as aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles. Accordingly, the name SAE International was established to reflect the broader emphasis on mobility.

SAE International has over 138,000 global members. Aside from its standardization efforts, SAE International also devotes resources to projects and programs in STEM education, professional certification, and collegiate design competitions.

The original paper can be viewed through the ANS document library or by visiting the SAE to purchase a copy here:



It’s all about Friction

The Triboconditioning technology from Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS) was highlighted in the January-March 2021 edition of Engine Professional magazine.  The article is entitled “It’s all about Friction” and appears on pages 70-78. The article is authored by David Chobany, Technology and Sales Director-Americas for Applied Nano Surfaces.

Engine professional magazine is the prime publication of the AERA Engine Builders Association.  AERA is the preeminent technical resource and industry voice for internal combustion engine builders, re/manufacturers, machine shops, OEMs, suppliers and service providers worldwide. Established in 1922, they are the industry’s oldest and most authoritative organization, serving an international membership made up of thousands of small and large businesses serving industries ranging from mining and manufacturing to Formula 1 racing.

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As the holiday season approaches, ANS would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you all a safe and prosperous 2021.


In a recent article published in the magazine for industrial design, the new process Triboconditioning® CG for complex geometries is described. ANS achieves unique features of the surface in terms of smoothness as well as chemical and microstructural composition of the utmost material layer. This results is significant reduction of friction and wear and enables an optimization of parts, which are otherwise difficult to treat with Triboconditioning®, e.g. gears, cam lobes or sheet metal stampings.

In einem in der November-Ausgabe 2020 des Magazin für den Konstruktionsingenieur veröffentlichten Artikel wird das neue Verfahren Triboconditioning® CG für komplexe Geometrien beschrieben. ANS erzielt einzigartige Eigenschaften der Oberfläche in Bezug auf die Rauheit sowie die chemische und mikrostrukturelle Zusammensetzung der äußersten Materialschicht. Dies führt zu einer signifikanten Reduzierung von Reibung und Verschleiß und ermöglicht eine Optimierung von Teilen, die sonst nur schwer mittels Triboconditionieren® zu behandeln sind, wie z.B. Zahnräder, Nocken oder Blechstanzteile.

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We are pleased to announce that we have started cooperation with CEVT on improving electric vehicle transmissions within the Swedish FFI framework. In this program, ANS will help CEVT to increase efficiency and drive range by applying the new Triboconditioning® CG treatment on gears in order to minimize friction losses as well as maximizing wear resistance. Further, the Triboconditioning® CG treatment also aims at improving the vehicle’s NVH characteristics by reducing annoying noise coming out of the gearbox. The BEV drivers will thus enjoy a nice and silent ride.









In support of its offering for friction reduction and wear resistant surface treatment technologies including Triboconditioning®, Triboconditioning® CG, TriboNite® and Tricolit®, ANS is pleased to announce that Mr David Chobany has been appointed to the position of Technology and Sales Director for the Americas.

Mr. Chobany has over 25 years of substantial hands-on experience and expertise in advanced precision bore finishing and honing technologies designed to produce technical/functional surface structuring and bore geometry/size control. He is a subject matter expert in machining processes relating to precision surface structuring and has authored many technical articles including topics such as, flexible/agile bore finishing on CNC platforms, and engine cylinder bore perfection. As a Senior Member of the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) Mr. Chobany has presented to many of the world’s leading technical organizations including SME, IMTS, SAE, PMTS and STLE.

He has worked within the global OE and Tier 1 network supporting machining advances in the engine/powertrain, gear, hydraulics, aerospace and energy sectors, among others.  Past experiences include Business Development Manager for Sunnen Products Company, Vice President of Bates Technologies (formerly Micromatic Textron), Deputy CEO of EFI (a critical health and safety composites manufacturer), and Director of Engineered Products for a large electrical distribution agency.

Mr. Chobany will lead the company’s efforts to commercialize ongoing projects, create new business opportunities and establish strategic and developmental partnerships within the Americas region. Offices to support these efforts are strategically located in the Midwest region of the USA.  To learn more of these efforts please contact David Chobany.

Contact information

David Chobany

Technology and sales Director for the Americas

Applied Nano Surfaces

+1 (765) 425-2741

The new variant of Triboconditioning®, which has been developed by ANS for the treatment of complex geometries, gains attention in one of the most renowned engineering magazines in Germany, the MTZ – Motortechnische Zeitschrift / Magazine for Engine Technology. It highlights the achievable features like plateau-like surface profile and residual stress together with the proprietary application of reactive fluids, for improved performance of parts like gears in terms of friction, wear and load bearing capability.

Friction optimization of engine parts for less wear, longer service life and lower fuel consumption

Applied Nano Surfaces, Erkrath in Nordrhein-Westfalen, September 2019

Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS), a specialist in surface optimization, has developed a process to optimize wear and service life of engine components. In addition, reduced friction of the drive components in passenger car engines can even result in fuel savings of up to four percent. The tribo-conditioning process for friction optimization significantly improves the properties of the component in terms of wear resistance and boundary friction. So that the automotive industry can continue to comply with ever stricter legal standards in the future. In addition, lower wear means a significantly longer service life.

 Triboconditioning is a mechanical-chemical surface refinement process for optimizing the friction properties of mechanical components made of steel or cast iron. The process combines the polishing of the component surface with the formation of a solid lubricant film (tribofilm), which is chemically bound to the surface of the component. This improves in particular the running-in behaviour of treated components, which is of great importance as better run-in engine parts remain in good condition over a much longer period of time.

When an engine is run in optimally, surface irregularities of the individual components are smoothed out and local pressures between the individual friction parts are reduced. This then favors full-film lubrication, which leads to dramatically less wear and lower fuel consumption. The patented ANS triboconditioning of engine parts improves this contact conformity. This is because the component surface is quickly damaged by microcracks and chipping, especially during running-in, which can lead to premature failure of the parts. The more advantageous surface increases the lubricating film strength, which in turn enables automobile manufacturers to use modern energy-saving lubricants. Triboconditioning alone has the potential to improve fuel consumption in modern engines by about one percent. In combination with low-viscosity engine oils, however, car manufacturers can even achieve fuel savings of two to four percent.

Various engine components benefit from triboconditioning, including camshafts, crankshafts, cylinder bore surfaces, connecting rods, rocker arms and cams, valves and valve guides. Triboconditioning therefore helps to prevent wear and tear and friction on all components in the lubricated contact.

Triboconditioning for cams and bearings of camshafts and crankshaft bearings: inexpensive and less complex

The triboconditioning of camshafts reduces friction and thus wear in the valve train. The specialists at ANS were able to measure the greatest advantages for direct-acting mechanical bucket (DAMB) valve trains in high-emission stop-and-go city traffic. The effect of ANS triboconditioning can be attributed primarily to the optimized surface topography. In addition, the tribological layer prevents the oil film from tearing off at low speeds, which prevents wear on cams and bearings.

Modern automatic start/stop systems and engine oils with an extremely low viscosity in particular tend to stress the camshaft bearings to their limits, leading to premature wear. Many car manufacturers therefore use electric oil pumps that reduce the risk of oil film breakage but cannot completely eliminate it. Compared to electric pumps, triboconditioning of camshaft bearings is the much more cost-effective and significantly less complex solution.

Due to the use of start-stop technologies and low-viscosity oils, crankshaft bearings also have an increasing need to optimize tribological behavior. This is because repeated starting and stopping of the engine increases friction losses enormously and exposes the bearings to a significantly higher surface load. This has made it necessary to use increasingly advanced and expensive materials. This increases production costs and can cause unwanted noise levels in the engine. Similar to camshafts, the ANS triboconditioning helps to increase the lubricating film strength on the crankshaft bearings, to minimize the starting friction and the bearing abrasion on the mating surface of the crankshaft journals.

Five years of tests prove: Triboconditioning works!

The technical potential of triboconditioning has been proven by intensive tests. These tests took place for five years at several research and technology centers for a wide variety of engine components such as valves, connecting rods and cylinder bores, both for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Among others at the car manufacturer Ford.

The measurable optimisation can be attributed to three main factors: the formation of a self-regenerating tribological film, the improvement of surface integrity after running-in and a modified surface roughness profile.

About ANS

Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS) offers solutions for friction and wear reduction for industry and especially the automotive sector. The uniqueness of the ANS technology is the optimization of all treated components using a technology that can be easily and cost-effectively implemented into existing production processes. For lower friction and increased wear resistance!