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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!

ANS are proud to have been chosen one of the 40 best European Hightech Startups at the #HTVD19. Come to Dresden, visit the High Tech Venture days on November 15 to 16 and listen to our CEO, Christian Kolar, presenting ANS and our unique solutions for friction and wear reduction.

Visit us in the Sunnen stand at the EMO fair in Hannover in hall 011, stand D02. We will showcase our latest developments within our technology Triboconditioning® for friction and wear reduction. Come and talk with us to learn more about our technologies and our collaboration together with Sunnen.

Sunnen Products Company and ANS have a joint development program focused on ANS Triboconditioning® process that reduces friction and wear on a variety of honed parts and components.

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Sunnen Product Company and Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS) sign a joint development program focused on ANS Triboconditioning® process that reduces friction and wear on a variety of honed parts and components.

LOUIS, MO – JULY 2019 – Sunnen Products Company and Sweden’s Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS) have entered into a joint market development agreement to advance technology and applications based on the unique Triboconditioning® process recently patented by ANS. The process reduces friction and wear on various steel and cast iron surfaces while improving surface finish, preventing seizures, and enhancing product life.

“ANS is on the leading edge of friction reduction technology,” said Chris Miltenberger, President and CEO of Sunnen Products Company. “We are excited about working with ANS on the development of new products and surface finishing methods which will bring unique solutions to all segments of the manufacturing industry.

Triboconditioning® is a combined mechano-chemical surface treatment process which uses a machining procedure to level off surface peaks and apply a friction- and wear-reducing compound to the component surface. Unlike spray coatings, the compound becomes an integrated part of the component structure at a nano level. The process is mechanically simple and, in most cases, can be done with Sunnen precision honing equipment. It is very cost-efficient in mass production environments, making it perfect for in-house manufacturing as a part of component manufacturers’ production lines.

Key applications include automotive engine components such as valve train parts, cylinder liners, crankshafts and connecting rods, as well as industrial applications such as hydraulic motors, rock drills, pumps, chains, gears and compressors.

ANS is looking forward to combining our knowledge of friction reducing technology with Sunnen’s expertise in surface finishing,” said Christian Kolar, CEO, Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB.  “The solutions under development have the potential to be a real game-changer in component efficiency and product lifetime.”

Headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden, ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies on a broad range of industrial and automotive applications.


Sunnen is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of precision bore creation and finishing equipment with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and manufacturing and tech support facilities in Europe, China, India and Brazil.

For additional information contact: Sunnen Products Company, 7910 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63143. Tel: 314-781-2100; or email


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Sunnen Products Company

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Applied Nano Surfaces

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Director of Business Development North America

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After intense development work we have finally launched a new treatment system for gears based on our award winning mechano-chemical surface finishing process Triboconditioning®. This opens up a whole range of new applications where we can help reduce friction, wear as well as minimize annoying noise emissions. With our treatment we can combine an optimized surface chemistry with an improved surface finish, also adding compressive stresses for increased durability. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more!

The big happening of the year, the Hannover Messe, is over. We at Applied Nano Surfaces had a fun and exciting week where we had the opportunity to welcome both old and new friends  to our booth. We are pleased by the great response we recieved and would like to thank everyone who came to visit our stand making the exhibiton a success.


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18.03.2019, Frankenthal, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden. Abacus alpha is leading an investment round alongside the existing investors BASF Venture Capital and Fouriertransform AB in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS).

ANS headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden, offers unique surface treatment technologies on various steel and cast iron surfaces to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications.

ANS will use the investment proceeds to support its customers with adoption and implementation of the technologies in series production. Key application areas are automotive engine components such as valve train parts, cylinder liners, crankshafts and connecting rods as well as industrial applications such as hydraulic motors, rock drills, pumps, chains, gears and compressors. ANS will also continue to advance the partnerships established with Bodycote, the world’s largest supplier of heat treatment services, as well as with leading machine suppliers that support the implementation of the ANS’ processes.

Frank Hüther, Managing Director of Abacus alpha: “We are convinced of the management team and the offering of ANS. Based on the evident value proposition we see a global potential for the company in diverse industrial applications.  ANS is an exciting enrichment of our Investment cluster “Materials and Additive Manufacturing”. We are looking forward to joint successes with ANS Team and our co-investors.”

Maciej Pasternak, Investment Manager at Abacus alpha: “ANS is one of the very few players on the market that can bring the deep knowledge of tribology into industrial application.  The proprietary technology portfolio offers a very competitive solution for friction and wear reduction.“

Christian Kolar, CEO and Co-founder of ANS: “Minimizing energy losses, lower CO2 emissions and increase component life are prioritized areas for many of our customers today. The funds raised, with Abacus Alpha as lead investor, together with funding from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument phase 2 program that we were recently awarded, will enable us to fully tap into these opportunities. We have now an exciting period in front of us where we will bring in our cost-efficient technologies in full scale for a range of different application areas.”

About Abacus alpha GmbH

Abacus alpha is a Frankenthal-based investment company centred around a multinational listed company rich in tradition. Abacus alpha goal is to develop a business group with a balanced structure of young and established companies. The company invests in Industrial IoT, Materials and Additive Manufacturing, CleanTech / GreenTech and Business and Industrial Services.

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About Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB

Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS) offers innovative solutions for friction and wear reduction. The technologies have a favourable cost-performance profile and are easily implemented in existing production lines. ANS has three core offerings: ANS Triboconditioning®, ANS Tricolit® and ANS TriboNite®. ANS Triboconditioning® is a mechanochemical surface treatment method that is used to reduce friction losses for components made of steel and cast iron. ANS Tricolit® is a series of low friction coatings applicable to components of various materials and shapes. ANS TriboNite® is an advanced heat treatment and coating process that gives the component a hard and durable surface with low friction capabilities. ANS has more than 70 ongoing projects with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers from the automotive industry as well as with customers in various industrial applications where friction reduction and increased durability is a major topic.

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Further Information / Contact:

Christian Kolar

Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB

Knivstagatan 12, 753 23 Uppsala, Sweden

Phone: +46 70 738 48 49, E-Mail:

This year Sweden is the designated partner country to Hannover Messe and ANS is proud to be one of the exhibiting Swedish companies.

We will showcase our latest developments within our three core technologies for friction and wear reduction: Triboconditioning®, TriboNite® and Tricolit®.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hannover!
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