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Death of Professor Peter Jost – the Father of Tribology

IKV TRIBOLOGY LTD were sorry to hear about the death of PROFESSOR Peter Jost, who has died aged 95. He coined the term “tribology” (from the Greek word “tribo” – I rub) to describe the science of friction, wear, and lubrication – giving birth to a new engineering discipline – after which our company was named!

In 1966 he published a report which showed for the first time, that the problems of lubrication in engineering were mainly problems of design. Their solutions, Jost argued, needed a range of skills from scientific disciplines other than mechanical engineering – including chemistry and materials science, solid body mechanics and physics.

By applying tribology to machine design, Jost and his team calculated that British industry could save £500 million a year (1960’s calculation) as a result of fewer breakdowns causing lost production, lower energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs and longer machine life.

As recently as 2015 a press release from five learned societies announcing the creation of a UK Tribology Network to promote best practice observed that while Britain has a strong academic and industrial tribology base – “due to the fragmentation of activity within the UK the impact on reducing the very high cost (circa 1.4 per cent of GDP) of uncontrolled friction, lubrication, surface selection and wear-control within industry has been limited.”

Jost served as a director and chairman of several technology and engineering companies including the solid lubricants company K S Paul, and Engineering & General Equipment. He also served on numerous industry councils, and until his death was president of the International Tribology Council and a life member of the council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

He was an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials. Appointed CBE in 1969, Jost was honoured by the heads of state of France, Germany, Poland, Austria and Japan and in 1992 became the first honorary foreign member of the Russia Academy of Engineering. He held two honorary professorships and 11 honorary doctorates including, in January 2000, the first Millennium honorary science doctorate.

In 2009 he co-launched the concept of Green Tribology, paving the way for the first Green Tribology World Congress.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Kadesh, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Talk to us about our Special Lubricants for the Food Industry

IKV TRIBOLOGY support the recommendations laid down by ISO / DIS 14159 advising use of only food grade lubricants in all applications on a food production site to avoid confusion or accidental contamination from non-food grade lubricants in the food processing environment.

The food processing lubricant range offered by IKV TRIBOLOGY satisfy the domestic regulations for this sector.

IKV TRIBOLOGY offer a wide range of products which are resistant to extreme high temperatures, high loads, water ingress and all other challenges faced by the food processing and pharmaceutical industries.

We have recently added new products to our food safe range including food safe lubricant aerosols which offer a convenient and neat package of the ‘product’ and ‘means of application’ in a simple to use and efficient package.

Lubricants such as oils and greases are combined  with a solvent/carrier solution and a propellant in a formulation that allows the material to atomise and be applied in a thin layer. Once applied the carrier will evaporate allowing the grease or oil to be left behind to lubricate the components.

Contact us for details of our new and improved spray range.

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New WRAS Approved grease from IKV Lubricants

IKV are pleased to announce the launch of their new WRAS Approved grease, IKV TRIBOSTAR SSI 1203 TF. It is based upon a high performance silicone oil incorporating an inorganic thickener to form a white/translucent grease/gel.

IKV TRIBOSTAR SSI 1203 TF possesses an excellent resistance to extreme temperatures, an exceptional resistance to water and steam as well as various chemical agents (acetone, glycol, glycerine, ethyl and methyl alcohol).

It has been approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS Approval Number: 1509564) according to British Standard BS 6920 for lubricants suitable for potable water installations. It is tasteless, odourless and non-toxic and remains essentially unaltered at temperatures between -40ºC to +200ºC.

It is also registered by NSF International / Nonfood Compounds Registration Program under Category H-1, NSF Registration No. 151908. The product is acceptable for use as a lubricant in contact with potable water to be used within food processing plants.

IKV TRIBOSTAR SSI 1203 TF is ideal for the lubrication and protection of rubber seals or plastic parts within water valves and fittings . It is suitable for potable water applications or as a sealing compound for glass apparatus or other applications within the food industry. It is an excellent dielectric paste for use in electrical connectors, terminals and many other applications where a moisture proof seal and lubrication are required.IKV-TRIBOSTAR SSI 1203 TF is generally compatible with most plastics, metals, elastomers and seals generally used with the exception of silicone rubber. It is widely used for the lubrication of taps, valves, mixers, ceramic disks and spindles and threaded stainless steel components.

Please contact us for technical data, application guidance, prices or a free site visit.

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IKV host coffee morning at 11am on Friday 25th September 2015 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – join us!

What is the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning?

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year are aiming to raise even more. Join us for tea, coffee and cake at our office – see flyer for full details.

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IKV Launch New Corrugator Grease Range

In a globally competitive market corrugating manufacturers have to ensure maximum performance from their machinery. This means that machinery needs to last longer, require less maintenance and produce quality, end products.

IKV Group manufacture high performance lubricants formulated specifically for the needs of the corrugating industry & have launched a new corrugator grease range.


IKV-TRIBOFLON MYA FG Corrugator Greases offer:-

  • Highly reduced wear at friction points
  • A reduced coefficient of friction
  • Absence of solid oxidation or formation of gummy residues.
  • Increase working stability under the influence of roll lamination
  • Lower volatility at high temperatures
  • Lower separation of the base oil thus reducing grease thickening.

All materials used in the formulations of IKV-TRIBOFLON appear in the positive list 21 CFR of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). This permits certification to NSF Class H-1 according to National Sanitary Foundation requirements for Food Grade Lubricants making the product ideal for the production of food grade packaging.

See below NLGI grades & temperature guide for IKV-TRIBOFLON.

Grease Nature of Base Oil NLGI Grade Useable Temp Range

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IKV TRIBOLOGY now has ISO/TS 16949

ISO/ TS 16949 is the global technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry. It brings together standards from across Europe and the US.
ISO/TS 16949 outlines everything you need to know about achieving best practice when designing, developing, manufacturing, installing or servicing automotive products.
The ISO/TS 16949 is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
It is based on the ISO 9001 standard. For further information contact us on +44 (0) 1291 691953.
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IKV Group launch oils and greases for medical and dental applications

Hygiene and environmental regulations require lubricants to be effective yet biologically inert when used in hospital wards, operating theatres and hospital laboratories.

IKV Group manufacture a number of special greases and oils to be used in both medical and dental applications including a full range of fluorinated products.

Our full range of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) sprays and aerosols are chemically inert, oxygen compatible, non-flammable, non-migrating and most importantly are biologically inert and crucially do not support biological growth.

The IKV fluorinated aerosol range includes IKV-FLUOR 32 C SPRAY, IKV-FLUOR 70 SPRAY, IKV-FLUOR 141 SPRAY, IKV-FLUOR MPA 2H SPRAY and IKV-FLUOR 32 SPRAY. 

Our ZAROX MEDI-LUBE  is a non-flammable, colourless and odourless perfluoropolyether (PFPE) fluid formulated into aerosol form for ease of application which is extensively used as an ‘anti-squeak’ coating on medical cubicle curtains.

The product was developed for use as a lubricating anti-friction coating on a wide range of substrates including plastics, elastomers and leather. The product is totally compatible with all commonly used elastomers, seals, gaskets, plastics and metals, providing a durable, low friction film and eliminating unwanted noise and friction. This totally colourless lubricant leaves a long lasting lubricating film, which does not stain the substrate.

ZAROX MEDI-LUBE is suited to all types of industry where a high technology lubricant or coating is required.

ZAROX MEDI-LUBE is chemically inert and can be used in the presence of liquid and gaseous oxygen and other reactive chemicals.

Temperature range: -40 to 200°C.

Pack size: 100ml with extension nozzle.

Please also speak to us about PFPE oils which can also be used in these applications. For advice on the best product for you application or for a free consultation, please contact us.

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IKV Lubricants presented their automotive range at the 5th Squeak & Rattle Forum on 3rd & 4th July 2013

Squeak & Rattle

Eliminating trim squeaks and rattles has become a major focus for automotive engineers. IKV carry a full range of products for use on any type of trim component and compatible with all substrate materials, plastics, rubber, metals, leather etc.

IKV Tribology also have anti friction coatings and lubricants for use as a slip coat for seals & weather-strips. At IKV  we offer an economical means of eradicating unwanted noise without the need for expensive component alterations or material changes. We also manufacture a range of products for a full range of automotive applications including assembly, production line plus gear, hydraulic and transmission oils.

Automotive Assembly Aids

Our products are used as assembly aids on :-

  • Coolant Hoses
  • Window seals & weather-strips
  • Fuel hoses
  • O rings, gaskets & other seals
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Plastic clips
  • Bushings

We manufacture a complete range of fluids, gels & dry film lubricants to aid component assembly and decrease assembly effort & process time  and they are compatible with most materials used.

Production Line Maintenance

Synthetic lubricants which can be used to extend component life, reduce downtime and unscheduled maintenance in:-

  • Paint oven conveyors
  • Trolley wheels
  • High temp’ conveyor chains
  • E-Coat line – bath/washer chains
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IKV Launch Lubricant for Curtain Sided Trailers & Load Restraint Systems

Our IKV MULTI-LUBE TF is a high technology special lubricating dispersion of PTFE added to a blend of synthetic base oils and a carrier fluid to aid penetration. It offers exceptional performance in specialised areas such as curtain sided truck runners, roller door guides to make side curtains slide freely, eliminates friction and dries tack-free so dust and dirt do not accumulate.

It also serves to reduce the force required by operators to open & close the curtains thereby helping to eliminate the potential for RSI (repetitive strain injury) where repeated operations are necessary.

IKV MULTI-LUBE TF also has high load carrying capacity & exceptional resistance to arduous conditions, weathering and contamination. IKV MULTI-LUBE TF contains a solvent carrier which ensures that it penetrates into the working area and inaccessible areas so is in effect a combined penetrant & lubricant. It also serves to break down corroded material and other deposits. The PTFE then forms a lubricating film that repels water, dust and other contaminants.

What is PTFE?

PTFE is a fluorocarbon solid which has one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any solid. Where used as a lubricant, PTFE reduces friction, wear and energy consumption of machinery.The PTFE dry film lubricant resists temperatures in excess of 250°C. It also has excellent inertness and significantly reduces the friction co-efficient between mating surfaces.

IKV MULTI-LUBE TF can be applied by brush, pump  spray or back pack sprayer with lance for larger applications & hard to reach areas. The material should be agitated by shaking or stirring before use.

IKV MULTI-LUBE TF is equally effective for:-

  • General lubrication
  • Chains
  • Cables
  • Hinges
  • Brake and Clutch pedals
  • Sunroof Mechanisms
  • Bonnet Catches
  • Seat Runners
  • Electric Aerials,
  • Runners on curtain-sided trucks
  • Gear-change Cables

It is non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-staining & can be utilised in any areas where a light lubricant or penetrant is required and following the introduction of VOSA (Vehicle Operator & Services Agency) and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) guidelines in 2012 addressing their concerns  that a significant number of vehicles containing loads were not sufficiently restrained, VOSA drafted a matrix distinguishing between various types of loads and has three categories of severity for assessing load securing.

The securing of loads is assessed against a matrix and may result in prohibition action where a high risk failure to secure adequately is identified. These regulations indicate that loads must be secured if necessary by physical restraint other than their own weight in order to protect drivers, other road users and to prevent damage to loads.

As a result various restraint systems are now available and these new restraining and containment systems require lubrication for effective operation. We also have a range of PTFE based aerosols which can be used for  convenient application in a simple to use and efficient package.

Please contact us for guidance on the best product for your application.

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IKV Launch New NSF 3H Grease for the Food, Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging Industries

IKV are manufacturers of a full range of food grade lubricants, all having NSF H1, H2, H3 & 3H classification.

Lubricants for use within food processing & manufacturing the products must be totally non-toxic and satisfy the regulations for non-food compounds used in food manufacturing and food packaging plants.

Our new grease is registered NSF 3H by the NSF for use in both direct contact applications (Class 3H) and where there is potential for incidental food contact (Classes H1 and HT1) – NSF 3H Registration number: 140552. It is a very high performance, extreme pressure lubricant specially blended for the lubrication of machinery used in the food and beverage processing and packaging industries.

Please contact us for information about our new NSF 3H approved grease – Food Glide 3H Grease

Food Glide 3H Grease is a premium quality, non-toxic lubricant designed for optimum lubrication in food & pharmaceutical environments where direct food contact is inevitable.

Food Glide 3H Grease is suitable for all bearing types and protection of seals, guides, bearings, blades and sliding surfaces on mixers, peelers, slicers, mincers and seals.

Food Glide 3H Grease is also designed for use as a release agent on grills, ovens, loaf pans, boning benches, chopping boards and other hard surfaces that come in contact with food stuff to prevent the adherence during processing.


  • Exceptional wear resistance prolonging component life
  • Excellent load carrying properties
  • Multi-purpose applications at wide temperatures
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Good sealing properties to prevent contamination
  • Wide Temp Range –30°c to 120°c
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