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Live Online Surface Roughness, Texture, and Tribology Class

March 10–11, 2021

Published: Monday, January 18, 2021 - 12:00

(Michigan Metrology: Livonia, MI) -- Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface texture, wear, finish, and friction, announce an online, two-day class in surface texture, friction, and wear. The class, which will be held online March 10–11, 2021, is part of a suite of online training options that the company has made available to further understanding of surface roughness concepts.

“The March class is designed for engineers, technicians, and researchers working in automotive, aerospace, materials, medical devices, polymers, and other fields,” says Donald Cohen, Ph.D., who will present the course. “The online format makes it possible for our viewers to continue to grow their understanding of how texture affects component function—even while we can’t easily travel to attend trainings in person.”

The two-day class is presented live online via Webex in a professional learning environment. This class offers a deep dive into course topics including:
• Measuring roughness and waviness
• Surface measurement instruments
• How to correctly set filters for texture measurements
• Data analysis techniques and tools
• Surface texture parameters
• How to specify surface texture
• How surface texture relates to wear, sealing, and other functionality
• Surface energy, adhesion and texture, paint appearance
• Mechanics of dry friction and rolling friction
• Fundamentals of lubrication
• Surface metrology strategy

Students viewing the class have full access to the instructor for real-time questions about how the material applies to their particular applications.

In addition to this two-day class, Michigan Metrology also offers online courses through the training site Udemy, and customized online courses for individual companies.

“We have been holding classes in surface metrology and tribology for over 15 years,” says Cohen. “Our students report that the online format gives them excellent tools to understand these fundamental topics, at a pace that helps them retain the class information.”

More class details are available at michmet.com/classes. Registration requests can be made on the site, or by calling (866) 953-5030 or emailing to info@michmet.com.

About the instructor

Donald Cohen established Michigan Metrology in 1994 to help engineers and scientists solve problems related to, “squeaks, leaks, friction, wear, appearance, adhesion and other issues,” using 3D surface texture measurement and analysis.

Prior to forming Michigan Metrology, Cohen was vice president of engineering at WYKO Corporation (now part of Bruker Corporation), developing surface metrology instrumentation. He served as vice chairman and chairman of the ANSI/ASME B46.1 Surface Texture standards committee from 2000–2011 and is past chairman of the STLE-Detroit section. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in physics and a Ph.D. in optical sciences.


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Michigan Metrology was formed in 1994 by Donald K. Cohen, Ph.D., to provide industries with 3D surface finish and wear measurement and analysis services. Using the NPFlex 3D Optical Profiler from Bruker Corp. and a host of advanced analysis software, Michigan Metrology provides solutions for many types of surface-related development and manufacturing process problems. Clients range from small, exciting start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, biomedical, and materials industries. Projects are constantly being performed to address problems from new product development to pressing warranty issues.