The aim of Softslide is to manage friction on dinamic seals seals mounted on moving parts

27 February 2023

With Softslide we aim to manage friction and control wear on pneumatic and hydraulic sealsof friction in dynamic seals.

From the initial objectives estimating a 20/25% reduction in friction the consortium was able to demonstrate the production of seals with an actual friction reduction of even 40% in particular conditions.

The project addresses the growing demands of  many industries where maintenance costs, replacement and fine tuning have a considerable impact on their economy: a damaged dynamic system can cause severe losses due to plant downtime or machines being overhauled.

All of the LCA / LCC indicators show a major impact of SOFTSLIDE technology on costs and energy savings (up to 15%).

In addition to being the program coordinator, ML Engraving contributed by developing the anti-friction textures and performing all the tests. It also patented the manufacturing method of the texturised seal.

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Project status: completed successfully. SOFTSLIDE is now included in the services offered by ML Engraving and the other consortium members

Duration: 1 May 2017 - 31 October 2019

Grant Agreement: 760680
Financing scheme: FTIPilot-01-2016 - Fast Track to Innovation Pilot

The topic “Fast track to innovation” promotes “close to market” innovations (from TRL 6), with the obligation of reaching the market within three years from the beginning of the project.

  • ML Engraving (Italia)

  • SKM Aeronautics Ltd (Israele)

  • Reagent (Regno Unito)

  • Instituto Tecnológico De Aragón (Spagna)

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover (Germania)