The German tribology association (Gesellschaft für Tribologie e.V.) based in Aachen estimates that the annual costs resulting from damages caused by friction and wear in Germany amount to approximately 35 billion euros [GFT, 2012]. This does not include consequential costs such as repair work and machine downtime. Wear protection is therefore a basic requirement for the service life of your machines.
A proven method for minimising wear is the coating with hard composite materials or hard metal alloys, processes that are mostly performed automatically in the RWE Maintenance & Engineering Center.