Micro Surface Corporation started out in 1919 as Timesaver Products Company Inc., makers of TimeSaver Lapping Compounds. It served manufacturers for the military and automotive industries with worldwide distribution of its product. Over the years many uses have been found for the compound including lapping bearings, machine tools, molds and more.
In the early 1980s, the company was renamed as Micro Surface Corporation to add new technologies to its manufacturing arsenal. Seeing the need to apply dry lubricants in the hi-tech industries, Micro Surface successfully was able to transfer lubricant technology developed by NASA to commercial applications. Since then it has expanded its offerings to include WS2 coating services. The WS2 product was originally developed for the Mariner Space Mission as a permanent lubricant, today it is used on countless applications from gears and bearings to molds and robotics automation.
The next advancement came by improving the method of coating with the introduction of their proprietary process SL-39 which dramatically improves the finish and overall quality of the coating.
At a customer’s request, Micro Surface Corporation was asked to apply molybdenum disulphide utilizing the same process. The experiment was a success and MoS2 coating was added to our service capabilities.
Today, Micro Surface Corporation is located in San Jose, California, the heart of the Silicon Valley. We continue to provide dry film lubricant coating services throughout the country and ship our Timesaver Lapping Compounds all around the world. We have been under our current ownership since 2003 and are looking for ways to expand our presence in the coating and lapping/finishing arenas while maintaining the high level of quality and customer service our customers have relied on for years.
Micro Surface Corporation is continuously looking for new coating processes to offer as well as developing new products to add to its line!
Tungsten Disulphide, also known as WS2, is a synthetic powder with chemical formula WS2. The microstructure of WS2 crystals is a layered hollow sphere with hexagonal crystal clusters, lamellar lattice structure, whose layers are bound by weak Van der Walls Forces. This weak binding force is easily sheared between the layers, resulting in a very low coefficient of friction. Tungsten Disulfide is one of most lubricious materials known to science.
The tungsten disulfide coating process is performed at room temperature and requires no resins, binders or curing. Once the WS2 is properly applied, it will not crack or peel and becomes a part of substrate. With dimensional build up of only 0.5 microns (0.00002”), tungsten disulphide will not affect normal machine tolerances, making it the lubricant of choice for many precision applications such as:
- Radial ball bearings
- Linear bearings
- Assembly fasteners
Besides the above listed applications, the lubricant is applicable to many more applications where the reduction of friction and wear, elimination of galling and fretting and service life extension are desirable.
Precision finish with Micro Surface Corporation Timesaver Lapping Compounds
The Timesaver Products Company Incorporated was founded in 1919, and while the company name has changed and relocated over the years, Timesaver Lapping Compound is still the leader in non-charging abrasive compounds. Timesaver Lapping Compounds are currently manufactured by Micro Surface Corporation in San Jose, CA. and now these reliable time saver lapping compound kits are available for distribution worldwide.
The lapping compound is still manufactured in two classes of abrasive compounds. The available lapping compound grades are:
- Grades for ferrous metals
- Grades for non-ferrous metals
They can be identified by their colors of green and yellow respectively.
Why are these lapping compounds invaluable in the market?
Timesaver Lapping Compounds have been a choice for many users in a multitude of industry sectors worldwide due to their unique attributes such as:
- Unlike other lapping compounds, Timesaver Lapping Compounds do not contain emery, silicon carbide, aluminum oxide or similar permanent charging abrasives.
- It will not charge into any metal surface or continue to cut.
- The lapping compound has a cutting action that is rapid at first and gradually diminishes as the abrasive particles disintegrate into inoperative material.
- The finishing action is such that surface irregularities and surplus metal is gently and quickly removed without disturbing the natural metal structure.