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Tribology Defined

The study of tribology is the study of friction between two surfaces. Tribology is commonly applied in bearing design. Tribology is also relevant for pedestrian slipping and since slips and falls are the biggest cause of serious accidents, tribologists would do well to consider slip resistance of floor surfaces in relation to slipping shoes.


Tribology and lubrication

Any product where one material slides or rubs over another is affected by complex tribological interactions, whether lubricated like hip implants and other artificial prosthesis or unlubricated as in high temperature sliding wear in which conventional lubricants can not be used but in which the formation of compacted oxide layer glazes have been observed to protect against wear.

Tribology plays an important role in manufacturing. In metal-forming operations, friction increases tool wear and the power required to work a piece. This results in increased costs due to more frequent tool replacement, loss of tolerance as tool dimensions shift, and greater forces are required to shape a piece. A layer of lubricant which eliminates surface contact virtually eliminates tool wear and decreases needed power by one third.


Lubrication and pedestrian slip risk

Lubrication has a significant effect on pedestrian slip risk. Most slip accidents and injuries occur on wet floors or floors with other contamination that acts as a lubricant.


Studying Tribology?

If you are studying tribology and you would like to learn more about pedestrian slipping or measuring slip resisatance of floors then contact SlipAlert. We can help you to understand pedestrian slip risk and the effects of water and other contamination on the slip resistance of floors. If you'd like to learn more about floor slip resisatnce or to make pedestrian slip risk a part of your PhD thesis. Dr Malcolm Bailey is one of the world leading experts on pedestrian slipping and one of the very few who understand the phsyics of pedestrian slipping. SlipAlert LLP will be happy to offer you help and advice in your tribology studies. Contact us for details.


SlipAlert is probably the world's best tribometer for measuring pedestrian slip risk


Tribometers compared

In this section we consider the alternatives to SlipAlert. SlipAlert offers you foolproof slip testing with the world's best tribometer . Quick, easy, accurate and reliable.


tribometer devices and machines

Tribomers compared. We compare the following tribometering machines. We'd welcome your comments on any of these tribometers.


Best tribometers and slip measurement machines

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SlipAlert better than the best tribometer and far better than the rest

Below we compare the features of different tribometers their ease of use and ability to measure wet and dry slip resistance accurately and reliably. You will see that SlipAlert outperforms the best is far better than most tribometers.


A step change in floor safety

SlipAlert represents a step change in floor safety. In seconds anyone can measure the slip risk of a floor with greater accuracy and consistency than has been possible even in laboratory tests.


A step change in pedestrian slip prevention a step change in tribometers

With SlipAlert you can measure and monitor the slip risk of all new and legacy floors thus avoiding costly slip-ups. You can also measure:

  • the effectiveness of your cleaning regime

  • the effect of wear on the slip resistance of your floors (may be good news)

  • changes to floors caused by spills, wear, paint, anti-slip coatings etc

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BOT-3000, TORTUS, GMG, FSC2000 tribometers and legal slip cases in court

Some will argue that any tribometer measures like the BOT-3000 are useful in court cases because they provide a credible measure of slip resistance and a printout of coefficient of friction of the floor. If you wish to contest evidence in a courtroom from the BOT-3000 or other tribometers such as the TORTUS, GMG, GSC200 then you should conduct a simple tribometer on smooth tiled floors. Measure the slip risk of the dry floor, the wet floor, and the floor with a coating of grease or oil plus water. Many tribometers like the BOT-3000 will show the floor to be safer when wet than it is when dry. This is clearly counter to actual slip experience where most slip accidents occur on wet or contaminated floors.

Find a tribometer that works. Buy or try SlipAlert.

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Reduce slip accidents With SlipAlert tribomer = Guaranteed


Use SlipAlert as part of an approved floor safety regime and we guarantee that you will reduce slip accidents and slip injuries, saving you time, money and inconvenience.



It takes less time to test a floor than it would take you to read 20 words. It takes less time to accurately measure the slip resistance and coefficient of friction than it would take you to say the words. Usain Bolt would struggle to get off his blocks and get half way down the 100m track before you could accurately measure the slip risk of a floor.


Quick to learn quick to measure

SlipAlert is so quick and easy to learn that your very first measure of slip risk will be more accurate than any laboratory measure of slip risk could manage in 1 hour.


Measures slip risk in less than 5 seconds

With SlipAlert you can take a measurement of slip resistance in under 5 seconds and you'll be confident that it is accurate despite the speed. One single measure from SlipAlert is more likely to be correct than the average of 10 readings from some of the world's best selling slip risk measures.




Oh she's quick

In well under 5 seconds you can test a floor and take the first step to preventing a slip accident. Each year employees suffer 10,000 serious injuries in the UK caused by slips and falls. There are thought to be at least that many again for people who slip and fall while out and about in restaurants, hotels, swimming pools or shopping malls. You can prevent slip accidents for your staff and customers in just 5 seconds. Click now on one of the buttons below or call SlipAlert on 01923 858323.

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Floor maintenance is an opportunity to reduce slip accidents an effective cleaning regime that you can easily manage that also reduces slip accidents save money on floor maintenance save money on your cleaning without sacrificing floor safety save time monitoring an effective cleaning regime Save Time when purchasing, specifying, installing a new floor Slips can be a big headache for H&S managers, now you can save time and enjoy easy ways to improve floor safety SlipAlert helps many aspects of operations management and that can save you time and avoid needless operations headaches Using SlipAlert to check new floors will save you time and money and will reduce slip accidents SlipAlert can save you money and reduce the headaches that slips cause for Operations Managers Save money and implement more effective H&S policies that reduce slip risk SlipAlert can help you to improve floor maintenance, improve floor safety and reduce costs saves you money when specifying, buying or installing a new floor Helping Ops managers to reduce slip risk,  reduce slip accidents and reduce slip injuries Helping H&S managers to raise awareness of slip risks and implement effective policies that reduce slip accidents new floor: save time, save money, prevent slip accidents SlipAlert saves you time with new floors, floor maintennace, H&S, Ops, and floor maintenance floor safety home

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Tribology and pedestrian slips

The study of floor slip risk is in its infancy. few understand how to measure or manage floor slip risk and as a result thosands suffer serious slip and fall injuries.

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