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Three News Ways to Learn Surface Texture, Roughness and Tribology Online

Michigan Metrology is now offering the Surface Roughness, Texture and Tribology short class in three online formats to make this fundamental training easier than ever to access. Dr. Donald Cohen distills his 30 years of experience in surface measurement and analysis into these compelling and easy-to-understand presentations for engineers, scientists and technicians. All versions of the course focus on surface texture analysis and how it relates to component functionality, as well as covering the fundamentals of friction, wear and lubrication.

Option 1 - Learn at your own pace at

A 4-hour version of the class is now available through It provides a broad introduction to texture-roughness and tribology, in a series of modules that you can download and watch at your own pace. View the class at

Option 2 - Attend the full class live online, Sept. 30–Oct 1, 2020.

For a deeper dive into texture/roughness and tribology we are offering a 2-day class online. Dr. Cohen will be teaching the course live online, via Webex, in a professional learning environment. This version of the class goes into far greater detail regarding basic and advanced surface analysis and friction. In addition, you'll have full access for real-time questions and answers about how the material applies to your particular application. Visit our Classes page to learn more and to register for the class.

Option 3 - Custom class for your company

Dr. Cohen also provides this course material as an online class customized for individual companies. These classes can be tailored to your company's specific needs and interests and can be presented through your internal systems. It's a highly cost-effective way to train your team in critical surface texture-roughnes-tribology that is focused on your particular needs. Email us to discuss options and to schedule a class.

Visit the class page to learn more about all of our online and in-person class options.


Free Webinar on Surface Finish

Join us and Bruker Corporation provided a free webinar on Surface finish optimization, Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. The webinar featured Dr. Donald Cohen's presentation, Surface texture and paint adhesion, as well Dr. Raphaël Deltombe from Morphomeca, presenting,What texture for what functionality and how to characterize it?

Read more and register for the webinar here.

Read Our Latest Article in Quality Magazine

Our joint article with Michigan Metrology, “Hidden Waviness: When Measuring Roughness Cannot Solve Quality Challenges,” appears in the June 2020 issue of Quality Magazine.

Read the article here.

Conference: Honing, Surface Texture, etc. Gehring Technology Days

On 10/15 and 10/16 the Gehring Technology Days will draw together experts in the field of honing technology, coatings, laser technology, Digital Solutions and more in one event to discuss and propose solutions to advance manufacturing scenarios. Dr. Donald Cohen of Michigan Metrology will be among the featured speakers. Presentations will include: basic honing theory and applications; laser technology solutions; form honing for cylinder bores; surface enhancement with thermal spray coatings; and surface texture measurements for automotive engine applications.

A pre-conference dinner cruise on the Detroit River will take place on Oct 14.

Upcoming Surface Texture and Tribology Short Course

On October 30-31, 2019 Michigan Metrology will share their expertise in a two-day course, in Livonia, Michigan.

New: video introduction to the Texture and Tribology Short Course

“This course is designed for scientists, engineers and technicians working in automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers, and other fields,” said Don Cohen, PhD, who will be leading the two-day workshop. “We have seen a great desire in recent years for more education in surface metrology and tribology. This class offers material to benefit both relative novices and advanced metrology users to further their understanding of these essential topics.”

The course material will include:

Read more about the class and download the registration form here.

Registration can also be completed by calling 1 (866) 953-5030 or emailing

Don Cohen Featured in Quality Magazine

More than 15 million cars are made in North America every year. Auto manufacturers can offer comprehensive warranty coverage that covers those engines for well over 100,000 miles. How can we achieve that level of reliability? Dr. Donald Cohen talks about the metrology behind the reliability, in the automotive industry and other industries in "Tribology in the Pursuit of Longevity," a new video from Bruker Nano and Quality Magazine.

Call toll free, (866) 953-5030.