Automated Ball-on-cylinder System (ABS)

ASTM D5001

World's only automated ball-on-cylinder system conform to ASTM D5001 Annex A2 for lubricity determination of ATF!!!

The ABS is a fully automated microprocessor controlled Ball-on-Cylinder wear test system and wear test system which provides fast, repeatable assessment of the performance of aviation fuels. The system comprises a single, compact, bench top mounted unit.

  • Fully conform to latest revision ASTM D5001

  • Fully automated test sequence. No operator intervention required

  • Can be automatically controlled via PC or directly controlled from the instrument

  • Upgrade kit available to enable instrument to perform ASTM scuffling load test for diesel lubricity (ASTM D6078)

  • Automatic control of test sequence - no operator induced variability in test results

  • Automatic mass flow controllers to regulate air flow and control humidity


  • The PCS Automated BOCLE System (ABS) is included in the D5001 ASTM specification.

  • Simple to use interface -microprocessor control of all instrument functions.

  • Standard ASTM D5001 test sequence pre-loaded into ABS microprocessor controller – operator fits cleaned specimens, adds fuel sample and presses the ‘Start Test’ button.

  • Automatic control of test sequence – no operator-induced variability in test results.

  • Automatic flow controllers for moist and dry air – no operator input required to control the humidity and flow rate of the conditioned air.

  • Optional PC-based data logging software – allows test data to be recorded as a permanent record (available for both D5001 and D6078).

  • Interchangeable humidity and temperature probes – humidity and temperature measurement does not need to be re-calibrated – simply replace the combined relative humidity and temperature probe with an exchange pre-calibrated unit.

  • PCS manufactures the test rings – single source supplier of test rings and specimens leads to higher quality control.


  • The ABS is a microprocessor-controlled Ball-on-Cylinder wear test system which provides a fast, repeatable assessment of the performance of jet fuels that fully conforms to the ASTM D5001 test method for “Measurement of Lubricity of Aviation Turbine Fuels by the Ball-on-Cylinder Lubricity Evaluator”.

  • The ABS comprises a single, compact, bench top mounted unit. The only external services required are compressed air to the specification in ASTM D5001 and 100-230V mains power.

  • The internal de-ionised water reservoir requires refilling after approximately 1,000 tests. An air cleaner/dryer is available which can clean and de-humidify normal laboratory or shop air to meet the requirements of the ASTM standard (<0.1 ppm hydrocarbon).