Registration Opens for Surface Roughness Class


Surface roughness measurement, analysis and training provider Michigan Metrology recently announced that registration is now open for its “Roughness, Texture and Tribology” class and workshop. The course will be held in Livonia, Michigan, from May 3-5.

This class reportedly offers a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of surface roughness, friction, and wear, as well as the application of surface texture analysis in industry and research.

“This class is intended to help students to use surface roughness analysis in their workplaces,” said Don Cohen, Ph. D., who presents the course, in an emailed press release. “Live lectures and hands-on training with measurement equipment give our students a chance to ask questions and really learn what matters for their particular jobs.”

 The class will reportedly cover topics including:

  • Measuring roughness and waviness;
  • Instruments for surface measurement;
  • Filtering texture data for the application;
  • Data analysis techniques and tools;
  • Surface texture parameters;
  • Specifying surface texture;
  • Applying surface texture analysis to wear, sealing and other functionality;
  • Surface energy, adhesion and texture, paint appearance;
  • Mechanics of dry friction and rolling friction;
  • Fundamentals of lubrication; and
  • Surface metrology strategy.

According to Michigan Metrology, the class will be presented live, in accordance with CDC guidelines. It will include two days of lectures on surface metrology, tribology and related topics, plus a half day workshop with optical profilers, tribology testers, 3D scanners and other equipment. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“We have been refining and expanding this class for nearly 20 years,” said Dr. Cohen. “It’s the most thorough and affordable opportunity we know to learn and apply the fundamentals of surface texture analysis.”

A registration form for the class can be found here. Registration requests can also be made by calling (866) 953-5030 or emailing

Registration closes April 15. Seating is limited.

About Cohen

According to the company, Cohen established Michigan Metrology in 1994 to help engineers and scientists solve problems related to “squeaks, leaks, friction, wear, appearance, adhesion and other issues” using 3D surface texture measurement and analysis.

Prior to forming the company, Cohen was Vice President of Engineering at WYKO Corporation, a part of Bruker Corporation, developing surface metrology instrumentation. He has also served as Vice Chairman/Chairman of the ANSI/ASME B46.1 Surface Texture Standards committee and is past Chairman of the STLE-Detroit section.

Cohen holds bachelor of science and master degrees in Physics, as well as a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences.

Michigan Metrology reports that Cohen’s courses are designed for scientists, engineers and technicians working in the fields of automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers and others. No prior study is required.

In addition to live classes, Cohen offers Surface Texture and Tribology short courses as online learning modules. These courses cover a broad range of topics on surface texture and how it impacts functionality.

Consisting of ten modules, the full course reportedly offers over 11 hours of instruction. Modules can also be purchased separately.


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