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 LINDEN, N.J., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- What's the world's most slippery solid?
 It's not a banana peel.
 It's not an eel.
 It's not a greased pig.
 It's not even a crooked politician being interviewed by an investigative reporter.
 According to the latest edition of "The Guinness Book of Records", it's HI-T-LUBE(R), a dry film lubricant for metals which is manufactured by General Mangaplate Corporation (Nasdaq: GMCC) of Linden, NJ. However, it took a concerted drive by Walter Alina, General Magnaplate Vice President, to correct a long-standing error in the book which erroneously credited Dupont's Teflon as being the "world's most slippery solid." As a result of his efforts, the 1995 edition, soon to be in the bookstores, reports that HI-T-LUBE, with a reading of 0.03, has the "lowest coefficient of static and dynamic friction of any solid." ("Coefficient of friction" or "COF" is a scientific term used to designate the slipperiness of a material.)
 Announcement of the recognition was made by General Mangaplate's President and Chief Operating Officer Candida Aversenti. She reported that this distinction was conferred only after Guinness' technical experts made an extensive search of the relevant literature and verified the claim with top metallurgists at leading UK universities.
 The story begins in 1992 when Alina was browsing through his copy of the Guinness book. When he noted that Teflon was credited with being the world's most slippery solid with a COF of 0.02, he bristled. For one thing, in order for it to be meaningful, the COF must be described in terms of what two surfaces are in contact with each other; the Guinness citation did not do that. For another, he knew that while Teflon is very slippery, it also has a high "sticking" characteristic. He knew that this characteristic alone would make it virtually impossible for its COF to be as low as 0.02.
 Alina contacted the Guinness office in New York and told them of his concern. He also sent along an inch-thick set of documents which proved that HI-T-LUBE was more slippery. Alina heard nothing more, but did note that when the 1994 edition was issued, Teflon's COF had been changed to 0.04. At that point, he again contacted Guinness and noted that since Teflon had now been downgraded, HI-T-LUBE rightly deserved the "most slippery" honor. Guinness thereupon checked with its experts and decided to give HI-T-LUBE its place of distinction.
 HI-T-LUBE was developed for NASA in 1965 by Dr. Charles P. Covino, founder of General Mangaplate, to meet the extraordinary demands space missions impose on lubricants. Since then it has been a vital component of every U.S. space project. It has helped us land on the moon, aided in the safe operation of the space shuttle, has been instrumental in the successful deployment and operation of numerous space satellites, and has made jet engine operations safer and more dependable. Now this dry film lubricant, whose wear surfaces consist of multiple layers of electro-deposited metals and alloys that are permanently bonded to the substrate metal, has also been adapted for more down to earth uses. It is applied to thousands of high-stress applications including gears, rollers, chains, threads, pistons, screws, nuts, bolts, engines, ball joints, and bearing surfaces and moving parts of all kinds on steel, stainless steel, copper, copper alloys, etc. It does not "outgas" in the vacuum of outer space and operates efficiently at compression loads in excess of 150,000 psi. at temperatures from -360 degrees F to + 1,000 degrees F.
 Dr. Covino, now chairman and chief executive officer of General Mangaplate, is one of the world's leading experts in the surface enhancements of metals, having developed the concept of "synergistic" coatings in which the characteristics of the final product are superior to those of both the base metal and the coating material. He has been granted 85 patents and was honored a few years ago by being named to the New Jersey Inventor's Hall of Fame.
 The Guinness citation under the classification "Physical Extremes" is on page 75 of the 1995 edition and reads:
 Lowest friction: The lowest coefficient of static and dynamic friction of any solid is 0.03, for HI-T-LUBE with an MOS2 burnished (B) exterior. The 0.03 result was achieved by sliding HI-T-LUBE (B) against HI-T-LUBE (B). This material was developed for NASA in 1965 by General Magnaplate Corp. in Linden, NJ and has been used on many space projects.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on the Guinness citation, the General Magnaplate Corporation (a Nasdaq-listed company), HI-T-LUBE, or any associated data, contact Candida Aversenti, President, or Walter Alina, Vice President, General Magnaplate Corporation, 1331 Route One, Linden NJ 07036. Telephone 908-862-6200, fax 908-862-6110. Either or both are available for interviews/
 /CONTACT: Mitch Krauss for General Magnaplate, 908-686-2220/

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