Request for help reducing friction & rolling noise of a cam follower roller.

Hi everyone,
I would like to ask if anyone could please help me with the following
I have a small conjugate dual-roller rib or blade cam that has an
inner and outer cam-follower roller working on a corresponding inner
and outer cam curve. The cam curve is basically a curved "rib" with a
roller on each side of the rib. The rollers oscillate about a swing
arm in response to cam oscillation.
The force of the small 3/16" OD rollers is pinching the cam rib and
causing drag on the manually oscillated cam. The system also has
roller noise that must be reduced as much as possible. The system is
very sensitive to any friction between the cam & roller, or any drag
or noise in the system.
I've tried to polish the cam, and add lube, but there is still too
much friction. I could also try to polish the rollers.
Is there any type of hard coating I can apply to the cam and/or
rollers that will help significantly ? Any type of special lube I
could use ?
The maximum Hertz contact stress is probably around 180,000 PSI. Right
now, the cam is made from hardened 4140 and the roller is hardened A2
Tool Steel.
Is there any type of non-metallic roller that I could use ?
I would appreciate any suggestions for alternate materials, coatings,
lubes, or anything else I might try.
Thanks for your help.
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Well since no one else more experienced has answered, what "lubes" did you try? Liquid, powder, dry film?
I would go with Molybdenum Disulphide (a.k.a., moly disulphide) on any intentionally sliding surfaces, whether in the cam bearings or elsewhere. No liquids. Graphite is another possibility that occurs, but then there are other issues.
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