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Lubrication, bearing, seals and hydraulics training featured at STLE 2002 conference in May

Houston, TX -- Apr. 18, 2002 -- The 2002 Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication...


April 18, 2002
By MRO Magazine

Houston, TX — Apr. 18, 2002 — The 2002 Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) promises to offer quality technical education programs taught by some of the world’s foremost experts in the field.

Nine one- and two-day education courses will be presented this year at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas, on May 19-23. Each course has been enhanced and upgraded with new presentation materials, graphics and the latest information.

STLE education can help companies seeking to bolster employee skills. Courses are targeted to people new to the profession and those more experienced in lubrication practices.

Course registration fees include STLE Annual Meeting registration. Course participants will also benefit from more than 200 technical presentations and panel discussions, product forums and exhibits by suppliers to the lubricants market, and opportunities to meet and interact with 1,500 STLE members representing some 50 different industries.


For course details and registration options, contact STLE headquarters: tel. 847-825-5536, fax: 847-825-1456, website

Those who register by April 27 get $50 off the regular registration fee.

Education course highlights

* Basic Lubrication: STLE’s most popular course and the world standard for teaching the basics about industrial lubrication and tribology for more than 40 years. The course is primarily for the new person entering the lubrication field who needs a broad introduction to the field lubrication, lubrication principles, and lubricating materials. Basic Lubrication is also for persons not directly involved, but who need a broad overview. This course does not require the course taker to have a formal scientific degree or background, although many technical terms and concepts are covered. Experienced people attend the course to be kept up to date on the latest developments especially in those areas not directly related to their job function or area of expertise. Thus, the Basic Lubrication Course is usually attended by a broad cross section of people, such as technical, technical service, sales, marketing, manufacturing, maintenance, and management, who in some way are involved the industry.

* Advanced Lubrication: The Advanced Lubrication Course is intended for people who have either previously taken the STLE’s Basic Lubrication course and want to move on to a more advanced level, or for individuals who are already knowledgeable about the lubricants business, and want a more in-depth course on lubricant technology. A major emphasis is placed on the concepts of oil rheology with discussions on how VI improves function and the low and high temperature properties of lubricants. The course will discuss wear, wear mechanisms, and how to diagnose wear problems from equipment failure. There will be a detailed discussion on the types of additives used in lubricants, the mechanism of how they work, and how they are formulated into additive packages. The course is intended for individuals employed by oil and additive companies, experienced lubricant end users, and individuals who are interested in expanding upon their basic lubrication knowledge.

* Condition Monitoring: This popular course is taught by a team of instructors with in-depth understanding of the subjects and a current perspective on developments in the field. It is designed for the person who wishes to acquire a practical background in all the various technologies and test methods used to analyze lubricant samples to determine machine condition. The course taker will not only learn about the relevant test methods and equipment, but will also receive instruction in interpretation of test data and how to make recommendations for corrective actions. Covers many of the topics on the Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA) certification exam. “”

* Hydraulics: The two-day Hydraulic Fluid Technology Course covers in considerable depth the principles of fluid power transmission, equipment, and hydraulic fluids. In particular, the course taker will learn about the necessity for maintaining filtration and cleanliness in fluid power systems and failure analysis of those systems. This is the definitive course for anyone who uses or maintains fluid power equipment in their operations, for anyone who provides sales and/or technical service to those who use hydraulic fluids and hydraulic equipment. The Hydraulics course is also a suitable review for the hydraulic fluid portion of the Certified Lubrication Specialist (C.L.S.) exam.

* Metalworking: The Metalworking Fluids course is targeted to the formulators, technical service representatives and coolant system managers who need a broad understanding of the fundamental concepts of metalworking fluids. The course is divided into four modules covering coolant chemistry and formulation, microbial contamination from rancidity control and employee health perspectives, metalworking fluid toxicology, and effective strategies for coolant system maintenance. By the end of this two-day course, participants should have a good understanding of coolant formulation, contamination control and system management.

* Bearings and Their Lubrication: For the third year, the American Bearing Manufacturers Assn. (ABMA) and STLE have partnered to offer this popular course. ABMA members from Timken, Torrington, SKF and Rockwell Automation will present the one-day course. Note: bearings-related questions are most often missed on the C.L.S. exam. (This course does not include Annual Meeting registration).

* Seals: This newly revised course, Shaft Seal Design and Applications, is specifically designed for persons who want to expand their understanding of the application principles and design theory of rotating shaft sealing systems. This course will focus toward customers for mechanical seals and their specific applications. The course incorporates less emphasis on design considerations and more description of how seals work in various environments. The course includes modules on Failure Analysis/Avoidance and on Seal Installation and Maintenance for High Reliability.

* Basic Synthetic Lubricants: The course is designed primarily for formulators and users of lubricating materials. It provides an overview of non-petroleum based lubricants. Each section covers the chemistry, and most importantly the strength and weaknesses of each material. Further, each segment highlights the principle applications where each material excels. Thus, the Synthetic Fluids course taker should learn where to use and/or specify each material in a wide variety of applications.

* Transportation: This new course, Tribology in Transportation, combines the formats of an education course and a seminar on friction, wear and lubrication issues affecting the transportation industries and especially end users. Our speakers were recruited primarily from end-users, such as Ford, GM, Caterpillar, Timken, and the US Air Force who have to live every day with these problems. New designs and materials of construction, as well as lubricants, will be discussed. Attendees will learn a perspective on problems and new or potential solutions affecting the Transportation industry for the next decade.