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STLE 2015 Annual Meeting Education Program
Choose from 11 Industry Specific Courses

STLE Annual Meeting courses will be held on Sunday, May 17th and Wednesday May 21st giving you more flexibility when planning your conference activities.

If you have any questions regarding courses please contact Tom Heidrich at theidrich@stle.org.  

Sunday – May 17th
Metalworking Fluids 115: Metal Removal
Synthetic Lubricants 203: Non Petroleum Fluids & Their Uses
Basic Lubrication 103: Basic Lubrication Overview
Biofuels & Biolubricants
Condition Monitoring 101: Intro to Condition Monitoring
Hydraulic 201: Hydraulic Fluid Technology

Wednesday – May 21st
Synthetic Lubricants 204: Fluid Formulation & Applications
Metalworking Fluid 210: Metalworking Fluids Hot Topics
Advanced Lubrication 301
Automotive Lubrication Diesel
Condition Monitoring 201: Advanced Condition Monitoring

Metalworking Fluids 115: Metal Removal
Chris Hodson, Jerry Byers, Alan Eachus, Fred Passman, John Burke and Neil Canter

This course covers the key concepts needed to better understand how metalworking fluids are prepared, used and maintained. Students will be informed about the reasons for using metal removal fluids and their functions. The chemistry of metal removal fluids, insight into the need to control microbial contamination and importance of adopting a health and safety program in a facility that machines metal are covered. Key topics include measures needed to understand and control metal removal fluid failure.

Modules include: Metal Removal Operations, Metalworking Fluid Chemistry & Tankside Additives, Controlling Microbial Contamination in Metalworking Fluids, Industrial Hygiene of Metalworking Fluids, Understanding and Controlling Metal Removal Failure, Metalworking Fluids Condition Monitoring and Fluid Condition Management.

Synthetic Lubricants 203: Non-Petroleum Fluids & Their Uses
Michael T. Costello, Martin Greaves, Bob Geneseo, Ken Hope, Gene Zehler, Thomas Blunt, Kyle Lewis and W. David Phillips

The Synthetic Fluids course is designed primarily for formulators and users of lubricating materials. This course provides an overview of non-petroleum based lubricants, their comparison to each other and to petroleum oil. Each section covers the chemistry, strength and weaknesses of each material and basic application.

Modules include: Introduction to Synthetic Fluids, Polyglycols, Silicones, Polyalphaolefins, Esters, Fluorocarbons, Alkylated Aromatics, and Phosphates.

Basic Lubrication 103: Basic Lubrication Overview
Lawrence Wong, Chris Schmid, Dan Holdmeyer, Chris Decker, John Hermann, Ray Thibault, and Paul Shiller

Basic Lubrication 103 is designed primarily for the person entering the lubrication field who needs a broad introduction to lubricants, lubricant building blocks, and lubricating materials. This course is also for persons not directly involved, but who need a broad overview of lubricants and basic lubricating components. 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, Basic Lubrication 103 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 in the industry. The Basic course will focus on the fundamentals of lubrication associated with fluid film lubrication and grease as it applies to basic lubricated components such as gears and bearings. Also, the course will review some basics around base stocks, synthetic lubricants and lab testing.

Modules include: Base Oil Fundamentals, Additives, Lubrication Fundamentals, Lubricant Testing Methods, Fundamentals of Grease, Gear Fundamentals and Bearing Fundamentals.

Biofuels and Biolubricants
Girma Biresaw, Joe Perez, Neil Canter, Mark Miller, Ben Muller-Zermini and Jill Cummings

This course will be an overview of current progress on the use of biofuels and biolubricants. The course elements will include an introduction to energy and alternative sources, some basic chemistry of vegetable oils, general performance requirements, overview of markets progress, niche markets and governmental and regulatory drivers. Information on European, U.S. and OEM views will be included. The course will primarily focus on lubricants but will include a general overview of alternative transportation fuels. Biodiesel feedstocks, production and quality issues will be covered. An outstanding list of speakers with first-hand knowledge of the above areas will teach the course.

Modules include: Chemistry 101: Petroleum and Biofuels and Biolubricants, Biodegredation, Regulation and Standards, General Performance Requirements of Lubricants, Growth of “Niche” Markets in the U.S., Biolubricant Developments in the EU, USDA Biolubricant Programs, Biofuels and Other Alternative Transportation Fuels and Automotive Markets and OEM Concerns.

Condition Monitoring 101: Intro To Condition Monitoring
Chad Chichester, Evan Zabawski and Heather Vercillo

Condition Monitoring 101 is targeted to individuals who are new to Condition Monitoring (CM), helping to prepare them to be effective participants in CM processes in a variety of roles. CM 101 is also a highly recommended precursor to CM 201 or CM 301, that represent higher technical levels and presume a good deal of prior experience in CM, particularly In-Service Fluid Analysis (ISFA). CM 101 begins with justification for condition based monitoring, followed by an introduction to historically established maintenance strategies, providing understanding of the difference and benefits of each, continuing with an overview of the steps to implement and execute a program, and concluding with instrumentation and test methods for Condition Monitoring.

Modules include: Machinery Failure & Consequences and Maintenance Strategies, Overview of a Condition Based Maintenance Program, Instrumentation and Test Methods for In-Service Fluid Analysis.

Hydraulics 201: Hydraulic Fluid Technology
Nathan Knotts, John Sherman and Greg Livingstone

This course will cover Hydraulic Fluids related topics, including Hydraulic Fluid Composition, Hydraulic Fluid Performance Testing, and Specialized Hydraulic Fluids. At the conclusion of the course there will also be several Hydraulic Fluids Case Studies to help attendees apply the knowledge gained.

Modules include: Introduction to Synthetic Fluids, Polyglycols, Silicones, Polyalphaolefins, Esters, Fluorocarbons, Alkylated Aromatics, and Phosphates.

Synthetic Lubricants 204: Fluid Formulation & Applications
Thomas Blunt, Gene Finner, Michael T. Costello

This course provides an introduction to synthetic lubricant formulations and applications. It compares the use of these synthetic lubricants to petroleum based products and compares between types of synthetic lubricants. Synthetic Lubricants 204 is a continuation from Synthetic Lubricants 203 (Non-Petroleum Fluids and their Uses), however, attendance of 203 is not a pre-requisite.

Modules include: Synthetic Fluids for Heavy Duty Gas Turbines, Industrial Application / Compressors, Transportation Applications, and Military Applications for Synthetic Lubricants and Fluids

Metalworking Fluids 210: Metalworking Fluids Hot Topics
John Howell, Fred Passman, John Burke, Neil Canter, Mick Wragg and Christine McInnis

This course will cover hot topics in the Metalworking Fluids Industry. Topics to be covered include GHS Implementation, enforcement activities and rulings of regulatory agencies, SCAQMD VOC regulations, differences between HMIS and GHS Health and Safety Ratings and Controlling Biofilms.

Modules include: Global Harmonized Standards Implementation, Reregistration of Biocides and Microbiology, In the Wake of SCAQMD VOC Regulations – Local and National Impact Since Implementation, Recent Regulatory Agency Enforcement Activities, Recent Regulatory Rulings – Impact on MWF Additive Selection, Understanding Differences Between HMIS & GHS Health & Safety Ratings, High Performance Machining Update, CMFS – The Value Proposition, Controlling Biofilms.

Advanced Lubrication 301 Course
Ramoun Mourhatch, Mary Dery, and Michael Covitch

This 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 in this course on the concepts of oil rheology with discussions on how VI Improvers 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.

Modules include: Lubricant Additives, Wear and Wear Mechanisms, and Oil Rheology and Low Temperature Properties of Lubricants.

Automotive Lubrication: Diesel
Ed Becker, Bruce Matthews, Roy Fewkes, Jack Clark

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of a typical diesel engine tribological system including modern fuels and lubricants. Lubrication and surface engineering principles will be applied to provide a unified approach to practical diesel powertrain systems.

Modules include: Diesel Engine Hardware Overview, Diesel and Biodiesel Fuels, Automatic Transmission Fluids, The Future of Automotive Propulsion – One Perspective, Functional Characterization of Key Diesel Engine Components through Application Dependent Surface Texture Specification and Data Filtration.

Condition Monitoring 201: Advanced Condition Monitoring
Chad Chichester, Matt McMahon, Jack Poley and Allison Toms

Condition Monitoring 201 is targeted to experienced Condition Monitoring (CM) practitioners (CM 101 completed, or equivalent study and/or experience at minimum). Advanced concepts are presented, along with more detail from CM 101 topics, for individuals who will seek to make CM a career path, will be managing CM operations in their companies, or who will be assessing data as evaluators for rendering maintenance advisories. CM 201 contains an introduction to Machinery Failure and Casual Analysis (FMECA), lubricant and machinery failure modes and condition indicators, and detailed discussion on data interpretation and evaluation, including concepts and case studies. Transition to data management and integration completes the course.

Modules include: Machinery Failure and Causal Analysis (FMECA), Failure Modes and Condition Indicators, ISFA (In-Service Fluid Analysis) Testing Strategies & Evaluation, Data Management and Integration.

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