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2013 AM Education Course Description: Grease and it's Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings (co-hosted with ABMA)

December 01, 2012

Annual Meeting
STLE University

Education Course Fact Sheet: Grease and its Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings, co-hosted with ABMA

Course content, instructors and details subject to change. This listing was last updated on March 1, 2013.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 2013, starting at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 5:00 p.m. For details, see course agenda.

Special Note: Copies of the new book, Grease Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings will be given away to 10 lucky attendees! Winners will be drawn at random during the course.

Course Chair: Les Miller, Kaydon Corporation

Course Description: STLE, in cooperation with ABMA, is offering this course on rolling element bearings for those involved in industrial equipment design, reliability, and maintenance.  It will include a basic overview of bearings, their selection and lubrication related influences.  A special half day focus is provided for grease lubrication in rolling element bearings.  This new focal piece is provided by Piet Lugt and is based on the body of work found in a new book titled “Grease Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings”.

You may also like: Basic Lubrication 101 & 102, offered this year, or Bearings & Their Lubrication (co-hosted with ABMA) and Grease 101 (co-hosted with NLGI), to be offered at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Florida.


Bearing Types

Overview: Typical bearings used in industrial applications, basic designs, components, characteristics, tolerances, benefits and example applications. 

Instructor: Les Miller, Kaydon Bearings Division

Biography: Les Miller is currently the V. P. of Engineering at Kaydon Bearings and has responsibility for the design, development and application of all products.  Les has been active in the bearing industry for 35 years and received his BSME from Tri-State College.  He has been active in the ABMA Engineering Education Committee and Bearing Technical Committee for the past 15 years.  He has also been a member of the ASME Tribology Division and is a long time member of STLE.  His work history includes 26 years with NSK and a total of 9 years with Kaydon in ever increasing levels of responsibility for Product Design and Application Engineering.

Basic Rating Life of Bearings

Overview: Load ratings & life calculations based on ISO 281: 2007, and environmental influences.

Instructor: Jim Oliver, SKF Bearings

Biography: Jim Oliver obtained his BSME from Lafayette College in May 1985 and began his career with SKF immediately afterwards.  He spent 4 years in Application Engineering, 4 years as a Metals Industry Specialist and 2 years as Service Manger in the Southeast U.S.  In 2001, Jim relocated to the USA corporate office in Kulpsville, PA as Engineering Manager of Application Engineering for the Industrial Division of SKF USA.  He spent 12 years as an engineering manager working with major OEMS producing pumps, fans, compressors, electric motors, medical procedure chairs and tables, X-ray tubes, and postal sorting machines. Most recently, Jim accepted the position as Director of Application Engineering and Industry Specialists in February 2012 and continues in this role today.  Part of this role is the SKF USA representative to ABMA, and support of STLE, AIST, SME, and other technical societies.

Bearing Materials and Coatings

Overview: Bearing steels and properties, alternate materials, specialty coatings, cage materials, and seal materials.

Instructor: Scott Hyde, The Timken Company

Biography: Dr. R. Scott Hyde has been with Timken for 16 years and during that time has held various positions including Steel Development Engineer, Manager – Application Metallurgy Laboratory and Chief Metallurgist for North and South America.  He has (co)authored more than 15 papers related to carburizing and carburizing alloys.  He has experience in alloy development, steel manufacturing, bearing metallurgy & heat treatment, and failure analysis.  Dr. Hyde holds a BS degree from Michigan Technological University (1990) and a PhD from Colorado School of Mines (1994), both in Metallurgical Engineering.

Bearing Lubrication Systems and Methodologies

Overview: Understanding the options and factors involved in selecting lubrication systems.

Instructor: Paul Conley, SKF - Lincoln Lubrication

Biography: Paul Conley has been the Chief Engineer of Research and Product Development for Lincoln Industrial since 1997. He holds BS in Aeronautical Engineering at St. Louis University and MS in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri Science and Technology. Paul is a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri. He is a member of STLE and NLGI and has co authored papers on topics related to grease rheology. Paul has written two chapters in the second edition of the STLE Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology. Paul is the holder of 15 patents and has currently 20 pending.

Grease Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings including: Lubrication Mechanisms, Grease Composition and Properties, Grease Life in Roller Bearings, Grease Rheology, Grease Flow, Grease Aging, Film Thickness in Grease Lubricated Bearings, Grease Lubrication and Bearing Life, Grease Lubrication and Bearing Seals, and Test Methods

Overview: This module will cover various topics based on the new book published on the subject (see above).

Instructor: Piet Lugt, SKF

Biography: Dr. Piet M. Lugt is a senior research engineer at SKF Engineering & Research Centre located in the Netherlands.  He has been at SKF for 16 years and during that time has held various positions including team leader “Lubrication”, team leader “Tribology Research” and portfolio manager “Tribology and Lubrication”. He has been a visiting professor at Luleå Technical University, Sweden and an assistant professor at Delft University. He has (co)authored more than 50 papers and patents and is an associate editor with "STLE Tribology Transactions".  Dr Lugt has a MSc. and PhD. in Tribology from the University of Twente, The Netherlands (1988, 1992).

Course Agenda

8:30 AM Bearing Types
9:30 AM Basic Rating Life of Bearings
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Bearing Materials & Coatings
11:15 AM Bearing Lubrication Systems and Methodologies
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Grease Lubrication in Rolling Element Bearings
5:00 PM Course Ends

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