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2012 STLE Annual Meeting Education Courses

November 28, 2011

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2012 STLE Annual Meeting Education Program Synopsis

The 2012 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition features nine course days of education: one entirely new course, four significantly revised courses and one collaborative course with the American Bearing Manufacturers Association.  Courses to be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012

The new intermediate level course is Automotive Lubrication: Diesel 201The Basic Lubrication 103: Lubrication Fundamentals and Basic Applications is a one-day overview course. The Synthetic Fluids 203 & Synthetic Fluids 204 courses are each two-day courses. STLE is again co-hosting the popular Bearings and Their Lubrication course, which is co-sponsored by the American Bearing Manufacturers Association and has an independent tuition fee separate from the annual meeting registration fee.

STLE’s Condition Monitoring Technical Committee is offering a one-day, advance-level Condition Monitoring 301 course that covers the basics of maintenance strategies and testing of lubricants and the basics of failure modes and detection methods. STLE also offers two introductory-level, one-day courses: MWF115: Basics of Metal Removal Fluids and MWF 125: Basic Health, Safety & Microbiology. Both were recently updated. Advanced Lubrication 301 also has been updated. 

To give convention attendees greater flexibility in creating their annual meeting itineraries, the 2012 education agenda moves all courses to Sunday and Wednesday.

If you have questions regarding these courses, please contact STLE director of professional development Bob Gresham at rgresham@stle.org

Basic Lubrication 103: Lubrication Fundamentals and Basic Applications

Overview: Basic lubrication 103 is a new condensed one-day course.  It 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. *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.*

Bearings and Their Lubrication (ABMA)

Rolling element bearings and lubrication are important elements of the world of Tribology. STLE in association with ABMA is offering this full day course to provide a better understanding of  rolling element bearings, their design features and characteristics, tolerances and precision, selection criteria including load capacities and life, lubrication, mounting, materials, and common failure modes.  Particular attention will be given applications in gearboxes, electric motors, pumps, paper machines, mining equipment, steel making equipment, and off-highway equipment.  Applications utilizing both oil and grease lubrication are discussed.  Bearing experts from ABMA member companies such as NSK, SKF, Timken, etc., will provide the training.  Hands-on training with interactive discussions will complement the learning experience.  *Annual Meeting Registration not required to take this course and is not included in this price.*

Condition Monitoring 301: 21st Century CM

This course is targeted to Advanced experience levels. It is expected the attendee has very good-to-strong familiarity with Condition Monitoring’s role in modern maintenance schema, particularly Oil Analysis. It is designed for those routinely involved in condition monitoring. The following notions are explored:
• Advanced Data Interpretation: Mining Data for Trends, Patterns and Proper Alarms
• Condition Monitoring (CM) Techniques Complementary to Oil Analysis
• Impact of Machinery Configuration and Operations on Monitoring Techniques and Data Interpretation
• Changing Paradigms in CM: Online Oil Analysis, Extended Particle Analysis, Software and More
Emphasis is on current techniques and practices, including new tests, new instrumentation, new concepts, increasing use of software and modern data evaluation strategies, taught by practicing experts.  *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.*

Metalworking 115: Basic Metal Removal Fluids

Metal removal operations, the chemistry of metal removal fluids and insight into understanding and controlling metal removal fluid failure are all stressed in this course. In addition, the need to control microbial contamination and the importance of adopting a health & safety program in a facility machining metal are also covered.  *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.* Key topics are:

• Metal Removal Operations
• Metalworking Fluid Chemistry
• Controlling Microbial Contamination
• Industrial Hygiene
• Understanding and Controlling Metal Removal Fluid Failure
• Condition Monitoring
• Fluid Condition Management

Synthetic Lubricants 203: Non-Petroleum Fluids and Their Uses

The Synthetic Fluids 203 course is designed primarily for formulators and users of lubricating materials. The 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. *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.*

Special Nanotribology Education Session

More information will be available soon. *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.*

Courses to be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Advanced Lubrication 301

This is a higher-level course on tribology, lubricants and lubricant formulation. Experienced professionals, including those who have completed STLE’s Basic Lubrication course, will benefit from this more focused and advanced session on lubricant technology.  This course assumes fundamental knowledge of lubricants and lubrication principles or completion of Basic Lubrication 101-102. Advanced Lubrication 301 targets individuals employed by oil and additive companies, experienced lubricant end-users and other technical professionals interested in expanding their basic lubrication knowledge.  *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.* Key concepts include:

•Wear mechanisms
• How to diagnose wear problems from equipment failure
• Types of additives used in lubricants, the mechanism of how they work
• Oil rheology and lubricant viscosity theory
• Low-temperature properties of lubricants
• Viscosity Index Improvers
• Low- and high-shear rate properties of lubricants and how these properties are measured.

Automotive Lubrication 201 - Diesel

This new course provides a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of 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. *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.* Key topics are:

• Diesel Engine Hardware Overview
• The Role of Surface Texture in Diesel Engine Tribology
• Diesel Engine Oils
• Diesel and Biodiesel Fuels
• Effects of Fuel Dilution and Soot on Diesel Oils
• Fleet Maintenance Issues

Metalworking 125: Basic Health and Safety

MWF 125 is a one day introductory course that discusses health & safety issues involved in the use of metalworking fluids. This course is designed for those new to the metalworking fluid industry from a chemical supplier, formulator, fluid maintenance and end user perspectives. Students will be informed about the reasons metalworking fluids can cause health & safety problems and ways to minimize them. Topics covering microbial contamination issues, metalworking fluid and additive toxicology, industrial hygiene and mist effects will give the student a good feel for the challenges facing metalworking fluid suppliers and end users. The course will be capped by student participation in a metalworking fluid mist case study. Students will be given an opportunity to solve an actual real world problem.  *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.* Key topics are:

• MWF Microbiology
• Microbial Concerns & Controls
• Toxicology
• Industrial Hygiene
• Mist
• Health Effects of MWF Microbes
• Mist Case Study

Synthetic Lubricants 204

The objective of this course is to give the participants a working knowledge and general understanding of the various types of synthetic lubricants and their uses in a variety of applications. The topics included in the course this year are “Military and Automotive Applications” as well as “Industrial Applications” with an emphasis on compressors. A new topic for the course is entitled “Synthetic Fluids for Gas and Wind Turbines”.  *Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.* 

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