STLE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition – March 16 Status Update

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 3-7, 2020 is POSTPONED. We are currently working with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL (USA) to determine a suitable date to hold the event. People with existing reservations do not need to contact the Hyatt at this time.  STLE conference management is working with the hotel to modify existing reservations in an efficient manner, with more information to follow.  For questions, contact Conference Manager Merle Hedland  (mhedland@bacon-hedland.com).

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the details of rescheduling the event with the hotel, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, corporate members and attendees. The STLE Board of Directors has provided a list of FAQs to help with any questions you may have. Click here for the list of FAQs.

The original April 3 deadline for Annual Meeting registration cancellations no longer applies. More information to come.

If you are interested in resources regarding COVID-19, we suggest monitoring the CDC's COVID-19 situation summary (updated several times each week), as well as CDC guidance on COVID-19 prevention.

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What is tribology?

Tribology is the study of science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear. Tribology is a branch of mechanical engineering and materials science.

Tribology’s economic and commercial impact is vast. The science reduces energy use, lowers the cost of maintenance and replacement, develops new technology, and solves resource problems, such as the lack of clean water. Proper tribological procedures save an estimated 1.3% to 1.6% of a nation’s gross domestic product—a savings of hundreds of billions of dollars (U.S. currency) in larger countries. Virtually every nation has realized it cannot afford to overlook the economic, industrial, and commercial advantages of tribology. Consequently, tribology is a science that is constantly being advanced by thousands of researchers around the world. Lubrication engineering is the practical application of that science, generally in the development of lubricants and their proper usage and maintenance. Click here to learn more about tribology.



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Check out what's inside the April TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

COVER STORY
Group I base oils: Going, going, but nowhere close to gone
(posted on March 26, 2020)
For years, the majority of base oils used in lubricants were of Group I quality.1 Group I oils are considered the baseline quality stock made from paraffinic crude oil, and they are produced in a complex and increasingly expensive solvent process. However, they have attractive properties, especially for viscosity and additive solubility. Read more >

FEATURE ARTICLE
More options than ever for condition monitoring
(posted on March 26, 2020)
Oil and other lubricants are the lifeblood of vehicles, industrial machinery, agricultural equipment and anything else with gears, bearings, and other mechanical bits. And like human blood testing, testing a bit of it can reveal whether its host is healthy and in good shape or has some underlying concern that might cause illness. Read more >
LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS
The fine art of bearing lubrication (posted on March 26, 2020)
From the driver’s perspective, choosing the right gear lubricant is a simple matter of reading the manual. The pairing of parts with their ideal lubricant formulations is an integral aspect of engine design, typically covered on the supply side. For most applications, engineers have already determined what kind of lubrication will result in the longest service life for the lubricated parts
Read more >


PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
What happened to all the experts? (posted on March 26, 2020)

Strategic workforce planning is critical to growing our industry. Read more >





STLE EDUCATION

Personalize Your Education. Advance Your Career
STLE Learning Pathways is a new online resource library for lubrication industry professionals to help identify, align and target their education and career development needs with access to technical articles, courses, webinars and books that will help them better serve their customers and employers. 
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WHITE PAPERS & SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS 
2017 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering
The new edition of STLE's Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering report offers tribology and lubricant professionals valuable insight into future technical challenges and commercial opportunities for the field during the next 10 years. The Emerging Trends report is based on a year-long research survey of nearly 1,000 technical experts from around the world. Order your free copy >


Tribology Opportunities for Enhancing America's Energy Efficiency 
The Tribology Opportunities for Enhancing America's Energy Efficiency Report, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), summarizes the results from a workshop STLE hosted at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The purpose of the workshop was to explore opportunities in advanced tribological science and engineering of energy technologies across a wide range of practical application sectors. You'll find the results of these efforts in the report. Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report

The Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering: Industry Leader Predictions Report evaluates the impact of changes in industry, technology and the economy on the field. The 20-page report is based on a year-long study of nearly 1,000 industry experts surveyed with the goal of tapping into their collective wisdom and insight and drawing conclusions about the future of tribology and lubrication engineering. 
Order your free copy >

 









News
STLE 75th Annual Meeting Postponed
(March 16, 2020)

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 3-7, 2020 is POSTPONED. We are currently working with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL (USA) to determine a suitable date to hold the event. People with existing reservations do not need to contact the Hyatt at this time.  STLE conference management is working with the hotel to modify existing reservations in an efficient manner, with more information to follow.  For questions, contact Conference Manager Merle Hedland  (mhedland@bacon-hedland.com). Click here for the full announcement.

TFC Abstract Submission Deadline
Extended to May 1

(April 2, 2020)

Join tribology researchers from around the world for the 2020 TFC to be held on Nov. 8-11, in Cleveland, OH. We invite authors to submit abstracts for consideration as podium or poster presentations. For more information and to submit an abstract visit. www.stle.org/tribologyfrontiers

 
Worldwide Student Poster Contest
Submissions are closed - Thank you to our participants

(April 2, 2020)

Thank you to all participants of the Worldwide Student Poster Contest. Poster submissions are now closed. We will be announcing winners in the next couple of weeks. Click here to view contest rules and details

World Tribology Congress 2021
First Announcement

(Dec. 13, 2019)

The 7th World Tribology Congress in 2021 will be an opportunity to bring together a large scientific community to promote international exchange and collaboration. This international event will (1.) highlight recent important progress in fields of tribology; (2.) challenge our limits of tribological systems; (3.) ensure the effective transfer of these skills to specific applications, and (4.) integrate environmental issues.Click here for more details about WTC 2021.


Upcoming Events

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the STLE Board of Directors voted on March 16 to cease (postpone) all section activities in which groups of individuals are in contact with each other (meetings, social events, education programs, etc.) until the STLE Board has deemed it safe to resume these activities. A reassessment of the situation by the STLE Board of Directors will be made on June 1st, 2020.

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