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STLE Membership is a Low-Cost Investment with High Professional Rewards
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is a professional technical society providing a selection of robust resources in technical research, education and professional development delivered through programming, courses, events and periodicals on topics most important to you: safety, energy usage, maintenance, natural resources, wear and productivity

Membership is available to those interested in staying current in the latest technologies, advancing their careers and making new professional connections from around the world.

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.



Online webinars, education courses and professional certification programs offer opportunities for continuing education to enhance your career and create value for your company.




STLE organizes, supports, co-sponsors and hosts meetings to provide the tribology and lubrication communities an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and information.






Educating technical professionals to compete in the global business environment is STLE's core mission of serving as a trusted provider of education and a workforce development partner.





STLE grants three academic awards through its Presidential Awards Program. These awards are meant to encourage students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field.



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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

19th Annual CMF Plus (posted on October 15, 2021)
Some of the industry's most innovative companies release key presentation from STLE's 2021 Commercial Marketing ForumRead more >

FEATURE ARTICLE
The electric vehicle grease industry finds its bearings (posted on October 15, 2021)
“The field of electric vehicle (EV) grease formulations is evolving,” says STLE member Anoop Kumar, senior staff scientist and subject matter expert on grease formulations at Chevron Technical Center in Richmond, Calif. Grease formulations for EVs are just one of the many changes shaking up today’s automotive industry, but getting the formulations right is essential to a vehicle’s performance overall.. Read more >

BEST PRACTICES
Controlling particle contaminants (posted on October 15, 2021)
Oil cleanliness is the measure of particle contaminant in the oil. Particles sourced from the external environment include particles such as dirt that are prevalent throughout most operations. Internal sources of contamination include machinery wear in situations such as abrasion, erosion and fatigue that produce wear particles. Given this, the measure of cleanliness is the level of particulate contamination in the fluid. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Thanks to the volunteers (posted on October 15, 2021)
Friends, we find ourselves at this point of our year deep in college football drama—the traditions, the rivalries and the joy of watching the conflict on the gridiron. There is one rivalry that takes place on the third Saturday of October every year between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers. I must admit, that with all of the glorious mascots in college football, the Volunteers doesn’t seem to instill fear the way others do. However, that was before I knew the courageous history behind the name (and this is coming from a ’Bama fan). 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. Learn more >


WHITE PAPERS & SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS 
2020 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering
STLE’s 2020 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering builds on a multiphase research effort to evaluate current trends and predict future developments impacting the field of tribology and lubrication engineering that was published in the first two Emerging Trends reports in 2014 and 2017. Based on input from technical experts around the world, the triennial Emerging Trends Report includes a look into more recent advances and topics that have surfaced in the latest publication. Order your 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 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. 
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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. 
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News

2022 STLE Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Oct. 22
(September 30, 2021)

The abstract submission deadline for the 76th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition has been extended to Oct. 22, 2021 to allow participants additional time to finalize and submit abstracts for podium, student poster and early career poster presentations. For additional information about the STLE Annual Meeting, please visit www.stle.org/annualmeeting



Tribology and Sustainability Podcast
Episode 2 - Potential Benefits of Tribochemistry

(September 27, 2021)

STLE’s new free digital podcast series Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability, returns with Episode 2: Potential Benefits of Tribochemistry. Dr. Neil Canter speaks with Dr. Kuldeep Mistry (The Timken Company) and Nicolas Argibay (Sandia National Laboratories), who provide their viewpoints on the current and future potential for tribochemistry. Listen for free on your favorite podcast directories across iOS, Android, and Web.



STLE Early Career Awards Available for Students and Young Professionals
(September 8, 2021)

The Early Career Awards Program is targeted at STLE student members, young researchers and junior-level academic faculty who are in varying stages of their professional careers. The awards provide recognition of technical achievements and financial support for attendance at the 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2021.

 


Upcoming Events

October 20, 2021
STLE Industry Insights

Raw Materials Shortages and the Effect on Formulating New Products
12:00 - 12:40 pm 

October 25, 2021
Philadelphia Section Annual Golf Outing

9:45 - 7:00 pm

October 27, 2021
Canton Section Virtual Meeting

11:00 - 12:00 pm

October 28 - 29, 2021
STLE - ELGI Tribology Exchange Workship
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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