2024 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition

STLE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the industry's most respected venue for technical information, professional development and networking opportunities. Each year STLE's conference showcases some 500 technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports and discussion panels on technical and market trends. Our exhibition and popular Commercial Marketing Forum spotlight the latest products and services of interest to lubrication professionals that come from around the world, representing a full range of the industry’s most prestigious corporate, government and academic institutions.
When
5/19/2024 8:00 AM - 5/23/2024 5:00 PM
Where
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55404 UNITED STATES

Program

   

Sunday, 19 May 2024

 
LOCATION: 200 C Advanced Lubrication 301 covers the molecular structures and chemistries of lubricant additive types. Additives examined will include antioxidants, rust inhibitors, detergents, dispersants, antiwear additives, extreme pressure additives, friction modifiers, rheology, and viscosity modifiers. Who should attend: Engineers and scientists early/mid-career who want to brush up on their knowledge of lubricant additives. Lubricant additives provide several performance functions in the engine, transmission, gear, and electric vehicle systems.
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Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 104 A This course is primarily for the person entering the lubrication field who needs a broad introduction to the field of lubrication, lubrication principles and lubricating materials. This course is also for individuals not directly involved but who need a broad overview of lubricants and basic lubricating components. This course does not require 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, marketing, maintenance, and managers who in some ways are involved in the industry. The Basic course will focus on the fundamentals of lubrication associated with fluid 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. Who should attend: Lubricant Sales Folks, Additive Sales, Lubricant/ Additive marketing, Lubricant Formulator or Manufacturer, Academia, Base Stock Sales or Manufacturer, Original equipment Manufacturer, Testing equipment Manufacturer, Lubricant Governing Associations.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION 200 I The Electric Vehicle (EV) course provides an introduction to hardware, tribology, lubrication, thermal management and testing related to EV. The course starts with an overview of hybrid, fully battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. It covers the driveline systems of hybrid and full electric units. Then talk about lubricant, tribology and thermal management challenges and requirements for EV. Finally, talk about established test methods for EV fluid evaluation. Who should attend: Students, engineers and scientists early/mid-career who are new to the electric vehicle industry or would like to brush up on fundamental knowledge of EV technologies and test methods.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 H Metalworking Fluids is designed for those involved in developing, working with and using metal forming fluids in the manufacturing environment. This course is very useful for formulators, technical service representatives, shop floor personnel and coolant service managers who need to know more about the fundamentals concepts of metal forming fluids. This course is divided into modules covering metal forming operations, metal forming fluid chemistry, metal forming fluid mechanisms, controlling contamination and microbial growth, waste treatment and operator acceptance. By the end of the course, participants will have gained a good understanding of metal forming operations, formulation of metal forming fluids, tools for identifying and correcting metal forming fluid failures and waste treatment of metal forming fluids. Who should attend: Engineers, scientists, and other personnel that are early/mid-career involved in Metal Forming formulating, manufacturing, technical service, shop floor services, coolant service, sales, and marketing. Attendees can be from base oil suppliers, additive suppliers, independent lubricant manufacturers, academia, original equipment manufactures, and testing equipment manufacturers, or others with an interest in learning about the basics of Metal Forming processes and lubricants.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 DE Grease 101 (in partnership with NLGI). This course is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of lubricating grease. Grease formulation components are thoroughly covered, including base oils and the many different thickener types. Manufacturing technologies are reviewed, as well as grease testing significance and methods. Included is a good discussion detailing how to select the proper grease for different applications, and a variety of examples of both industrial and automotive applications are discussed. Who should attend: Engineers and scientists, early/mid-career involved in lubricating grease sales and marketing, lubricating grease manufacturing, base oils supplies or academia who want to brush up on their knowledge of lubricating greases. Users such as original equipment Manufacturer, grease testing equipment Manufacturer and others with an interest in learning about the basics of lubricating greases.
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Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 B Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Tribology New Half Day - Digital Course Book. This new course will include hands-on activities with the following curriculum: designing and organizing databases for use in tribology; orchestrating data for machine learning: the data pipeline in tribology; the use of physics-based machine learning—advancing fundamental understating and simplifying the calculations of complex tribological systems; and application of machine learning/artificial intelligence to tribology (case studies). Who should attend: Those in the industry who want to learn whether to use machine learning in their industry and how to accomplish this, and for tribology students wanting to learn how to incorporate into their research. The prerequisite for the course is an understanding of the basic principles of tribology, but a knowledge of MATLAB of Python programming would be useful.
Category
Course
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Monday, 20 May 2024

 
STLE grants three academic awards through its Presidential Awards Program.  This encourages students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field.  This year's recipients will be awarded at the Presidents Luncheon on Tuesday.

Please consider making a donation to support this important program.
Category
Scholarship Donation
Time
5/20/2024 - 5/25/2024 12:00 PM

LOCATION: HILTON MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL Please join us for our Moday evening networking reception. If you plan to join us, please add this free social function to your registration. An accurate head count will allow us to plan appropriately.
Category
Social
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

 
LOCATION: 200 F Advanced Lubrication 302: Advanced Lubrication Regimes Advanced Lubrication 302 goes more in-depth on lubrication regimes, wear and wear mechanisms, as well as lubricant failure analysis. This course includes a series of lubricant failure analysis case studies on automotive engines, gears, and bearings. Who should attend: Lubricant Sales, Personnel, Additive Sales, Lubricant/Additive Marketing, Lubricant Formulator or Manufacturer, Academia, Base Stock Sales or Manufacturer, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Testing Equipment Manufacturer, Lubricant-Governing Associations.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 J This new course will provide an overview of the engine and drivetrain systems and lubrication requirements for internal combustion engines (Diesel, Gasoline, Hydrogen and Ammonia) and drivelines. The course will also look at engine oil qualification, fuel requirements and friction and wear testing of engine components. Who should attend: Anybody working with the Internal Combustion Engine or formulating or testing oils.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 H Metalworking Fluids 240: Metalworking Fluid Formulation Concepts. This new course is in response to many students of our other MWF courses who asked for a course on how to formulate. It will begin with some universal formulating basics, such as experimental design, order of additions for ingredients, and considerations when scaling up from beakers to large blending tanks. Also covered will be base stocks, performance additives, emulsifier selection, HLB, qualification tests, optimization for stability both in the drum and in use, bioresistance, microbicide selection and use, and recalcitrant functional additives. Our instructors will then discuss formulating for disposability and for global distribution. A panel discussion with all instructors will complete the course. While several examples of formulations will be presented throughout the sessions, this course will NOT be providing specific ready-to-use commercial formulations. Who should attend: Metalworking Fluid Formulators, MWF Compounders - Tech Service and Laboratory Personnel, Technical Sales and Marketing Personnel, Health & Safety or Environmental Affairs personnel, Individuals who have taken STLE 105/115 level education courses or the STLE 2.5-day Metalworking Fluid Course.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

LOCATION: 200 G This course will be an overview of current progress in the development and use of biofuels and biolubricants. The course elements will include an introduction to energy and alternative fuels: basic chemistry of biofuels and biolubes; general performance requirements; overviews of market progress; niche markets; sustainability; and governmental and regulatory drivers. Products currently in various stages of commercialization will be discussed. Information on European, U.S. and OEM views will be included. The course will primarily focus on biolubriants but will include a general overview of alternative transportation fuels. Biofuel feedstocks, production and quality issues will be covered. An outstanding list of speakers with firsthand knowledge in these areas will teach the course Who should attend: Students, Engineers, Scientists, Lubricant formulators, User early/mid-career.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Thursday, 23 May 2024

 
LOCATION: 200 FG The Electric Vehicle (EV) 202 course will discuss more advanced topics related to electric vehicle research and development. This course will cover current trends of EV technology and testing, fluid development, and tribological challenges. Who should attend: Engineers and scientists early/mid-career who are familiar with or are currently working on electric vehicle technology and research.
Category
Course
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

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 If you are at the event working an exhibit booth or only wish to attend a single education course or technical session, this is the option for you. 
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