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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.



TLT Quick Links

11th Annual Corporate Profiles
Your guide to the lubricants industry's key people, products and services. Read more >

18th Annual CMF Plus
Some of the industry's most innovative companies release key presentations from 2020 Commercial Marketing Forum Webinars. Read more >

Check out what's inside the March Issue of TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FEATURE ARTICLE
Metalworking fluids: Update on boundary lubricity additives (posted on February 16, 2021)
The challenges facing metalworking fluid (MWF) formulators usually focus on such issues as minimizing microbial contamination, eliminating foam and having products that can operate under harsh operating conditions, particularly with high levels of water hardness. But MWFs need to contain the proper types of lubricity components to fulfill their main function of reducing friction and wear. Read more >

MAREKT TRENDS
COVID-19 IMO 2020 and decarbonization challenges create entry barriers for new entrants (posted on February 16, 2021)
The shipping industry faced two major hurdles in 2020: the implementation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 0.5% sulfur fuel norms, also known as IMO 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic. IMO 2020 led to operational challenges as shipping companies coped with the transition to using very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) or 0.5% sulfur fuel. Read more >

LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS
Calculating lubricant viscosity versus temperature (posted on February 16, 2021)
Though it is widely known that oil-based lubricants are less viscous at higher temperatures and more viscous at lower temperatures, calculating a precise viscosity presents a formidable challenge. Lubricant viscosity, temperature and operating conditions all interact in complex ways, some of which are poorly understood. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Blame the lube - that was easy! (posted on February 16, 2021)
I have always been amazed throughout my approximately 40-year career by the number of times I have heard someone say, “It’s the lube’s fault.” Yikes, talk about hitting the easy button and moving on to the next issue. But if there is one thing I have learned—and this truly is no major revelation—it’s that lubricants don’t make mistakes. Near as I can figure, never have and never will. 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 andlubrication 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 publicationOrder 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. 
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

2021 STLE Virtual Annual Meeting
EARLY Bird Registration Now thru March 31

(February 15, 2021)

Now through March 31, 2021 Get the EARLY BIRD rate for the STLE 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Save on Conference Registration and Virtual Education Courses. Click here for pricing details and to register.

STLE's New Strategic Plan: Creating a Bold Future
(December 7, 2020)

The 2020 - 2023 STLE Strategic Plan is laid out with the following key areas: Purpose, Mission, Vision, Domains (four) and Key Goals, Objectives, Strategies and finally Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track our progress.  You can read the details and download a PDF plan summary.

Upcoming Events

March 2, 2021
Auburn University Beard Tribology Webinar Series
Vanishing Friction: How Close are We?

March 3, 2021
STLE Anniversary Webinar Sale

March 10, 2021
STLE Canton Section Virtual Meeting

March 12, 2021
STLE Houston Section Virtual Meeting

March 16, 2021
STLE Detroit Section Virtual Meeting

March 18, 2021
STLE Philadelphia Section Virtual Meeting

March 18, 2021
STLE Chicago Section Virtual Meeting

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