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. 

What is STLE? 

STLE, one of the largest professional societies in the field, serves 15,000 industry professionals worldwide.

To advance the science of tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering in order to foster innovation, improve the performance of equipment and products, conserve resources and protect the environment.



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.



STEM programs, scholarships and student outreach programs are a cornerstone to communicating the value of tribological innovations to the next generation of scientists and engineers.



Check out what's inside the November TLT - Digital Edition | TLT Archives

In the Spotlight

FEATURED ARTICLE
Automotive Industry Lightens Up
(posted on October 16, 2017)
The trend toward lightweight vehicle parts is driving changes in manufacturing processes and metalworking fluids.
Read More >


15th Annual CMF Plus (posted on October 16, 2017)
Nine of the industry’s most innovative companies recap presentations from STLE’s 2017 Commercial Marketing Forum. Read More >

WEBINAR
The Chemistry and Function of Lubricant Additives (posted on October 16, 2017)
Their effectiveness depends on the base oil and how they interact with other chemicals. Read More >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
A Month of Tribology (posted on October 16, 2017)
STLE's role at three industry conferences cemented our reputation as a leader on the world stage. Read More >




TLT SOUNDING BOARD SURVEY
API's New Oil Categories (posted October 16, 2017)
Please take a moment to answer our short survey about API's new oil categories. The results will be the basis for an article in the December issue of TLT. Take the survey >

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

New! 2017 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering
The second 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 52-page 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

2018 STLE Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline extended until Oct. 16
(Sept. 30, 2017)

STLE is providing additional time to accommodate some special programs being developed for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The abstracts submission deadline is being extended to Monday, Oct. 16. To submit your abstracts for presentation, please visit,
https://stle2018.abstractcentral.com/.

Housing reservations are now being accepted for the 2018 STLE Annual Meeting
(Sept. 22, 2017)

STLE has reserved room blocks for guests attending the 2018 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Special discounted rates have been negotiated at The Hilton Minneapolis and The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Please visit https://aws.passkey.com/go/STLE18 to reserve your room.

2017-2018 STLE Presidential Awards Program applications now open

(July 31, 2017)


STLE is accepting applications for the Society's two academic awards offered through the Presidential Award Program: The E. Richard Booser Scholarship for undergraduate students and The Elmer E. Klaus Fellowship for graduate students. Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 1, 2017.

Upcoming Events

STLE Northern California Section Meeting
Berkeley, CA | Oct. 25

STLE Certification Exam

Wichita, KS | Oct. 27

STLE Houston Section Golf Outing
Spring, TX | Nov. 1

STLE Hamilton Section Education Workshop

Hamilton, ON | Nov. 2

STLE Oklahoma Section Meeting
Tulsa, OK | Nov. 8

STLE Cleveland Section Meeting
Cleveland, OH | Nov. 14

STLE Alberta Section Meeting
Edmonton, AB, Canada | Nov. 20


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