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 February TLT - Digital EditionTLT Archives

In the Spotlight

 
FEATURED ARTICLE

Thorough oil analysis 
(posted on January 15, 2019)
There is a tendency to focus on one aspect of an oil analysis report and ignore everything else. Examples include looking only at the most recent sample, only trending one test, etc. By not looking at the sample results thoroughly, the results can become meaningless or even detrimental to determining the root cause of a machinery problem. By missing one piece of the puzzle, technicians end up working in the wrong direction—wasting time and money. Read more >

COMMENTARY
Who will train tomorrow's tribologists? (posted on January 15, 2019)
The seminal publication known as the Jost Report coined the phrase tribology more than 50 years ago. Since then the future of tribology has been inextricably linked with technological advancements related to friction, lubrication and wear. The control of friction and wear is an element of mechanical design. It is addressed through the proper selection of lubricants and the engineering of surfaces, speed and load to pave the path toward safer and better machinery and transport as well as innovations in the medical sphere. Read more >

LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS
Salesman: The self-made super sleuth? (posted on January 15, 2019)
In our industry we are always talking about how multidisciplinary tribology is, requiring all of us to learn many new things on the job beyond what we learned in school. This is true whether you have a doctorate, master’s or bachelor’s degree or maybe no college degree at all. In fact, aside from schooling, sometimes our respective backgrounds and experiences need to be multidisciplinary as well. Read more >


PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Time for some resolution (posted on January 15, 2019)
Celebrate the New Year by pledging to get involved in STLE activities. 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 
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

2019 Tribology Frontiers Conference Call for Papers
(Feb. 11, 2019)

STLE invites authors to submit abstracts for consideration as podium or poster presentations for the 2019 Tribology Frontiers Conference, Oct. 20-23 in Chicago. Oral presentations require submission of a 150-word abstract as a summary, as well as a one-page extended abstract that will be archived on the STLE website. Poster presenters may submit a traditional 150-word abstract. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019. Click here to submit TFC papers today!

New 2019 STLE App Challenge questions available
(Feb. 11, 2019)

The STLE App Challenge is an ongoing contest that asks players to answer tribology and lubrication-related questions. Every Monday, new questions will be posted through the STLE 365 App. Answer questions correctly to gain points. Players with the top three scores at the end of each month will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. In addition, all winners will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing. Learn more about the STLE App Challenge.

STLE is looking for a few good volunteers
(Jan. 21, 2019)

STLE is currently seeking volunteers from the membership community, with the expertise and skills, to help the Society continue to improve upon its professional and technical resources to those in the lubrication field. If you're interested, please complete the STLE Volunteer Interest Form. Click here to view available volunteer opportunities for 2019.

Upcoming Events

STLE Hamilton Section Meeting
Hamilton, ON Canada | Feb. 19

STLE Alberta Section - Epcor Genesse Tour
Warburg, Alberta, Canada | Feb. 19

STLE Pittsburgh Section Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA | Feb. 19

STLE Northern California Section Meeting
Oakland, CA | Feb. 20

STLE Philadelphia Section Meeting
Oreland, PA | Feb. 21

STLE Chicago Section Meeting
Willowbrook, IL | Feb. 21

STLE Alberta Section Meeting
Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Feb. 25

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