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The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is one of the largest professional societies in the field of tribology and lubrication engineering, which serves more than 15,000 industry professionals worldwide. Our mission is 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.

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 honors its 75th anniversary with a year of celebration. we begin with a salute to our founding fathers - a group of people who embody the spirit of volunteerism.



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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

17TH ANNUAL CMF PLUS (posted on November 15, 2019)
The industry's most innovative companies release key presentations from STLE's 2019 Commercial Marketing Forum in Nashville. Read more>

FEATURE ARTICLE
Lithium's changing landscape
(posted on January 15, 2020)
Compared with the lithium battery industry, grease manufacturing is a small market sector. However, lithium compounds play a key role in a majority of grease formulations, and these greases help keep bigger market sectors like automobiles and aerospace running smoothly. Read more >
GREASE
Electric vehicles make grease's future uncertain (posted on January 15, 2020)
According to predictions from Grand View Research, an India- and U.S.-based market research consultancy, demand for electric motors will continue to grow steadily in the new decade, driven primarily by factors like fuel savings, government incentives for green vehicles and other products and increasing consumer awareness of the impact of fossil fuel use on climate change. Read more >

FUEL EFFICIENCY
The business of truck lubrication (posted on January 15, 2020)
In the 1977 classic comedy Smokey and the Bandit, the Bandit and his partner Snowman drive their Kenworth rig from Atlanta to Texarkana and back in under 28 hours to pick up a few hundred cases of beer. And, well, $80,000. Read more >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Don't stop learning (posted on January 15, 2020)
Technology allows us to do more in our jobs than ever before. Personal computers, email, the Internet and smart phones have made communicating faster (almost instantaneous), more efficient, more organized and sometimes overwhelming. 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
World Tribology Congress 2021 - First Announcement
(Dec. 13, 2019)

The 7th World Tribology Congress in 2021 will be an opportunity to bring together a large scientific community to promote international exchange and collaboration. This international event will (1.) highlight recent important progress in fields of tribology; (2.) challenge our limits of tribological systems; (3.) ensure the effective transfer of these skills to specific applications, and (4.) integrate environmental issues. Click here for more details about WTC 2021.
 
Worldwide Student Poster Contest Extended to March 1, 2020

(Dec. 6, 2019)

Help spread the news. STLE is hosting a Worldwide Student Poster Contest in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. We are seeking participation in four categories: School grades (K-3), (4-6), (7-9) & (10-12). Winners in each category will receive cash prizes!. Click here to view contest rules and details

Now accepting Hotel Reservations for STLE 2020 Annual Meeting
(Nov. 8, 2019)

STLE has reserved a discounted room block for participants attending the 75th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, May 3-7, 2020. Rooms for the meeting are assigned on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your room please visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIRC/G-ESTL.

Upcoming Events

STLE Detroit Section Meeting
Southfield, MI | Jan. 22

STLE Cleveland Section Meeting
Cleveland, OH | Jan. 22

STLE Portland Section Meeting
Clackamas, OR | Jan. 24

Molecular Mechanism of Tribochemistry and Lubrication

Lausanne, Switzerland | Jan. 27-29

22nd International Colloquium Tribology
Ostfildern, Germany | Jan. 28-30

STLE Northern California Section Meeting
Oakland, CA | Jan. 29

Lubrication Technology for Metal Formers and Die Shop Conference
Novi, MI | Feb. 12-13

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