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 March TLT - Digital Edition | TLT Archives

In the Spotlight

FEATURED ARTICLE
Bridging the gap between metalworking fluid bench tests and machining operations
(posted on February 16, 2018)
Success depends on how closely you can identify a test with tribological parameters similar to your applicationRead More >


WEBINARS
Lubricating grease design for rolling element bearings 
(posted on February 16, 2018)
This case study provides a lesson on formulating a lubricant for a specific application. Read More >

LUBRICATION FUNDAMENTALS
Are pour point depressants depressing? (posted on February 16, 2018)
In reality, they are one more tool formulators have to enhance the performance of engine, transmission and gear oils, and hydraulic fluids. Read More >

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 
Rules Rule: Its the law (posted on February 16, 2018)
A look at four basic principles of tribology testing. 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

Registration open for STLE Foundations of Lubrication Engineering Course
(Feb. 14, 2018)

STLE’s Foundations of Lubrication Engineering Course is a one-day course that offers an overview of the first seven topics on STLE’s Lubrication Specialist Learning Path. This course serves as a foundation for individuals new to the lubrication industry. Click here for more details and to register.

Course registration open for 2018 STLE Metalworking Fluid Management Program
(Nov. 2, 2017)

Reserve your spot and receive a comprehensive overview of the latest fluid management best practices and techniques to improve your metalworking fluid operation. Click here to learn more and to register!

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. (Warning: Regarding any party contacting you about housing arrangements

Upcoming Events

STLE Pittsburgh Section Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA | Feb. 20

STLE Northern California Section Meeting
Berkeley, CA | Feb. 21

STLE Certification Exam
Independence, OH | March 1

STLE Houston Section Lube School
Houston, TX | March 7

STLE Alberta Section Meeting
Edmonton, AB, Canada | March 12

STLE Certification Exam
Middleburg Heights, OH | March 23


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