STLE Newsletter - January 8, 2021

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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.

STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition goes virtual for 2021
The STLE Board of Directors decided on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 that the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be a virtual meeting held the week of May 17-20, 2021.

STLE President Paul Hetherington (Petro-Canada Lubricants) stated, “Although it is disappointing that we cannot hold an in-person meeting in New Orleans, we are excited about the prospects of putting on an exceptional 75th Annual Meeting in 2021.” 

He continued, “Cancellation of the Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this year was a very difficult decision and we wanted to make sure that in 2021 we have the best opportunity to plan and present a safe and successful virtual meeting for the lubrication and tribology industry. An equally important factor in the Board decision was concern for the safety and health of our conference attendees and the many other people who would have been involved with the production of an in-person meeting.” Click here to continue reading.

The STLE Virtual Annual Meeting abstract site will remain open to accept abstracts for the waitlist
We invite you to attend the STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, A Virtual Event May 17 – 20, 2021 online at STLE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the industry's most respected venue for technical information, professional development and networking opportunities. Each year STLE's conference showcases some 500 technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports and discussion panels on technical and market trends. Our exhibition and popular Commercial Marketing Forum spotlight the latest products and services of interest to lubrication professionals that come from around the world, representing a full range of the industry’s most prestigious corporate, government and academic institutions. Abstracts may be submitted to

STLE’s New Strategic Plan: Creating a Bold Future
The STLE Board of Directors has approved a revised STLE Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. Developing a solid strategic plan for any organization is no easy task, and this process was not much different. In the end, though, I am proud of the work that our Board members put into this, and I think we have a fantastic document to guide us on our journey for the next three years.

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

11th Annual Corporate Profiles

Your guide to the lubricant industry’s key people, products and services. Read more.

18th Annual CMF Plus
The industry’s most innovative companies release key presentations form STLE’s 2020 Commercial Marketing Forum Webinars. Read more.

Ultrasound monitoring
Jeanna Van Rensselar, Senior Feature Writer | TLT Best Practices January 2021

The popularity of ultrasound in machinery maintenance programs is due to ease of use, flexibility and low cost for implementation. While it has been traditionally considered a companion to routine predictive technologies, such as infrared imaging and vibration analysis, standalone ultrasound programs are becoming more mainstream. Read full article.

New technique for determining metal failure
Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Tech Beat January 2021

The use of metals in more high-performance applications where they are required to perform under extreme-operation conditions continues to lead to concern about how to minimize failure. Determining the origin of metal cracks that lead to fatigue, and then eventually failure, is important in predicting the operating life of a specific part. Read full article.

TLT Archives – The TLT Archives Collection provides individuals web access to previous articles dating back to 2009. Quickly find articles using the keyword search on or find articles through popular search engines like Google and Yahoo. 
Click here to find the TLT Archives Collection

Auburn University Webinar Tribology on the International Space Station Webinar Recording
This is the 1st Beard Tribology Webinar given by astronaut Capt. Heidemarie Stephanyshyn-Piper. She discusses problems with the rotating mechanisms and rolling element bearings of the solar panels and how they were repaired via a spacewalk. This emphasizes the importance of friction, wear and lubrication (tribology) in many different industries and even space.

This webinar is hosted by the Auburn University Tribology Program. For more information about the undergraduate Tribology minor:   

For more information about the Engineering Tribology graduate Certificate:

For more information about Auburn Tribology research programs:


NLGI Launches High-Performance Multiuse (HPM) Grease Certification
The High-Performance Multiuse (HPM) Grease Program is a licensing and product certification program for greases used in various lubricating applications. Click here to learn more

Register now for the PMA Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference – Free to STLE members
The Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference including Lubrication Technology is taking place virtually January 26th, January 28th, February 4th and February 6th. For four afternoons spanning over two weeks, attendees will be able to receive the same great content and learn from the same incredible industry leaders—just in a different setting—from their facilities or homes.

New for 2021, lubrication technology has been added to the event! The conference, produced by the Precision Metalforming Association and MetalForming magazine, in partnership with STLE, will include virtual stamping and lubrication technology presentations on important topics and inspiring keynotes. On top of all of that, the sessions that take place throughout the event will be available on-demand following the conference

Who Should Attend?

  • Die Designers
  • Engineers
  • Engineering Managers
  • General Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Tool & Die Makers
  • Technicians
  • Tooling Engineers
  • Toolroom Managers

STLE members can register free to attend the conference. Click here to view the program schedule and register with the coupon code STLE2021, which includes access to all four days of the conference.

OilDoc Conference & Exhibition
Lubricants, Maintenance, & Condition Monitoring
June 8 – 10, 2021
Bavaria, Germany

You now have a little more time to enrich the conference with your presentation. We have extended the deadline for submitting an abstract until October 31,2020. Please mail your abstract to or send it via We transfer

OilDoc is the trend-setting event in Europe in the fields of lubrication, maintenance and condition monitoring. It is an international platform for acknowledged experts in the fields of practical lubricant application, research and development as well as experienced engineers. They present their latest insights and results as well as success stories from their daily work and provide crucial impetus to practitioners.

Special discounts for STLE, ELGI & ICML members.

For all questions regarding registration, organizational matters and the exhibition, please visit or event-website or contact us personally ( or Phone +49 8034 9047 700).

7th World Tribology Congress – 2nd Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission
Lyon, France
September 5-10, 2021

2nd Call for Abstracts
Dear friends and colleagues we are delighted to inform you that the preparation of the 7th World Tribology Congress which will be held in Lyon, France on September 5-10, 2021, is progressing well.

Click here to see the Plenary & Keynote Speakers

A very rich and intense program which includes:

  • Young Tribologists Events: 3 Minute Thesis Contest, Career Fair, Evening
  • Sponsor Lectures, 40 Invited Talks, 17 Blocks of Standard Sessions
  • Poster Sessions, Exhibition
  • Social Program, Welcome Drink, Live Show and Party, Conference Gala Dinner

Click here for the program overview

Any contribution is welcome until November 30, 2020  through the submission platform and will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Acceptance will be notified by email by end of January 2021. Selected papers will have the opportunity to be published in the peer-review journals partners of the conference, which are referenced on the conference website. We look forward to welcome you at the WTC 2021.

Early Bird Registration:
Opening: 15 September 2020
Closing: 15 April 2021

Visit for full congress details.

Local Section Activities
January 12, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 pm
STLE Detroit Section Virtual Event

January 13, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
STLE Canton Section Virtual Meeting

January 15, 2021 12:00 am – 1:30 pm
STLE Houston Section Virtual Event

January 19, 2021 10:00 – 11:00 am
STLE Alberta Section Virtual Meeting

January 21, 2021 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
STLE Philadelphia Section Virtual Meeting

January 21, 2021 3:30 – 4:30 pm
STLE Chicago Section Virtual Meeting

Click here for all upcoming events

Find your next career opportunity with STLE Career Center
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Tribology and lubrication professionals, use this service to search for new employment opportunities that match your criteria.

Take the first steps into finding a new career or employee today

Current positions available:
Assistant Professor * New
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI. United States

Business Development Manager Bilingual (German/English) * New
Quaker Houghton
Remote, United States

R&D Chemist * New
Quaker Houghton
Aurora, IL. United States

Senior Process Engineer, Metalworking * New
Quaker Houghton
Remote, United States

Chemist * New
Stored Energy Concepts, Inc.
Pottstown, PA. United States

Click here to check out all available positions