STLE Newsletter - July 16, 2021


STLE Member Benefits – Member Benefits #5
Industry webinars developed just for you
- Purchase STLE webinars to learn best practices and strategies designed to increase your technical knowledge on a variety of topics in the field. STLE members get discounts on all webinars. Access the whole library of webinars in the online store.

STLE Membership is a Low-Cost Investment with High Professional Rewards!

Access the STLE Member Benefits Guide at

Virtual Annual Meeting On-demand content available until August 18, 2021
If you didn’t catch all the sessions or want to re-watch any of the presentations again, don’t worry! All sessions and presentation recordings are available on demand, unless noted—including access to the virtual exhibit booths—for 90 days to attendees after the event concludes. Attendees who visit the booths can download literature and email booth staff for additional information. You can still access the virtual event platform and meeting content through Aug. 18, 2021.

Mark your Calendar for the STLE 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition May 15 – 19 at the  Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida
Hope to see you in-person at the next Annual Meeting. If you are interested in presenting at STLE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please prepare 100-150-word abstract for submission. Abstract Submission Site to Open in August 2021. Click here for more details.


STLE Certification Exams Now Offered Online!

The wait is over! STLE is pleased to announce that online testing is now available for its certification exams, which means that you can now take an exam from your home or office at any time that fits your schedule. STLE offers four technical certifications: Certified Lubrication Specialist™ (CLS), Oil Monitoring Analyst I and II™ (OMA I & II), and Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist™ (CMFS). Click here to learn more about STLE Online Certification Exams.

Webinar Bundle: Lubrication Fundamentals
New to the industry? Need a refresher on the basics? The Lubrication Fundamentals bundle brings together seven webinars that highlight the fundamental topics of lubrication, additives, base oils, bearings, grease, gears, hydraulics, and synthetics. Each webinar relates to a topic taken from our Lubrication Specialist Learning Pathway Priority Group One.

The seven webinars collected in this bundle are as follows:

  1. Basics of Lubricant Additives presented by Chris Schmid - The Lubrizol Corporation
  2. Base Oils - Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Application presented by John Rosenbaum - Chevron Global Base Oils
  3. Fundamentals of Industrial Enclosed Gears presented by Lawrence Ludwig - Schaeffer Manufacturing
  4. Bearing Fundamentals presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  5. Fundamentals of Grease presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  6. Basic Hydraulics presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  7. Basic Synthetics presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

Purchasing these webinars through the bundle provides a 36% savings! These webinars separately would cost $273 for members and $413 for non-members.
Click here for more details and to purchase.

STLE Learning Pathways
STLE Learning Pathways provide an individualized approach to professional development by letting you personally manage your career growth with educational resources on topic areas that make up a Body of Knowledge to assist individuals in becoming technically competent as a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst in the lubrication field. These resources include access to CRC Press books, STLE Webinars, TLT technical articles and online short courses.

This body of knowledge includes extensive peer-reviewed reference materials filtered by relevant key subject areas (Priority Groups) and then further divided into Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced competency levels for better use as a self-study or reference guide.

  • Basic: covers information required to develop a basic understanding of the key subject area.
  • Intermediate: covers information typically required to be competent in the key subject area.
  • Advanced:  covers more information than typically required for a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst (covered in the certification exam), but are useful for job-specific requirements and responsibilities.

Learn more about the STLE Learning Pathways

Tribology & Lubrication Technology August 2021

Driveline fluids for electric vehicles
Jeanna Van Rensselar, Senior Feature Writer | TLT Cover Story August 2021

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as auto manufacturers release new models and the cost of batteries decreases. In terms of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, EVs are a disruptive technology, not only with respect to fuel consumption, but also in terms of lubricants. The very good news for those involved in the lubricant industry—and the considerable challenge—is that driveline fluids for EVs represent a potentially strong market for lubricants . Read full article.

The influence of renewable energy sources on the U.S. electric grid

Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Tech Beat August 2021

The move toward a decarbonized energy system, which will include the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, will place more stress on the electric grid, because consumers and commercial users will need to recharge their cars on a continual basis. The question that arises is, can the electric grid handle the added stress? 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 .

Asian Lubricants Industry Association Webinar
NLGI’s High Performance Multiuse Grease Certification
HPM – Putting the Ease in Grease
July 20, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 am SGT

Joe Kaperick, Senior R&D Advisor for Greases at Afton Chemical Corporation will present an informative presentation on NLGI's High-Performance Multiuse Grease certification

Learn more about global grease trends and growth in key application areas. Understand the development of HPM and take a deep dive into the specification details, including four enhanced performance tags. Learn the difference between NLGI's HPM and long-standing GC-LB certification.

Registration for active members is FREE and for non-members is $50USD. To register:

Registration closes on July 18 at 6:00 pm SGT

8th Tribology and Lubrication Science Minor Symposium and Career Fair
Thursday September 30, 2021
Auburn University
Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

We invite you to attend the 8th Tribology Minor Symposium and Career Fair on September 30th, 2021 starting at 8 am and concluding with a reception that begins in the evening. It will include a focused career fair in the afternoon, lab tour, student research, and a guest seminar on a cutting-edge research area. This is a great opportunity to support and learn about the Tribology Minor. You will be able to meet and interview students, learn about university research, and network with others in the tribology and lubricant industry. Lunch and Dinner will be provided. Remaining funds will go toward supporting the Tribology Minor. A schedule and additional information about the program can be found here: and

Please register for the
event at  (Deadline August 27th)

OilDoc Conference & Exhibition has been postponed to November 17-19, 2021 in Rosenheim
Lubricants, Maintenance, & Condition Monitoring
November 17-19, 2021 *NEW DATES
Bavaria, Germany

Due to increasing concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and to help protect the health and safety of our customers, event has been postponed to November 17-19, 2021.

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).

STLE Local Section Meeting
August 16, 2021
Cleveland Section Golf Outing

10:00am – 5:00 pm

September 14, 2021
Detroit Section Virtual Meeting

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Find a Section near you by contacting one of the section leaders to learn more about local activities. You can only belong to one section, but as a member of STLE, you are a welcome guest at any local section event.

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Current positions available:
Mechanical Engineer
Berners Schober
Green Bay, WI United States

Research Scientist / Engineer
Phillips 66
Bartlesville, OK, United States

Senior Chemist, Lubricants & Metalworking Fluids

Houston, TX, United States

Click here to check out all available positions.