Monday, February 21, 2011

Metalworking Fluid Microbicides

In the latest episode, Dr. Fred Passman, President & Founder of Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc., discusses metalworking fluids, microbicides, and recent EPA actions that will impact the use of microbicides. He also provides some detail on the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting, and the education courses provided. For the Annual Meeting Education Course, Metalworking Fluid Hot Topics, Dr. Passman will be teaching one of the course modules.

To listen, click the play button in the slider bar above, click here to download the episode, or click here to read the transcript. Visit our website for more information about the Annual Meeting including education courses offered. You can read Microbial Problems in Metalworking Fluids by Dr. Passman for more information on the topic.

If you're planning on attending this course, tell us by leaving a comment below. You can provide as much or as little detail as you want - including where you're at in your career, why you're going to the course, and what you hope to learn. Make some connections before the course starts, and get a chance to get the discussion going before the course is in session!

Friday, February 18, 2011

March Webinar: Bearing Damage Analysis

The latest Webinar in the Industry Insight series will cover Bearing Damage Analysis. The Webinar is set for Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Central (CST). The presentation will last for 60 minutes, including 15 minutes devoted to Q&A. We got such a positive response about the bonus Q&A session provided with the last Webinar that we are including it for this event as well! This extended Q&A will last from 1:00-1:30 p.m. Central (CST) and will be available for those wishing to stay on the line and ask their questions. For those who have other commitments, the recording will capture the additional information and will be available for your review post-event. You can also submit questions ahead of time to get them integrated into the presentation. You can do so through the Discussion Forum on your Training Menu, by sending us an email, or by leaving a comment below.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Paul Shiller, Tribological Specialist with the Tribology and Next Generation Materials Group at the Timken Technology Center. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has received the Shell Lubricants Award for Instructor Excellence from NLGI. He is a member of STLE, ACS, and SOR.

The live Webinar event will cover bearing damage analysis. Bearing maintenance and proper analysis are the keys to keeping equipment up and running, optimizing performance and decreasing downtime. The purpose of this presentation is to help identify some of the more common types of bearing damage, explain possible causes, discuss corrective actions, and cover methods used to discover the root causes of bearing damage and how that relates to improved performance.

You can view the flyer for more information, or click here to register for the event. The registration deadline for the live event is Monday, March 14, 2011. There is limited space available. To ensure your participation, you MUST register before this date. Registrations will not be accepted after this date, except by advance request, and only if there is space available. Attending will not only allow you to learn this vital information, but you can also earn 1.0 ECs (STLE Education Credits) for your full participation. ECs may be used towards recertification.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tribology of Interface Layers and Powder Lubrication with Dr. Hooshang Heshmat

"From the Cradle to the Grave - Learn, From the Powder to the Coating - Inferno" is the title of the latest episode where STLE interviews Dr. Hooshang Heshmat, a Leading Founder and Technical Director at Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi). His pioneering research work, along with his published articles, papers and books, has generated a scientific field within the field of tribology known as powder lubrication or third-body lubrication. He posits that "under appropriate geometries, powders behave in a similar way to liquid lubricants, thus, generating a hydrodynamic-like pressure, and consequently, a load capacity." Powder lubrication can be used in applications for extreme environments, and Dr. Heshmat explores this notion in the interview, as well as providing detail on his new book, Tribology of Interface Layers.

Click on the slider bar to play the episode in your screen, download the episode, or read the transcript. You can also extend the interview experience by reading the 20 Minutes article on Dr. Heshmat.

You can get even more by reading the book review written by Dr. Robert Gresham that appeared in the October 2010 issue of TLT. You can purchase the book from our website, and if you are a member, you will receive a discount! See the flyer for more information. You can get more information about the book by visiting the publisher, CRC Press, at their website. Complete the overall experience by viewing photos from the book signing below.