Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Love/Hate Relationship with Oil Analysis

In the latest episode, Charles Gay, Senior Data Analyst at Analysts, Inc. discusses oil sampling and analysis. He covers his article released in the August issue of TLT, and expands on the subject matter, going into detail on the existence of a love/hate relationship with oil analysis. Sometimes, oil analysis and sampling can be misunderstood or misused, and Charles offers solutions to get a good sample, every time.

Charles started in the industry over 35 years ago, and has been an STLE member for over 25 years. He provides training and technical support both internally and externally for staff and customers at Analysts, Inc. He has presented at local STLE sections, is currently the Chair of the Atlanta section, and is CLS and OMA certified.

Click the slider bar to play the episode in your screen, download the episode, or read the transcript. Make sure you read the TLT article, "20 Minutes with Charles Gay" which appeared in the August issue of TLT. You can also click here to view the most recent issue and explore the online archives. Visit our website for more information, articles and research on oil sampling and analysis. You can get a taste of some of the articles that have been written on the subject by reading: "Strategic Oil Analysis: Lubricant Sampling for Quality Results."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course - Reg Deadline, Oct 7!

Don't forget to register for STLE's upcoming Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course! This course is a great way to stay updated and to have proof of your expertise in the field (with an optional post-exam covering course concepts). Make sure to refer this information to your colleagues, as the pre-registration deadline is coming up very quickly - October 7, 2011! If you register by this date, you will get a free copy of the STLE White Paper, Development of Guildines for Using and Maintaining Metalworking Fluids. Be sure to get in while there's still time. The final deadline to register is October 25.

Also, if you'd like to sit for a certification exam (CMFS, CLS, or OMA I/II), you will need to register by October 14 (3 weeks before the date, to ensure there is enough participation to hold the exam sitting).

The instructors include Fred Passman and Gary Rodak. STLE staff will also be present for any administrative or course facilitation needs. Look for both Alicia and Kara at the course. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Metalworking Fluid Additvies: Amines & Microbicides with Jerry Byers

In this episode, Jerry Byers, Manager of Product Research & Development at Cimcool, discusses metalworking fluid additives, amines, microbicides, and the chemistry used to make these products. Given the fear that additives sometimes elicit (speaking specifically about diethanolamide), Jerry tries to dispel any misconceptions and argues for the proper use of both amines and microbicides. Download the episode, click on the play button above, or read the transcript to listen to our discussion.

Visit our website for more information about MWFs, additives, amines and microbicides. If you want to learn more about microbicides, check out Microbial Problems in MWFs or Current Trends in MWF Microbicides. You can also purchase the webinar given by Dr. Fred Passman on the subject of Biofilm Control. For a primer, you can purchase the Metalworking Fluids online course, or read the Lubricant Fundamentals article (which appears in TLT), Basics of MWFs.

For more information, check out these articles, as suggested by Jerry: Selecting the 'Perfect' Metalworking Fluid, A Watchful Eye on Amines, and Debunking the Myths about Formaldehyde Condensates and Metalworking Fluids. Jerry has also written a book, Metalworking Fluids, Second Edition - click here to read the review.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

STLE Online Education Feature - Short Courses: Lubricant Composition and Metalworking Fluids

As we approach the Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course in November - if you are looking to attend the course, or if you just want to gain a background on metalworking fluids, take a look at our Short Courses - both the Lubricant Composition short course (which includes a discussion on additives, as well as other discussions on base oils and greases), and the Metalworking Fluids short course. The MWF Short Course covers the types and functions of metalworking fluids and guidelines for recommending a specific application, as well as metal removal fluids. In addition, a module on Metal Forming will be released soon. If you're looking to lay a good foundation of knowledge before the MWF Course or create a good jumping off point for your career, these are two good places to start. You can also take a look at our other short courses available including Basic Lubrication and Fluid Management & Recycling. These courses are not just good resources, but they can also be applied towards recertification, aiding your career in more ways than one. See below for screenshots from the Metalworking Fluids Short Course.