Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Best of 2012: Education

Below you'll find the top resources from 2012 as determined by the attendance and interest for in-person education, online courses, webinars, books and podcasts. If you feel that one of your favorites was left off the list, feel free to mention it in the comments. There was a lot of competition for the top spots as we had a great schedule this year, and that wouldn't have been possible without all our volunteers and instructors. Thank you all for making this a great year! For a full list of our offerings and to explore on your own, visit the STLE Store or see our Events Calendar for upcoming events.

Popular Courses at the 2012 Annual Meeting
-Advanced Lubrication 301: This course will be offered again in 2013
-Basic Lubrication 103 (Overview): Basic 101 & 102 were condensed to create this course, and it was still well-attended. The classic Basic 101 & Basic 102 courses will be offered in 2013
-Automotive Lubrication 201 - Diesel: the 2013 course will focus on Gasoline engines
-Synthetics 203: Non-Petroleum Fluids & Their Uses - this course will be offered again in 2013, with Synthetics 204 being offered again in 2014.
-MWF 115: Basic Metal Removal Fluids was also well-attended this past year. And if you liked that course, you may be interested in MWF 250: Understanding & Controlling Metal Removal Fluid Failure.

[Click here] for a full list of the courses to be offered at the 2013 Annual Meeting, including course instructors, module descriptions and agendas. Registration is now open, and the early bird deadline will save you some money on your registration, so be sure to include it in your 2013 budget!

Highest Attended Webinars of 2012
The Food Grade and Condition Monitoring Data Interpretation Series were some of the highest attended, attracting 100+ attendees each! Individual events also did quite well.

-Food Grade Lubrication Series: the series covered all aspects of lubrication and related regulations. If you're interested in purchasing, you can get the series at a 10-15% discount. The series included: Grease and its Use in Food Processing, Food Grade Lubricants, and Food Grade Lubricants & Their Regulations.
-Condition Monitoring Series: This series covered a lot of ground on interpreting data and reading reports. If you're interested in purchasing, you can get the series at a 10% discount, or you can purchase each event on its own as it piques your interest. The series included: Alarm Limits, Spectrographic Data Interpretation Part I: Contaminants & Wear, Spectrographic Data Interpretation Part II: Additive Metals, Physical Properties Data Interpretation, Additional Testing (FTIR, AN, BN, and Particle Counts) and Advanced Report Reading.
-VOC Emissions from Metalworking Fluids
-Hydraulic Fluid Properties and Hydraulic Systems - A Vital Link
-Tribological Perspective on Engine Friction Reduction
-Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oils: Emission Strategies and Their Effects on Engine Oils
-Basics of Additives

If you're interested in other topics, feel free to check out our other post which features all webinars to-date, grouped by topic. You can also start planning your attendance with our 2013 schedule, with events listed through April. If you don't see something you like, make a suggestion and we'll work to include it later in the year.

Top Online Education Course of 2012
-Fundamentals of Lubrication Certificate Course: this interactive, four-module online course covers friction, lubrication and wear with handy Check Your Knowledge and quiz questions along the way to aid with material retention and understanding. At the end of each module, you'll find a quiz to reinforce the material, and when you get to the end of the course, you can take an assessment to demonstrate the knowledge you just learned, and earn a certificate which you can print and hang in your office or provide to management. This course (and all of our online courses/webinars) also applies towards your recertification efforts, giving you 2.5 hours towards the 8 required hours towards requirement #12. See your designation's recertification requirements for details.

If you liked the Fundamentals, you may also like our other online courses, which are shorter and provide the information you need, when you need it.
-Metalworking Fluids Short Course: includes modules on types and functions of metalworking fluids and the guidelines for recommending specific metal removal fluids for  an applications.
-Lubricant Composition Short Course: includes modules on base oils, additives and greases.
-Fluid Management & Recycling Short Course: includes modules on justifying the implementation of a program/cost savings and best practices for implementing a program at your site.
-Basic Lubrication Short Course: taking less time and with fewer quizzes than the Fundamentals course, this covers the same material in half the time for those who need to get the info and go.

Popular Books in 2012
-Basic Handbook of Lubrication, 3rd Edition: Perfect or Spiral Bound
-Machinery Oil Analysis

Most Accessed Podcasts in 2012
-Biobased Fuels & Biobased Lubricants with Dr. Joseph M. Perez, Penn State
-Metalworking Fluid Microbicides with Dr. Fred Passman, BCA, Inc.
-Metalworking Fluids and Chemical Additives with Dr. Neil Canter, Chemical Solutions
-Nanotribology & MEMS: There's Still Plenty of Room at the Bottom, with Dr. Michael Dugger
-What's it like to be an STLE member? Get details directly from new members who joined during the Member Get A Member Campaign - see why they joined and the benefits they've enjoyed since they joined.

Be sure to check out our Best of 2011 Education for more info on what was popular last year, and those that maintained their "cool-kid" status from year to year.
What was your favorite of the year? Why was it your favorite?

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