Wednesday, May 15, 2013

June Webinars include Emulsifiers 101, Waste Treatment of MWFs, & The Steel Industry

This month we'll be featuring two events on metalworking fluid topics: Emulsifiers 101 and Waste Treatment of Metalworking Fluids, as well as an event covering the steel industry. See below for more details on each and to preview upcoming topics.

Emulsifiers 101
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5, 2013; 12-1 pm CDT (with additional time for Q&A from 1-1:30)
Instructor: Joe Schultz and Jennifer Ineman, The Lubrizol Corporation
Overview: The first part of this series will include the basics of what an emulsion is, what chemistries and which fluid types are typically used in metalworking applications, what the hydrophilic-lipophilic balance is and why it is important to emulsifier selection.
Cost: $39 for members; $59 for non-members
Note: This is the first event in a two-part series. [Click here] for information on Emulsifiers 201.
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Waste Treatment of Metalworking Fluids
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 12-1 pm CDT (with additional time for Q&A from 1-1:30)
Instructor: John M. Burke, Houghton International
Overview: This webinar will briefly discuss waste water disposal requirements for users of metalworking fluids in the United States. We will then discuss several methods of waste water treatment such as: evaporation, chemical treatment, membrane separation, biological treatment, vapor compression distillation, and finally waste oil recovery.
Cost: $39 for members; $59 for non-members
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The Steel Industry
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 26, 2013; 12-1 pm CDT (with additional time for Q&A from 1-1:30)
Instructor: Rick Schrama
Overview: This webinar on the steel industry will provide an overview of what the industry entails, the three main producing groups (integrated plants, mini-mills and finishing operations), the types of lubricants employed in the various operations and their typical properties and challenges/problems, as well as lubricant guidelines and lubrication systems. The last major topic to be reviewed is the actual steel making and processing operations. This includes the primary end of the integrated plant with its raw material handling, sinter plants, coke ovens, blast furnaces and direct reduction plants. The steel making side of the process with its electric arc and basic oxygen furnace technologies and then the continuous casting and hot rolling facilities will be reviewed. That is followed by the cold finishing and coating processes with its pickling, cold rolling, tempering and either galvanized or electrolytic tinning processes. The last part of any facility is the utilities and transportation groups, which includes the turbines, compressed gas compressors, motors, overhead cranes, rolling stock and trucks. The types of machinery and the bearings and drive components used in the processes will be outlined and related to their lubrication requirements.  
Cost: $39 for members; $59 for non-members
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Upcoming topics:
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Things to Do in The "D" (Detroit)

Getting some perspectives from STLE staff and members, here are some suggested attractions and restaurants, if you're planning your trip to join us next week. And don't forget that Detroit has an easy way to get around the city - the PeopleMover. The weather should be in the mid-high 60s all week, so be sure to pack for that, and remember to wear layers while you're attending the conference - conference centers and big hotels have a tendency to run cold.

Don Smolenski: Don loves the water, and as such, recommends you check out the Detroit Riverfront, along Lake St. Clair. He also recommends the following restaurants: Sinbad's Restaurant, Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen, Mike's on the Water, Rojo Mexican Bistro, Brownie's on the Lake and The Rattlesnake Club. The river walk is also quite nice for running or biking. There are a few shops, and this area has the largest concentration of boats in fresh water. It's a great place to take a break - get away, go for a walk and while you're there, take in the water, the boats, and the beautiful mansions along the lake shore. "Lake Clair is one of the reasons I love living in Detroit. It's not as intimidating as Lake Erie or Michigan, but you can still see water for miles."

Charlie Paxton: The Henry Ford Museum is a little far from the meeting location, but it's always good. And, if you make the trip, you can also visit the largest IMAX theater in the state of Michigan. Charlie, as part of the Detroit Section, helped set up a tour of the GM Plant that produced the Volt (the tour filled up within a short couple of days!). Thanks to the Detroit Section, those attending get free transportation.

Rachel Colbert: says that there are some great lakes and parks in Detroit (Ash Park is closest to the hotel), and she also recommends Greektown and the Ford Museum.

Tracy VanEe: This Detroit-native STLE staff member recommends The Fox Theater (historic and very ornate), which is next to Hockeytown - lots of Red Wings nostalgia to be found here.

Attractions: Motown Museum, Heidelberg Project, The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit Zoo, Comerica Park for a Tigers game, and Cobo Hall or the Joe Louis Arena (if you check the concert schedule, you might catch one of Detroit's locals - Bob Seger, Kid Rock or Eminem).

Restaurant favorites: Elwood Bar & Grill and the Detroit Beer Co.are around Comerica Park. For upscale dining, try the Rattlesnake Club. For less-than-upscale, try The Coney Island Challenge - Lafayette and American Coney Islands -they're located next to each other and make a show over luring customers into one diner over the other. Old Shillelagh's is a fun Irish pub - they have live music and it's always fun and festive. In addition to Greektown, there is Mexican Town, with a string of Mexican restaurants. My favorite is Xochimilco's (pronounced Soshimoko's), which has great fare.

If you're bringing family, or are just interested in a charming town, try Birmingham (about 5 miles away from Detroit) - it has lots of nice shops and dining.

If you want to go outside of Detroit, visit Dearborn for the Henry Ford Museum, Automotive Hall of Fame, and the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant to see where they make the F150. In addition, try Greenfield Village (historical town, mini-Williamsburg).

Or, try the two Big 10 University towns - East Lansing and Ann Arbor. They're within an hour's drive of Detroit and are great places to visit.
Don't forget to take a look at the Visit Detroit website (look at the Downtown Detroit area), and local attractions on the Marriott's website.

What will you be visiting or doing while in Detroit? Respond in the comments below, send me an email to be included in this post (to, or your tweet activities (using hashtag #STLE2013)!

And Visit Detroit has some great videos, including this one, on Downtown Detroit.