Technical program announced for annual lubrication, reliability exhibition

Advancements in manufacturing, metalworking, transportation and power generation to be featured at annual event for lubrication and reliability professionals.

By The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) May 2, 2018

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) announced its technical program for the 73rd STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held May 20-24, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

The 73rd STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition is a venue for technical information, professional development and international networking opportunities for members in the lubrication industry. The five-day conference showcases some 500 technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports and discussion panels on technical or market trends.

"Tribology’s economic and commercial impact is vast," said Ed Salek, STLE’s executive director. "And we are pleased to sponsor a technical program that demonstrates how tribological advancements can improve productivity, profitability, sustainability and safety across a number of industries."

This year’s program will address four key industries: manufacturing, metalworking, transportation, and power generation.


In manufacturing processes, tribology can enable advancements that improve longevity, cost savings, safety, productivity and efficiency.


Tribology is a critical factor in metalworking processes, affecting not only the mechanics of an individual operation but also overall product quality and economics. The meeting will include two full days of education courses and a two-day technical track for visitors who want to learn how tribological advancements can improve safety and tool life and reduce fluid volume and consumption in metalworking processes.


Tribological advancements in transportation, driven by fuel efficiency, emission requirements and applications performance, can lead to improved fuel efficiency, power density and longevity. Technical sessions will address a number of areas related to engines and drivetrains, including the tribological aspects of cylinders and pistons; engine oil formation; advanced fuel-efficiency engine and drivetrain technologies; fuel economy as it relates to engine oil and hardware; drivetrain, transmission, gears and clutch; new tests for engine oil; and surface wear.

Power generation

Tribology is critical for developing new technologies that address some of the world’s key issues related to energy consumption and sustainability. Attendees can learn more about this subject by attending Dr. Ivester’s keynote address and participating in a two-day power generation technical track that will include sessions on tribological advancements for improved longevity, efficiency, cost savings and fire resistance.

Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE)

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