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Tribology and Lubrication Technology July 2012 : Page 54

SOUNdiNG BOArd Please describe one valuable idea, technique, strategy, conversation, solution or piece of information you learned at STLE’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. You never know what you’re going to pick up at an STLE annual meeting. While the technical sessions, education courses and trade show remain the conference’s key el-ements, STLE’s diverse membership means that even something as simple as a cup of coffee can lead to a new friend, an impor-tant piece of technical information, a mon-ey-saving strategy or a profitable business opportunity. More than any other of its products or services, STLE’s Annual Meet-ing & Exhibition combines the two benefits for which the society is best known—techni-cal information and networking. As the an-swers to this month’s questions reveal, those who attended the 2012 meeting in St. Louis benefitted on both fronts. Formulation information , which I learned from one of the educa-tion courses. Gemini emulsifiers from a MWF technical session. Got valuable information from a European superior of a U.S. company about potential business in North America. Tribological issues in the museum environment. water contamination does not affect wear readings on FZG testing, which I was surprised to learn. Picked up at the wind energy technical session. revised information about calcium sulfonate grease manufacture during the technical sessions. i found the method of grease life testing by the ROF+ method very informative/useful. This was from Piet Lugt’s presentation in Session 6H Grease II. i attended two technical sessions on the structure and properties of diesel engine soot and the important factors in choosing a carbon black to represent soot in experimental models. The Commercial Marketing Forum presentation on oil soluble PAGs was very interesting and informative. 54 Are you an under-30 tribologist? Access a wealth of STLE services at our Young Tribologists

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Please describe one valuable idea, technique, strategy, conversation, solution or piece of information you learned at STLE’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.<br /> <br /> Formulation information, which I learned from one of the education courses.<br /> <br /> Gemini emulsifiers from a MWF technical session. Got valuable information from a European superior of a U.S. company about potential business in North America.<br /> <br /> Tribological issues in the museum environment.<br /> <br /> Water contamination does not affect wear readings on FZG testing, which I was surprised to learn. Picked up at the wind energy technical session.<br /> <br /> Revised information about calcium sulfonate grease manufacture during the technical sessions.<br /> <br /> I found the method of grease life testing by the ROF+ method very informative/useful. This was from Piet Lugt’s presentation in Session 6H Grease II.<br /> <br /> I attended two technical sessions on the structure and properties of diesel engine soot and the important factors in choosing a carbon black to represent soot in experimental models.<br /> <br /> The Commercial Marketing Forum presentation on oil soluble PAGs was very interesting and informative.<br /> <br /> There were so many excellent presentations and talks, it would be unfair to ask me to highlight just one single contribution.<br /> <br /> I learned about the latest model of the Lasernet Fines particle counter while visiting the Spectro booth in the trade show.<br /> <br /> I picked up tons of technology information for reference in the industry.<br /> <br /> From the trade show, I discovered a tester that will probably be a great turnkey solution for our laboratory.<br /> <br /> Obtained solid professional contacts from the Synthetic Lubricants education course.<br /> <br /> Biodegradability is a significant trend. More of a general understanding of lubrication. Learned quite a bit from the Basic Lubrication 105 education course.<br /> <br /> I learned about significant lubricant problems and poor reliability with wind turbine transmissions.<br /> <br /> I learned quite a bit about new additives. i discovered the benefits of oil-soluble PAGs from a technical session.<br /> <br /> I learned about the new GHS requirements for safety data sheets in the Hot Topics panel discussion from the MWF II technical session.<br /> <br /> I enjoyed talking to the students in the poster session.<br /> <br /> GHS and New Haz Com 2012—information I discerned from the Metalworking Fluids Hot Topics education course.<br /> <br /> The presentation on seal testing from a technical session confirmed some data I had obtained earlier. I enjoyed a good chat with the presenter afterwards.<br /> <br /> Bringing together FEA and Extreme Tribology in modeling metal-forming.<br /> <br /> I received quite a bit of useful knowledge from the Synthetic Lubricants education course.<br /> <br /> I am retired so the information I picked up dealt with activities at my old employer.<br /> <br /> A bench top grinder and MQL test device for fluids. <br /> <br /> How can i pick? The entire meeting was very informative.<br /> <br /> excellent information on synthetic lubricants from an education course.<br /> <br /> From the surface engineering session, I learned of a very new concept of tribological issues in the Tank Museum in the U.K.<br /> <br /> Update on biocide registrations. The bearing wear presentation was top notch.<br /> <br /> Picked up quite a bit on bearing wear and lubrication. For the future, I’d like to see more lubrication field application best practices/training courses.<br /> <br /> I learned a lot of good information from the outstanding ABMA bearings education course.<br /> <br /> The synthetics course helped me to gain valuable knowledge regarding how products are produced. I will be able to use the course material during my daily role.<br /> <br /> The networking was invaluable.<br /> <br /> At the exhibition, I learned of a new supplier of organic chemicals in Japan that offers some interesting chemistry that I can use in product development programs.<br /> <br /> Information on base oils.<br /> <br /> Information regarding PAOs during a technical session.

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