Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures – Part 6 Workshop and Panel Discussion


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Lubricant End Users, Equipment OEM’S, Oil Analysis Personnel, Consultants, Lubricant Suppliers, and Other Lubrication Related Suppliers


Today, manufacturing and service sector companies must become more reliability focused to remain competitive in a global economy. Proper lubrication and reducing tribological failures are the cornerstones of any reliability focused programs.

Industry does not capture full value from the assets due to tribological losses that lead to damaged equipment, energy loss, and premature disposal of the assets and lubricants used in their operation.  Billions of dollars are wasted every year, but industry can often do better by implementing simple solutions.  All it takes is a little planning, proper maintenance procedures, and most importantly, letting everyone know that doing it the way it was always done before is not the way to progress.

STLE is a not-for-profit organization with a mission “To advance the science of tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering in order to foster innovation, improve the performance of equipment and products, conserve resources, and protect the environment.” 

The STLE Toronto Section has a goal to help companies address these problems with a series of workshops on cost savings. This can be accomplished with the better application of existing technologies, by improved condition monitoring and by improved awareness. Do not miss out so come to this great event and learn so that you can return to your respective companies better equipped to make a difference.

Earlier presentations are available at

Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures –

Workshop and Panel Discussion


8:45 AM EST


Ken Brown

Beshad Sabah, STLE Toronto Section Chair

Talk 1; 9:00 am EST

‘Storage & Handling’

Manuel A. Garcia

Senior Technical Services Advisor

Petro-Canada America Lubricants L.L.C

Abstract: The proper storage and handling of Lubricants & Greases is one very key element of the 8 stages of a Progressive Lubrication Program.  Without paying close attention to the very important element, equipment reliability will be compromised.  Proper receiving, storing and application practices must be closely monitored in order to have a successful lubrication program in place that pays dividends and reduces your total cost of ownership.

The single greatest opportunity for increased component life & lowering operating costs is to effectively manage fluid cleanliness.  This discussion will help address missed opportunities to increase equipment reliability & productivity in order to maximize the benefits a facility can achieve by the investment in Storage & Handling resources. 

Many facilities are unaware of the danger improper lubricant storage & handling practices create plus what inevitable fate it can lead to in terms of equipment reliability & lifecycles. Proper lubrication is not only about the right amount-at the right time-at the right place, it is also about keeping lubricants clean, cool, dry & properly identified.

Bibliography: Manuel A. Garcia, Senior Technical Services Advisor Petro-Canada America Lubricants L.L.C (a Holly Frontier Company) covering the South-East USA & Puerto-Rico.  Manuel received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University – 1991.  SME certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) – 1990.  STLE certified as a Lubrication Specialists (CLS)-October 1996.  Manuel is currently on his 30th year in Lubrication with field experience across the USA, Caribbean & Central America focusing on Industrial, Commercial & Food Grade lubricants. 

Talk 2; 10:00

‘MQL – Minimum Quantity Lubrication’

Brian P Wilson BSc. CLS OMA 1 MLT

Canadian technical sales

Dropsausa Bielomatik 

Abstract: MQL has been used for many years in Europe for both machining and sawing applications as a cost savings for consumable fluids (amount of fluid used ,disposing of used water based, fluid monitoring costs, health regulations using biocides ) and the tooling. The limiting factor was the development of a dispensing device to accomplish the task.

Once this was done ( either single or dual channel ) and the correct pumping ( air/ oil ) put into a system then it was married  with a synthetic fluid base on ester technology for Europe and North America is looking at naturally occurring fluids with the same ester technology

North American companies used the positive experiences of their European facilities and have brought it here

Details of the equipment will be discussed and the technology behind the fluids  along with some references

Biography: Brian Wilson has more than 30 years of sales, service and technical support and management experience in industrial specialty fluids (lubricants and metalworking), automatic lubrication systems, mobile and industrial (dual line, injectors, and series progressive). Wilson holds certifications in CLS, OMA 1 and MLT 1, as well as a certificate in metalworking fluids ‎from SME. He holds a BSc. degree in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and has completed a two-year Fundamentals of Lubrication ‎Certificate from Mohawk College. Wilson is an active member of STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) and the AIST Lube/Hydraulics technical committee.

Talk 3 ; 11:00

’20 tips of successful greasing

Paul Hetherington, CLS

Sr. Tech Services Advisor – HollyFrontier Lubricants & Specialties

Abstract: For maximum productivity and reliability, greasing is a vital part of a maintenance program for most mechanical equipment and electric motors.

Around 90% of rolling element bearings are lubricated with grease, as are many other applications including plain bearings and open gears. This presentation will touch on 20 key tips for ensuring a successful greasing program. Follow all of these tips will make your greasing regimes and program as effective as possible.

Biography: Paul is the current president of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and began his one-year term in May 2020. Paul has been an active member of the STLE for over 30 years and He is a STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) (since 1994).

Paul spent the first 20 years of his career with Syncrude Canada Limited in Fort McMurray AB, which included roles developing reliability initiatives involving, vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermography and various NDT techniques before ultimately taking over as the corporate
Lubrication & Fuel Specialist for 9 years. In 2002 he moved to Edmonton and joined The Fluid Life Corporation where he developed and managed the Training & Consulting division before joining Petro-Canada as a Sr. Tech Services Advisor in 2011.

This is a webinar and Registration fees are voluntary. We suggest $25.00 which will be used to pay for Student Memberships at local universities

Payment:  Credit Card   □ E-transfer

Please register now by filling the form, phone ,e-mail or mail.

Attn: Ed Milanczak              

          1361 Clearview Drive

          Oakville, Ontario, L6J 6X5

          Phone: 416 702-3107

The STLE Toronto Section uses events like this to help spread the word and also to raise funds. These funds are used to support the section activities and to provide donations and assistance to local universities and colleges. No money raised goes to salaries or expenses.

Program can be subject to changes for events outside our direct control.

Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures – Part 6

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