Schaeffler Executive Discusses Trends and Industry Changes at Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting & Exhibition


May 27, 2019

Addressing key trends, changes and challenges facing today’s lubrication industry, Schaeffler shared insight into its technical efforts and expertise at The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Annual Meeting & Exhibition. During the event held in Nashville, Tenn. from May 19 to 23, Schaeffler Americas CTO, Jeff Hemphill, gave the keynote address, while several other company experts presented on technical topics and host an onsite training session.

Schaeffler’s Hemphill opened the general session on May 20 at with his keynote titled, “Racing into the Future – Impact of Tribology on Electrification.” Highlighted with a video segment of Lucas di Grassi, Formula-E Champion driver for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, the talk discussed the benefits of electrification, as well as some of the lessons Schaeffler has learned from its Formula E effort that are helping guide the company’s future tribology efforts.

“Schaeffler is implementing its ‘Mobility for tomorrow’ strategy through all of our endeavors, including our work with tribology and lubrication,” said Hemphill. “Uniquely, we’re using our work in the Formula E industry to drive and test our efforts, which enables us to offer our clients proven insight that can help pave the way for their future electrification efforts.”

To encourage open discussions between experts of different disciplines on various topics of interest, Schaeffler also participated in a roundtable discussion. Schaeffler’s Daniel Merk, an expert on bearing development, hosted the discussion about the influence of electrical current and water intrusion on the failure mode of SID.

Schaeffler is also actively supporting the education courses provided by STLE. On the first day of the event, Schaeffler’s Dr. Hannes Grillenberger, key expert, roller bearing fundamentals, held a training session on dynamic design of rolling element bearings (REB) during the ABMA Rolling Element Bearing Seminar.

On Wednesday, May 22, Schaeffler’s Dr. Vasilios Bakolas, principal expert bearings R&D, led a training session on the failure analysis of bearings. During the session, participants learned how to correctly identify and analyze rolling element bearing damage.

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the lubricants industry’s most respected venue for technical information, professional development and international networking opportunities. Each year STLE’s five-day conference showcases some 500 technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports and discussion panels on technical or market trends. The annual trade show and popular Commercial Marketing Forum spotlight the latest products and services of interest to more than 1,600 lubrication professionals that come from around the world, representing a full range of the industry’s most prestigious corporate, government and academic institutions.

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