At F+L Week we have a tradition of tapping world experts to share their expertise with our Asian audience. We are pleased to announce two workshops for F+L Week 2019, on pertinent industry issues, from highly respected industry experts Patrick E. Brutto and Dr. Edward Becker.  


Training Workshop: 
"Water-Dilutable Metalworking Fluids: Reducing the Risk of Failure"
March 4, 2019

Patrick E. Brutto, M.Sc., CMFS
Faith-Full MWF Consulting

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Patrick Brutto is a Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (CMFS) with The Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and has global experience with a wide range of metalworking fluid (MWF) producers, including Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, Greater China, North America and Western Europe. Brutto has proven success in MWF additive development and application (amino alcohols, corrosion inhibitors, biocides, specialty emulsifiers) and direct experience formulating and testing water-dilutable MWFs, including cast iron chip corrosion, foaming, aluminum staining, metal leaching, lubricity (tapping torque), particle size analysis, formaldehyde monitoring and dispersion stability. Brutto is a member of the STLE board of directors and was the winner of the Vic Joll Award - an STLE National Award, in 2018.


The workshop is intended for individuals requiring an improved understanding of water-dilutable metalworking fluids (MWFs) and why they fail, including fluid formulators, engineers responsible for using, managing or specifying MWFs, tool manufacturers, and those supplying raw materials and additives for MWFs.    


Learn about fluid problems and their causes, and ways to minimize the risk of failure. The workshop will first review basic information on fluids, water quality, metallurgies, etc., as well as performance factors typically evaluated in the laboratory and their correlation with field performance. The major part of the seminar will discuss failure modes and causes and ways to mitigate risk.

workshop OVERVIEW

  • The Basics

    • Metalworking fluid components and formulations

    • Water quality

    • Workpiece metallurgies

    • Tool materials

    • Machining processes, Safety, health and the environment

  • Performance Factors and Laboratory Tests

    • Physical and chemical stability

    • Lubrication

    • Corrosion and staining

    • Foaming

    • Microbiological resistance

  • Laboratory Tests vs. The Machining Environment

  • Failure Modes and Causes

    • Insufficient lubrication (poor tool life, part finish)

    • Insufficient cooling

    • Corrosion or staining

    • Excessive foaming

    • Loss of fluid stability

    • Loss of pH stability

    • Odors and slime

    • Dermatitis, skin sensitization and eye/nose/throat irritation

  • Reducing the Risk of Premature Failure

    • Understand the machining process

    • Choose the correct formulation

    • Control the water quality

    • Maintain the correct dilution concentration

    • Remove tramp oil regularly

    • Regularly monitor pH, bacteria and fungi

    • Regularly remove fines and maintain/replace filters

    • Prevent contaminants from entering sumps and trenches

* Registration fee includes full day workshop, course materials, two coffee breaks and lunch.

Training Workshop: "A Short Course in Automotive Lubrication"
March 5, 2019

Dr. Edward Becker
President & Founder, Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC

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Dr. Edward Becker is a past president and Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and a long-time member of ASTM International. Ed started working for General Motors at the Cadillac Motor Car Division in Detroit. While at GM, he received his Professional Engineer’s license, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan through the GM Technical Education program. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, mostly in the Powertrain division working on a variety of GM engines, transmissions, and rare earth permanent magnets for electric motors.  Ed then established Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to solving tribology problems. Ed received the Engineering Society of Detroit Gold Award in 2018, has numerous publications in technical journals and handbooks, and is the holder of 9 US patents.


This class is intended for participants who would like to better understand the principles of automobiles and their lubrication requirements.  Attendees should have a good understanding of basic physics and chemistry.


Engineers, scientists, and managers who deal with automotive fuels and lubricants will all benefit from the detailed descriptions of the tribological requirements of modern automobiles. Student will gain a better understanding of the various moving components in a typical automobile powertrain and the challenges of managing friction and wear to manage efficiency and durability.

workshop OVERVIEW

  • Lubrication Fundamentals

    • Boundary Lubrication

    • Stribeck curve

    • Lambda ratio

    • Hydrodynamics

    • Chemical aspects

  • Internal Combustion Engine Principles (Gasoline and Diesel)

    • Fuel-Air Cycle

    • Carnot Efficiency

    • Combustion in gasoline and diesel engines

    • Compression ratio

  • Internal Combustion Engine Hardware and Lubrication Requirements

    • The major engine components

    • Pistons and piston ring lubrication

    • Crankshaft and main bearing lubrication

  • Engine Oils, Transmission Fluids and the Latest Specifications

    • Base oils

    • Additives for transmission fluids and engine oils

    • Bench and engine testing of new engine oils

  • Engine Fuels (Including Alternative Fuels)

    • Spark-ignition engine fuels

    • Gasoline

    • Alcohols

    • Hydrogen

    • Compression-ignition fuels

    • Diesel fuel

    • Biodiesel

  • Future Developments in the Automotive Industry

    • Flexible fuel vehicles

    • Hybrid powertrains

    • Electric vehicles

    • Self-driving cars

* Registration fee includes full day workshop, course materials, two coffee breaks and lunch.