USD $798.40
(Normally USD $998.00 pp)
Special early bird rate valid to 30 November 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 class is intended for MWF producers and distributors, raw material manufacturers and distributors (base oils, additives, etc.), MWF technical service personnel, MWF users (machinists, plant engineers, fluid managers, etc.), equipment suppliers (filtration, water treatment, mist collectors, recycling, etc.) and lab testing equipment suppliers (biological dip slides, conductivity meters, water hardness and other wet chemical test kits, etc.)


The training course 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 training course 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 and will include a range of case studies to consolidate knowledge.

training course 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

  • Metalworking fluid case studies

* Registration fee includes full day training course, course materials, two coffee breaks and lunch.
Special early bird rate valid to 30 November 2019.


USD $798.40
(Normally USD $998.00 pp)
Special early bird rate valid to 30 November 2019.

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

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Edward P. Becker received a B.S in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  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 to solve tribological problems. Ed is a frequent guest lecturer at schools and technical societies, as well as running leadership training seminars for organizations and companies.  He is a life member of American Mensa, past president and Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and a long-time member of ASM International. Ed received the Engineering Society of Detroit Gold Award in 2018. He has numerous publications in technical journals and handbooks and holds 9 U.S. 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. Students will gain a better understanding of the various moving components in an automobile powertrain, including internal combustion engines and electric motors, and the challenges of managing friction and wear to improve efficiency and durability.


The training course is intended for those who would benefit from an improved understanding of the principles and limitations of the internal combustion engine, the basic construction and benefits of electric motors for automotive propulsion, and those supplying parts and lubricants to the automotive markets.

You will learn lubrication fundamentals and how they apply to current and future automotive propulsion systems, as well as the lubrication challenges unique to hybrid and full electric vehicles. 

training course 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

    • Fuel-Air Cycle

    • Carnot Efficiency

    • Combustion in gasoline and diesel engines

    • Compression ratio

    • The major engine components

  • The Electric Motor

    • Operating principles

    • Induction motors

    • Permanent magnet motors

    • Switched reluctance motors

  • Vehicle Architecture (Hybrids and pure EVs)

    • Mild hybrids

    • Serial vs. Parallel hybrids

    • Extended range electric vehicles

    • Battery electric vehicles

    • Fuel cells

  • Engine Oil, Transmission Fluid and Electric Vehicle Oils

    • Base oils

    • Additives for transmission fluids and engine oils

    • Lubricants for hybrid vehicles

    • Lubricants for electric vehicles

  • Future Developments in the Automotive Industry

    • Growth of hybrid and EV market share

    • Self-driving cars

    • Ride sharing

    • The vehicle as a mobile electronics platform


* Registration fee includes full day training course, course materials, two coffee breaks and lunch.
Special early bird rate valid to 30 November 2019.