Dear Fellow Section Members,
We're back into the swing of things with our Fall 2013 Program. Thanks to Program Chair Neil Canter and with help from Tom O'Brien, we've delivered two excellent and topical programs in September and October.
The September program covered the topic of the new OSHA Hazard Communication Standard built around the Globally Harmonized system of risk management and featured presentations by Carl Wainright of Exxon Mobil and by Neil Canter. The importance of this subject to all in the lubricant industry was made clear by the lively discussion which followed the presentations.
In October, we had a change of pace with a panel discussion looking at the critical business and technical factors for independent blenders to be successful in a highly competitive market. The panel featured Greg Julian of Advanced Lubrication Specialties, Mike Pelham of International Chemical and Glenn Krasley of Ultrachem Inc. Each presented background on their company, what has made them successful and how they are responding to today's challenges. Again, the audience interest level was clear from the spirited Q&A session following the presentations. Special thanks to Doug Placek of Evonik for organizing an impromptu putting contest before the presentations.
Make sure to mark your calendars for our future meeting covering a range of diverse topics from engine oils to patent law. The April Education Course will continue with the theme of unconventional oil and gas development through hydraulic fracturing and its impact on our industry. Last year's session was standing room only and this year's Education Course promises to be equally topical.
Check the schedule posted on this site and follow the Philadelphia Section by joining our LinkedIn Group. Our location at Sandy Run Golf course is both scenic and easily accessible, the current local detour notwithstanding. There is also added time for networking before lunch so do take advantage of the opportunity to meet with customers, suppliers and peers. I hope to see you at our next meeting.
One of our most important activities is the scholarship program, providing support to university undergraduate and graduate students majoring in tribology-related subjects. Last year the Section awarded a total of $8,000 to four deserving applicants. While the Golf Outing and matching funds from STLE help fund the effort, the most important source of funds is from generous donations from companies in the field. It is my pleasure to welcome Advanced Lubrication Specialties as a new sponsor with a generous $1,000 donation to this year's fund. I encourage all of our companies to make this important investment in the future of our industry. Information about the program is on this website or you can contact me (
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It's not a Section event but those in metalworking, either as supplier or formulator, will want to take part in the upcoming STLE Metalworking Fluid course held March 11-13 in Atlanta GA. The course is led by two of our most prominent members, Neil Canter and Fred Passman and has been proven successful and informative to all attendees.
Your Section's leadership team is focused on delivering value to the membership. Please give us feedback regarding future program topics or any other way to improve what we do. New volunteers are welcome. You will find that you get back orders of magnitude more than you give.
2013-2014 Section Chair