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TAE 20th


International Colloquium Tribology


12-14 January 2016, Esslingen, Germany Tribology – Industrial and Automotive Lubrication


© AB – TAE


The perfectly ordered grounds on the approach to the Technical Academy in Esslingen, Germany, together with the attention to detail in the pre-event literature, set the right ambience for the three days of technical education, Tuesday to Thursday 12-14 January.


Three events were being celebrated by TAE. The first was 40 years of the TAE Tribology Conference and the second was that this event was the 20th International Colloquium in Tribology. There was also a third major event to be celebrated, more on that later.


All together 650 people from 34 worldwide countries attended and, in addition 28 companies were exhibiting. This was an ideal place for networking.


Over the course of the three days, 200 presentations had been organised, covering the main themes of industrial and automotive lubricants. Emphasis was also placed on engine lubrication, machine elements, energy efficiency, metalworking fluids and condition monitoring. In addition, there were also special sessions on computational tribology and nanotribology. Some of the high calibre speakers included: Lutz Lindemann – FUCHS; Martin Webster – STLE; Piet Lugt – SKF Engineering; Martin Greaves – Dow Chemical; Siegfried Lucazeau – NYCO;


René Westbroek and Johan Leckner – Axel Christiernsson, to name but a few. There is not enough space to publish all of them.


The agenda for the 30 minutes presentations was meticulously planned with a choice of eight themes for each half day. For example on Tuesday morning: 1) Industrial Lubricants – Hydraulic Oils; 2) Base Oil Technology; 3) Metalworking Fluids; 4) Engines – Bearings; 5) Roller Bearings; 6) Surface Texturing; 7) Computational Tribology – Molecular Dynamics and; 8) Tribology Testing – Gear Oils.


On the Wednesday evening we were invited to a special conference dinner in the Old Town Hall of the medieval city of Esslingen. We were treated to a cultural feast with wine, music and friends; which led us to the third major event of the conference which I mentioned earlier ...


Before the food was served, Mr Mesenholl, director of TAE welcomed all guests to the dinner on the special occasion of the 20th Tribology Conference in Esslingen, he then went on to give a laudation speech for Professor Wilfried Bartz.


In honour and recognition for his commitment and dedication for the past 40 years in the conference and at the Technical


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LUBE MAGAZINE NO.132 APRIL 2016


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