In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ALMU has taken all of its activities online so as to continue to serve its members during these challenging times. After many months of preparation, ALMU is proud to announce the launch of its online education courses starting on 21 April 2020, with the “Basics of Metalworking Fluids,” to be presented by Rita Chee, Product Manager (Metalworking), Lubrizol.
ALMU members are entitled to one complimentary seat, while additional seats are priced at US$20 each. Non-members are also welcome to participate. The cost for non-members is US$50 each. Those who have signed up and have already paid to attend the 2020 ALMU Annual Meeting and Global Leadership Summit, which was due to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March, will also be given a complimentary seat.
Webinar 1 - Basics of Metalworking Fluids (Recorded)
This online training course offers an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of metalworking fluids. The webinar will examine why metalworking fluids and markets are unique and will provide details on segmentation within metalworking fluid types and applications. Rita will discuss metalworking processes and their lubricant performance needs, as well as current and future market drivers that will change metalworking fluid requirements. The course is an excellent forerunner to the ALMU Industrial Oils & Fluids Training Course which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 August 2020.
“A very good introductory sharing on MW Fluids.”
“The webinar has been a great opportunity for us to get re-connected in this stage and age. We learned a lot from it, and are very cheerful. Please keep up the good work!”
Webinar 2 - Base Oil Markets: The Only Constant is Change (Recorded)
This webinar discusses the continuing changes in base oil supply and demand. We will examine how such changes will impact lubricant blenders. Group I supply will continue to decrease and Groups II and III will take its place. Group IV (PAO) availability continues to grow with big investments by the major suppliers.
The good news for blenders is that the market will have excess base oil supply for years to come, so prices will be kept in check (notwithstanding any big swings in crude oil pricing). Bright stock supplies will continue to dwindle and blenders should examine alternatives for high viscosity components.
Blenders need to consider the need for base oil interchange and have backup plans especially for products that use Group III. Finished lubricant demand will grow in Asia, unlike in North America and Europe. However, the widespread adoption of full battery electric vehicles will eventually cause a steep decline in engine oil sales.
“It covered the general overview of all aspects ranging from technical to supply and demand without getting lost in too much details.”
“Very current information presented clearly.”
Webinar 3: Best practices in lubricant formulation and blending: Reducing complexity, waste and finished product contamination (Recorded)
Whether you develop your own product formulas or get them from suppliers, there are many formulation items that need attention at the plant level. We will discuss how to develop “robust” formulas, that is, formulas that blend right the first time with minimal adjustments.
We will also discuss how to set batch release specifications and how to implement quality monitoring for tests that cannot be run at batch release. Does your company have a system for the management of changes?
All blend formulas and blending procedures must be documented, and all changes must go through a defined approval process. We will introduce the concept of “core components”, or complexity reduction, to simplify inventory of base oils and additives. Does your plant have a system to minimize slop oil? Using blend compatibility guidelines can be a big help in reducing waste as well as reducing finished product contamination.
Webinar 4: When will electric vehicles take charge: Potential impact on lubricant formulations and sales channels
Even though the current electric vehicle (EV) population is small, nearly all industry experts predict that EVs will ultimately dominate the vehicle market. The big question is when. This webinar will examine the impact of EVs on lubricant demand and manufacture. We will discuss performance properties needed for EV lubricants that are different from those of current lubricants.
Change intervals for grease, transmission, and axle fluids will be very long and supply of lubricants for service fill will be small. Factory fill supply of EV lubricants will be the biggest sales channel, so lubricant manufacturers need to develop good OEM supply relationships.
Webinar 5: Basics of Engine Coolants
August 25, 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM SGT
An engine coolant is much more than just a liquid that prevents your engine from overheating. In this webinar you will learn more on the different aspects of a coolant; the benefits and challenges; insights into composition and inhibitor choice; and, the drivers for future developments.
Amol Chore is a Chemical Engineer with more than 12 years’ experience in the Chemical Industry. In his role as Technical Support Manager, he works with both Asian and Global OEMs providing Coolant Technology Solutions. He is an active member of automotive industry group Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
Webinar 6: Industrial Gear Oils
October 13, 2020, 2-3 PM SGT
Industrial gear oil technology for modern gearboxes and the main drivers that will influence the change
Modern gearbox demands high quality gear oils. This can only be met by well formulated industrial gear oils.
In this ALMU webinar, Afton Chemical will share what is bringing about the change we are seeing today. We will also discuss the elements of a modern, high-quality gear oil.
Ms Lim Choon Noi is currently Senior Customer Technical Service (CTS) Specialist with Afton Chemical Asia. She specializes in industrial lubricants and provides solutions to customers in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
Choon Noi has more than 25 years of experience in the lubricants industry, including working for Castrol and BP Lubricants. She has held various positions in laboratory, R&D, Product Development, Marketing, Customer & Product Portfolio Management. She received her BSc Chemistry degree from the National University of Singapore.