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IN NETWORK

Cross Connections
Do You Know NLGI?
By Anoop Kumar, Ph.D.

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LGI (National Lubricating Grease Institute), established in 1933, is truly an international, not-for-profit
trade association in the field of lubricating greases.
NLGI is represented by 239 leading industry/corporate
members from 31 countries worldwide, covering manufacturers, suppliers, marketers, consumers, technicians and students
related to lubricating greases. NLGI has close affiliation with
sister organizations including ELGI (European Lubricating
Grease Institute), NLGI-India Chapter, CLGI (Chinese
Lubricating Grease Institute) and, of course, ILMA.
WHAT DO WE DO?
NLGI has been serving the grease industry since its inception by way of conducting annual meetings, publishing the
technical journal NLGI Spokesman, conducting a worldwide
grease production survey, offering grease education courses
and working group meetings, an NLGI GC-LB Certification
program and Certified Lubrication Grease Expert (CLGI)
examination, and providing reference greases.
NLGI ANNUAL MEETINGS
NLGI has conducted its annual meetings without fail since
its inception, and they have become must-attend meetings for
anyone related to lubricating grease across the globe for getting firsthand information on technical developments, business networking, attending education courses and working
group meetings, taking CLGS examinations and, of course,
golfing at some exotic resorts across the country. NLGI held
its 84th annual meeting at Squaw Creek Resort, Olympic
Valley, in Lake Tahoe, California, in June. The conference
theme was "Going for Gold." It was attended by 455 experts,
students and guests/spouses from different parts of the world.
Twenty-two peer reviewed technical papers on new, novel
developments were presented.
NLGI EDUCATION COURSES
NLGI offers three coveted grease education courses on basic,
advanced and maintenance during its annual meeting. Our
education courses have become very popular and are practically mandatory for anybody who wants to excel in this field.
This year two courses, one on basic and other on advanced
grease education, were conducted and were attended by 24
and 33 participants respectively.
CLGS EXAMINATION
NLGI conducts a CLGS examination every year during its
annual meeting. The exam is a benchmark certification for
recruiters and industry employment and is a feather in the

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individual's cap. This certification has a high standard of selection, and tests are set by top experts in the field with a stringent
requirement of minimum 80 percent pass criteria. This year
this examination was taken by 15 industry representatives.
NLGI GC-LB CERTIFICATION
NLGI GC-LB certification has become the most popular
industry standard for automotive bearing and chassis applications. This standard is not just limited to the automotive
industry but is also widely used as a multipurpose grease
standard for other bearing applications. There are currently
285 certified products representing 82 countries.
WORLDWIDE ANNUAL GREASE PRODUCTION SURVEY
The NLGI Grease Production Survey is the most comprehensive grease production survey showcasing trends in the grease
industry and is participated in by around 226 companies,
representing every continent.
WORKING GROUPS
During its annual meeting, NLGI conducts its working
group meetings on topics of current industry interest. Currently there are four active working groups, and three of them
are joint working groups with ELGI:
* NLGI GC-LB Review Working Group
* Bio-based NLGI-ELGI Working Group
* Food Grade NLGI-ELGI Working Group
* Grease Particle Evaluation Working Group
NLGI SPOKESMAN
NLGI Spokesman is the most important monthly technical
reference journal in the industry. It publishes high-quality
peer-reviewed technical papers which are first presented at the
annual meetings. It has a readership of over 2,000 from over
50 countries that represent every continent.
NEW OFFERING: NLGI RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM
In order to promote fundamental research and development
in the field of lubricating greases covering grease chemistry,
thickener systems, test methods, process technologies, production efficiencies, sustainable uses, etc., NLGI has launched
a research grant program. For the first time, online applications are welcomed from July 15 to Sept. 15.
Kumar is director of research & business development
with Royal Manufacturing Co. He holds over 25 years
of experience in the lubes and greases industry and can
be reached at 918-584-2671 or anoopk@royalmfg.com.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings August 2017

Letter From the President
Letter From the CEO
Inside ILMA
What's Coming Up
In the Know
Industry Rundown
Market Report
Bridging the Gap from ILSAC GF-5 to GF-6
Who's Next
It's About the Process
Business Hub
Counsel Compound
Washington Landscape
Member Connections
Cross Connections
Portrait
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 1
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 2
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Letter From the President
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 4
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Letter From the CEO
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Inside ILMA
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 7
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - What's Coming Up
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 9
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Industry Rundown
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 11
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 14
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - 15
ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Bridging the Gap from ILSAC GF-5 to GF-6
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Who's Next
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - It's About the Process
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Business Hub
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Counsel Compound
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Member Connections
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Cross Connections
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ILMA Compoundings August 2017 - Portrait
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