Afton Chemical presentation from the NLGI 85th Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, ID


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Originally presented Monday, June 12, 2018

The use of wind turbines to generate electricity continues to grow putting more emphasis on the importance of understanding and overcoming the lubrication challenges raised by this relatively new technology.  This work will review the overall lubrication needs of wind turbines with a focus on the use of lubricating greases.  Key challenges will be addressed with an emphasis on the role of additives in overcoming technical hurdles and screening tools used for development work. 

Presenter and NLGI President, Joe Kaperick

Joe Kaperick is a Senior R&D Advisor for Greases at Afton Chemical Corporation. Joe began working for Afton in their St. Louis manufacturing facility as an Analytical Chemist in 1991 and moved to their Richmond, Virginia headquarters in 1994. Joe received a Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from St. Louis University as well as undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, Fine Arts and Classical Humanities. He has been in the Industrial R&D area with a primary focus on Grease since 1999.

Joe is currently serving as President of NLGI, and has been recognized as a Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist by NLGI. He is also a member of STLE, the chair of the joint NLGI/ELGI Working Group on Grease Particle Evaluation, and the Chair of Section G.01 Chemical and Laboratory Tests for ASTM.

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