Our Research: Over 20 years of University-Based Research and Technology Development

Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing was formed in 2000 to commercialize bio-based lubricants and greases that had been created at the University of Northern Iowa’s National Agricultural-Based Lubricants Center. The UNI-NABL was founded in 1991, by Professor Lou Honary who is currently the ELM Chairman and President. For over two decades the UNI-NABL Center was a premier biobased lubricant technology developer with funding support from Soybean Growers of Iowa, USDA, DOE, and private agriculture industry. Dr. Honary, is world-renowned consultant and expert in biobased lubricants technologies and with him ELM enjoys the benefits of information developed at UNI-NABL Center. Resources include a book and three book chapters on the subject, 8 patents, and numerous articles and technical papers. ELM is the only known company in the world that utilizes microwaves for heating and processing biobased greases. Co-invented by Dr. Honary, the process of using microwaves has helped to reduce manufacturing cost to the point of bringing price parity between biobased greases manufactured at ELM and equivalent petroleum greases.

Dr. Lou A. Honary, Chairman and President
Professor-Director Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa NABL Center

An Update on Manufacturing Biobased Grease Using Microwaves

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the production of biobased and…

Rail Curve Grease Evaluation – Part 2

This is the second in a series of four articles that offers a summary of…

Rail Curve Grease Evaluation – Part 1

This is the first in a series of four articles that offers a summary of…

Lubricants for Wire Ropes – New Product Trends

Wire ropes are employed in industrial fields including mining, forestry, and shipping; and on applications…

Biocides: Both Problem and Solution

The industry’s most innovative companies recap key presentations from STLE’s 2015 Commercial Marketing Forum. Afton…

Proposed First Draft for a Universal Railroad Gage Face Grease

The ELGI Railway Lubrication Working Group (RLWG), after extensive discussions in several meetings is now…