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CEC Newsletter February 2015
This Newsletter is based on information received and discussed at the CEC Management Board Meeting on 5th February 2015. Please note that it may have been superseded by further events that have occurred between the meeting and the publication of this Newsletter.

Management Board 

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 5th February 2015 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.


CEC Management Board Chairmanship & Representation

Ian Field announced his resignation from the CEC Management Board and will end his term as Vice-Chairman effective from the end of the current meeting. His legal obligations as Vice-Chairman will end upon the appointment of a new Vice-Chairman. Peter Tjan, Benoit Engelen and Paul Greening thanked Ian for his significant contributions over the years.

Adrian Fitzpatrick will replace Ian Field as ATC representative on the CEC Board.


Improvements to TDG Process – from TDG-L-106 critique

If this review is considered unnecessary, the Group must inform the Management Board. The ‘Key Responsibilities of a Chairman of a TDG’ document and the ‘CEC Constitution Guidelines’ will be amended accordingly.


Forward Planning 

Discussions took place as to the steps required to transfer the CEC Secretariat activities to (a) new service provider(s) in a timely fashion.


Liaison with CRC

CRC will send the CEC Secretariat copies of its Annual Report, Requests for Proposals, Final Reports, and a list of Research Projects for distribution to the appropriate Industry groups.

The CEC Secretariat will provide CRC with regular CEC Newsletters.


CEC External Communication, including Annual Presentation

CEC should be promoting itself at Industry Conferences. Peter Tjan will deliver a paper on ‘The Role of CEC in Developing Tests for the European Automotive Industry’ at the 3rd International CIS Base Oils, Lubricants and Fuels Conference in Moscow, 26-28 May 2015 which he is attending as ATIEL representative.

An introductory document about CEC, highlighting its test developments and achievements will be drafted, finalised at the next Board Meeting and then made available as a promotional tool.


ACEA Sequences

Paul Greening advised that the new ACEA Sequences should be released this year. More will be known about the timing after the March 2015 ACEA meetings.  


TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

The TDG-L-104 Group Chairman will attend the next Board Meeting for detailed discussions and approval of the Group’s action plan. Group Members may need to provide further sponsorship funding. 


TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

Adrian Fitzpatrick was endorsed as the new Chairman of TDG-L-107. 

An update on the status of the test development will be reported back to the Management Board by end of February 2015 after completion of some shortened test runs.


TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

Phase 2 of this test development is proceeding according to plan.  Results of the Round Robin are expected to be available for the TDG-T-108 meeting in March 2015.  


TDG-F-110 IDID Test 

Phase 2 Round Robin is proceeding to plan, with a pilot run involving 3 laboratories.


TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test 

The test is likely only to be accepted for the piston merit parameter at this time, but it might be possible to add the turbo charger parameter later, after more data has been gathered.  If so, ATC, would offer suitably anonymised candidate data from the ERC Test Monitoring database to assist with the gathering of enough data to make an informed decision.

ATIEL, ATC & ACEA will try to achieve consensus over the next few days about how to proceed.


TDG-L-112 – New Elastomer Test 

Management Board representatives support the nomination of Barry Coope, Lubrizol, (existing Chairman of Elastomer Group SG-L-039) as the Chairman of TDG-L-112.  

The amount per sponsor was agreed as Euro 3,500 and the CEC Secretariat will proceed with the administration of issuing Invoices and Letters of Intent. The first meeting is expected to take place towards the end of March 2015.


SG-L-039 – Elastomer Test 

It was noted that on 3rd December 2014 the Board decided to declare CEC L-39-96 test ‘out of control’ for RE3.


SG-L-040 (NOACK)

The Chairman of SG-L-040 confirmed that equipment suppliers, PAC, are addressing the severity drifts and assisting users to install updated firmware on their equipment.  A User Forum is expected to take place on 19th February 2015.


SG-L-054 – M111 FE

ACEA members have agreed a replacement test for M111 FE is required for the ACEA Sequences. They are looking to find an engine supplier for this new test. 


SG-T-066 – FZG Synchromesh Endurance 

Transmissions lubricant tests are different to engine lubricant tests as they are not used to generate a ‘CEC result’ but are run in order to calibrate the equipment that is then used to generate candidate tests that are specific to each OEM.

New Reference Oils will be confirmed once the hardware (expected to last 5 years) becomes available again by mid-2015.  The Round Robin will then take place and results will be discussed at the Group’s meeting scheduled for March 2016.


SG-L-109 - Oxidation Test

Frank Stunnenberg will review the TDG-L-109 test development critique and report back to the Management Board before the next meeting with any concerns or suggestions for improvement to the test development process.


Rating Steering Group

The Rating Steering Group will investigate what would be required to support Metrology activities in CEC and report back to the Management Board with a proposal if they think it should be added to their responsibilities.


Measurement Uncertainty Panel – Support Group

Consultancy support to assist this new Group was approved for 2015.


Reference Oils Group

The Group’s Progress Report was accepted by the CEC Management Board.  An update to the Reference Oils Manual is expected soon.


Statistical Development Group

The Group’s Progress Report was accepted by the CEC Management Board.


QI in Current Tests

After review of the feedback from the Chairmen of CEC Engine Test Groups it was agreed to withdraw this recommendation from the CEC Constitution Guidelines.  The CEC Secretariat will liaise with the SDG Chairman to update Guideline 18.


CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays.


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