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CEC Newsletter - October 2016
In this edition, we will cover a few general items such as the release of the new version of the CEC Test Monitoring System and the CEC workshop taking place on November 22nd, as well as some news on the test method side.

Release of CEC Test Monitoring System 3.0

Over the last five months the CEC-TMS monitoring system has been redeveloped from the bottom up.

The new system is now online and operational. We hope you like the new style tables and control charts and find the site easier to navigate around. If you are accessing the system on an ipad, phone, or wide screen monitor you’ll also find the display adapts itself to work with the screen space available. Behind the scenes, the system has been streamlined, so that it will be easier to maintain and develop.

A big thank you to all those users, who have been testing the new system and giving their feedback, however no system can truly be tested until it goes live!

If you any feedback or suggestions for improvements, then please contact the CEC Secretariat.


New CEC Fuel Test Development

CEC has started the tender procedure for the development of a Direct Injection spark ignited engine Injector fouling Test.

This proposed new test will address injector deposits in direct injection spark ignited engines (DISI) and the deposit control ability of gasoline. Injector fouling influences the spray pattern and the injected fuel volume of the injector and therefore affects directly the driveability and performance and the exhaust gas emissions of the vehicle.

Potential lead labs and sponsors have been invited to send their bids and interest to sponsor by October 28th 2016. All documents are available on the Tender page of the CEC website.


TDG-L-104 moves to Surveillance Group status

At its meeting on September 8th, the CEC Management Board approved the work carried out by TDG-L-104 (OM646 Biodiesel effects) and moved to Surveillance Group status.

The new release of the Test Method will be available shortly and will then be available for sale.

The CEC Management Board would like to thank the Chairmen Richard Durrant as well as all the members for their hard work in the development of this test method. There have been some tough times and major challenges but the group has continued to work together and found solutions. It has been a very long and challenging journey and a huge amount of work has been conducted by the group, requiring dedication and perseverance from its Chair and members.


TDG-L-111 moves to Surveillance Group status

At its meeting on September 8th, the CEC Management Board also approved the work carried out by both TDG-L-111 (Engine Cleanliness – PSA EP-6) and moved to Surveillance Group status.

The new release of the Test Method will be available shortly and will then be available for sale.

The CEC Management Board would like to thank the Chairmen Kris Polley as well as all the members for their hard work in the development of this test method and for overcoming significant difficulties in the process.


Chairman/Lead Laboratory Representative of TDG-L-112 Wins Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Barry Coope, who worked for the Lubrizol Corporation and retired in June 2016, is the Royal Society of Chemistry "Industry Technician of the Year" for 2016.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution made by an individual in a technical role, in industry. This year it was given for Barry's exceptional contribution to the development of CEC's Elastomer testing in the lubricant industry.

These CEC elastomer tests form part of the new motor industry manufacturers (ACEA) specifications for the next generation of higher performing engine oils within Europe.

Barry was presented with his award at an awards ceremony on 15 June, hosted by UK television personality Hugh Dennis. The awards ceremony formed part of Chemistry Means Business, a two-day event for the chemistry-using industry, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 


CEC Workshop – November 22nd 2016 - Brussels

Over the past 18 months CEC has seen some significant changes. In the first nine months the main focus was on transitioning to a new Secretariat, contracting a new set of external service providers and establishing more professional and transparent financial and budget management processes.

In the subsequent phase the Management Board (MB) took a critical look at how CEC operated and input was sought from a wide range of stakeholders to identify shortcomings that needed to be addressed. The CEC Management Board is organizing a workshop in Brussels on November 22nd (9h-16h) to update those involved with CEC activities on the steps we have already, or we intend to take to address the various concerns expressed and opportunities identified.

Topics that we expect to cover include a critical review of the role of the Management Board, of the Test Development process, the development of the Terms of Reference (TOR) and the processes related to the maintenance of approved tests. A detailed agenda will be published shortly.

A workshop dinner will also take place the evening before (November 21st from 19:00).

Invitations have been sent out to a wide array of stakeholders. If you are interested and have not yet received an invitation then please do not hesitate to contact the CEC secretariat.


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