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CEC Newsletter January 2011
CEC Newsletter January 2011

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 18th January 2011 are available to CEC Group members on the CEC Web Site.


TDG-L-105 - Low Temperature Pumpability Test

The Group held their first meeting on 14th December 2010 at ISP in Salzbergen.  Dr U Boecker was appointed by the Group as its Chairman and the CEC Board has endorsed his appointment.  
The meeting was very positive.  A decision was made to develop the test using the Daimler style apparatus.  Development oils of known performance are forthcoming but one of the oils is awaiting results from the outcome of a field trial which was delayed due to bad weather. A teleconference meeting will take place at the end of January 2011.  It is estimated that the test development should be completed in approximately 1 year.


TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel Test

All test results are being sent out in a report to Group members, ready for discussions at the next Group meeting on 16th February 2011where a further development plan will be formulated and agreed by all sponsors.  This will be presented to the CEC Management Board for approval.
The emphasis of the development is the piston cleanliness parameter, with the target being to find discrimination, but sludge formation still remains of interest.


SG-L-038 – TU3 Test

All Group Members are being contacted in order to establish how many tests are commercially available, so that an informed decision can be taken by the CEC Board about whether to declare the test unavailable until further camshafts can be manufactured (expected second half March 2011).


SG-L-039 – Elastomers

ACEA has formally requested and the CEC Management Board have approved the addition of the VAMAC Elastomer into the CEC Elastomers Group as RE5.
There is currently no requirement for the RE4 Elastomer to be changed from MBR to an HNBR type.


CEC Reference Oils

Clarification has been sought about the supply of CEC reference oils and the obligations of all parties involved.  The Stockist (supplier) and the end user (test laboratory) have a commercial arrangement.  As a CEC branded product, it is important to CEC’s reputation that Stockists have procedures in place to ensure that the correct product is dispatched to its customer and that end users have systems in place to check the received product against known quality, using the Reference Oils Data Sheet.
The Reference Oils Manual and the Referencing section of all CEC Test Methods will be reviewed to see if a paragraph on best practice might be added.
The Stockist should continue to respect the confidentiality of reference oil Suppliers, by maintaining good records, including emergency telephone numbers of their Suppliers.  They should, however, place their own emergency contact details on Material Safety Data Sheets transported with the products.  In the unlikely event of an emergency situation, information must be communicated through the Stockist, as the middleman, in order to respect the confidentiality of the Supplier.


CEC and GFC

The GFC Vice President attended the last CEC Management Board Meeting to give a presentation on the aims and activities of GFC and to discuss better communication between the two organizations on an ongoing basis.
The CEC Board thanked GFC and its members for providing detailed information about their preliminary investigations into low temperature pumpability issues, which were given to the CEC Group TDG-L-105, which is taking this test development forward using CEC’s sponsorship formula.


CEC Website

We are pleased to announce a new CEC Document Review facility that allows Group Members to add a document for review. When a document is added, it is then available to download by the next user, who can then make changes and re-upload the document as a new version. When a new version is added, a notification email gets sent to all users that have made a change on that document. All versions are stored within the database so that reference can be made to any previous versions. It is best to use the 'Track Changes' option available in Microsoft Word so that changes you have made are immediately obvious. The system allows users to comment on each version of a document, and also includes helpful information on how to use the system at each stage of the process. Users will see a 'Help Key' on the left hand side of each page, as well as handy tips by hovering over the blue question mark images.


CEC Test Monitoring System Update

We have made a number of improvements to the CEC Test Monitoring System.  These are intended to make it easier to use the system and track what is happening.  
The system is now referred to as CEC Test Monitoring System or CEC-TMS throughout the web sites and documentation.  The web address is now www.cec-tms.net, and the previous address is re-directed so it will still work.

User Guidelines
 New user guidelines have been prepared which deal with:
o    Using the TMS
o    Adding new test types to TMS
o    Using the data input spreadsheet (see next item).

Data Upload
Over the next few months an enhanced version of the data input spreadsheet will be rolled out for each test. The new version will make it much easier for you to update your spreadsheet, when minor changes need to be made. You will be able to update your lab and instrument information automatically by downloading a small file from the TMS web site. The new system will also provide extra controls by ensuring that the latest version of the spreadsheet is being used.
When you upload data, the system will check for valid laboratory code, instrument ID, fluid and batch codes.  Valid fluids and batches are shown on the TMS page for every test type together with individual lab codes and instrument ID’s.  If upload problems occur, participants can now request fluid/batch combinations and new instrument types during the upload process.  You can also make these requests from the test type ‘home page’.

Test Types
Elastomer test types REx (SG-L-039)
A new data input spreadsheet is about to be released, in the new format as described above. It also features control limits for RL243, and revised limits for RL235.
OSA-48 test type (SG-T-048)
We are now testing the upload procedures for this new test type.  We will be in contact with the user community to conduct trial uploads.
HFRR test type (SG-F-006)
Access is no longer available to this test type, since SG-F-006 has been closed.  We note that a number of labs have recently downloaded data.  Should you require access or information please contact TMS Support.

System Management
New facilities have been added so that administrators can track the levels of system utilisation.  Knowing how the system is used helps us to determine what changes are needed or whether more publicity needs to be given to what is already available.


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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