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CEC Newsletter December 2014
This Newsletter is based on information received and discussed at the CEC Management Board Meeting on 19th November 2014. Please note that it may have been superseded by further events that have occurred between the meeting and the publication of this Newsletter.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 19th November 2014 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site. 

CEC Management Board Chairmanship & Representation

Anders Röj will leave the CEC Board of Directors and will end his term as Chairman of the CEC Management Board on December 31st 2014. Ian Field offered a vote of thanks to Anders for his years of service to CEC. Peter Tjan from ATIEL is appointed as new CEC Chairman and member of the Board of Directors as from January 1st 2015.

Ian Field continues as Vice-Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors until further notice. 

Previous Meeting Minutes – amendment

Sale price of CEC-L-106-14 test method is corrected to Euro 49,000.

Legal Disclaimer for Legislative Fuels

EC lawyers have provided appropriate wording which will be added to the CEC Reference Fuels Manual and to all Legislative Fuels Data Sheets.

Life Plan

As requested by ATC, a footnote will be added to the Life Plan stating that Daimler is able to commit to supply hardware for a maximum of two years at a time.  CEC L-88-02 TU5 Ring Sticking test will not be available after end 2015 and CEC L-101-99 OM501LA will be checked for availability beyond 2015.

Unsupported Test Methods

A list of unsupported test methods that are available on the CEC Web Site will be produced and reviewed by the Industry Associations in order for a decision to be made on which ones need to be retained and which ones can be withdrawn.  After due notification to all Test Method Holders, those that are withdrawn will be listed in an obsolete test method list on the CEC Web Site.

Transmissions Chairman

Now that all CEC Working Groups are allocated a Management Board Member for support, the role of ‘overall’ Transmissions Chairman is no longer required.  Volker Kropp of Infineum is thanked for the work he has done during many years holding this position.

Surveillance Groups Obligations to Look after CEC Tests

All Surveillance Groups are reminded that they must not develop parameters outside the original scope of the test, without first consulting with and gaining approval from the CEC Management Board.

SG-F-023 – XUD9 Injector Nozzle Coking

Engines & pumps are to be sourced by individual laboratories and nozzles will be produced in one final batch to last for 10 years.
The CEC Board has asked if ACEA could consider the supply of a more modern test engine in order to develop a replacement to this test.

SG-L-036 – Dynamic Viscosity

The proposed Round Robin to run the test at alternative temperatures will be put on hold until the Group has produced a reasoned proposal to enhance this test, so that Industry consultation can take place.

SG-L-039 – Elastomer Test 

Sheets of batch RE3 VMQ have been received by the 3 laboratories that operate the reference oil checks (before a batch is released to the working group members) with a final update to be sent to the CEC Management Board members before the AAA Industry Liaison meeting in early December.  It is likely that the Board will decide to declare the test out of control and unavailable for RE3.  

SG-L-040 (NOACK)

PAC continues to investigate the severity shift with the co-operation of SG-L-040 members.

A follow up User Forum will take place in early December.

SG-L-054 – M111 FE

Board Members will discuss the need for a replacement test at the ACEA F&L meeting and AAA Industry Group Meetings in December. Any limitation of test hardware usage would only be considered once more information is provided regarding specific details of the concern, along with an inventory of test hardware that is remaining.

SG-T-066 – FZG Synchromesh Endurance 

The Chairman will be invited to attend the next CEC Management Board Meeting to present a detailed plan on how the Group proposes to maintain this test as a valid CEC test, bearing in mind ongoing difficulties with hardware and reference oils.  

SG-L-78-99 TDi Test

The Chairman of SG-L-078 has confirmed that Volkswagen can deliver hardware up to end 2017 (not end 2016, as reported in the last Newsletter), based on current usage demands.

SG-L-99-08 OM646

The CEC Management Board endorsed the decision to make the limited engines available to SG-L-099 members in order to keep L-99-08 Wear Test available to Industry.  This has the result of an unfortunate delay to the Biodiesel Test Development in TDG-L-104.

SG-L-106 – Oil Dispersion at Medium Temperature for Passenger Car DI Diesel Engines (DV6)

A meeting of all operational laboratories before commencement of the Round Robin in Phase 2 could take place to review initial data and experiences of the test development laboratory.

The questionnaire could have a numerical scale against each category to establish the level of success of each stage.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel 

It is understood that engines should be available to continue with Phase 2 of this test early in 2015.

TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

The Management Board has agreed that the lead laboratory can run a repeat of the last test on the low development oil A, stopping the test at 75 hours to check the fuel dilution rate. This should provide greater understanding of the test and provide better reporting from the test bed for the test to be controlled.  Further testing will be permitted once the Group has produced a detailed and structured long term plan.

TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

The initial RR is ready to start with results from the first test expected by end of February 2015. More testing will be required to confirm the results and to test a 2nd reference oil.  All Results from the RR should be available by end of Q2/2015 or early in Q3/2015.

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

Group Chairman, Udo Boecker, presented the Phase 1 and Phase 2 data and the CEC Management Board accepted the test into CEC as CEC L-109-14.  A licence to use this test has been set at Euro 6,200 and will be available to purchase once the Draft Test Method has been approved and published.  The CEC Management Board thanked Udo Boecker for his excellent leadership and all Group Members for their good communication and support. 

TDG-F-110 IDID Test & Opportunity to Join Phase 2

This TDG is now open for companies to join at Phase 2 at a cost of Euros 20,250.

This is the price that will also be payable for a license to use the test during the first 2 years after the test has been developed.  This opportunity to join TDG-~F-110 at Phase 2 is only available for a short time and interested parties should note that payment must be received no later than 31st December 2014 in order to secure joining at Phase 2.  Please contact the CEC Secretariat for more details.

TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test 

A decision about moving to Phase 2 will take place at the next CEC Management Board meeting, early February 2015.

New Elastomer Test Development Group

Ian Field as the designated Management Board representative will organise a meeting of interested lead laboratories and elastomer suppliers in early January 2015 with bids expected in by end January.  Please look out for details on the public part of the CEC Web Site in the next few days. 

Measurement Uncertainty Panel – Support Group

Management Board Members agreed a new CEC Support Group called the Measurement Uncertainty Panel (MUP), whose primary role will be to provide guidance to the groups on measurement uncertainty determination.

They will also investigate the parameters listed in the “Currently under Review” section of the Lookup table, provide guidance to CEC groups on appropriate measurement uncertainty values when new tests are developed  and update and maintain the Look-up table.  They will need to approve all new or changes to measurement uncertainty values in Section 5 of CEC Test Methods prior to publication, although it should be noted that individual testing laboratories remain responsible for demonstrating that they can achieve the stated measurement uncertainty.

CEC Test Monitoring System

Editing Data

The new online data entry format has been extended for use in modifying or deleting test results. If you select ‘View’ on the registrations table, the data for each result will be shown in the new data entry format. If your lab code is the same as the lab code for the data, then you have the option to delete the registration altogether, or to modify the data for that test. When data are modified the system will provide feedback if entered data are outside limits. The system will still allow users to submit their data.

Use of Data Input Spreadsheet.
The new direct data entry system is now in operation for every test type. The data input spreadsheet and the corresponding upload procedures will be removed before year-end, for all test types. The exceptions are DW10 and XUD9 which will be phased out in due course. News updates will be posted on the TMS for each test type.

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

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

Christmas and New Year Holidays – the CEC Secretariat will close at 12:00 hours on Wednesday 24th December 2014 and re-open at 08:00 hours on Monday 5th January 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our readers a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

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