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CEC Newsletter March 2011
CEC Newsletter March 2011

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 17th March 2011 are available to CEC Group members on the CEC Web Site.

New CEC Test Development

PSA has offered its Euro 5 DV6TED engine for a test to replace CEC L-93-04, which uses the DV4TD Euro 3 engine.  
A small Industry Group met with PSA to obtain common agreement and to produce Terms of Reference to develop a test procedure to determine viscosity increase and piston deposits.  The CEC Management Board confirmed the need for this replacement test.  The tender letter and supporting papers have been issued.  Companies interested in bidding to develop the test should advise the Secretariat by no later than 7th April 2011 and be prepared to attend a meeting on 14th April in Brussels to discuss the tender details.  Bids to develop the test need to be in to the CEC Secretariat no later than close of business on Thursday 28th April 2011.  A small team will review the bids and make a recommendation to the Board on which laboratory to choose to lead the test development.
A separate letter calling for sponsors has also been published. Companies wishing to sponsor the test must inform the CEC Secretariat no later than 28th April 2011.
The first meeting of the Group is expected to be arranged during the first week of June 2011.
Please see full details on the CEC Web Site by clicking on the ‘Tenders’ button at the top of the public page.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel Test

Board Members recognise that this test is probably the most significant and the most difficult test development under way in CEC. 
The focus of the group is to develop a test to determine piston merit and sludge performance, however the primary focus now is on piston cleanliness.  The work carried out so far has been to try to determine sludge, and a good understanding of the behavior of the engine has been achieved  The Group is now beginning a short test plan of work to help define the procedure for a second phase of test development concentrating on piston cleanliness. Oil degradation properties are being recorded and a new bearing wear parameter will also be recorded from now on.
The lead laboratory’s target is to run oil consumption mapping and then test with the low calibration oil to have these results ready for discussions with Group Members at their next meeting.
The remaining funds will be used for the ongoing development of this test, if Group Members agree the test plan.

TDG-L-103 – Biodegradability

The Group is expected to ask the Board for Phase 1 approval during second quarter 2011

SG-L-038 – TU3 Test

CEC declared the test UNAVAILABLE on 8th February 2011.
Though there are a number of camshafts remaining, the test can no longer be purchased from an independent test laboratory, since all remaining test parts have been pre-booked. Test laboratories that still have parts can continue to register their tests with ERC and to run a valid CEC test.
A further 30 camshafts have now been located which are being tested to ensure that they are from the existing batch.  If the results are positive and the Working Group is happy to use the camshafts, then the Management Board will be able to declare the test available again.  With the current backlog of tests to be run, it is likely that the test may only be available again for a short time.

In the longer term up to 500 more camshafts can be machined as a new batch to meet the Group’s testing requirements.  This will be done as a one-off exercise and Group Members will commit to purchasing all the camshafts that are machined.  Whilst there is a risk that the new batch of camshafts may not show the same discrimination, the Group is committed to working through any issues to ensure the lifetime of the test in the ACEA Sequences.  Group Members are checking their requirements for maintaining the test for the next five years.  Group Members that do not run their own tests will support the Independent Laboratories by committing to run reference tests and participating in Round Robins at these laboratories.

SG-L-088 – TU5

This test uses a reference oil that is running out and is currently being rationed to keep the test going for the next 6 - 8 months.  Investigations with replacement oils have not been successful so far.  The Group continues the search for a suitable reference oil before the situation becomes urgent.

SG-L-039 – Elastomers

A discussion document highlights the problems associated with introducing VAMAC RE5 into the test and the possible solutions that might be available.  The Group has been encouraged to investigate the solutions and report back.

Management of Fuels Tests in CEC

A new document detailing the expectations for Fuels Test Development in CEC and Membership of Fuels Surveillance Groups will soon be incorporated into the CEC Guidelines.

CEC Statistics

The Statistical Development Group has been looking at the possibilities of handling parameters included in the ACEA Sequences that are not currently regarded as CEC parameters in existing CEC tests.  It has been decided to try out the various proposals by applying them to data being collected in an existing CEC engine test.

CEC Progress Reports

The current version of the Progress Report has been simplified and the guidance notes improved to avoid ambiguity.  
These changes have been made in conjunction with SDG Liaison Officers of various CEC Working Groups.  The revised version will be added to the CEC Web Site and individual templates will soon be distributed to individual Groups by the CEC Secretariat.

CEC Test Monitoring System Update

Data Upload - An enhanced version of the data input spreadsheet has been released for Elastomer tests (SG-L-039). The new version will make it much easier for participants to update their spreadsheet, when minor changes need to be made.
Participants will be able to update 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 data are uploaded, the system will check for valid laboratory code, instrument ID, fluid and batch codes.  The list of valid fluids and batches has been revised. These are shown on the TMS page for every test type together with individual lab codes and instrument ID’s.  
 The new version of the data input spreadsheet will be progressively rolled out to other test types. The next will be XUD9 (SG-F-023)

CEC Special Hotel Rates in Brussels

Once again CEC has negotiated a special room rate with the Metropole Hotel in Brussels.  This is for use by any company involved in CEC, whether specifically for CEC business or not.  Please view the details on the CEC Web Site after login by clicking on the drop down menu under ‘Document Search’.  Alternatively, please contact the CEC Secretariat for details.

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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