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CEC Newsletter February 2013
CEC Newsletter February 2013

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 22nd January 2013 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.

New Test Development Proposals- Internal Diesel Injector Deposits Test.

The Template and Terms of Reference have been drafted for an Internal Diesel Injector Deposit Test (IDID) and these documents are currently out for review amongst Industry representatives.  
Once ACEA, ATC and CONCAWE are satisfied with the draft it will be presented to the Management Board for acceptance.  If your company is interested in sponsoring this potential new test, please advise the CEC Secretariat who will send you details by email.

CEC Management Board Changes

Nick Clague (SK Lubricants) replaces Bob Mainwaring (Shell) as a permanent representative for ATIEL.

Meeting with GFC

CEC Board representatives attended a GFC Meeting with GFC Chairman, Xavier Montagne, GFC Technical Director, Claude Delarue and GFC Lubricants Group Chairman, Laurent Tiquet.  GFC provided an update on its activities and repeated its desire to work closely with CEC, without duplicating efforts or test method developments.

CEC Vision & Focus Areas

CEC Board Members reviewed the CEC Mission Statement, Purpose and Principles and the strategic elements that were agreed as the main focus for improvement in CEC.  
Discussions revolved around providing good guidance regarding test developments, Terms of Reference, field correlation requirements and future needs and potential problems. The Specific Actions will be ordered in importance and work will continue in order to complete each one.

Life Plan for CEC Engine Tests.

Board Members agreed to review this at least at every other Board Meeting to ensure that issues about test end-of-life are relayed to Industry Associations and interest groups in due time for replacement test developments to be proposed.
The CEC Life Plan is available to all Working Group Members on the CEC Extranet. The Board has been advised that discussions will be taking place in Industry meetings over the next few months about ongoing availability of hardware and possible replacement tests.

TDG Progress Reports

TDG Chairmen are being requested to provide regular non-confidential progress reports that can be circulated to Industry after each TDG Meeting.  This will provide brief updates on how the test developments are progressing, without breaching confidentiality

Test Development Critique

A test development critique process will take place after every completed test development as an aid to improving the overall test development process in CEC.

SG-F-016 Valve Stick

A small group of ACEA, ATC and CONCAWE (AAC) members are considering the option of investigating an additional alternative temperature for the engine soak period in the CEC F-16-96 test method.

SG-L-105 Low Temperature Pumpability

A new reference oil is being added to the test but test results on this new oil cannot be claimed as ‘CEC results’ until after the statistical analysis has been carried out, the SDG Liaison Officer is satisfied that the results meet CEC’s quality criteria and the additional oil is added as an update to the existing test method.

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

This Group, with 19 sponsoring companies, has held its first meeting at which a decision on the types of fuel and equipment have been made and a test matrix proposed .The Group’s election of Dr Udo Boecker, ISP, as TDG-L-109 Chairman was supported by the CEC Management Board. 

TDG-T-108 – FZG Pitting Test

Some pre-pitting test run results were presented and discussed with Group Members during a recent telephone conference.  FZG will now run further tests and the results should be available for the Group’s next meeting in March 2013.

TDG-L-107 – M271 EVO Sludge Test

Problems with the ECU have prevented the engine being run at the speed/load range required for this test, without malfunctions.   
Serial ECUs need the addition of special data sets in order that they can be made available for all the Group Member laboratories to use to run the test.  The hardware supplier has agreed to produce the equipment necessary and to test it on an in-house rig before releasing the equipment to the test development laboratory.

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

Phase 2 (reproducibility) is ongoing.
In preparation for the Round-Robin, all participating laboratories have ordered the installation parts and are in the process of setting up the engine installation on their test beds. It should be possible to start the round robin by the end of Q1 2013, thought there has been some delay in the delivery of some of the parts.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

TDG-L-104 Chairman, Richard Durrant, provided an update of the progress made in Round 2 Phase 1 of testing.  
The test method development will be completed at the earliest by end second quarter 2013 and by the latest mid October 2013.  Further funding is likely to be collected in mid March, once more test results are known.
The OEM has advised that hardware costs will have to be increased and steps are being taken to assure the quality of future test hardware.  

CEC Special Project Group on Elastomers

The Seals Special Project Group Mission and Objectives document was agreed by the CEC Management Board and the Group is in the process of being formed from representatives of ACEA, ATC and ATIEL, plus as many Seals Manufacturers as possible.  CEC Board Member, Ian Field, will Chair this Group and a meeting is arranged for early April 2013. 

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

The CEC Secretariat office will be closed for the Public Holidays on Monday April 1st and Monday May 6th 2013. Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays.

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