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CEC Newsletter May 2013
CEC Newsletter May 2013

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 14th May 2013 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site. The Minutes of the last meeting held on 25th March 2013 were accepted.

Internal Diesel Injector Deposits Test (IDID) - TDG-F-110

The CEC Secretariat received three bids for the position of lead laboratory for this new test development, TDG-F-110.  
All bids were of an extremely high standard.  After in-depth review of the bids submitted, it was agreed to award the job to ISP, Grand Couronne.  Sponsorship has been set at Euro 25,000 per sponsoring company.  The first meeting of the Group will take place at the end of June.

New Gasoline Cleanliness Test using PSA EP6CDT Euro 5 Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection engine (TGDI)

A Template and Terms of Reference were presented to the Board for a new lubricant cleanliness test.  
Board Members have now approved the new test development and letters inviting lead laboratories and sponsors are being sent out.  The pre-tender meeting with potential lead laboratories, followed by official bids, bid analysis and a decision on the lead laboratory will take place over the summer period.  The CEC Secretariat will arrange a timetable for the administration of this new test development.
It has been agreed that there will not be a fuels tender for this test development.  This is because there has already been a lot of internal work carried out by PSA using a particular representative fuel and this data will be made available to the Group for its development work.  

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

Good progress has been made.  The Group has concluded, based on results so far, that test severity is in line with the original performance target and test repeatability appears to be good.  The Board approved the collection of the final amount of sponsorship funds from existing sponsors

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

Six laboratories are involved in setting up the test stand and participating in the Round Robin, which should be completed before the end of this year.

TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

The first test result was reported to the Group in April.  Some adjustments have been made to the operating conditions and a second test is being run with results being discussed with the Group before any further decisions are made.

SG-F-023 – Diesel Engine Injector Nozzle Coking Test (XUD9)

PCM has announced that no further batches of XUD9 engines can be manufactured for CEC F-23-01 Test Method Holders.  SG-F-023 is meeting to discuss how to find an alternate supplier of XUD9 engines.  All laboratories have been asked to check their stocks of hardware in order to establish how much longer the test can be run.

Marine and Large Engine Group

Due to recent inactivity, the CEC Board has decided to close the Marine and Large Engines Group, along with SG-L-094 (Determination of Asphaltenes in used engine oil) and TDG-L-095 (Determination of Insolubles in Used Engine Oils).  CEC L-94-10 will be declared an unsupported Test Method.
Should the Groups decide they wish to re-form at some time in the future they will be required to make a proposal to the CEC Management Board and to re-assess their objectives. 

CEC Test Development Tender Process

All Pro-forma and Template documents will be placed separately on the CEC Web Site for ease of use and quicker updating when required.  The Constitution Guidelines are being reviewed and updated by the CEC Secretariat and a revised draft will be made available for Board Members to consider at the next Board Meeting.

Addition of Safety Parameters in CEC Test Methods

SDG are in the process of defining Safety Parameters for SG-L-099 (OM646 Passenger Car Wear Test) and information is being gathered for the same purposes by SG-L-078 (Ring Sticking and Piston Cleanliness VW TDi test).  
All additional parameters need to be proposed for acceptance by the CEC Management Board, prior to being included in a Test Method.  It was agreed that some wording about Safety Parameters needs to be included in the CEC Guidelines.

Test Monitoring System

The development work that has taken place over the last 6 months has produced effective improvements.  The system is easier to use, more reliable and with improved functionality.

CEC Test Methods - Section 5 Update

Progress is being made with the update of Section 5 of CEC Test Methods, with the draft being sent out for review and comment by CEC Working Group Chairmen.

CEC Reference Fluids

It was agreed to develop templates to standardise, as much as possible, the basic descriptions of Reference Fuels and Reference Oils in CEC Test Methods.

CEC Reference Fluids Reference Document

It was agreed to develop a quick reference document to log batch changes of reference fluids and key components.  This will be included as a supporting document in each Test Method, for update by Chairmen of Surveillance Groups.

CEC Reference Fluid Data Sheets

CEC Reference Oil Data Sheets and non-legislative Reference Fuels Data Sheets will no longer be made available separately on the CEC Web Site or via the Reference Fluid Manuals. Instead, they will be published in the Test Methods that they are relevant to.
This means that they are immediately available to Test Method Holders without having to access them via another part of the CEC Web Site.  This will also help to deter their use for other purposes than for CEC tests, so as to avoid batches running out faster than expected.

CEC Support Groups – Development Oils & Reference Oils

These should be better described in CEC in order to avoid confusion.  Appropriate wording has been proposed for Industry Associations to agree on.

CEC Special Project Group on Elastomers

The first meeting has taken place with representatives from ATC and ATIEL, plus individual ACEA members and elastomer manufacturers.  The Group’s objectives have been agreed and have been endorsed by the Board

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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