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CEC Newsletter July 2013
CEC Newsletter July 2013

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 10th July 2013 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.

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

ISP has already been working directly with PSA developing this test in-house and it is therefore likely there will be no further requirement for a tender, subject to receiving a satisfactory quotation from ISP.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel 

The Group is making good progress, has demonstrated responsiveness to bio-diesel and is working on discrimination and repeatability.

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

The Round Robin is progressing well with seven laboratories participating.

TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

The test development is progressing well.

TDG-T-108 - Pitting Test

The lead laboratory has commenced verification tests with two defined reference oils

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

The Group is experiencing some difficulty with interpretation of results and reaching consensus.  The TDG-L-109 Chairman has been invited to the next Management Board meeting to discuss the group’s current issues.

TDG-F-110 IDID Test

The inaugural meeting of this Group has taken place. There are 15 sponsoring companies for this test development and the first two tests for evaluation are due to commence as soon as commissioning is complete.
The CEC Management Board endorsed the Group Members’ appointment of Frederic Lebeau of ISP as the Chairman of TDG-F-110.  

CEC Surveillance Groups

The CEC Management Board endorsed the appointment of Tom Hancock, BP, as Chairman of SG-L-085, Daniella Baxter, Infineum, as Chairwoman of SG-L-014 and Peter Mulder, Chevron Oronite, as Chairman of SG-L-036.

CEC Safety Parameters

CEC L-78-99 - The data supplied for EoT TBN is not currently in a suitable format for ACEA so there needs to be further discussion within the ACEA, ATC and ATIEL forum.
CEC L-99-08 – Update on Sludge and Piston Cleanliness parameters
The Group has advised a statistically acceptable safety limit of 8.8 for the sludge parameter, which has been advised to ACEA.  Based on statistical advice, it is not possible to recommend a safety limit for piston cleanliness at this time.

CEC Special Project Group on Elastomers

The second meeting of this special group has taken place.
Discussion took place on the types of Elastomer and the parameters to be measured and which ones should be included in the new CEC suite of tests.  The proposal has been sent to the Chairmen of Light Duty and Heavy Duty Groups in ACEA to await feedback.

CEC Reference Fluid Data Sheets

It was suggested that the Reference Fluid Data Sheets should be held in one place on the CEC Web Site but be linked in to the individual Test Methods for easy direct access.  This would avoid multiple uploads of the same document where a Reference Fluid is used in more than one CEC Test Method and would achieve the required restriction of the RODS only to the relevant Test Method holders.

CEC Reference Oils Manual

Wording to describe Development Oils and Reference Oils has been agreed and the ROG will be asked to include it in the Reference Oils Manual.

CEC Statistical Development Group

SDG would appreciate further volunteers to join them to support CEC Working Groups statistical requirements.   Training will be provided.  If you can volunteer, please contact the CEC Secretariat

CEC Website – New Facilities

2 new facilities are available for members to use on the CEC website.
A Document Review Area allows for documents to be loaded up for review and/or amendment by any member of a working group. The Meeting Organiser allows for meetings to be arranged without the need for back and forth emails. Notifiers are linked to both facilties to provide prompts and participation. Log in to the CEC website and select the particular working group you wish to either review a document for, or organise a meeting for, and then follow the step-by-step instructions. Your feedback is most welcome.

CEC Test Monitoring System

Two new test types are now available on the TMS:
SG-L-103 Biological Degradability of Lubricants is now available for data entry on the TMS, where it is designated as ‘BDL103’.
SG-L-105 Low Temperature Pumpability for Used Oils is also available for data entry, and this test type is designated ‘LTP105’.
The new direct online data entry system is used to enter results for both these test types. User guidelines are available on the TMS web site.
If there are people in participating laboratories who need access to these test types, then the working group representative should contact Paul Bromby or Lynne Lycett at TMS support - [email protected]

CEC Test Methods - Section 5 Update

Phil Baxter, a specialist consultant has been reviewing Section 5, developed for use in CEC fired engine tests to create a level playing field.    
The Surveillance Groups looking after CEC tests that are non-fired or relate to chemical bench testing will be  sent a copy of LAB12 ‘The Expression of Uncertainty in Testing’ released by UKAS, to assist them to decide on which important parameters in their individual tests need to stipulate measurement uncertainty.  
It may be that two standard Section 5s will be developed – one for fired engine tests and one for non-fired engine tests. 

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays. The office will be closed for the Public Holiday on Monday 26th August 2013.

Kellen Europe, Address: Avenue de Tervueren 188 A, Postbox 4, 1150 Brussels, Belgium
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