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CEC Newsletter July 2014
This Newsletter is based on information received and discussed at the CEC Management Board Meeting on 9th July 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 Please note that it may have been superseded by further events that have occurred between the meeting and the publication of this Newsletter.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 

The Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 9th July 2014 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site. 

Management Board Presentation

Dr. Volker Null from Shell Hamburg joined the CEC Management Board as the second permanent representative for ATIEL.

Management Board Chairmanship

Vincent Panel confirmed that ATIEL will propose a candidate for CEC Board Chairman to replace Anders Roj from 1st January 2015.
Ian Field announced he will retire from  Infineum in August, but will continue to work for ATC and CEC until end 2014.  He will resign from the position of Vice-Chairman and Director of CEC on 31st December 2014. 

New Surveillance Group Chairmen

The CEC Management Board endorsed Alex Bostock of Lubrizol as the new Chairman of SG-L-082 and SG-L-083 (Soot and Kinematic Viscosity in Used Oils) and Peter Mulder as the new Chairman for SG-L-105 (Low Temperature Pumpability).  Board Members thanked Udo Boecker for his excellent leadership as the previous Chairman of all three Groups.


The CEC Management Board Chairman will send a letter to PAC requesting that all efforts should be made to resolve the problem within the next two months, given the urgency and importance of this to the test method and industry.

CEC Tests Life Plan

The new batch of EVO crankcases for CEC L-99-08 Wear Test should be available in July and complete engines by August.  The test is expected to continue to be available.
A new chain-wear test is being discussed in Industry, which may prove to be a suitable replacement for CEC L-38-94 TU3 test.  The SG-L-038 Group Chairman will be asked to advise if there are any concerns about the quality of the test, now that only three laboratories are involved in running it.An indicator of the number of laboratories running a test (and when the information was provided) will be added to the Life Plan.

Future of CEC Fuels Tests

The current fuel tests, which are generally low load, are very flexible and can test all kinds and quality levels of fuels. The improved quality of modern gasolines has meant, however, that it is difficult to show severity differences for present market fuels in Europe.  Historically, fuels tests are generally developed as a reaction to issues in the marketplace.  Participants discussed the need for a more pro-active vision and  the need for OEMs to offer engines for new test developments.  This is always difficult if there is no perceived field problem.In the meantime, the existence of these tests has improved fuel quality and they still provide some protection against poor quality additives being introduced  into the market.  The emphasis for future fuels tests is likely to primarily come from emissions requirements. 
The Management Board agreed there is a definite need to prolong the life of these tests, up to 10 years if possible, providing the quality of the tests can be maintained.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

Engines are expected to be available in August.  This will allow the Group to continue with the test development.

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

The Group is on schedule to finalize Phase 2 and to request to have the test accepted at the September CEC Management Board meeting.

TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

Detailed plans and timelines to be agreed at the upcoming TDG-L-107 Group Meeting are to be forwarded to the CEC Management Board

TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

Group Members have agreed that the remaining sponsorship funds be used to purchase equipment and fluids for the Phase 2 Round Robin.  

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

The Group is on schedule for a full evaluation of the Round Robin results at its October meeting and a request for final test acceptance should take place at the CEC Management Board November meeting.  

TDG-F-110 IDID Test

Chairman, Frederic Lebeau, gave a presentation on the Phase 1 work of the Group. &nbsp;Board Members joined him in thanking TDG-F-110 members for all their contributions and team efforts during the development. &nbsp; The Group will meet in September to conclude if Phase 1 has been completed. If the group is in agreement regarding this, the Chairman is expected to request completion of Phase 1 and a move to Phase 2 Reproducibility before the November Management Board Meeting.

TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test

An update, provided by the Group Chairman, appears to show that test conditions may not be adequate for control of both piston merits and turbocharger parameters within the same test procedure.  A further three tests are being run.  The Group will come back to the Board with further recommendations when these results are available.

Rating Group

SDG Chairman, Chris Gray, confirmed that SDG Officers, Andy Rose and John Durham were already allocated to support the Rating Group for Rating Workshop 

Reference Fuels Group

New standard templates for Reference Fuels Data Sheets (gasoline and diesel) have been produced and the agreed corrections to Sections 2 and 4 of the Reference Fuels Manual have been drafted. &nbsp;These have been sent to the RFG participants for approval before publication. &nbsp;A number of RFDS are awaited from RFG in order to complete the Manual update on the CEC Web Site.

Legislative Fuels in the Reference Fuels Manual

Board Members discussed the need for Legislative Fuels to be recorded in the Reference Fuels Manual with a CEC designation code & it was agreed that Industry Associations, in particular ACEA and CONCAWE, need to further discuss the consequences of removing legislative fuels from  the CEC Reference Fuels Manual.

Special Project Group on Elastomers – possible new Elastomer Test

SG-L-039 should continue with the existing Elastomer tests and a new TDG will be formed before the end of the year to develop a new Elastomer Seals Test. 

Improvements to CEC Processes

The Information Pack for CEC Group Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and Secretaries has been sent out and the supporting guidance documents have been published on the CEC Web Site (CEC Extranet/CEC Information/CEC Guidance Notes and Templates).
A revised Public Progress Report Template has been produced and is in the process of being adapted for each specific TDG.  

Re-write of Section 5 of CEC Test Methods

The Look-Up Table has been completed and is available, to view via every current Test Method, on the CEC Web Site.  The updates to all section 5s of every current CEC Test Method (and Section 4, if required) are in progress.

CEC Test Monitoring System

ISO 17025

 There is now an ISO 17025 question in the fixed section of the data entry page.  The individual who enters the test data will be required to tick a box ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ as to whether the test stand is ISO 17025 registered for that test, at the time the test was run. When entering data, users will be able to see whether or not their data falls outside of the control limits (if they exist for a particular field).  They will be shown a warning to let them know it is outside of control limits, but the system will still allow them to submit their data.

Control Limit Changes – New Protocol

Changes to existing control limits in TMS need to be co-ordinated with an update to Section 11 in the test method, which will specify the new limits.  It is the responsibility of the Group Chairman to liaise with the CEC Secretariat to agree a date.  The CEC TMS will record the date that the control limits were changed and this should be the same as the date of the corresponding Section 11 test method update.  This is required for ISO 17025 compliance.  Note that there is no such requirement for the first control limits that are set, as these are applicable to all previous data.

Downloading Data From TMS

Users are now able to specify data ranges for downloading data from TMS. 

Use of Data Input Spreadsheet

The new direct data entry system has been rolled out to all test types on TMS.   Although the new direct data entry system has proved very successful for all test types, there are still 12 users that have used the old spreadsheet upload in the last three months.  Unfortunately, there is a much greater support requirement for people using the spreadsheet upload method, so we will be working with these users to try and migrate them to direct data entry system.

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays. 
August UK Bank Holiday – the CEC Secretariat will be closed for 1 day on Monday 25th August 2014 as this is Public Holiday in the UK

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