Steve Haffner

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Why Are Engine Tests So Difficult to Develop?

Why Are Engine Tests So Difficult to Develop?

It’s not just because stakeholders want better performance from engine oils in more demanding conditions—external fa …

A New LSPI Test for Aged Oil

A New LSPI Test for Aged Oil

ILSAC GF-6 makes its debut this month, but trouble is already brewing around LPSI prevention as engine oils age. A new t …

LSPI Concerns Center on Age of Oil

LSPI Concerns Center on Age of Oil

ILSAC GF-6 is on its home stretch to commercial introduction on May 1, but automakers and the lubricant industry are que …

Worries Raised Over Heavy-duty Engine Tests

Worries Raised Over Heavy-duty Engine Tests

The next heavy-duty engine oil category in North America is not expected for seven years, and industry insiders worry th …

GM Releases Dexos1 Gen 3 Details

GM Releases Dexos1 Gen 3 Details

After previously saying it would release Dexos1 Gen 3 in January and begin commercial licensing during the second quarte …

The Rise of SAE 0W Lubricants

The Rise of SAE 0W Lubricants

Engine oil viscosities for light-duty vehicles have become ever lower over the past few decades. Developments have been …

The Keys to Manufacturing Success

The Keys to Manufacturing Success

Running a prosperous lubes business in todays marketplace is no easy task. Several manufacturers give advice and share t …

On the Heavy-duty Horizon

On the Heavy-duty Horizon

With stricter emissions regulations looming, the industry is already catching a glimpse of PC-12.

The Cost of Using  Group III

The Cost of Using Group III

With engine oils based on Group III picking up market share and the cost of approvals rising, discontent is bubbling up …

Optimizing Specification Development

Optimizing Specification Development

A proposed new engine oil specification development process would disconnect engine test development from the specificat …

Sequence IVB Rules Approved

Sequence IVB Rules Approved

The API Lubricants Group closed the last key Base Oil Interchange/Viscosity Grade Read-Across task force ballots and ind …

API Unveils New Logo for SAE 0W-16

API Unveils New Logo for SAE 0W-16

The North American auto industry now has a formal schedule for commercial introduction of the next passenger car motor o …

COAT Engine Test Back in Business

COAT Engine Test Back in Business

The American Petroleum Institute announced on May 15 that the Caterpillar Oil Aeration Test, or COAT, was again availabl …

STM: A Sharper Tool for Engine Tests?

STM: A Sharper Tool for Engine Tests?

With its ability to save time and money, can the Single Technology Matrix carve out a larger place in engine oil approva …

GF-6: First Use Now in Sight

GF-6: First Use Now in Sight

It has taken over seven years, many test development delays and missed schedules, but the end is finally in sight for IL …

Agreements Near for GF-6

Agreements Near for GF-6

Automakers and the lubricant industry are closer to wrapping up the long-delayed ILSAC GF-6 passenger car motor oil cate …

ACC Offers GF-6 Timeline, Relaxed Limits

ACC Offers GF-6 Timeline, Relaxed Limits

An American Chemistry Council committee proposed a plan last week for the ILSAC GF-6 passenger car engine oil category t …

Concerns Ease Over ACEA Use of ILSAC Tests

Concerns Ease Over ACEA Use of ILSAC Tests

Automaker and oil company representatives say their biggest concerns about European use of engine tests developed in Nor …