Organizations involved in the development of North American engine oil specifications have expressed concerns about European plans to use several engine tests in the upcoming ACEA 2018 Oil Sequences, warning that dual use could sap testing resources and shorten the lives of the oil categories.
The concerns were raised during an October meeting of the API Lubricant Standards Group and in subsequent letters to ATC, the Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe, which helps coordinate the development of ACEA lubricant specifications. Individuals participating in the North American process suggested a backlog for test stands could develop if lubricant marketers have to undergo the same tests for ACEA 2018 as for ILSAC GF-6, the next passenger car motor oil specification being developed in North America. They said equipment used for those tests could also get used up sooner than normal.
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