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IN NETWORK

Cross Connections
GF-6 Engine Oil Category Update
By Doug Anderson

T

he development of the new GF-6 engine oil category
requested by the Auto Alliance continues to move
forward, and the American Chemistry Council Product Approval Protocol Task Group (ACC PAPTG) continues
to work with equipment and oil partners to successfully
complete this category. It has been a long process and was
originally complicated by the need for concurrent HeavyDuty Specification development and, more recently, a request
for a supplemental category to complete the GF-6 process.
The challenge to the industry continues to be completing
test development and starting base oil interchange/viscosity
grade read across (BOI/VGRA) testing. At the time of this
write up, the Chain Wear Test by the Auto Oil Advisory Panel
(AOAP) is expected to be approved at the December 2017
ASTM meeting. This will leave the Sequence IVB wear test
as the final piece to complete the development puzzle. The
expectation is to have all GF-6 precision testing done in
late December to early January and analyzed for early 2018
approval. BOI/VGRA testing was approved and will be commencing shortly if it has not already begun.
Unfortunately, this timing has led to the requested
supplement to API SN. A large number of the automotive
engines in the field use technology that is subject to low speed
pre-ignition (LSPI). As such, the newly developed LSPI test,
now officially called the Sequence IX, will be required for oils
suitable for use in these types of engines, and XW-16 grades
will be available. ACC PAPTG issued revisions to its Code
of Practice, which included the Sequence VIF fuel economy
test for XW-16 and the Sequence IX test, to allow continued
test registration and procedures to uphold our guiding cornerstones of accurate performance results, a level playing field
and an open and transparent system.
With all the challenges being addressed, the process still
needs to be completed. As such, the industry has begun a process review and formed a GF-6 Timeline Group. This group
is evaluating the current state of affairs and looking at ways to
streamline the process. ACC is actively participating on this
group and looks forward to the successful completion of the
GF-6 category development and getting oils in the field that
provide the required performance.
In summary, ACC member companies continue to deliver
the chemistry needed to meet the challenges of the new GF-6
engine oil category requested by the Auto Alliance. ACC has

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supported the industry's timing needs to develop meaningful,
repeatable and precise tests for the new GF-6 category. While
this has been a long process, we are working with our partners
to complete the necessary work to get the GF-6 category
finalized and products developed.
Anderson is petroleum additives panel manager for the
American Chemistry Council. He may be reached at
doug_anderson@americanchemistry.com.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings January 2018

Meet ILMA’s New President DAVE CROGHAN
ADDING ANOTHER DIMENSION
THE BIG CHILL
LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
Company Callout
WHAT’S COMING UP
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
In the Know
International Insight
Market Report
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
Cross Connections
PORTRAIT
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 1
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 2
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - INSIDE ILMA
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 5
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Company Callout
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 7
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - WHAT’S COMING UP
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 9
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 11
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 13
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - International Insight
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - 15
ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Meet ILMA’s New President DAVE CROGHAN
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - ADDING ANOTHER DIMENSION
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - THE BIG CHILL
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - BUSINESS HUB
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
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ILMA Compoundings January 2018 - Member Connections
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