From the technical association of the European lubricants industry
4 April 2016
ATIEL provides guidance on making combined ACEA Category performance claims
ATIEL, the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has developed new guidance for engine lubricant marketers on making valid performance claims against more than one Category within the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) 2012 European Oil Sequences.
The guidance on combined claims has been produced in response to findings of an ATIEL quality survey that revealed a number of products on the market bearing incompatible or incomplete claims.
Combined ACEA Category claims on the same lubricant formulation are only possible where the associated chemical limits and physical testing limits of each Category can be met. But some combinations are either technically impossible due to conflicting requirements of two or more categories (example right), or highly unlikely because of demanding combined requirements.
In most cases of incompatible claims highlighted by ATIEL’s quality survey programme, it is likely that the lubricant marketer did not fully appreciate the exact requirements of all the individual Categories involved or may have misunderstood the legitimate claims that can be made in relation to the ACEA 2012 Sequences.
The ATIEL combined claims guidance, including a matrix table that clearly identifies the possible, impossible or highly unlikely claims, has been added to the Industry Information section of the ATIEL website.
It is part of an ongoing commitment to provide more support and training for lubricant marketers, who are responsible for all aspects of product liability, to enable them to understand better the requirements of the ACEA Oil Sequences and to make valid and compliant performance claims.