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Fuels, Lubricants and Materials Testing Equipment

January 2009

Volume 2, Number 1

In This Issue

·    Did you know . . .

·    ASTM
Standard Practices

·    PCS Insturments

– get your calibration now!

·    Falex
4 Ball EP/Wear and CEC L-43-A-99 (“KRL”)

·    Calendar

Links you can use

Our Suppliers

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Happy New Year!


Did you know. . .

. . . that PCS Instruments has recently added a new part number to our lineup?  Yup, they’ve added a 10 pack of those little screws that everyone loses when they drop them.  You know which ones they are; they’re the small screws to hold the disk specimen in place.  The Part Number is HFRBSS with 10 of the button-head screws (5 pair) and they are $27.50 per pack of 10.


. . . that we have updated our Calendar, CFR Classes and CFR Bulletins?

Check it all out on our News page here!


ASTM Standard Practices for Everyone!


As one the ASTM CS92 Vice-Chairs, the D02 group responsible for the ASTM Inter-Laboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP) or “Crosscheck” Program, I wanted to direct your attention to a couple of ASTM Practices that might be of interest to you.  Because these are Standard Practices, you might not have noticed them before.

First, ASTM D6617, Standard Practice for Laboratory Bias Detection Using a Single Test Result from Standard Material.

What’s this you say?  A Standard Practice?  Yes, but it’s not just any Standard Practice.  This one takes you through how to detect whether you have a bias in your laboratory from running a single standard material.  Check out D6617 here.

Next is ASTM D7372, the Standard Guide for Analysis and Interpretation of Proficiency Test Program Results.

ASTM Coordinating Subcommittee CS94 has put together one of the most important practices that you could ever put your hands on.  D7372 answers the question of what do you do after you run a Crosscheck sample and get the data back.
Check out D7372 here.

If you have any questions about these or would like more information, please contact Bill directly at

PCS Instruments –

the world’s first, fully automated BOCLE

PCS Instruments introduces the world's first, fully automated BOCLE!

The PCS Instruments ABS is now included in the latest ASTM D5001-08, Standard Test Method for Measurement of Lubricity of Aviation Turbine Fuels by the Ball-on-Cylinder Lubricity Evaluator.

Ø  The ABS is the world’s first, fully automated BOCLE included in ASTM D5001.

Ø  With a simple additional conversion kit, the ABS can also conform to ASTM D6078, Standard Test Method for Evaluating Lubricity of Diesel Fuels by the Scuffing Load Ball-on-Cylinder Lubricity Evaluator (SLBOCLE).

Don’t wait to make that New Year’s Resolution

Make the New Year’s Resolution that you’re not going to wait until the very last minute to get your 6-month ASTM D5191 or D6378 recalibration.  Get a Factory-Authorized eralytics ERAVAP PM Calibration today to ensure continued compliance and keep your warranty going strong!

Calibrate yiour ERAVAP today!
eralytics - performance you can count on!

Falex Corporation

 – the next generation in 4 Ball Machines

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Falex Corporation introduces the New High-Performance Falex 4 Ball EP/Wear Test machine.

From the leader in Tribology equipment comes

Ø  the next generation in 4 Ball EP and Wear Testing!

Ø  With a powerful computer-controlled system, the Falex 4 Ball EP/Wear system incorporates the ruggedness of all Falex equipment with the sensitivity for the most minute coefficient of friction measurement experiments.

Ø  and, with a simple additional kit, you can add the critical “KRL” CEC L-45-A-99 test system and evaluate your shear-stable products or develop new shear-stable additives



Gulf Coast Conference

            Gulf Golf:


Galveston, TX (rescheduled)

January 19               Moody Gardens Golf Course

January 20 – 21          Moody Gardens Conv. Ctr.


Biodiesel Conference



San Francisco, CA   Moscone West Conv. Ctr.

February 1 - 4

February 2 - 3





Chicago, IL                        McCormick Place

March 8 - 13

March 9—11

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