In-Service Diesel Lubricating Oil Monitoring

    2014 Annual Fee: $669.00

    Schedule: March, July, November

    Sample amount distributed each test cycle: 250 ml of in-service diesel engine lubricating oil and approximately 20 ml of new oil from the same diesel fuel source



    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    ASTM International's In-Service Oil Proficiency Testing Program is a statistical quality assurance tool enabling labs to compare, improve, and maintain a high level of performance in conducting tests per ASTM Intl. methods or other methods used by the lab.

    Conducted three times annually, this program provides (for each test cycle) a 250 ml container of in-service diesel engine lubricating oil, data reports forms, and test instructions. A different in-service diesel engine lubricating oil will be used for each test cycle. Labs perform the tests that are normally conducted within their facility. Labs are encouraged to use the ASTM International methods, as written, however, the program will allow labs to use other methods. The other methods utilized, or any deviations from the ASTM Intl. method, must be documented with the data report form.

    Test data and related information returned to ASTM Intl. will be used in generating statistical summary reports that are returned electronically to each lab. Reports contain:

    • Coded laboratory test results
    • Statistical analysis of test data
    • Charts plotting test results versus lab code

    Samples, test instructions and data report forms are distributed electronically to each participant on the date samples are distributed. Labs have approximately 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary reports being electronically distributed in approximately 25 business days.

    For more information, contact us.


    WHY SHOULD YOUR LABORATORY PARTICIPATE?

    ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:

    • A useful and meaningful statistical quality assurance tool to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance in conducting testing.
    • The resource you need to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation.
    • A periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories.

    Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.


    TEST PARAMETERS

    D2982, D4291, other methods

    Glycol

    D893, D4055, other methods

    Insolubles

    D95, D6304, D1744, "The Crackle Test", other methods

    Water Content

    D92, D93, D3828, other methods

    Flash Point

    D3524, other methods

    Fuel Dilution

    D5185, D6595, other methods

    Metal/Wear Contaminents

    D664, D974, other methods

    Acid Number

    D2896, D4739, D974, other methods

    Base Number

    D445, other methods

    Viscosity, Kinematic

    D7279

    Houillon Kinematic Viscosity

    FT-IR

    Insolubles

    D7624

    Nitration

    D7414

    Oxidation

    Soot Loading

    D7415

    Sulfation

    Fuel Dilution

    Glycol

    Water Contamination

    D7412

    Phosphate

    NOTE: List of tests subject to change.


    DISTRIBUTION OF SAMPLES

    Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by Clark Labs in Jefferson Hills, PA. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to U.S. participants or, for international participants, to a third-party shipping agent located in the U.S.

    IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:

    • Ship through a third party shipping agent - Provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in the U.S. who will be responsible for shipping samples from the U.S. to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
      • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the customer’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
      • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
    • Ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Participation is on an annual fee basis and open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate. Testing must be performed within the participant's laboratory facilities. A laboratory does not need to perform all the program tests to participate.


    ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE D02 ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND LUBRICANTS

    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, consisting of over 1,500 members and developer of nearly 670 ASTM International standards, provides the technical direction for the program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D02 to determine if modifications to ASTM International methods or new methods are warranted and to analytically review program test results. (All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.)