PC-11 lubricant spec to impact operators worldwide 08 March 2016

The emergence of the North American PC-11 specification for lubricants is likely to affect transport fleet operators worldwide, according to Petro-Canada Lubricants.

The company makes the point that PC-11 raises the bar on industry standards for lubricants in the face of increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the resulting direct links to fuel economy.

“OEMs [are] taking more proactive approaches to deliver and sustain optimum fuel economy throughout a vehicle’s lifetime,” explains Karl Rudman, business development manager at Petro-Canada Europe Lubricants.

“This has resulted in the development of high performance, low viscosity lubricants that provide greater durability to support engine protection, while allowing engines to run more efficiently and use less fuel,” he continues.

Rudman says there is still a need for heavier lube grades, such as SAE 15W-40 engine oils, to meet the needs of older vehicles.

“However, we can expect to see the trend towards lighter products, such as SAE 5W-30, continue in the coming years as fleet owners migrate to newer equipment.”

Rudman warns that it is “critical” to identify the right lubricant for each road transport application.

“Online tools such as Petro-Canada’s ‘Lube 360 Product Selector’ can identify the correct lubricant choice for the engine or driveline of most commercial vehicles,” he suggests.

Brian Tinham

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