A Guide to PC-11 in the Heavy Equipment Industry
Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison, Petro-Canada Lubricants, Suncor, discusses the impact that new industry regulations will have on construction businesses.
This December will see the introduction of PC-11 engine oils, the largest overhaul in industry specifications witnessed in North America in a decade. The changes are designed to drive improvements in fuel economy and emissions as well as greater engine performance and durability. But, with just seven months until these new oils are available, now is the time for heavy equipment operators to prepare for the transition.
Despite the impending deadline, we have seen that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the new regulations. There is a knowledge gap in how PC-11 products will differ from their predecessors, the technology behind them, and the implications for both on-road and off-road operators. It is our mission to address this through our Here Comes the Future education campaign.
What is different about PC-11 oils?
This will also be supported by better oxidation stability, resistance to aeration and increased shear stability, which will all provide enhanced performance and greater hardware protection over time.
We know the requirement for durability is crucial to the heavy-equipment construction sector. The FA-4 category oils are being designed to provide fuel economy above and beyond the current CJ-4 and CK-4 classification through the use of lower viscosity fluids, while still maintaining the durability of engines that operators need.
Understanding the impact on your business
Many construction fleets are comprised of a range of models of varying ages, and so there may not be a uniform oil solution for all vehicles, and managers will need to understand the best solutions across their operations to witness the true benefit of the new specifications.
However, while multiple solutions may be required, upgrading oils can be achieved at relatively low cost and in a short timeframe, offering greater fuel efficiency and providing a faster return on investment than purchasing new vehicles.
As the API FA-4 category oils have been specially designed to cope with the pressures of hotter-burning, more fuel efficient and low emissions diesel engines currently in development, this category is less likely to have an immediate impact on the majority of construction managers as the backwards compatibility of CK-4 oils will still suit their fleets. It is expected that off-road OEMs will lag behind in the adoption of FA-4 oils since lower viscosity oils and increased fuel economy was initially requested by the on-road OEMs.
However, for those managers planning to overhaul their heavy equipment fleet and adopt newer models in coming years, it is important to consider how to maximise return on investment – something that FA-4 will certainly contribute to.
Time to prepare
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