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Comment and opinion
In this issue we are very pleased to include a paper from four colleagues working in the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Laboratory at Ford Motor Company.
This paper was first presented at Esslingen in January where it was received with considerable interest. The authors give us their thoughts on "Automotive lubricants for the next millennium". Clearly the changes in engine design that will be in production shortly, many of which are very significant, will have a major impact on engine oil formulation. For example, with camless engines it might be possible to reduce the load carrying capabilities of the oil which may help formulators improve sludge control especially in diesel engines. This paper will, I am sure, produce as much interest among readers as it did in Germany earlier in the year.
We have reported before on the continued valuable work being carried out at Lulea University in Sweden. The paper in this issue is entitled "Handbook for grease applications" and the authors describe how their work on railway wagon bearings can be used to provide a logical method for selecting greases for other types of application.
Finally, there is a paper which was originally presented at the Institute of Materials ARM99 International Conference in London. This paper looks at the development of prelubes, the new coating fluids which can eliminate application of further specialist deep drawing compounds at the press shop.
These papers will, I am sure, be of great interest to all of us in the lubrication and related industries.