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INDUSTRY ACRONYMS

 

Even those who have been in the lubricant business for years have difficulty remembering all of the industry’s common terms and organization names. Below is a thorough list of lubricant industry acronyms and their meanings.

 

AGMA…………….American Gear Manufacturers AssociationAHEM…………….Association of Hydraulic Equipment Manufacturers

ANSI………………American National Standards Institute

API………………..American Petroleum Institute

ASME…………….American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASTM…………….American Society for Testing and Materials

ATF……………….Automatic Transmission Fluid

AW………………..Anti-Wear

C of A…………….Certificate of AnalysisCARB…………….California Air Resource Board

CMA………………Chemical Manufacturers Association (Organization renamed ACC)

CRC………………Coordinating Research Council (USA)

CST……………….Centistoke

EDM………………Electrical Discharge Machining

EGR……………….Exhaust Gas Recirculation

EMA………………Engine Manufacturers Association

EP…………………Extreme Pressure

EPA………………..Environmental Protection Agency

FDA………………..Food and Drug Administration

HD………………….Heavy Duty

HDD……………….Heavy Duty Diesel

ILMA………………International Lubricant Manufacturers Association

ILSAC…………….International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee

ISO………………..International Organization of Standardization

JASO……………..Japan Automobile Standards Organization

LNG……………….Liquefied Natural Gas

LPG……………….Liquefied Petroleum Gas

LWI………………..Load Wear Index

LRI………………..Lubricants Review Institute

MITI………………Ministry of International Trade and Industry

MP………………..Multi Purpose

MSDS…………….Material Safety Data Sheets

NGEO……………..Natural Gas Engine Oil

NLGI……………….Natural Lubricating Grease Institute (USA)

NMMA…………….Natural Marine Manufacturers Association

NPRA……………..National Petroleum Refiners Association

NSF……………….National Sanitation Foundation

OEM………………Original Equipment Manufacturer

OPEC……………..Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties

OSHA……………..Occupational Safety and Health Association

PCMO…………….Passenger Car Motor Oil

PQIA………………Petroleum Quality Institute of America

QPL……………….Qualified Product List

QC…………………Quality Control

R & O……………..Rust and Oxidation

SAE………………..Society of Automotive Engineers

STLE………………Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

SUS………………..Saybolt Universal Second

TAN………………..Total Acid Number

TBN………………..Total Base Number

TPI…………………Technical Product Information

USDA……………..United States Department of Agriculture

USP………………..United States Pharmacopeia

UTF………………..Universal Tractor Fluid

VI………………….Viscosity Index

VII…………………Viscosity Index Improver

VM…………………Viscosity Modifier

VOC……………….Volatile Organic Compound

ZDDP………………Zinc Dialkyl Dithiophosphate