Shawn Whitacre

Shawn’s career spans nearly 20 years focused exclusively on research and engineering dealing with heavy-duty engine lubricants, fuels, and materials. Before joining Chevron in 2013, he spent 12 years leading global fluids and materials engineering activities for Cummins. He also spent five years conducting lubricant, fuel, and emission research for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. At Chevron, he is a Senior Staff Engineer primarily responsible for product formulation of the Delo Brand of Heavy Duty Engine Oils. He is currently the lead formulator responsible for development of Chevron’s PC-11 product line upgrade. Whitacre is the new chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel, which is tasked with the final development of the Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) requirements that take effect in late 2016.

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Keep it Fresh: Delivering Perishable Goods Demands Dependability

Keep it Fresh: Delivering Perishable Goods Demands Dependability

by on May 26, 2017 0 Comments

Equipment reliability is absolutely critical to Boaty’s business. Boaty’s Transport is a family-owned refrigerated trucking company based in Jackson, Georgia.

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How a Major Recycler Maximizes Uptime and Minimizes Operating Costs of its Natural Gas Fleet

How a Major Recycler Maximizes Uptime and Minimizes Operating Costs of its Natural Gas Fleet

by on May 8, 2017 0 Comments

TFC’s trucks are under tremendous pressure, hauling 10,000 to 12,000 tons of recyclables a month under severe-duty, stop-and-start conditions and in an area where summer temperatures can exceed 100o Fahrenheit.

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On the Horizon: API CK-4 Synthetic Diesel Engine Oils

On the Horizon: API CK-4 Synthetic Diesel Engine Oils

by on April 7, 2017 7 Comments

There are still some pockets of resistance to synthetic oils in the heavy duty motor oil market, perhaps a misconception that they aren’t as good as the “real” thing.

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When it Comes to New Oils, There is No Such Thing as Too Much Field Testing

When it Comes to New Oils, There is No Such Thing as Too Much Field Testing

by on August 17, 2016 2 Comments

When the new API CK-4 and FA-4 oils hit the market later this year, they will have undergone some of the most rigorous, varied and exhaustive testing in the industry.

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Piston Deposit Control: Avoiding the High Cost of Engine Damage

Piston Deposit Control: Avoiding the High Cost of Engine Damage

by on July 20, 2016 2 Comments

In our recent blog series, we’ve been exploring the three key traits to look for in the new API CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils. We covered two of these in detail earlier: oxidation control and wear protection. Now, let’s take a deeper dive into the third: piston deposit control.

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Wear Protection in PC-11 Oils: Engine Durability Means Higher ROI

Wear Protection in PC-11 Oils: Engine Durability Means Higher ROI

by on July 13, 2016 6 Comments

We’re continuing our blog series focused on the key traits associated with engine oil and how those will be impacted by the new PC-11 specifications. In this installment, we focus on wear protection — protecting engines from wear is one of the most pivotal functions of the motor oil.

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Oxidation Stability in PC-11 Oils: A Critical Factor in Oil Performance and Engine Life

Oxidation Stability in PC-11 Oils: A Critical Factor in Oil Performance and Engine Life

by on June 21, 2016 3 Comments

In our last PC-11 related blog, we outlined the three key traits to look for in the new engine oil categories coming out of the PC-11 initiative, API CK-4 and FA-4. Now, let’s zero in on one of those traits, which is getting a lot of attention these days: oxidation stability.

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Planning for PC-11: Three Key Traits to Look for in CK-4 and FA-4 Oils

Planning for PC-11: Three Key Traits to Look for in CK-4 and FA-4 Oils

by on May 26, 2016 7 Comments

Changes in engine design to meet new emissions and fuel economy regulations have raised some concerns in the industry. However, the new PC-11 oils being developed go beyond typical attributes of current engine lubricants. They’ve been designed to help extend the life of new diesel engines, promote longer oil drain intervals and offer more choices […]

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PC-11 For Off-Highway: Eliminating pain points and embracing the full benefits of this new oil category

PC-11 For Off-Highway: Eliminating pain points and embracing the full benefits of this new oil category

by on May 4, 2016 0 Comments

  While we’ve been telling you quite a bit about the new PC-11 engine oils for some time, we wanted to focus on the possible pain points for off-highway equipment users, as well as how customers will benefit from the new CK-4 oil.

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The Drive for Greater Fuel Efficiency in Engine Lubes

The Drive for Greater Fuel Efficiency in Engine Lubes

by on March 11, 2016 5 Comments

When you see one of the new 2017 trucks later this year, take a look under the hood. And keep in mind the old adage about not judging a book by its cover.

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