The Importance of Bulk Fuel Filtration Systems

Justin Christensen |

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Looking after your business takes many forms – maintaining staff relations, making sound investments, carrying adequate insurance and providing excellent customer service. When it comes to vehicles and equipment, it also means looking after your fuel.

Bulk fuel filtration and conditioning systems are an essential part of maintaining a quality product. Designed to keep fuels, pristine and dry by removing water and solids, they come in a variety of models, power options and process flow rates.

Anticipate the Issues

As diligent as you may be in your procedures, the condition of your fuel can still be compromised. Areas such as processing, refining, prolonged storage, transportation and delivery can all cause contamination with the presence of water and other particulate matter.

By their very nature, organic fuels, such as diesel or biodiesel, are prone to biological growth. As they degrade over time, pollutants such as algae or sludge float on top of the fuel or form at the bottom of tanks. In addition to a product that delivers poor performance, this creates a number of other problems such as clogged lines and filters or corrosion.

Filter Out The Good Stuff

Implementing a fuel filtration and conditioning system delivers numerous benefits:

  • Maintains integrity of fuel
  • Protects components like fuel injectors and control valves
  • Reduces the need for additives
  • Keeps tanks clean and water-free
  • Helps prevent emergency shutdowns
  • Prolongs engine life
  • Helps meet clean fuel standards and latest engine requirements

All of these things contribute to more efficient operations and reduced maintenance, both of which save you time and money.

Success Story

Here’s one example of just how some of these systems work.

Problem: A large northern mining company was experiencing multiple challenges: clogged fuel filters and shutdowns with their field service trucks; contaminated fuel from their vendors; slow fuelling rates; and extreme temperatures in a dirty environment creating poor venting and algae growth in tanks.

Solution: Implement a total fuel filtration and separation system that is durable, weatherproof, mobile, compact, 150 psi rated and that has a single pass performance. The fuel required filtration during storage tank refills and filtration and polishing a second time as it was transferred to equipment from the tank.

Recommendations: From delivery trucks to storage tank – A five-micron particulate filter with optional delivery pump at 300 GPM flow rate. From storage tanks to equipment – a base unit mounted on a concrete pad inside the containment area with a two-micron pre-filter and a two-micron coalescing filter/water separator.

Results: The mining company has since maximized equipment uptime and greatly reduced downtime and costs for repairs and maintenance.

In conjunction with a filtration system, you may also want to consider utilizing products by Power Service®. They are the largest US manufacturer of superior additives for all diesel fuels that are ideal for addressing cleanliness, water and other contamination issues.

What condition is your fuel in? Your fuel distributor has a team of experts that can conduct oil analysis, provide fuel filtration services and offer added training on product handling, storage and maintenance practices. Stocked with a diverse range of advanced products such as Power Service®, they will look after your business as well as you do.