IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN DIESEL TANKS AND FUEL
Today’s modern diesel engines demand high
quality fuel. Simply following the traditional approach that “fuel
is fuel” and relying on engine filtration to resolve fuel
contamination has certainly proved to be less than ideal and has
costly severe implications.
Amazingly, the "life blood" (FUEL QUALITY)
of an entire operation is all too often neglected as well as cleaning
of contaminated tanks. Many operations that store fuel are either
unaware of their fuel’s condition or practical cost effective
solutions. Simply burning off existing contaminated fuel will
damage equipment and leave sediments in the tank's bottom to contaminate
new fuel. This attitude is due, to some degree, to the owners
being unaware of the consequences and, to a greater degree, having
other demands placed on their maintenance budget.
Quantifying the actual costs of contaminated fuel
(especially on large fleets) is all too often not accurately assessed.
This is due to the fact that when the consequences start to present
themselves, we generally tend to treat the symptoms and not identify
and correct the cause. In all cases where we have implemented
fuel maintenance solutions the actual long term savings and benefits
have proved far greater than originally anticipated.
Once contaminant accumulates in a tank it will
continue to contaminate any fuel that passes through it. In the
past tank cleaning was a generally neglected maintenance item
which was only attended to in extreme circumstances due to the
cost, waste factor and downtime that accompanied this procedure.