Thompson Fuel Solutions
Fuel Management is essential in keeping your generator running at optimal performance.
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE IS CRUCIAL FOR GENERATOR EFFICIENCY
Maintaining generator fuel systems, such as equipment tanks and the bulk fuel tanks that feed them, is critical for maximizing uptime and performance. Thompson Power Systems has added Thompson Fuel Solutions into our already robust line of Preventive Maintenance services to create a Total Solution Preventive Maintenance Program for your generator. We can develop a fuel conditioning solution to prevent costly repairs and downtime. Thompson Fuel Solutions effectively finds fuel issues before they become problems.
WHAT TYPE OF FUEL ISSUES COULD EXIST?
There are 3 ways deterioration could impact your fuel and ultimately your generator’s engine:
Environmental Deterioration – occurs when there are large changes in temperature, microbial contamination and exposure to heat and pressure from the engine’s injection system;
Production Deterioration – occurs due to the time fuel has been in transport or storage and the breakdown of that fuel as a result of natural oxidation, of the influence of production additives to the fuel and of biofuels introduced as fuel additive; and
Fuel Movement Deterioration – occurs as fuel that is heated by engines and later emptied back into their day tanks tends to break down quicker causing condensation in the tank resulting in poor quality fuel.
Poor fuel quality is a leading cause of generator engine performance problems. With today’s increasingly complex engine and injection systems, the tolerances on your generator’s engine is even tighter. Even small amounts of contaminants can cause loss of power, incomplete combustion, excessive emissions and injector failure, all of which lead to increased operating costs and potential generator failure.
CAN FUEL DETERIORATION SHUT DOWN YOUR MACHINE COMPLETELY?
Yes as volatile compounds begin to evaporate, your fuel creates a gum-like deposit that can plug and clog fuel pathways. This, in turn, causes lack of power, stalls, leaks and more in your generator’s engine.
WHAT OTHER ISSUES AFFECT GENERATOR ENGINE FUEL?
Running out of fuel is not good for your generator’s engine. When an engine runs out of fuel, the pump begins to pull air, ruining the injectors and air into your entire fuel system making start-up difficult.
Avoiding water in your fuel tank is also important. When water is present in your tank, it can be introduced into the fuel system and internal engine components. Caterpillar components are built to exacting tolerances which require the lubricity in fuel to prevent wear and damage.
In addition, water contamination can cause the following systems: (1) difficult or hard starting; (2) hesitation and/or sputtering; (3) erratic and/or unstable generator output.
Not only does this cause harm to pistons, it also damages injectors if water is sitting long enough, it will rust out your fuel system.
IS FUEL TESTING THE SOLUTION?
By testing your fuel, you can learn what kind of contaminates are affecting your generator’s engine and work on ways to better your fuel conditions and quality.
Avoiding testing your fuel could leave you with catastrophic failure when you need your generator to run.
If testing your fuel reveals a problem, fuel conditioning may be the solution.
Fuel conditioning is the process of reversing oxidation, removing both free and entrained water, contaminants and sludge from your fuel that will build-up in the fuel tank over time. Conditioning will also keep your fuel in an optimal state at all times.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A trained service technician will come to your facility, dock or jobsite with one of our mobile fuel conditioning systems. He will complete an in-tank camera inspection of your fuel tanks with a camera that is designed to look for fuel contamination. Our fully-contained unit operates by cycling fuel through a series of filters and fuel conditioners that clean, dry and restore your fuel to “clear & bright” condition. There is no need for you or our technician to enter your tank.
When our trained service technician visits your facility, he is qualified to perform all of the following services:
• State-of-the-Art In-Tank Camera Inspections
• Fuel Sampling & Lab Analysis
• Fuel & Tank Treatments
• State-of-the-Art Fuel Polishing & Tank Cleaning
• Regulatory Compliance Audit & Testing
• Tank & Pump Repair
• Turn-Key Tank Services
PRIMARY FUEL WATER SEPARATOR DOES THE SAME THING ... RIGHT?
Wrong. On-engine filters are excellent at stopping particulates and water from reaching critical engine components. However, they offer little capacity to deal with a heavy dose of contaminated fuel. Sludge build-up at the bottom of your tank is inevitable and, if unchecked, will reach the fuel pick-up of your engine. Once this occurs, the system filters will not be sufficient to handle this volume of contamination.
Fuel maintenance is essential to keep your generator running at optimal performance. Below is important information that explains how and why fuel maintenance is essential, and how analysis and testing will keep your generator in peak condition.
WHAT CAN THOMPSON SOLUTIONS FO FOR WITH FUEL MAINTENANCE?
Thompson’s S.O.S Lab is the only oil analysis lab in our territory that can compare the wear elements in your oil and fluids to hundreds of other similar engines to determine if the condition and trends in your oil and fluids are normal or in need of your attention. For more information, click here.
Using sophisticated analytical technology, Thompson’s experienced technicians can perform testing on oil and coolant samples that have been taken at regularly scheduled intervals. All of these tests determine the condition of these fluid samples.
Thompson can provide easy access reporting of your samples through our StoreFront web site called S.O.S Services Web. From this site, you can search for and view your samples, email them to others, log comments, graph trends, and attach related files.
Contact us at 205-782-0952 to create a fuel system maintenance program ideally tailored to your generator to avoid downtime, maximize uptime and reduce operating costs!