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Commit to Managing Fuel Quality Cleanliness

Once a plan is in place, stay the course. Executing the plan reduces liabilities and costs. Continued risk assessment helps to build a model that ensures accurate need assessment and proper maintenance responses. Armed with the right data know when, where and how to deal with fuel quality issues as they arise. Reduce reactionary maintenance events that cost money and time. The FQM approach is holistic in nature. It looks at every part of the fuel system and identifies a plan that, over time can be implemented. It represents a way to manage repairs and maintenance so expenses can be planned for unlike a reactionary system that requires immediate revenue and potential longer downtime.

FQM is about reducing risk and limiting problems associated with water. A few simple steps are all it takes.

  1. Regular fuel sampling – especially from the bottom of the tank. Human error, equipment failure and the possibility of weather related water issues necessitate weekly fuel sampling. Ideally, bottom sampling should also be completed with every new delivery of fuel. Dixon can provide you with a fuel sampler – one of the best investments you can make. They are easy to use and become the first line of defense.

  2. Do a monthly inspection of your fuel system to determine any deficiencies. If found, have them repaired as soon as possible.

  3. Test fuel on a quarterly basis for water and bacteria or more frequently if water is present. The use of Dixon’s field test kits make it cost-effective and easy, providing instant results. If bacteria is detected, administer a quality biocide to kill microbial growth associated with MIC. Biobor has been the worldwide standard for the treatment of microbial growth since 1965. Dixon can provide you with the Biobor product you need.

  4. If water is present, immediately remove and properly dispose of it. Clean, dry fuel is the goal. If the fuel has degraded or phase separated, clean your tank and fuel using Dixon’s cleaning and filtration equipment.

  5. Clean your fuel and tanks when needed. All of the problems associate with fuel and MIC are due to water and contaminants getting into the fuel.