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
FQM is about reducing risk and limiting problems associated
with water. A few simple steps are all
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.
Do a monthly inspection of your fuel system to
determine any deficiencies. If found,
have them repaired as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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.