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Fuel Conditioning Handbook 2015

Fuel Conditioning Handbook – your guide to fuel conditioning

Many of you know that if you store diesel for longer than 6-12 months it will require conditioning. But what does that mean? And why do you need clean fuel? The IPU Fuel Conditioning Handbook contains all the answers you need and you can download it for free. The pocket sized guide covers everything you need to know about maintaining the quality of your fuel and the reliability of the equipment it serves, including: Relevant legislation What is clean, dry fuel and why does it matter? What’s…

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The challenges of ATEX self certification

Self-regulation is a process with a poor reputation. Just ask Fifa. The result is that people are reluctant to trust self-policing organisations. Where platform safety is concerned complete trust is essential. But what level of confidence can be attached to a certificate issued by the same company that manufactured the product. Is ATEX self-certification acceptable or a disaster waiting to happen? ATEX is the standard that governs safety in potentially explosive working environments (including…

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Percentage of FAME to increase

France increases FAME percentage in diesel to 8%

We’ve often speculated that the percentage of biodiesel added to petrochemical diesel would rise from the current level of 7%, but it seems that France has made the first move. Since 2011 international markets have mixed a portion of biodiesel with petrochemical disesel to improve the environmental impact of using the fuel. Although there are many types of biodiesels available, Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) is the most common type used across the world. In January the French…

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ATEX-approved starters

ATEX: Inertia vs Pre-engaged Starter Motors

When it comes to choosing a start system for diesel powered equipment, operators will often be faced with a choice between inertia and pre-engaged starter motors. If the equipment is to be used in a hazardous environment (such as a mine or offshore platform) the starter motor will require ATEX approval. In this situation a pre-engaged starter motor is the only choice. But, what is the difference between an inertia and pre-engaged starter motor? And, why do inertia starters struggle to achieve…

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Dirty fuel causes the world’s largest pump station to fail in test

As New Orleans prepared itself for hurricane season in 2014, a readiness test was carried out on the West Bank Pumping Station. Initially all went well and the pumps were working as expected. But after just a few hours a primary generator failed and 5 of the 11 pumps stopped. The cause? Dirty Fuel. The West Bank Pump Station was opened in 2012 to block storm surge rushing up the Harvey and Algiers canals with the aim of protecting thousands of buildings and structures. The $1 billion West…

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ATEX approval

What is ATEX certification?

The phrase ‘ATEX certification’ is often used in engine starting, but what exactly does it mean? If you operate an offshore platform or underground mine – or if you supply products to companies that do – ATEX certification means safety. The name ‘ATEX’ is short for “Atmospheres Explosibles” and is a strict set of regulations that applies to products intended for used in any hazardous working environments. This includes areas that contain flammable gases, vapours or…

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IPU TO EXHIBIT AT OGA 2015, MALAYSIA – 2-4 JUNE

There are just 6 weeks until the opening of OGA 2015 and IPU will be there to showcase our unique range of ATEX approved hydraulic and air start motors. These ultra-safe products are critical for hazardous environments such as offshore platforms and underground mines. Our pre-engaged hydraulic and air starters are unique. They use a cast iron construction to eliminate aluminium content. ATEX recommends against using aluminium as it is the primary fuel for a thermite reaction. They also…

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IPU ClearTank Fuel Cleaning Service

A single source for Fuel Testing, Cleaning, Polishing and Stabilisation

A quick search on the web will reveal lots of companies who can test your stored fuel, or clean it or sell you a polishing unit. But not many of these will provide you with a complete service. Plus, dealing with multiple suppliers can quickly become complicated and time consuming. You just want somebody to handle fuel conditioning so your time is free for your real job. That somebody is IPU. IPU offers all four stages of a fuel conditioning programme from a single source. This provides you…

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Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse could trigger power outages

On Friday (20th March) the UK will witness its biggest solar eclipse since 1999 with experts warning of potential blackouts. If a power shortage does occur the continuity of your critical systems could be under threat if your stored diesel is contaminated. Are you confident in the reliability of your fuel? Forecasters estimate that the eclipse will last for around two hours and could have a major impact on Europe’s ability to provide power due to: An uncommon surge in the demand for…

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New hydraulic system provides reliable starting for Cummins CFP9E-F30

IPU’s Engine Starting Division have recently dispatched two new hydraulic starting systems to supply guaranteed starting to the fire pumps on a new offshore oil platform. The fire pumps are powered by Cummins CFP9E-F30 9-litre engines. The hydraulic starting systems provide a high level of efficiency enabling the Cummins cfp9e-F30 engines to start instantly, regardless of the conditions. These independent, secondary systems act as a reliable starting mechanism in case the primary electrical…

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