The SMART Fuel Polishing Systems (FPS) MX-F system is a programmable, fully automated Fuel Maintenance System that removes water, sludge and contaminants wherever fuel is stored or used. Adding a SMART FPS MX-F system will remove particulate, separate water, and condition fuel. This fuel polishing process stabilizes diesel and bio-fuels, eliminates microbial contamination, and ensures fuel remains clean and dry. These compact fuel maintenance systems are specifically designed for permanent installations indoors, as well as confined spaces, such as inside gen-set enclosures or engine rooms.
SMART Filtration Controllers
Fully Automated & Programmable
Integration with Vessel Monitoring Systems
Modular "Plug & Plan" System
Unique Safety and Alarm Features
Remote Monitoring Ready
Powder-coated, Corrosion-Resistant, Aluminum Back Plate & Spill Tray
Stainless Steel Plumbing
Industrial Gear Pump
Fuel has a limited shelf-life and even "fresh fuel" could contain water, sediment and microbes upon delivery. Fuel filters should last thousands of hours. However, frequent filter changes, tank cleaning and replacing fuel have become common maintenance practices that address the symptoms of poor fuel quality, but does not address the root-cause of the problem itself.
SMART FPS Systems reverse fuel deterioration while decontaminating, cleaning and optimizing the fuel for reliable, continuous, uninterrupted service.
The Smart FPS MX-F utilizes three and four-stage water removal and particulate filtration down to one micron. AXI’s patented Fuel Conditioner reverses fuel deterioration and polymerization to sub micron levels.
For safe operation the Smart FPS MX & MX-F is equipped with an automatic pump shut-down and indicators when filter elements require service. Also included are a high pump vacuum, pressure exits, and leak detector.
The system is automatically operated by the a SFC-50 programmable UL508A SMART Filtration Controller with text readout. The controller’s alarm functions and pump shut-down are triggered if filter elements require service, if high pump vacuum or pressure occurs, if system flow rate varies or if there is water in the separator. The wiring harness with plugs easily connects the SMART Filtration Controller with the FPS allowing for greater flexibility in installation and access where it’s most convenient.
The principal components are a continuous-duty pump with primary filter/water separator with vacuum sensor and gauge, an AXI Fuel Conditioner and a SMART Filtration Controller.
The SEPAR primary filter protects the pump, coalesces and removes water and particulate. The patented AXI Fuel Conditioner prevents and reverses fuel degradation, agglomerization and microbial contamination. Implementing SMART FPS Fuel Polishing and Transfer Systems will guarantee Optimal Fuel Quality for Reliable Power At All Times. SMART FPS Systems prevent downtime, periodic tank cleaning, replacing out-of-spec fuel and fuel-quality related injection system repairs.
Implementing SMART FPS Fuel Polishing and Transfer Systems will guarantee Optimal Fuel Quality for Reliable Power At All Times. SMART FPS Systems prevent downtime, periodic tank cleaning, replacing out-of-spec fuel and fuel-quality related injection system repairs.
The FPS MX Fuel Polishing System suctions fuel from your storage tank at 260 Gallons per Hour. Ideally, fuel should be suctioned from the very bottom of the tank, and also from a low point in the tank, or even a tank sump, where water would normally accumulate. Fuel passes through the Separ SWK2000/18 Fuel Filter/Water Separator.
This Primary Filtration unit incorporates a five stage filtration scheme. Initially, in Stage One, the fuel passes through the inlet port and flows through the interior vane system which imparts a circular motion to the fuel as it enters the bowl. Then, in Stage Two, the circular direction of the fuel starts the centrifugal motion of the fuel that forces water droplets and heavier particles (down to 30 microns) to the outside wall of the bowl, with the water and particulates eventually settling in the bottom of the bowl. The Separ SWK2000/18 Fuel Filter/Water Separator has the capacity to hold more than 8.45 ounces of water up to the contacts to the water level probes before the water level alarm will activate. Then, in Stage Three, the fuel passes the vane system positioned on the outside of the central housing. Due to the differing length of the vanes and the twofold rapid change of fuel flow direction, smaller water droplets and finer particulates will settle on the vanes. These settlements will agglomerate and when heavy enough fall to the bottom of the bowl. Already at this point the major portion of any contaminates in the fuel have been separated.
Just below the filter element, as the fuel enters Stage Four, the flow area of the filter is increased significantly thus reducing the fuel flow rate. This calming effect allows even smaller water droplets and particulate to fall out settling on the inner surfaces of the housing, forming larger droplets which eventually fall into the bottom of the bowl by gravity. Due to the above pre-serration process, the major portion of water and particulate present in the fuel will be in the bowl or on the inner surfaces of the filter, thus greatly extending the filter element life. The final filtration, Stage Five, of the remaining water and particulate still contained in the fuel will be effected by the replaceable filter element, typically utilizing a 60, 30 or 10 micron rated filtration element. These filter elements are produced from a special filter media and are available in different pore sizes.
Water Level Probes are provided on the metal bowl to sense when the water level in the bowl reaches a critical level. The WATECT Water Sensor is monitored by the Controller and will provide an alert when the water level is too high. Upon receiving an alert, the water may be manually drained. An Automatic Water Drain is available as an option to automatically discharge the accumulated water from the Primary Filter bowl into a holding container for later disposal.
A Vacuum Gauge is provided on the top lid of the Separ Fuel Filter/Water Separator to allow for visual monitoring of Vacuum. When the Vacuum reading increases, indicating that the replaceable filter element has reached its capacity for holding particulate material, you know the filter needs changing. No more guessing or changing the filter too soon.
The clean fuel leaves the filter via the outlet port and passes through the Vacuum Switch connected to the Controller, constantly monitoring vacuum and, upon detection of high vacuum, caused by a clogged Primary Filter or obstruction in the suction line, the Controller will send an alert that high vacuum is occurring, and likely the filter needs replacement. The fuel then continues to the suction size of the Internal Gear Pump. Fuel then exits the pressure port of the pump and passes through a Pressure Switch with Gauge that allows for both visual reading of the pressure in the discharge side of the pump and monitoring of the discharge pressure by the Controller. If discharge pressure is too high, an alert shut down the system. This typically indicates a clogged secondary filter or obstruction in the discharge pipe.
The fuel flow continues to the AXI Fuel Conditioner. Operating on the principal of induction on the process of combining kinetic and magnetic energy to influence the behavior of electrons, the AXI Fuel Conditioner provides a powerful magnetic field and the flow of fuel provides the kinetic energy.
As fuel deteriorates, clusters of fuel components break down and residue begins to accumulate, resulting in dark, hazy fuel with poor combustibility. The increase in size and mass of the fuel breakdown products lead to clogged filters and the build up of tank sludge. The AXI Fuel Conditioner dissolves the clusters, stabilizes the fuel, and eliminates tank sludge. The results are Clear & Bright Fuel, improved filterability, optimal combustion and clean fuel systems. The process of how the AXI Fuel Conditioner makes clear, bright and more combustible fuel as well as restoring degraded fuel and eliminating the effects of microbial contamination is compelling. As the AXI Fuel Conditioner does not filter the fuel, but treats it as it passes through the unit, there is seldom any reason to suspect that a restriction is in the AXI Fuel Conditioner. But you can remove the face plate, remove the magnet and wipe it off with a shop rag and replace the filter and face plate. A spare parts kit for the AXI Fuel Conditioner includes a new face panel O-Ring and replacement screws to fasten the face plate.
The FPS MX-F utilizes a spin-on filter element as a Secondary Filtration stage (not included in the FPS MX System). Clogging filter elements and saturation of the water block filter restrict the flow of fuel and the system's pressure gauge will indicate a pressure drop. The gauge is mounted on top of the secondary filter. At a pressure drop of 22 PSI (red dial area of the gauge) the pump will automatically shut off. The Secondary Spin-on Filter used my be a particulate filter (available in 1, 3, 10, or 25 micron sizes) or a three micron or ten micron rated Water Block Filter spin-on element, designed to remove entrained and emulsified water from the fuel stream. Low fuel flow may also cause an alert. Ball valves are provided at the inlet port and outlet port to allow for shutting off fuel flow in the event fuel flows back into the cabinet when filters are being replaced.
Fuel is then directed back into the storage tank. Ideally, the return line should be at the opposite end of the tank from the suction pipe pickup so that the agitation of the fuel will move water and particulates towards the suction line.
Leak Detection by way of a float switch in the bottom of the drip tray should the unexpected happen and fuel collects in the tray. Upon detection, the Controller will shut down the system.
Implement a Fuel Management Protocol
Cleaning your fuel tank should not be something that is done when someone happens to thinks about it, resulting in the treatment occurs at irregular intervals. Formulate a plan for keeping your fuel tank clean and your fuel in optimal condition, and then follow the plan.
There are many variables to consider in putting together a good plan, such as the use of the fuel being stored, how often the tank is drawn down and fuel is added to replenish the fuel level, do you have high confidence that the fuel you receive is good fuel, relative free of water, or is it bio-diesel which is susceptible to having water mixed in with the fuel. Is the tank indoors in a temperature controlled environment or outside subject to wide temperature changes (increasing the possibility of water accumulating in the tank from condensation). The climate conditions where you are located becomes a factor. If you are close to the ocean or in a humid climate, you would treat your fuel more often than if you are located in a dry, desert area.
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