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Portable
Tank Cleaning and Fuel Transfer System

240 GPH Diesel Fuel Polishing Package

TK-240 XT Portable
Tank Cleaning

TK-240 XT

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TK-240 XT

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TK-240 XT

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Additional Pictures of the TK-240 XT Components

TK-070 Strainer

TK-070
Primary
Screen

TK-240-XT Suction Hose

Clear Suction
Hose

TK-240 XT Discharge Hose

Discharge
Hose

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Diesel Fuel Before and After

Before and efore and after fuel cleaned by the AXI Fuel Polishing System

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Debris and Water Removed
from the Bottom of Tank

Sediment removed with ALGAE-X

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TK-240 XT Portable Fuel Polishing System

 

TK-240 XT

Pump Rate

240 GPH
910 L/H

Serviceable
Tank Size

Up To 6,000 gallons
(22,700 liters)

Pump

Nickel Plated Brass Gear Pump

Power

12V DC - 10 A

Battery Clamp Leads

9 feet long

Max. Fluid Viscosity

46 cST

Fluids

Diesel Fuel, Hydraulic,
Engine & lube oil,
water, antifreeze

Plumbing

Stainless Steel

Inlet / Outlet

1/2" hose barb

Inlet / Outlet ports on pump head

3/8" BSPP

Fuel Conditioner

AXI LG-X 500

Primary Filtration/
Strainer

TK 070 (50
mesh/297 Micron)

Secondary Filtration

Spin-On Filter

Secondary Filter Elements

WBS-3 3µ Water Block
Filter (Standard)
or FFS-10 10 µ
Particulate Fuel Filter

Pressure Gauge

CI-12 Color
Coded Showing
Filter Restriction

Clear Suction
Hose

1/2" wire reinforced
15 ft. (4.57 m)

Flexible
Discharge Hose

1/2",
13 ft. (3.96 m)

Operating Temperature

32 - 104 deg. F
(0 - 40 deg C)

Max. Discharge Pressure

28 PSI (1.8 bar)

Weight

29.0 lbs
(15.9 kg)

Dimensions
(H x W x D)

13" x 12" x 12"
(33 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm)

Stand/Drip Tray

Included
14" X 13" X 4.25" (LX W X H)

Diesel Catalyst Additive

One 8-oz Bottle
AFC-710 Included

Not for use with fluids that have a
flash point below 100 deg. F.

Available Options for the TK-240-XT

Converter -- Accepts 90 V to 305 V AC Input and provides the 12 V DC Output required to power the TK 240 from your handy wall outlet

Suction Hose -- Clear Suction Hose available to extend hose length more than the 15 feet included with the TK-240 (Sold by the foot)

Discharge Hose -- Additional Discharge Hose available to extend hose more than the 13 feet included with the TK-240 (Sold by the foot).


Other Products that Enhance
the Operation of the
TK-240 XT System

AFC-705 Diesel Fuel Catalyst -- A POWERFUL Full Spectrum Additive and tank cleaning agent. It is a unique broad-spectrum fuel additive that provides Superior Diesel Fuel Quality for Engines and Storage Tanks, lowering operating cost, maintenance and downtime.

AFC-710 Diesel Fuel Catalyst -- A unique and powerful Tier 4 compliant broad-spectrum fuel additive concentrate for use in Diesel, Bio-fuels, Gasoline, Kerosene, and HFO.

AFC-805 Diesel Fuel Catalyst -- An effective means of decontaminating and cleaning storage tanks and stabilizing fuel fuel, ideally used for cold weather applications where there is long term fuel storage, such as bulk fuel farms, winterized recreational and work boats, and also smaller engines.

Water Eliminator -- Water Eliminator crystals are water specific and will swell many times their weight in water. Water specific means they will only absorb the water in your tank and will not absorb or adversely affect gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, JP5 or hydraulic oil. Place a Water Eliminator in your fuel tank and monitor at each fill up for accumulated water.

Water Finding Paste -- Use some "Kolor Kut" paste on the end of a stick or a tank measuring rod that reaches through the top fill opening all the way to the bottom of the tank. Kolor Kut paste will show the water level in the tank by changing color where it comes in contact with water, indicating how much water and sludge will need to be removed.


TK-240 XT
Replacement Filter Options

Primary Filter Screen:

Secondary Spin-On Filter Elements:

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TK-240 XT Literature

TK-240 XT Portable
Tank Cleaning
Component Identification

TK-240 XT

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1) Fuel Inlet (From Tank) & Suction Hose

5) Pressure Gauge

2) Primary -- 40 µ Cleanable Screen/Strainer

6) Secondary -- WBS-3 3 µ Water Block Spin-on Cartridge Fuel Filter (Standard)

3) Nickel Plated Brass Gear Pump

7) Fuel Outlet & Discharge Hose

4) LG-X 500 Fuel Conditioner

8) Spill Containment Tray

Mobil Fuel Conditioning, Tank Cleaning and Fuel Polishing Systems

AXI (formerly ALGAE-X) Mobil Tank Cleaning Systems are portable and are designed and engineered to service many tanks on a rotating cycle basis. Diesel fuel has a shelf life of 12 months, according to Caterpillar, and bio-fuel has a shelf life of six months from the time it left the refinery. At temperatures above 86 deg. F (30 deg. C) diesel fuel can degrade to unusable condition in half that time. When fuel is in storage, it should be stored in clean tanks, free of water, and circulated every six to twelve months, depending on your usage and climate (in more humid climates, water is more likely to accumulate and fuel polishing should occur more often. For more information on how and why fuel degrades, the importance of diesel fuel cleanliness, and how microbial contamination impacts fuel tanks, diesel engine performance and engine component life, read the article "Most Diesel Engine Failures Originate in the Fuel Tank" on this web site.

Portability of AXI's Mobil Tank Cleaning Systems varies from the hand-held, 30 pound TK-240 XT system made to circulate diesel fuel at 240 gallons per hour and perform fuel polishing on tanks up to 6,000 gallons, to the MTC HC-150, a system built on two pallets and capable of circulating fuel up to 9,000 gallons per hour, capable of treat ing 72,000 gallons in an 8-hour period.

Some AXI Mobile Fuel Polishing Systems feature vaiable flow speeds, multi-port phased cleaning, vacuum and pressure gauges to monitor operations, water detection sensors to monitor water accumulation in water separators, and automatic controllers that offer alerts when fuel filters require change-out, and emergency shut down when flow is interrupted.

An AXI Mobil Tank Cleaning and Fuel Polishing System is the central component of a Fuel Management Plan. Establishing a fuel management and maintenance protocol for fuel tanks that are a variety of sizes and in diverse locations must include periodic monitoring and removal of accumulated water from the tank, periodic treatment with an AXI Diesel Fuel Catalyst for tank cleaning, residual water removal, particulate filtration, microbe neutralization, and polishing of the fuel, returning the fuel to its clear and bright appearance, and to a state of optimal performance.

TK-240 XT Fuel Polishing and Tank Cleaning System

The TK-240 XT Portable Fuel Tank Cleaning and Fuel Transfer System is the ideal single piece of support equipment that every diesel-fuel-powered equipment owner needs to assure that the diesel engines they depend on will perform with optimal performance every time the key is turned providing long term tank cleaning and fuel management benefits.

The TK-240 XT will provide fuel re-circulating, filtration, polishing and/or handle the transferring of diesel fuel and other light oils in vessels, stand-by generators, trucks, buses, agricultural and heavy equipment.

The TK-240-XT is compact, portable and easy to use. For marine applications, the TK-240 XT effectively removes water, sludge from the bottom of tanks and transfers waste to the appropriate waste receptacle. But the Portable Tank Cleaning System is also ideal for use on the farm or construction equipment maintenance shop to keep the fuel in equipment tanks that are used seasonally or only occasionally in optimal condition. Small service companies (tree services, landscape maintenance, construction companies and others) also are able to keep equipment running more efficiently and get longer life out of those expensive equipment filter elements, not to mention longer life from fuel system components. The TK 240-XT guarantees Optimal Fuel Quality for Reliable Power at All Times.

The TK-240 XT is a 12 Volt hand held unit that can be operated with battery power or, with the optional converter, powered by 110V 60Hz or 230V 50Hz power. The TK-240 XT is capable of treating tanks up to 6,000 gallons, circulating fuel at the rate of 240 gallons per hour.

Applications

An AXI Mobil Fuel Conditioning and Tank Cleaning Systems provides a great deal of flexibility, being able to take the system to one or many tanks that have shown symptoms of fuel degradation, water contamination, microbial contamination, or diesel engine component failure caused by bad diesel fuel. The TK-240 XT is maybe the most popular as it can not only polish the fuel in a diesel fuel tank up to 6,000 gallons, it can also solve fuel related issues emanating from a tank on a single piece of equipment. As long as at least one hose can be inserted into the tank, ideally to the bottom of the tank, the TK 40 XT can do its job (this would involve use of a second tank capable of holding the fuel being removed, but it does do the job). If both hoses can be inserted into the tank, typically at the fuel filler opening, then the fuel can be circulated in place.

Any piece of equipment can be a candidate for contamination. An individual that owns a diesel power marine craft, a pickup truck, motor home, farm tractor, tractor trailer rig, or construction equipment can use this handy fuel conditioning and tank cleaning tool. Many folks start with the TK-240 XT and see that it does its business, and then more up to another, higher capacity Mobil Tank Cleaning System, such as the MTC 1000 or MTC 3000 so that the job can get done quicker, leaving the MTC to be available to clean more fuel tanks, assuring that operations continue to run without stoppage or slow down due to fuel related problems.

Any repair or service shop or mobile vehicle should have a TK-240 XT handy. It is an invaluable tool to solve any number of problems, and often the process of polishing the diesel fuel in equipment's fuel tanks becomes a standard part of a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance protocol, just like changing the oil and checking the air filter. Feedback from customers often include comments that the cost of purchasing a TK-240 XT to polish their diesel fuel and clean just one tank was far less of an expensive than undertaking the removal of all diesel fuel from the diesel fuel tank, arranging for the proper disposal of the fuel, removal of the fuel tank from the equipment, and extensive efforts attempting to clean the inside of the tank with pressure or steam, often with less than the desired results. One use of the TK-240 XT easily cost less than the alternative, without considering the expense of replacing the fuel that was unusable.

TK-240 XT Functionality

The TK-240 XT Fuel Filtration System is self contained, and stand-alone. They recondition and stabilize fuel, eliminate & prevent microbial contamination and remove water, sludge and contaminants from tanks; preserving the integrity of stored fuel, providing reliable power whenever it is needed.

The principal TK-240 XT components include a continuous duty motor with coupled helical spur gear pump, a Primary T-Strainer with 40 mesh (380µ) screen, a Secondary spin-on filter with a 3µ Water Block filter (standard), and an available 10µ fine particulate filter. The Water Block filter utilizes a special filter element material that will remove both free water and emulsified water from the fuel stream. An AXI Fuel Conditioner is included to optimize fuel quality, increase filterability and eliminate microbial contamination. All components are designed into a hand carry unit and tray that contains any fuel drippage during filter changes and provides a handy place to place tools when carrying the TK-240 XT between tanks.

AXI Fuel Conditioner

The fuel flow first enters the AXI Fuel Conditioner LG-X 500 immediately upon exiting the fuel pump. 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.

AXI LG-X 3000 Fuel Conditioner

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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 magnet 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.

Primary Filtration

TK-070 Strainer

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The primary filter is a 40 mesh (380µ) T-Screen that is designed to protect the fuel pump from foreign material that may be picked up in the suction and to remove larger sludge and debris that may damage the pump or shorten the life of the secondary filter. The T-Screen is easily disassembled and cleaned.

Secondary Filtration

WBS-3 Water Block Filter Element

The TK-240 XT Fuel Polishing System Secondary Filter is a spin-on filter. The filter housing includes a Pressure Gauge that reads the back pressure and, when the back pressure increases indicating that the flow of fuel is being restricted by the accumulation of particulates or other debris on the filter element inside the spin-on filter, it is time to change the filter. This assures that you are not leaving a filter on too long, compromising the filtration process, or changing the filter too soon and not receiving all the value for the filter and increasing your operating costs.

AXI recommends the use of the FFS-10 Particulate Filter, a 10 micron filter element, or the WBS-3 Water Block Filter, a 3 micron filter element. Both are spin-on secondary filter elements. The Water Block filter is usually the preferred filter as it will remove free water and emulsified water from the fuel stream along with the removal of particulates. Most engine manufacturers want the fuel entering their engine to be filtered at 4 microns, removing particulates and organic debris from the fuel preventing these contaminants from causing problems with the tolerances of fuel injector systems. Although modern engines have a factory-provided filter, usually in the 4 micron range, supplying fuel to the filter that already meets these requirements will extend the life of the factory filter and also assure the fuel is in optimal condition for use in these highly developed injector systems.

The TK-240 XT Package

The TK-240 XT Portable Tank Cleaning System includes everything you need to circulate the fuel removing heavy debris, treat the fuel with the AXI Magnetic Fuel Conditioner, and filter the fuel. Included in the TK-240 XT package are fifteen feet of suction and thirteen feet of discharge hoses. Additional hose length may be ordered of the suction hose (TK-050) and/or the discharge hose (TK-051) when you are ordering your TK-240 XT as optional equipment if need in your particular situation (see the right side of this page to order extra hose to your order). Many users that have an opening in the tank allowing for direct access to the tank bottom adapts PVC fittings and 1/2 inch PVC tubing to the end of the suction hose to allow for suctioning the tank bottom during the early cycles of a tank cleaning. Moving the tube around much like a vacuum cleaner allows for suctioning up the "big pieces" from the tank bottom.

The TK-240 XT package also includes the spill and drip tray that contains any fuel that may splash or leak during hose disconnecting, when the screen is disassembled for cleaning, or when the filter element needs replacement. The tray also provides a handy place to store tools and makes two-handed carrying easier.

Most importantly, an 8-oz, bottle of AXI AFC-710 Diesel Fuel Catalyst is also included. This bottle, with integral measuring, will treat 160 gallons of diesel fuel at the recommended "first time" dosage of 1 oz. additive to twenty gallons of diesel fuel, or 320 gallons of diesel fuel at the recommended "preventative maintenance" dose of 1 oz. additive to 40 gallons of diesel fuel. Depending on the climate in your region, a preventative maintenance dose should be used every 3 to 6 months to keep your tank clean, and a fuel polishing with the TK-240 should be done at the same time. Your experience may dictate a difference in the frequency of treatments.

Sample the Tank Bottom

If a tank has a straight-line access to the bottom of the fuel tank from the fuel fill hole or through another inspection port, a length of PVC or similar material pipe, 1/2 inch in diameter, can be used like a soda straw to sample what is in the bottom of a tank. Cut the pipe to length to allow insertion of the pipe to the bottom of the tank while allowing your thumb to cover the exposed end of the pipe. With your thumb over the end, insert the pipe to the bottom of the tank, remove your thumb so what is at the very bottom will rush into the tube to the level of fuel in the tank. Again place your thumb over the end of the pipe and extract the pipe, maintaining the liquid and other materials inside the tube. Place an empty clear plastic 2 liter soft drink bottle upright in the bottom of a empty 5-gallon bucket. Direct the end of the tube into the drink bottle (any spilled liquid will be caught inside the five gallon bucket). Perform this action several times. Allow the contents of the bottle to settle (ideally overnight) and inspect the materials in the bottom of the drink bottle. Any debris or water should be apparent.

If your tank is larger and using a tube to recover fuel, water or other debris from the bottom of the tank is not possible, you can use a Tank Sample (TS) Fluid Sampler. You can take 4 oz., 8 oz, or 16 oz. samples using the AXI Tank Sampler or you can use a hand-held Sample Pump (at bottom of the AXI Tank Sampler page) to remove a sample, as described on the Tank Sampler page.

Recommended Tank Cleaning & Fuel Treatments

AFC-705 Diesel Fuel Additive

It is recommended that diesel fuel be treated with the AXI Fuel Catalyst AFC-705 (for pre-2007 engines) or AFC-710 (Tier 4 compliant) Diesel Fuel Catalyst prior to the initial tank cleaning and at least every six months thereafter to assure the fuel tank remains clean and the fuel is stabilized. This will enhance and accelerate the tank cleaning process by breaking down and dissolving existing tank sludge. Always check the fuel tank for an accumulation of water in the bottom of the tank. Using a rod, sometimes used to measure fuel in a storage tank, or a length of PVC pipe, spread a line of Kolor Kut Water Finding Paste on the side of the rod or pipe and insert to the bottom of the tank. If the paste touches water, it will change colors, showing how much water is in the tank requiring removal.

AFC-710 Diesel Fuel Additive

Pump accumulated water out of the tank for proper disposal. It is often the case that all of the water is impossible to remove. AFC-705 contains a surfactant that will emulsify the residual water up into the fuel for removal by a Water Block Filter on the AXI Fuel Polishing System AFC-710 does not include this surfactant component). Depending on the condition of the fuel and the amount of sludge build-up, it is recommended to initially use a double dose of one to twenty-five hundred (1:2500 - one oz. to 20 gallons of fuel) and circulate the capacity of the tank five times. Always treat the tank when the tank is full of fuel. If you perform a treatment with a half tank of fuel, you will only be cleaning the bottom half of the tank. The use of AXI Fuel Catalyst has proven to be essential in accelerating the tank cleaning process. AFC-705 and 710 contains detergent, dispersant, corrosion inhibitor, lubricity enhancer and combustion catalyst. AXI Additives do not contain biocides.

AFC-710 Powder Diesel Fuel Additive

For engines manufactured in 2007 and later, use AFC-710, available in both liquid and powdered form. AFC-710 does not contain the surfactant (used to emulsify residual water into the fuel for removal in the circulation process as does AFC-705), a component that does not allow for qualification as a Tier 4 product. AFC-705 and AFC-710 should always be used periodically in particular to stabilize fuel that is stored for longer periods of time.

After the initial cleaning, the AFC-705 or AFC-710 in the fuel will continue to stabilize the fuel for six months or more. Every six months, or more often if the region in which you reside is a humid climate, treat the fuel again and circulate the capacity of the tank three times. In applications where fuel from a treated tank is distributed to other equipment, the additive will also clean the downstream tanks and continue to stabilize the fuel.

AFC-710 Powder

Tank Cleaning & Fuel Treatment for Cold Weather Use

For cold weather operations, AXI Fuel Catalyst AFC-805 is a unique and powerful anti-gelling broad-spectrum fuel additive specifically formulated for use in Diesel, Bio-fuels, Gasoline, Kerosene, and HFO. AFC-805 should be used as part of any preventative fuel maintenance program, and is ideal for use in bulk storage fuel tanks in cold weather environments. AFC-805 enhances the breakdown and removal of sludge, slime, and bio-fouling from tank walls and baffles that are difficult to access.

AFC-805 effectively decontaminates and cleans an engine&rsquot;s entire fuel and injection system. It continues to work in storage tanks cleaning and stabilizing fuel for up to 12 months with a single dose. AFC-805 is ideally used for cold weather applications where there is long term fuel storage, such as bulk fuel farms, winterized recreational and work boats, and also smaller engines. AFC-805 is recommended at a ratio of 1:5000 (one oz of AFC-805 to 40 gallons of fuel)

The Following Guides
Tell the Story

Fuel Management System Operation

The fuel you depend on should always be in optimal condition. Periodic circulation of fuel assures optimal combustibility and fuel cleanliness. All major diesel engine manufacturers have set minimum fuel standards for the diesel fuel to be used in their engines, and failing to maintain fuel that meets those standards could lead to engine component failures and denied warranty claims. As an example, Caterpillar has published "Cat Commercial Diesel Engine Fluids Recommendations" (SEBU6251-17 September 2014 [a more recent version may be available]) that states "In order to meet expected fuel system component life, 4 micron(c) absolute or less secondary fuel filtration is required for all Cat diesel engines that are equipped with common-rail fuel systems." (Page 34) You should not assume that fuel being delivered to you meets the engine manufacturer’s requirements, and certainly fuel that has been in your storage tank for an extended period of time is unlikely to meet requirements of diesel engine manufacturers without a Fuel Management Program.

Cleanliness standards for diesel fuel, established in the late 1990&rsquot;s by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), apply to diesel fuel. Caterpillar recommends that the fuel dispensed into the machine tank meets "ISO 18/16/13" cleanliness level." (Page 49) For more information on fuel cleanliness specifications and what those requirements mean to you, review the "Diesel Fuel & Injector Failure" web page on this site.

Continued vigilance to assure that your fuel is in the best condition possible and always meets the requirements to maintain engine manufacturer's warranty requirements is a major challenge without the use of an AXI Fuel Conditioning & Tank Cleaning System to address the need for periodic Fuel Polishing.

Fuel Maintenance Plans

Clogged Fuel Filter

A Fuel Maintenance Plan should be a part of every periodic engine Preventative Maintenance Program. Preventative Maintenance Programs are common in all major industries today, but monitoring the fuel condition is often taken for granted and not included in the Preventative Maintenance Program. Many of today's maintenance personnel have many years of experience, but until changes in sulfur content in diesel fuel were regulated within the past decade, and with the government&rsquot;s push for blending some amount of bio-diesel into regular diesel fuel, maintenance professionals were never presented with the problems that we are experiencing today. With today&rsquot;s advances in design and engineering of diesel engines, especially the new fuel injection systems, and with more emphasis being placed on critical requirements that equipment have longer life cycles and near 100% uptime, fuel management can no longer be ignored. It is now just as important as changing the oil, ensuring the batteries are charged, and the air filter is clean.

Service Agreements with an outside contract company to perform Preventative Maintenance typically do not cover fuel-related management and monitoring unless specified. In-house maintenance personnel are usually pressed for time, and fuel management can be easily glossed over. Fuel has a limited shelf-life and even "fresh fuel" could contain water, sediment, microbes, asphaltene agglomeration, or other contaminate components upon delivery and cause immediate engine performance issues.

Emergency power installations are especially susceptible to unexpected interruptions due to fuel related issues. Periodic generator tests-runs are too short to determine if fuel quality is adequate for the demands of continuous, full-load operation. In fact, generator test runs have been found to significantly accelerate the fuel polymerization and degradation process, resulting in the accumulation of gums and resins in the fuel system, by returning fuel that has been compromised by heat and pressure back to the tank. Thirty minute tests, often performed every month, create the environment in the tank for problems to grow. After extended periods of testing, sometimes years, without having been subjected to an extended full load, operation is interrupted by clogged filters when the lights go out.

Now that you have decided to institute a Fuel Management Plan for your operations, there is work to do. Consider the following as the basis for your Fuel Management Program to further assure that your equipment will run when it is needed most at it&rsquot;s peak level of performance and repair costs will remain under control:

  • Place in service an AXI Fuel Treatment & Tank Cleaning System appropriate to your operations that are capable of performing a complete tank cleaning and fuel conditioning on each fuel tank in service at least once per year (more often in regions of high humidity). Evaluate what other aspects of fuel monitoring and testing is needed to assure that critical equipment needs, including down-stream equipment, may need to be included in your Fuel Management Plan.

  • Use AXI Broad Spectrum Fuel Catalyst Ultra Concentrate AFC-705 or AFC-710 every six months to enhance the breakdown and removal of sludge, slime, gums, resin, and bio-film from tank walls and baffles that are difficult to access and normal fluid flow does not break loose. Having this unique fuel additive present when fueling downstream equipment also assures that these downstream tanks are being cleaned in the normal course of operations (although separate water removal will be necessary).

  • Periodically (every 30 to 60 days, depending on your climate) use a Fluid Sampler or a hand Fuel Sample Pump to take samples of your fuel from each storage tank and critical equipment fuel tanks for in-house testing for acidity (pH) and use Liqui-Cult Fuel Test Kits to perform testing for microbial contamination. If initial tests indicate fuel problems, utilize laboratory analysis to evaluate the condition of your fuel to assure your fuel supplier is providing fuel that meets the specification of the engine manufacturer you depend on to keep your equipment running.

  • Use a Portable Particle Counter to test each incoming load of fuel to assure that the cleanliness of fuel provided by your supplier meets the specifications established by the manufacturers of the engines that power your equipment. Your engine warranty depends on it!

  • If the quality of your fuel is suspect, consider establishing a quarantine tank to accept new shipments (do not add new shipments of fuel to your stored fuel that has been de-watered and to which you have performed fuel polishing, and is known to meet your Fuel Management protocols).

  • Use Kolor Kut Water Finding Paste at least every 30 to 60-days to monitor the accumulation of water in your storage and equipment fuel tanks due to condensation or from fuel fills. If any amount of water is detected, take steps to remove it.

  • Install Desiccant Breathers on all your fuel storage tanks to help prevent moisture from entering your tanks through the vent as fuel is consumed.

  • Use Water Eliminators in each storage and equipment fuel tank to capture water and remove it before it can cause problems with engine operations or seasonally prevent water from freezing in fuel lines?

With only moderate effort, you can be assured that your diesel fuel will provide optimal performance and enjoy the expected life of your engine’s fuel filters, fuel system components, and your substantial investment in the diesel engine.