Category Archive: Fuel System Maintenance

Meeting Clean Fuel Challenges for Common Rail Fuel Systems in Current and Future EPA Engines

At Central Diesel, Inc., we’re often asked why it can be difficult to maintain fuel systems and why it’s necessary to replace fuel filters so often. To answer these questions, it’s important to first look at all the facts and details when it comes to these types of systems.

To start, Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel (ULSD) is hygroscopic, which means ULSDs are substances that are able to absorb moisture from the air. Brake fluid and hydraulic fluids are both hygroscopic in nature. Engines that use ULSDs often see rust and corrosion forming in the lines and tanks. This occurs from the aggressive chemicals used in the mixture.

ULSD also has reduced levels of lubricity and poor cold temperature flow rates. These fuels can begin to gel at just 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The low lubricity is ULSD can cause premature wear. Because of this, the micron rating of the fuel filter should always be maintained. Old mechanical fuels systems from the past were able to survive with a 30 micron rating fuel filter. Today, due to the CR Fuel systems operating pressures of 29,000 to 43,000 psi, the current common rail fuel systems require a fuel filter or water separator micron rating from 2 to 6.

To achieve the 2 to 6 micron rating, fuel filters are being manufactured with different media to meet these requirements. Multilayered filter media and multi-stages of filtration create a coalescing filtration technology. This technology allows multiple stages of filtration and water separation to reliably remove water and contaminants for the life of the filter. At Central Diesel, Inc., we are the filtration experts that can assist our customers in eliminating their fuel system maintenance problems.

Failure to adhere to these specifications can cause premature failure to the CR Fuel systems that are in use today. Lack of proper maintenance will create internal diesel injector deposits (IDID). These can result in a loss of power or hard starting. Central Diesel Inc., is meeting the clean fuel challenges for the Common Rail Fuel Systems in current and future EPA engines.

To learn more about Central Diesel, Inc., we invite you to read our blog, connect with us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter. If you want to learn more about our rail fuel system solutions, we invite you to request a quote today. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Future of Engines & Fuel: A 2018 Outlook

It is next to impossible to imagine the world in existence without the origin of early power sources. In fact, the early 19th century is noted for its “power gap” where a lot of stalled progress was made on the back of the invention of the engine.

Over the last few decades, massive changes have swept this market. From the obsession with clean energy that calls for a completely different take on traditional power production to breakthroughs that have allowed us to do more with less fuel – the need for engines and their systems continues forward.

With 2018 in front of us, experts are cautiously optimistic about the future of the industry.

What Can the Engine & Fuel Injection Industry Expect Over the Next 12 Months?

Some of the biggest buyers of this sector are seeing robust growth.

Commercial fleets and aviation regularly invest in the R&D for better engines and 2018 augers well for them. The massive 1.3 trillion-dollar US freight industry is expanding at a rapid pace and with 1.4 million new vacancies, it is interested in recruiting workers who will view trucking as a lucrative career and not something to fall back on if other opportunities dry up. With this focus on improvement, the ATA has predicted a consistent annual spike of 3.4% in prospects for trucking businesses – well into 2023.

The automotive industry isn’t lagging behind either. Bolstered by low gas prices and a pick up in the housing curve – which has a strong correlation with domestic car purchases – it will continue to generate demand for engines and parts.

2018 also happens to be the year that was marked for the maturity of the fuel injection systems industry. The sector will peak at a value of $72.5 billion and the US will be one of the chief drivers of the momentum. There is no doubt that the concern for a greener world is here to stay and fuel injection systems – especially for gasoline – promise to provide a range of benefits including reduced pollution.

Central Diesel Inc. is Ready for the Upsurge:

As a reliable provider of engines, clean diesel engines, filtration systems, exhaust systems, electrical components and generators, we have successfully served the national government, transportation businesses, fabrication specialists and the automotive industry for close to 5 decades.

We are known for our ability to custom design parts and extend consultation, support and maintenance services for various niches.

If you are looking to keep pace with what 2018 has to offer, please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also contact us to request quotes for your needs today.

2017 Industry Highlights

This December we’re taking a look back at some of the most important industry highlights from the past 12 months. We kicked off the new year with the importance of vehicle maintenance and moved right along to other top news stories breaking in the field. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, diesel engines, and initiatives like “green” diesel and National Manufacturing Day were all topics that caught the attention of many, not just the employees here at Central Diesel Inc. Let’s review!

What is the importance of maintaining your vehicle? Performing proper preventive maintenance on your vehicle or equipment will reduce the possibility of devastating issues like system failure, breakdown and contamination. Without taking precaution, you risk paying exorbitant amounts on repairs. For example, a contaminated CR fuel system on an over the road vehicle can cost $6,000.00 to $12,000.00. Skip the hassle and check and maintain your system regularly.

The environment is always on the forefront of conversations throughout the industrial sector. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, improves air quality substantially. One of their biggest aims has been replacing harmful diesel engines with upgraded environmentally friendly, clean tech diesel engines.

Believe it or not, there are also business benefits to reducing your carbon footprint. Let’s circle back to maintenance. Properly upholding your diesel engine is the best way to decrease emission effects like your TCO. Protecting and sustaining your gear not only upholds the environment, but is also proven to reduce downtime, increasing both productivity and profitability. Cutting your carbon production is a more effective solution than any other energy option available. Take a look at this recap we put together for professionals to consider:

  • Maintenance cuts your TCO
  • Reduces downtime
  • Increases productivity
  • Increases profitability

And we still had more to say about diesel engines. Transportation plays a key role in both the economy and the supply chain. Clean diesel engines are more efficient for cargo carriers like trains. Electrical systems are expensive, coming with a higher initial cost, and a risk in and of itself. An electric system isn’t a reliable source because obstacles like power outages stand in the way and don’t work as well for pulling heavier cargo. Clean diesel engine rail transportation is simply more reliable, moving a ton of freight for 500 miles on just a gallon of fuel, keeping roads less congested, and as rail and inland connections increase their logistics and productivity, rail becomes even more practical and efficient.

Driving the year home, we recently promoted one of the bigger movements in the manufacturing industry—National Manufacturing Day. Today, many still believe manufacturing is labor intensive factory floor work with little benefit, but that is far from true. Technology, STEM, secure job placement, and strong benefits contribute to a growing economy and are at the forefront of the sector. Annually celebrated on the first Friday of every October, we’re pleased to say that this is a strong, rapidly moving initiative that will continue to gain steam each year.

One more note on diesel! As a part of the effort, all industries that are a part of manufacturing look back at what businesses have achieved over the years. Diesel engines save the manufacturing sector millions every year in maintenance and repairs. The diesel engine market is billions of dollars strong in the US, heavily contributing to both the manufacturing sector and the economy. With the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act that we touched on above, this number is only going to increase.

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our loyal customers and audience base for reading our blog, following us on Twitter, and connecting with us on LinkedIn. We are passionate about the work we do and spreading accurate information and updates throughout the industry.

Here at Central Diesel, we are a distributor of clean diesel engines and fuel injection components.  We also offer additional services, accessories, and components for repairing your diesel engine.

For questions on any of our products or services, please contact us today.

 We wish all of you a very happy holiday season and can’t wait to connect and catch up with you in 2018! Happy/healthy new year everyone!

 

Business Benefits of Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Transportation Industry

Environmental Benefits of Equipment Maintenance

Being a leader in either the transportation or energy industry means taking on a knowledgeable role in environmental impact. Keeping your equipment maintained and up-to-date is one of the best ways to reduce your TCO (Total Carbon Output) ratio. Properly retaining your diesel engine is especially important to decrease emission effects.

Recap

  • Play a knowledgeable role
  • Maintain your equipment
  • Uphold your diesel engine

Business Benefits of Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Protecting and sustaining your gear not only upholds the environment, but is also proven to reduce downtime, increasing both productivity and profitability. Cutting/dropping your carbon production is a more effective solution than any other energy option available today.

Recap

  • Maintenance cuts your TCO
  • Reduces downtime
  • Increases productivity
  • Increases profitability

Central Diesel’s Initiative

Central Diesel, Inc. is committed to conservation efforts. We continually research and review technologies that allow us to lessen our carbon footprint. Take for example our use of electricity. In just the last four years we have been able to reduce our KW usage by over one-half. At the rate we are going, we will further reduce it to a mere 25% of what we were using as recently as 2013. Certain months require more electric usage, but overall we are on the steady decline of KW usage each year.

A good portion of our company vehicles are diesel powered. This allows us to reduce our fuel consumption expenses by over 25%.

Who We Are

We are a distributor of engines, premier fuel injections systems, and parts. We also offer rebuilding, parts, and many other custom services to diesel-powered equipment markets. We are an authorized, factory-trained, fuel injections and diesel engine specialty company with the goal of meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Other services we offer are custom built generator sets, irrigation pumps, hydraulic pump packages and power units.

To find out more about how we can help you, we welcome you to contact us today.

To learn more about Central Diesel, Inc. or how you can help the environment and lesson your carbon footprint, we invite you to read our blog, engage with us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter. We look forward to connecting with you!

More than Just Diesel Engines

At Central Diesel, Inc. we have a long history of specializing in diesel engines, parts and services.  We are a growing distributor providing clean diesel engines from some of the top brands in the industry including Deutz, Mitsubishi, Kubota, and Zenith Power Products among many others.  Diesel engines are not our only specialty though, as we provide everything from hydraulic hoses & fittings, diesel engine electrical components, exhaust systems, fuel injection system & parts and diesel engine turbocharger assemblies.

Our capabilities also include a full service department which is manufacturer authorized, factory trained, and includes fuel injection and diesel engine specialists.  Proper maintenance of diesel engines is vital to ensure they operate properly and to extend the life of them and this often includes the replacement and repair of parts and components.

Accessories and components we offer for diesel engine repair and rebuilding include:

  • Hydraulic Hoses & Fittings: Products include hydraulic hose condition monitoring systems, crimp sleeves, hose fittings and hoses.
  • Diesel Engine Electrical Components: Products include cold weather starting products such as freeze plug heaters and diesel fuel heaters.
  • Exhaust Systems: Products include full exhaust systems along with all components such as housing, silencers, catalyst monitoring systems, and catalytic combination units.
  • Fuel Injection Systems & Parts: Products include parts and components for multiple brands of diesel engines including Ford, GM, Navistar, and Dodge/Cummins engines.
  • Diesel Engine Turbocharger Assemblies: Products include next generation turbochargers which can assist in meeting future emission requirements.

For the latest up-to-date company news and information be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and contact us here for more information on the parts and accessories we can provide for your diesel engines.

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Performing day to day vehicle maintenance requires making the proper decisions on filters and engine oil being used.  While most filter manufacturers promote their products to meet or exceed the engine manufacturers requirements, the question that needs to be asked is: “Which requirement are the engine manufacturers following and are these filter replacements meeting the current updated requirements?”

Vehicle Maintenance for diesel engines

Example:  When Bosch, Denso or Delphi supplies a CR fuel system to an engine manufacturer they supply the engine manufacturer with the following information:

A) If you want the fuel system to be able to last trouble free for 200,000 miles under normal maintenance intervals: Use a 10 Micron filter as your final filter to the vehicle fuel system.

B) If you want the fuel system to be able to last trouble free for 300,000 miles under normal maintenance intervals: Use a 2 Micron filter as your final filter to the vehicle fuel system.

Repairing a contaminated CR fuel system on an over the road vehicle can cost $6,000.00 to $12,000.00.  Performing proper preventive maintenance on your vehicle or equipment will reduce the possibility of these devastating issues affecting your TCO.

As a factory authorized CR repair center for all the manufacturers, we can offer you our expertise (over 200 years of experience) and products in assisting you in maintaining your vehicle or equipment properly.  Contact us for more information on proper vehicle maintenance.

Factory Authorized Common Rail Injector Testing and Repair

At Central Diesel, Inc., it is our mission to be a quality supplier of diesel engines, parts and services that offer unsurpassed solutions to our customers.  Besides being a product distributor, we have also been a specialist in fuel injection since our company was created in 1972.  While manufacturers have come and gone over the 40+ years we have been in existence, we are always working to be factory authorized for the products we test and repair.

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To make sure our customers receive the best service available from us, we are always working to improve our capabilities.  At Central Diesel we are continually investing in personnel, equipment, training, technologies and practices to supply our customers with the best service available.   An example of how these investments have led to change over the years is how in 1972, Central Diesel rebuilt a fuel system to factory specifications and warrantied that fuel system for 90 days.  Today when a fuel system is rebuilt by us to factory specifications, we warranty that system for 14 months.  This big increase from 90 days is because we know the quality of our work, and that the fuel system, if properly installed and maintained by the customer or end user will last at least that long. In most cases, we do not see the fuel system again for many years or sometimes with a different owner.

As of 2016, we are factory authorized for the following manufacturers:

  • Stanadyne
  • Delphi (CR Fuel Systems)
  • Bosch (CR Fuel Systems)
  • Yanmar
  • Denso (CR Fuel Systems)
  • Zexel
  • Alliant Power
  • Siemens

In addition to our fuel injection and diesel engine services, we also custom build generator sets, irrigation pumps, hydraulic pump packages and power units.   Our services include rebuilding, parts and other custom services for the diesel fuel injection markets.  Visit our website to learn about our full capabilities and offerings.

Fuel System Maintenance

While it may seem obvious that maintaining your fuel system is very important, many times customers simply ignore this fact. We like to notify our customers about their fuel systems when we feel that there may be a problem. For instance, we know that since ultra low sulfur fuel has been introduced, there have been a number of unforeseen repairs on fuel tanks, lines and even the diesel engine itself. ULSD has a lower lubricity which may cause unnecessarily wear .

The new fuels can cause internal diesel injector deposit if left untreated. These kinds of deposits slow the response of moving parts which can result in the loss of control injection event timing or fuel delivered. And no one wants a loss of power, especially when it’s needed most. We highly recommend that fuel systems be maintained at regular intervals, and that extra precautions be taken when using ULSD.

Below are some images we have of our customer’s fuel systems that weren’t maintained correctly. Our expertise with diesel engines and fuel injection systems make us highly capable in helping eliminating these potential problems with your equipment. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

This illustrates a customer not maintaining their fuel system. The customer was notified many times to check his fuel system for water. They did not and it resulted in the complete fuel system failing on this piece of equipment. $8000 later, and the machine was up and running properly. A simple inspection could saved them both money and a headache.

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The following picture illustrates a fuel system not being maintained properly and causing premature damage to the fuel injection pump. Notice the rust and pit marks.

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The last picture again shows poor maintenance of the fuel system.

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