Cold weather & fuel gelling—finding answers to fuel problems
In the past months, we have seen below normal temperatures that we have not seen in many years. These frigid temperatures have sent many fleet managers into a frenzy—fuel gelling problems are the cause. Here’s what’s going on. The temperature is cold outside, below zero; say -2 or -3 degrees below. The truck will not
We don’t need no stinkin’ national energy policy
The U.S.’s lack of a coherent national energy policy is about to cost us considerable money, wasted energy and possibly valuable forest lands. When corn-based ethanol was originally proposed, it was with the promise that corn-based ethanol was merely a first-generation solution. The second-generation solution, cellulosic-based ethanol, would soon be commercialized, and then it would be
Donaldson offers complete filter line for Cummins ISX engines
The Donaldson Co. is now providing complete replacement filter coverage for Cummins ISX engines. Included are spin-on fuel filters for primary and secondary filtration, including 2012 engines and newer and cartridge replacements for DAVCO Fuel Pro 380/382/482/483 Fuel Processors, used as primary fuel filter water separators, a range of lube filters, coolant filters and air
Cummins Filtration opens YouTube channel
Shedding new light on diesel engine filtration is a new YouTube channel from Cummins Filtration Inc. that focuses on the “science to technology” approach for its Fleetguard filter product line. Newly posted videos are available on the Cummins Filtration YouTube channel at youtube.com/FleetguardFiltration. Additional videos will be posted throughout 2014. “We encourage our customers to
Spectra announces fuel delivery lifetime warranty
A limited lifetime warranty on its Fuel Pump Assemblies, Electrical and Mechanical Fuel Pumps and Fuel Strainers has been announced by Spectra Premium Industries. “Continuous improvement, product validation and progressive engineering are the main contents of Spectra Premium’s fuel delivery products,” said Jason Best, vice president of sales and marketing at Spectra. “These rigorous processes
Alternate energy source scorecard
The alternate energy world can be confusing. To help us all better get our minds around recent developments, I created a simplistic tabulation for first and second generation sources with which I am familiar. Algae Pros: It removes CO2 from atmosphere, no sulfur, less CO, CO2 and HC, 80% of energy of crude oil, 10
Can’t we just be objective?
Can’t we just be objective? Okay, so I’m a scientist. That means I’m trained to deal in facts—not just “meadow muffins,” as a famous TV colonel used to say. The corn-based ethanol industry is in a dither. A leaked draft of the EPA’s suggested renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes for 2014 showed a continuation of
Champion introduces synthetic transmission and hydraulic oil
The new Champion 4000 Ultra Synthetic with DYNAVIS Technology transmission and hydraulic oil is now available from Champion Brands. The lubricant features premium additives and shear stable polymer thickeners, which according to the company provides maximum efficiency and protection in all temperatures. The fluid also has low temperature pumpability and high temperature shear stability to
“We have met the enemy, and it are us”
About the headline, Walt Kelly’s comic strip character, Pogo, used this expression to suggest that we are our own worst enemies. Walt Kelly was a great political satirist and was deadly accurate.The United States is still one of the few developed nations without a national energy policy. When several people are killed by a runaway freight
Optimizing drain intervals: There’s money to be saved if oil drain intervals can safely be extended
Of course, it depends and awful lot on exactly what your trucks are doing, but it’s a good bet that you could be changing oil and filters less frequently if you haven’t attempted to optimize the oil change intervals established for your PM schedules. You purchase engine lubricants just as you do with other consumables for your fleet: Fuel, tires, brake linings. You do your best to maximize the use of most consumables, but have you done your best to maximize the life of the engine lubricant you purchase?
Racor rolls out fuel filter/water separator
The Racor Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. introduced the FBO fuel filter/water separator. Available in two sizes, the FBO is designed for high-flow applications from 10 to 75 GPM, as a primary fuel filter/water separator on diesel engines or for bulk fuel handling and transfer.
Choosing fuel options for pickup trucks
Fleets looking for an alternative fuel option can now order 2013 model year bi-fuel pickups from GM, and some have already taken that step to help control fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint. “At Chesapeake Energy Corp. we are converting our fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles to run on natural gas,” said Nate