There are numerous manufacturers and assemblers making fuel filtration equipment. What makes a filtration unit superior? Four criteria determine superiority.
It must be safe. Safety is first and foremost. Does it have a safety shut-off switch clearly marked and easily accessible? Does it have both pressure and vacuum gauges that are in clear site while the system is in operation? Are grounding reels and a grounding rod included? Are safety instructions understandable in the operations manual? Consider the kind of fuel you will be cleaning. Do you need explosion proof or intrinsically safe? Do you know the difference between the two? How important is it? Built-in safety components make some units better. Look for safety factors when researching which unit you will purchase.
Ease of use is essential. If a cleaning unit is too difficult to use in the field, then problems will arise. Are there too many controlling factors like valves and connections? The simpler, the better. Manufacturing equipment that is easy to use does not happen accidentally. You want tanks and fuel clean, but you do not want it to require a rocket scientist to operate the equipment. Are the gauges, shut-off switch and valves easy to access, clearly labeled and within easy reach? Can one person safely and efficiently operate the unit with minimal effort? Before buying a system, think about its operation in the field. Ask yourself, “Is it easy to use?”
How cost efficient is the equipment to operate? Does it require special filters or odd sized consumables? Does the pump and motor require a lot of maintenance? Is it built to last? Make sure you understand the cost of all consumables and be warry of any company that cannot clarify how much it costs to operate. Look for options like mesh filter housing inserts to use in place of bag filters. Also, be aware of the high maintenance cost of pump types like air operated double-diaphragm pumps. Positive displacement pumps like the Dixon BladeMaster pump will cut maintenance and downtime costs considerably.
How flexible is your system? Can it only clean one type of product? Flex filtration is a significant advantage. Purchasing a cleaning unit that is capable of filtering all fuels makes sense. Make sure the unit will filter all of the products you need it to. Also, ask yourself can it clean tanks and filter fuel if the need arises. Most mobile units can do one or the other but not both.
Make a purchase that is safe, easy to use, cost efficient and flexible. Check out Dixon Pumps mobile cleaning and filtration line of products.