Diesel generator maintenance packages

Diesel Generator Fluid Analysis and Condition Monitoring

Maintaining your equipment to peak performance

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services knows that maximising the investment in your generating equipment is one of your top priorities. We also know that one of the easiest and cheapest ways to avoid costly repairs and equipment downtime is to regularly sample and test the various fluids and engine components that are the life-blood of your diesel generator.

We utlilise one of the largest equipment fluid analysis service providers in the UK for our fluid tests. With state-of-the-art laboratory, specialised tests and expert diagnostics, you can be assured that the analysis and interpretation of oil, fuel and coolant samples from all types of equipment – regardless of make or model - will be performed by a leader in its field.

The information and analysis provided will: -

  • Keep minor problems from becoming major expensive repairs
  • Help you to forecast equipment wear and manage component life>
  • Help you develop a complete generating equipment profile and history that can be analysed to evaluate generator performance
  • Increase used equipment value by providing comprehensive service and maintenance records

Lubricating Oil

Lubricating oil analysis enables you to change your maintenance strategy from reactive to proactive meaning we can give you confidence to act. Often lubricating oil is changed at set intervals on the regular service visits regardless of condition of the oil or system. This may be based on operational hours or time period and is called preventative maintenance. However, most of the time the oil and unit may be in a good condition and not only does it waste money in new oil, the process of an oil change can actually introduce contamination into your system that can cause wear and failure of your machinery.

Fuel Oil

Many large businesses have an onsite fuel oil storage tank to store fuel for their fleet of generating equipment. Not surprisingly these tanks breathe leading to dirt and water ingress over time and hence microbial (bacteria, fungi, yeast and mould) growth commonly referred to as a “fuel bug”. As water is denser than fuel both the water and microbial growth tend to collect at the bottom of the storage tank, which is often where the fuel is drawn from to feed the genrators. Water impairs the combustion process in your equipment and microbes tend to collect in fuel filters causing them to block preventing fuel delivery. In both cases your fuel system will develop a fault. Therefore, we recommend that our customers send regular analysis samples from bulk storage tanks for dirt, water and microbial content to assess if the fuel has become contaminated over time.

Should contamination prove to be an issue then we can offer an optional fuel polishing service to remove contaminants. Speak to your regioanl office for more details.

Engine Coolant

Most people don’t give much thought to the condition of their engine coolant system until it is too late. More than 40% of all diesel engine maintenance problems can be attributed to poor cooling system maintenance.

The analysis of used coolant samples has been a successful technique for scientific preventive maintenance. It is applicable to any closed loop cooling system, but is applied primarily to diesel engines because they are the most likely component to suffer from a poorly operating cooling system. Overheating causes oil deterioration, oxidation, reduced lubricity and damage to all oil wetted components. The longevity of liquid cooled transmission and hydraulic system components are also dependent on a properly operating cooling system. A properly maintained cooling system not only prevents overheating but also maintains a constant engine temperature.

The following is a list of reason why to do coolant analysis: -

  • Protect against gel formation
  • Protect against corrosion and rust
  • Protect against over/under concentration of SCA’s
  • Extend drain intervals
  • Protect your engine
  • Environmental/disposal concerns

Another factor that recently gained world-wide attention is the impact of used coolant disposal on the environment. Ethylene glycol is extremely hazardous if ingested by humans or animals. Because of this, most large users of coolants operate the coolants longer in order to reduce the need for disposal. Others have started recycling and reconditioning the used coolants. Because of this, the need for coolant analysis has increased dramatically over the past few years. Disposal of used coolants can be difficult and expensive and must be done in accordance with environmental legislation under our ISO14001 standards.

For further information on these services, email: salesREMOVE@burtonwoodgroupREMOVE.com or call our head office on +44 (0)1744 814444.

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