An East Coast Refinery contacted me recently regarding a contaminated steam turbine lube oil reservoir. The reservoir was 85 gallons in size and had both particulate and water contamination leading to unscheduled maintenance and downtime of the turbine…ultimately costing time and money.
Particulate and water contamination are a common problem that is addressed on a regular basis by Precision Filtration Products. We were confident we could provide them the proper solution in a timely manner, saving them time and money!
After discussing the problem with our Engineering Team and given the size of the reservoir, we recommended using our Phoenix Membrane Purifier. The Phoenix was the perfect piece of equipment to remove both the particulate and water contamination from their reservoir.
The Phoenix was installed and within 48 hours, the reservoir lube oil went from looking like orange juice to crystal clear. Our customer was extremely satisfied with the results.
One of our utility customers called in Friday afternoon with an emergency. They dumped a large amount of water into their 5000 gallon turbine lube oil reservoir and the turbine was down. We responded on-site within 24 hours with our crew and one of our rental 50 GPM vacuum dehydrators.
In all honesty, we had never seen oil this saturated with moisture! And being that the customer asked for a turn around time of just 48 hours; our backs were against the wall. Our crew went to work and had the reservoir cycling within 5 hours of being on-site. In just 36 hours later, the oil was back on spec and the client was ready to start back up.
Take a look at the before and after pictures attached. The results speak for themselves.
Whether it’s oil, refined gas and fuels, air or water please keep Precision Filtration Products in mind for all of your critical process needs. Our 24 hour emergency services group will be ready and waiting to respond to your call.
A refinery contacted us recently that required a filter system to transfer 55 gallon drums of ISO 100 oil to their storage tanks (see attached picture).
They wanted to filter the oil prior to it entering the tanks. After getting more information on the application, we recommended using one of our Spin-On Filter Panels. We decided to utilize pneumatic pumps, instead of our standard 110 Volt electric driven pumps and motors, on the filter panels because the systems were going to be installed in hazardous areas, Class 1 Div 1 or 2.
The pneumatic pumps are ideal for hazardous areas because they are powered by compressed air, making them intrinsically safe. In addition to being intrinsically safe, the pneumatic pumps have many other advantages. They are self-priming allowing for high suction lift even at dry start-up conditions. They also have the ability to run dry without damage, which allows for weary-free operation, since there is no risk of damaging the internal components.
We designed the Pneumatic SFP Filter Panel, aka “The Panimal”, using a Versa-Matic pump and also installed a ball valve as a kickback/relief so the operator can run the pump while controlling the fill rate remotely via a valve located at the equipment being filled. We utilized Viton® Seals throughout the system in combination with a 6 micron micro-glass ABSOLUTE rated Beta 1000 Spin-on Filter and a Water Absorbing Spin-on Filter to remove any free water that may be present.
The customer also requested a drum adapter similar to the crude sketch they provided (see attached). We ended up providing a recirculation adaptor kit that incorporates quick-disconnect fittings and a desiccant breather for the drum. This provides a sealed system to protect oil from external moisture and harmful particle contamination. It also allows them to recirculate the oil in the drum before transferring to the storage tanks or equipment, if necessary.
The customer initially ordered (2) two “Panimals” for their facility. After using the Filter Panels for a short period of time, they had so much success, they decided to order (4) four additional systems. The refinery is now set up with Pneumatic Spin-On Filter Panels on all of their storage tanks.
Call us for more information on our portable filtration systems for transferring oil from your drums to your storage tanks! We can customize the filtration systems to fit your needs.
We received a call from a large paper mill customer who had a high percentage of water in their oil reservoir. They were looking for an immediate solution to reduce their downtime and prevent equipment failures. Before we could offer them a solution to their problem, we needed a little more information on the application. We asked them a few basic questions:
- What is your current ISO Code?
- What is your target ISO Code?
- What is your reservoir capacity?
- What is the % of water ingression?
- What is the target moisture content?
It turns out that their oil reservoir had a 500 gallon capacity and a high percentage of water ingression. After getting the answers we needed, we determined that we had the perfect size Vacuum Dehydrator in our Rental Fleet to meet their needs. We also equipped the dehydrator with a 6 micron Beta 1000 rated particulate element to help hit their target ISO Code.
The customer placed the order and we were able to deliver and get the unit installed in less than 24-Hours.
After installing the Vacuum Dehydrator, the paper mill saw an immediate reduction in both their water ingression and ISO Code. It worked so well, they have decided to continue to rent the dehydrator while they complete repairs to their cooler unit.
Are you interested in learning more about maintaining your oil quality? Give us a call or check out or website, www.pfpusa.com, for more information on our Vacuum Dehydrators or other portable filtration equipment. We’ll be sure to help you improve your oil quality, and we’ll save you time and money in the process.
Last week a large paper mill ordered a second Drum Top Filter (DTF) system and Recirculation Adapter Kit to help with their Oil quality Improvement Program. They had so much success with the first Drum Top Filter System they ordered that you had to get another one.
Our customer liked the fact that we were able to customize the flow rate of the Drum Top Unit from the standard 1 GPM to 5 GPM. The higher flow rate worked better for their application. They also liked that the Drum Top Filter (DTF) Unit sits directly on top of a 55 gallon drum. Not only does it take up less space, it makes recirculating the drum that much easier. Especially when utilizing our Recirculating Adapter Kit.
The Recirculation Adapter Kit includes a desiccant breather with adapter and threaded insert with an oil suction wand and an oil return wand. The desiccant breather fits into the smaller drum opening. The threaded adapter with wands fits into the larger the drum opening. These components allows the user to create a sealed reservoir out of 55 gallon drums.
Call us at 215-679-6645 to get pricing on one of our Drum Top Filter systems today or to discuss how we can help you set up an Oil Quality Program at your facility.
In the fall, PFPUSA had a customer call in to rent one of our Hydraulic Flushing Skids to flush a hydraulic system. Their client had four old hydraulic power units (HPU)s that needed to rebuilt and flushed.
The hydraulic power units are a critical piece of equipment in the production process. The units supply power to the friction welders, which build the drive shafts. Needless to say, the HPUs play an important role in the production process.
The problem was that the units were running extremely hot, causing the company to make repairs frequently, sometimes daily. This lead to costly downtime and required the HPUs to be repaired immediately.
With a quick turnaround required, PFP shipped a 75 GPM Flushing Skid to flush the hydraulic lines and steel pipe fittings. By incorporating our Absolute Rated Microglass Filter Cartridges, the customer was able to achieve their target ISO code in a timely manner.
In addition to the flushing skid, we provided our Portable Online Diagnostic System (PODs) in order to verify that the target ISO Code was achieved. Utilizing the PODs unit allowed our customer to determine when they achieved their target ISO Code on-site. No need to send an oil sample out to be tested.
The end result was four completely rebuilt and flushed Hydraulic Power Units and ultimately a happy customer!
Give us a call to discuss how we can help you reduce your downtime and improve your fluid quality.
A customer of ours was commissioning a new NGL distribution line. After gaining an accurate understanding of the application and quality goals, I was able to specify and deliver the appropriate filter vessels and elements within a few days. The most difficult challenge for our customer was time, or a lack there of. The immediate demand to provide product required a solution…FAST!
An additional challenge was a higher than standard design pressure of 285 PSIG. Fortunately, PFP maintains a significant rental fleet ranging from portable hydraulic filter carts to high flow pipeline filter vessels.
To guarantee the delivery of high quality product, a three-stage system with specific filtration technology was required to protect from potential contaminants…
Particulate Filter: Removal hard particulate contamination such as pipe scale and dirt
- Coalescer/Separator: Aids is the coalescing and removal of water droplets
- Clay Treater: Absorption of chemical contaminates such as drag reducers, color bodies and surfactants.
Currently the system is operating perfectly and will continue to achieve quality goals until we build and ship the brand new system!
Call us to discuss how we can help you achieve and maintain your high quality product goals!