The IIMS Magazine – The Report – talks with Conidia about Microbial Contamination and the importance of testing!

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A major oil company, that depended 100% on a fleet of back-up generators, found that the auxiliary power systems were failing because the fuel system was clogged up with contamination known as ‘Diesel Bug’. A huge cost was incurred and safety of life could have been put at risk.

It directed its supplier to find a testing system that would accurately identify the health of the fuel tank in each generator but could be done on the rig without having to be flown off, at great cost, to a laboratory.

The Solution

FUELSTAT® testing kits offered the solution. It allowed all tanks to be tested on site in minutes for microbial contamination, and by any personnel without any scientific training.

FUELSTAT® gives easy to interpret results (Green/Amber/Red traffic light system) in 10 minutes and using cutting edge Immunoassay technology it cannot be cross contaminated meaning sterile laboratory conditions are not required, or any additional costly equipment.

The Outcome

By instigating a three monthly testing regime, both the supplier and the oil company operating the rig are now certain that they have the correct analysis of the state of the generator tanks and have a proactive plan in place to ensure the generators fire up when required.

The fact that all maintenance and repairs can be done, with knowledge from the tests, on a planned basis prior to any serious contamination spreading, also reduces cost and risk.

The competitive price of FUELSTAT® against the huge costs of shut down and the possibility of compromise to the safety of life represents great value for the company.

Background

A major repair and maintenance organisation (MRO) in Asia identified that their current procedure to meet the requirements to test samples for fuel contamination within 24 hours, often required workers to come in at weekends. his was greatly inconvenient for workers and a high salary cost for the MRO.

The samples were taken in the aircraft hangars and sent at high cost to the central workshop. Samples taken on Thursday, Friday and Saturday were often a huge problem.

The MRO was also frustrated that results were taking several days and that the central workshop, used for many purposes, could represent a source of cross contamination raising doubt into the integrity of the results.

The Solution

FUELSTAT® testing kits were introduced as the solution and offered several instant benefits;
FUELSTAT® tests were able to be carried out instantly by non-skilled workers in the hangar meaning that the central laboratory was now not required to do this testing. This eliminated the weekend working situation and resulting costs and freed up resource for more skilled and valuable work.
FUELSTAT® utilising Bioscience technology at the forefront of current knowledge cannot be cross contaminated even in the harshest, dirtiest environments which means that risk of wrong results was also eliminated.

The Outcome

FUELSTAT® has made a significant contribution to the MRO from a technical, commercial and human resource standpoint whilst improving its safety position.

FUELSTAT® gives easy to interpret results (Green/Amber/Red traffic light system) in 10 minutes in the hangar freeing up an estimated 1000 man hours of resource in the central workshop and meaning that potentially contaminated aircraft were not flying awaiting results – an outcome that the management were very happy with.

FUELSTAT® resinae Plus fuel system test is expanding rapidly into the land and marine diesel sectors. The onsite fuel test can be actioned wherever fuel is manufactured, stored, distributed or used and is capable of detecting all known organisms which grow in fuel and in fuel systems.

 

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