Mining company goes green

CertainTeed Gypsum, a large mining company in Arkansas, spent $3,300 over 8 months replacing fuel filter elements on one of their PC1800 Komatsu Shovels. The PC1800 has two Cummins engines per unit. These 12 cylin der SAA6D140's with 917HP per engine have two spin on fuel filters, for a total of four per shovel. Annually, the company would have spent in excess of $7,000 per shovel in filters alone, excluding downtime and labor...

• Algae-X ® helps CertainTeed Gypsum save money, equipment, and the environment

June 9, 2008 -- CertainTeed Gypsum, a large mining company in Arkansas, spent $3,300 over 8 months replacing fuel filter elements on one of their PC1800 Komatsu Shovels. The PC1800 has two Cummins engines per unit. These 12 cylin der SAA6D140's with 917HP per engine have two spin on fuel filters, for a total of four per shovel. Annually, the company would have spent in excess of $7,000 per shovel in filters alone, excluding downtime and labor.

To improve up-time and reduce operating costs, Kevin Mahan, Senior Project Engineer, had the local certified Algae-X dealer, H&E Equipment Services of Little Rock, Arkansas, install two Algae-X model 1500 fuel conditioners into each of their PC1800 shovels. The fuel was treated with AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst. After four months of continuous operation, these shovels had no clogged filters nor any fuel related downtime in between scheduled preventative maintenance.

Based on these results, Kevin has decided to install fuel conditioners on all Tier II and Tier III equipment operating in the mine. He has also proactively treated the company's stored fuel with AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst and purchased an Algae-X MTC-3000 mobile tank cleaning system to remove the water and sludge from their storage tanks.
CertainTeed Gypsum has applied Algae-X green technology that has more than paid for itself by reducing emissions, lowering the consumption of disposable filters, improving engine performance, and increasing up-time.

Algae-X International designs and manufactures Fuel Conditioning & Fuel Maintenance systems that reverse the fuel deterioration process and dramatically increase engine uptime and performance while reducing emissions.

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