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Cummins Filtration Announces 4-Micron Fuel Filter, Filter Recycling Program

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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Cummins Filtration's new Fleetguard FF5782 fuel filter features a new nanotechnology-based filtration media designed to protect fuel injection systems.
The first of its kind for fuel filtration, the FF5782 can trap 98.7% of all particles as small as 4 microns, and demonstrates 13 times greater retention of particles during fuel surge and engine vibration than its closest competitor.

Focused on reducing injector failure by removing harmful particles and by delivering fuel that meets Fuel Injection Equipment (FIE) manufacturers' suggested ISO 12/9/6 cleanliness level, engines equipped with the FF5782 fuel filter showed no signs of injector wear after more than 190 hours of testing. An engine in identical condition, using standard fuel filters, showed significant wear after only 50 hours, ultimately leading to premature injector failure.

"The most important and expensive component in today's high-pressure common-rail fuel system is the injector. Hard particles in the fuel flow can cause significant wear, disrupting its precise operation, reducing fuel efficiency and leading to premature injector replacement," said Kevin Westerson, chief technical officer of Cummins Filtration. "Our FF5782 fuel filter with nanotechnology-based media protects up to 13 times better than its predecessor, so injectors work better, longer."

Because the Fleetguard nanotechnology media filter captures and holds particles better than any other filter in the marketplace, engines fitted with this technology will have fewer injector failures and are expected to offer a 25 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership, the company says.

Fleetguard Filtering Change Program

Cummins Filtration has also launched its first filter recycling management program called Filtering Change. The program aims to partner with service centers and fleet locations throughout the United States and eventually globally to reduce the number of metal filter cans and used media elements being dumped into landfills.

Within the past three months alone, the program has seen more than 50 metric tons of previously landfilled metal now being recycled, which in turn creates an avoidance of 40 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) in the environment.

"As service providers, our customers are already required by government regulations to manage waste oil and filters. This program is built around helping them take it to the next level, to rethink how they manage that waste for the future," says Matthew Tullai, executive director, marketing and sales for Cummins Filtration. "Proper filter recycling not only makes their customers feel good about where they do business, but it also keeps our customers ahead of changing government waste management requirements."

Filtering Change is designed to provide customers with the resources and support necessary to integrate filter recycling into their daily operations. Program participants new to recycling can utilize an extensive directory of qualified recycling management companies to find one that fits the needs for their region. Those already recycling can use the program's validation process to ensure that their existing company meets the program requirements for being a responsible recycler. A key requirement is that the recycling management company has an audit trail and guarantees that filters and used oil are recycled, not landfilled.

"By the end of the year, we expect to see more than 100 metric tons of previously landfilled steel be recycled, and in doing so, avoid the addition of nearly 80 metric tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2e) to our environment," Tullai said.

For more information on the FF5782 filter or the recycling program, visit www.cumminsfiltration.com

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