Don’t Go Changin’

Even the best of relationships sometimes have friction and, in most cases, that friction is manageable — unless it takes place inside of a heavy-duty engine. In that case, any particulate over the size of say, three microns – the distance between a piston and a cylinder wall — can lead to a breakup of major proportions.

MOT Oil Filter By-pass System

“Engines equipped with CEI filters can run for years without an oil change.”
Alex Weil, Inventor

That’s exactly why maintenance supervisors on land and sea make it standard operating procedure to change an engine’s oil regularly, even though filters, oil, tools, and labor all add up to significant ongoing costs.

But just a few short blocks from the Port of L.A., one company — Clean Engine Inc (CEI) — has a patented solution that dramatically reduces the need for costly oil changes, saving operators with trucks, vessels, cranes (or anything that operates with an engine and any type of fuel) both time and money. And, equally important to financial managers during this challenging economy, CEI’s technology provides a remarkably fast return on investment – less than a year in many cases.

Founded by Norwegian-born engineers Laila and Alex Weil, CEI’s Bypass Filtration System uses a progressive five-stage filter core to trap damaging particles as small as one micron. The particulate-free oil then enters a heated evaporation chamber where contaminants such as water, fuel, acid, and other corrosives are removed and ventilated into a collection reservoir.

As a result, independent testing has proven that CEI-fitted engines can be operated many times longer without requiring an oil change, reducing oil purchases and disposal by 89%, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report.*

“Not all filters are created equal,” says Weil. “Conventional filters only trap particulates larger than 20 microns and do nothing to eliminate liquid corrosives. That’s nowhere good enough. We filter everything down to just one micron – smaller than the distance between the piston and cylinder wall. As a result, engines equipped with CEI filters can run for years without an oil change.”

Machinery PartsIn the San Pedro Bay Port Complex, Clean Engine’s filtration systems are in use at terminal operators Trapac, Sea Launch, and a large harbor area truck operators.

“Through independent testing, we have proven substantial savings while protecting the significant investment of large engines of companies using our devices,” says David Thornburg, CEI President. “Additionally, with increases in fuel economy saving money and the environment, the device will increase the life of the engine as well”

The math is pretty simple: Take a standard drayage truck requiring 44 quarts and that typically undergoes an oil change four times a year, or after 300 hours of service. Based on a typical per-quart price of $3 and a typical volume-priced filter at $30, the total cost comes to $678 annually, not including the significant cost of labor to do the job. By comparison, the price of a CEI Bypass Filtration System is approximately $1,299. During a three-year test period, terminal operator Trapac has run a number of its utility tractor rigs without requiring a single oil change – only the disposable CEI filter needs replacing.

Based on those numbers, especially with labor factored in, a CEI system almost always pays for itself well within a year and will continue to provide ongoing cost savings every year after that. Multiply those savings by every truck in a typical fleet and the benefit to the bottom line is significant.


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