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The Importance of a Clean Engine and Clear Air Filters

The Importance of a Clean Engine and Clear Air Filters

About 10 months ago, we overhauled a turbocharger on a client’s Caterpillar C7 engine. Last week they called us due to an issue – after 130 running hours, the turbo had seized, and they wanted us to repair the unit under warranty.   Which – naturally – we were happy to do.   But as it turned out, the turbo hadn’t seized.   The normal cause of seized turbos is a lack of oil to the bearing...

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The mistake with increasing your engine speed

Last week one of our engineers returned from a site, having finished a service on a Cummins driven generator. And whilst he was there, he was asked to assist with some monthly tests on the Dorman driven fire pumps. There was a problem. One of the pump engines was shutting off before it got to full speed. Our engineer asked a few questions about the history of the engine, and it turned out that the speed had been raised from 1,500RPM to...

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Bartech Celebrates 30 Years of Engineering Excellence!

Bartech Celebrates 30 Years of Engineering Excellence!

This year sees Bartech turn 30 years old. When Gerald (Barney) and Jane Barnett started Bartech in their garage in 1987, it was beyond their wildest dreams that it would develop into the business it is now. With so many companies struggling to continue past 5 years and maintain growth, it is a real testament to the core values of the company, put in place by the founders, and continuously lived by the current team. To mark this milestone, the...

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Governor’s Droop

Governor’s Droop

We’re in the middle of building a service exchange Woodward UG10L governor for a Malaysian shipping company and whilst confirming the specification we realised not everyone is aware of one of the key settings for their engine control. When replacing a governor, or any major assembly for that matter, there is always the risk that it may have been modified to overcome some performance issues. Although we had the original specification from the...

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Removing safety risks with special tooling

Removing safety risks with special tooling

Last week we had to put our engineering brains to good use to give our client a safe alternative to the current practices, and thought you’d like to see the results. Having attended a vessel to service the main engines, we found that it had been adapted to drive a hydraulic pump from the free end, which meant the barring tool had been removed from the damper. This is the normal set up compared to arrangement we found: Without this flange, the...

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Detroit 16V71 Oval Conn Rod Correction

Detroit 16V71 Oval Conn Rod Correction

As you know, we believe that carrying out your own inspections is vital.   Just as vital, is reducing your dependence on your incoming spares matching up with the new specifications, even if you order them from the OEM. This week, we’ve been dealing with another situation that cements this fact, although this time, we’ve been able to bring the parts back into specification with the backing of Bureau Veritas.   Whilst our client’s OEM has...

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