Anyone who has waited too long between car oil changes knows how things start to slow down and wear out. Now imagine sitting in a military vehicle in the desert on a critical mission; well this is not the time for your diesel fuel filter to be clogged or you will be a “sitting duck”. What to do? Well the Army conducts extensive testing on automotive fuel filters to avoid such events and to ensure efficient operation of military vehicles used in desert terrain. For this important preventative work the Army is using a new state-of-the-art Fuel Filtration Testing System that was made by Sigma Design Company Middlesex, New Jersey. On December 1, 2011 Sigma Design and IFTS Inc. USA shipped the first system for export to the Middle East.
The order was initiated from Chrysler Egypt and US TACOM earlier this year and IFTS, Inc. USA collaborated with Sigma Design Company to develop and fabricate the system. The Fuel Filtration Testing System was designed from scratch and the work started with a visit to Cairo by Jerry Lynch, President of Sigma Design, for a pre-concept engineering design meeting with the Egyptian Army engineers. Parts were designed and sourced in the USA, then assembled into a complete system and finally validated through strict protocols prior to shipment of the 10 x 5 x 7 foot laboratory system.
This diagnostic laboratory based filtration equipment will test diesel fuel filters for efficiency and dirt holding and retention capacity for mission critical vehicles to be used by the Egyptian Army. This effort is part of global automotive filter manufacturers’ requirement under ISO 4020 for diesel fuel filter testing. The laboratory system is being procured under the “Buy America” project of the United States Army.
The Fuel Filter Test System determines the filtration efficiency and lifecycle capacity per ISO 4020. The Army will test filters for use on various fleet vehicles including Diesel / Petrol engines (2.4 & 4.0L gas engines, 2.8LVM diesel engines, 4 / 6 / 8 Cylinder Jeeps).
“This is a great example of Sigma Design’s role in bringing global manufacturing for export back to New Jersey”, explained Jerry Lynch, President of Sigma Design. “With increased orders for filtration laboratory equipment like this, Sigma Design expects to hire additional engineers in 2012”, he added.
The client turned to IFTS and Sigma Design Company due to their special expertise in applied engineering and science for filtration for all types of substances – such as oil, water, blood and other fluids. Sigma Design was selected by IFTS because Sigma had previously designed and supplied the United States Navy with a filter test system to evaluate desalination pre-filters on the CVNX Aircraft Carriers as well as their experience in the development of laboratory equipment and appliances.
Lynch, who is also co-owner of IFTS, Inc. USA, has been active for 25+ years in the area of filtration systems design and testing and has served on the Board of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) for over 10 years (http://www.afssociety.org/). In fact, Lynch was the AFS National Chairman for 2006-2007.
With this set of competencies and manufacturing track record, the Sigma Design/IFTS collaboration is ready to deal with any type of filtration challenge. And with Sigma Design’s new 20,000 square foot Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center that opened October 2011, Sigma looks forward to designing and assembling many new highly engineered filtration systems in the coming years.
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