AXI International Featured in Health Facilities Management Magazine

Fort Myers, Fla. (September 27, 2017) – In its September issue, Health Facilities Management published an article that features recent installations of AXI International’s fuel filtration equipment at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

The article, titled “Fuel Polishing Aids Facility in Emergency Power Readiness: Pennsylvania Hospital Relies on Critical Product to Meet NFPA and CMS Standards” outlines the benefits that AXI International products provide for healthcare facilities.

The Associate Director of Facilities and Maintenance at Hershey Medical Center, Jeffrey Dove, and his team understand the importance of maintaining their fuel supply for the hospital’s backup generator.

For this reason, they made the decision to install automated fuel filtration systems on two of their tanks.

Maintaining their fuel using AXI International’s FPS-LX-F systems allows the facility to meet NFPA and CMS fuel and backup power standards.

Each of the two systems maintains 13,000-gallon fuel tanks.

Meeting NFPA and CMS Guidelines Through Fuel Filtration

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, paragraph states that fuel “tanks shall be sized so that the fuel is consumed within the storage life or provision shall be made to remediate fuel that is stale or contaminated or to replace stale or contaminated fuel with clean fuel.”

Additionally, the article discusses the fact that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has increased their emphasis on fuel quality.

Its Conditions of Participation for the Final Rule at 42 CFR 482.15(e)(3) states: “Emergency Generator Fuel: Hospitals that maintain an on-site fuel source to power emergency generators must have a plan for how it will keep emergency power systems operational during the emergency, unless it evacuates.”

Keeping Backup Systems Maintained and Intact

When the fuel supply at a facility is properly maintained, it creates less wear-and-tear on the engine, and, most importantly, assures that the facility’s backup power system will be functioning when it is needed in the event of an emergency.

AXI International fuel filtration systems give healthcare facility professionals peace of mind and assurance that their backup systems will function properly in time of need.

To read the original article featured in Health Facilities Management, click here.

AXI International Named a Finalist for the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch

Fort Myers, Fla. (September 5, 2017) – Florida Companies to Watch, an award presented by GrowFL, honors and celebrates growing second-stage companies that are headquartered in the state of Florida.

AXI International is a finalist for the seventh annual award.

The award program was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace.

In order to qualify, these companies must have innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.”

Final judging begins the week of July 10th, and the winners will be announced the week of July 17th.

The photo above includes AXI International’s COO, Jeff Poirier (left) and VP of Sales, Christian Smith (right).

The two members of AXI International’s management team attended The CEO Forum in Tampa, FL and accepted a certificate of recognition on behalf of AXI International being named a finalist.

To read more about GrowFL and Florida Companies to Watch, click here.

The Truth About Biocides in Fuel

Fort Myers, Fla. (April 18, 2017) – Biocides are used in a myriad of applications across the world.

From food preservatives to hospital-grade disinfectants, biocide products “are those that are intended to destroy, render harmless, prevent the action of, or otherwise exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means.”

Biocides are often used in fuel tank applications to kill and prevent the proliferation of harmful fungi, microbes, and yeasts within the fuel.

In fact, even the EPA recommends the use of biocides in underground storage tanks (USTs).

Although biocides serve their purpose when used within the proper application, there are several reasons why biocides are not always the best option when it comes to proper fuel management.

Biocide Safety and Health Concerns

According to PAN Germany, biocides “can often contain substances of concern with allergic, ecotoxic, carcinogenic, developmental neurotoxic or endocrine disrupting properties.”

Additionally, those exposed can experience severe skin irritation and burns, allergic reactions, liver damage, and serious eye irritation and damage.

For these reasons, biocides should only be used by trained professionals when they deem it necessary.

Environmental Concerns with Biocides

Not only are biocides toxic to humans, they also pose an environmental risk.

Microbiocides, such as the ones used in many common fuel biocides, have been shown by the EPA to be toxic to aquatic life, including fish and ducks.

If a fuel tank is leaking, it can cause harm to the surrounding environment.

However, the negative effects would be magnified if the fuel were treated with a biocide.

Risk of Resistance with Biocides

Frequent use of biocides in a fuel tank may cause the bacteria and microorganisms within the tank to build up a resistance.

This occurrence happens within the fuel industry and all other industries that use biocides, including cosmetics, food, and other consumer products.

Just as humans and animals are developing a resistance to antibiotics, microbes found within tank ecosystems are following suit.

This means that repeated use of a biocide in a fuel tank may eventually become ineffective.

Biocides: The Band-Aid of the Fuel Industry

The main issue with biocides is that they only temporarily treat a symptom of the overall problem.

In a tank, where there is sludge and microbial contamination, there is water.

The mere presence of water in fuel creates a breeding ground for harmful contaminants.

Microbes live in water and feed off of fuel. This microbial growth creates its own layer of sludge (commonly thought of as algae) in your tank.

Unfortunately, it takes the presence of only one spore or microbe to cause a problem, as they reproduce asexually.

Not only does the presence of water in a tank create a breeding ground for contaminants, water can also cause other problems such as tank and fuel system corrosion and injector tip damage.

Treating a tank with biocide will in fact kill the microbial contamination and temporarily stop the proliferation of sludge.

However, once it is treated, dead or alive, your tank still contains sludge.

Dead sludge will still clog your filters.

Instead of solely treating a tank with biocide, consider the following:

Filter out the sludge and contamination.

Even if the biocide killed the sludge, it can still do damage, and it needs to be filtered out of the fuel.

Remove water, the main source of fuel contamination, from the tank so that the microbes do not have anywhere to live or grow.

Instead of always using a biocide to treat fuel, try a broad spectrum fuel additive and combustion catalyst, such as AFC 710.

This type of additive will keep your fuel in a stable, optimal condition for months so that it’s ready when you need it.

Is Your Backup System 'Winter Power Outage' Ready?

Fort Myers, Fla. (January 30, 2017) – In many parts of the United States, the winter season has taken a significant toll on the power grid, thus exposing infrastructure and backup system vulnerabilities.

Do you have a backup power system installed? If so, is it ready for the next outage?

The Power Struggle is Real

In January of 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported over a million consumers lost power after a winter vortex that delivered heavy snow, high winds, and ice.

This winter vortex crippled the power infrastructure in much of the eastern United States.

The outages kept many of the residents and businesses in the affected area without power for days.

This means the possibility of no working security systems and pipes freezing.

Although many people feel they are prepared for a power outage, is your backup or emergency power system prepared to run for days on end?

Are you comfortable with putting your system to the test when you absolutely need it to run?

Additionally, this month, major casinos in Las Vegas, including the Luxor and New York New York, suffered power outages due to wind storms.

If it can happen to the City of Lights, it can happen anywhere.

False Sense of Security

Many business owners and homeowners with backup power systems have a “set it and forget it” mindset when it comes to their backup power systems.

Installing a backup power system is the first precautionary step to being prepared for an outage.

However, if you have a backup system installed, make sure you’re not neglecting the fuel, as degraded and contaminated fuel can clog your fuel filters and damage your engine.

This can lead to an untimely, catastrophic failure of your generator.

Generators may run on a light load for thirty minutes per week.

However, when an outage happens, and the system needs to run for multiple days on a heavy load, will the quality of the fuel be the weak link in the chain?

Degraded fuel can cause bacterial and fungal sludge to build up in the tank, causing the generator to malfunction and require servicing when it is truly needed.

Don’t Get Left in the Dark

If you don’t have a fuel maintenance plan, it’s time to integrate one.

A fuel maintenance plan includes the following steps:

If you have any questions about the condition of your backup system fuel cleanliness, give AXI a call today.

Recent Air Pollution Statistics to Blame for Global Health Decline

Fort Myers, Fla. (October 18th, 2016) – More than 90% of the world’s population is breathing contaminated air that does not meet official safety standards, and the effects are detrimental.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of people are dying from breathing air pollutants in the form of various particulate matter such as sulphates, nitrates, and black carbon.

Only one person in 10 lives in a city that complies with the WHO air quality guidelines,” says Dr. Maria Neira, director of public health at the WHO.

Among the most polluted areas are China, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Detrimental Bodily Damage

These microscopic contaminants inflict a lot of damage on the body.

Specifically, if inhaled, the particles can become lodged in the lungs and result in COPD, infections, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and lung cancer.

“To date, air pollution – both ambient (outdoor) and household (indoor) – is the biggest environmental risk to health, carrying responsibility for about one in every nine deaths annually,” says Dr. Maria Neira. “Ambient air pollution alone kills around 3 million people each year, mainly from non-communicable diseases.”

What’s Causing This Pollution?

Some places in the world, such as the Sahara, are prone to naturally occurring air contamination.

As most people are well aware, the burning of fossil fuels significantly contributes to the global pollution problem.

This pollution problem includes not only vehicle emissions but industrial fuel applications as well.

Diesel fuel, especially in older engines, often leaves unburned fuel after combustion to exit the exhaust system. As a result, this unburnt fuel is released into the air and contributes to pollution. In more densely populated metro areas, the abundance of pollution can often be seen in the form of smog, a haziness in the air that tends to linger across the city. 

Have you ever see black smoke coming out of an engine? That’s a sign of wasted, unburnt fuel!

In order to be efficient, all efforts should be made to completely burn the fuel during combustion, as this improves both fuel efficiency and reduces the emissions impact.

What Can We Do?

One solution to this problem is to use a combustion catalyst fuel additive in order to optimize fuel efficiency. AXI International’s AFC series allows fuel to burn more completely while cleaning out the entire fuel system.

Not only does AFC increase fuel efficiency, therefore cutting down on harmful emissions, it also improves fuel economy, increases filter life, increases horsepower, adds engine lubricity, and extends DEF and UREA lifespan.

AXI International Unveils Full Scope, New Technology Catalog for 2016

Fort Myers, Fla. (February 10, 2016) – AXI International, a global leader in intelligent fuel management and fuel purification systems, has launched this year’s comprehensive, full scope catalog for customers and distributors.

An online version of the publication will be available through a member portal on AXI’s website

Throughout the 71-page publication, readers are encouraged to explore technological advances in fully automated fuel optimization and maintenance systems, mobile and permanent fuel polishing systems, and a variety of products to improve and enhance energy solutions.

The catalog includes detailed charts and graphics to explain best uses for each system and product.

Readers can also refer to the website for even more detail as needed.

“We have distributed product booklets before but not to this extent,” said Jeff Poirier, COO of AXI International. “This comprehensive publication showcases our newest technologies and provides specifications in greater detail. It is a compendium that is commensurate with the highest levels of research and development we are doing at AXI International.”

AXI consulted with customers and distributors to determine what content would meet their needs.

The new catalog encompasses what AXI’s customers have requested.

“At AXI, our unique approach is to recognize our customers’ individual needs and to be fast, flexible, and dynamic with the right solutions,” concluded Poirier.

For more information or to request a catalog, call 1-877-425-4239.

More About AXI International

AXI International, an A+ rated company by the Better Business Bureau, designs, engineers, and manufactures pre-configured and custom-built fuel solutions.

They work side by side with customers, architects, engineering firms, and facility management companies to create innovative and fully automated fuel optimization and maintenance systems.

Established in 1980, AXI International is headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. and serves clients from around the globe.

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