Friday, September 28, 2018

BJE 007 Mission: Making a Great Impression

BJE Lube and Oil Products customer Automotive and Carwash Equipment Services (ACES) makes the installation of 007 Tank Alarm systems (for overflow detection of oil, waste oil, diesel fuel, antifreeze, water and other fluids with a high flash point) shine with a combination of practicality and innovation.

BJE’s 007 Tank Alarm is an alarm that is commonly used in waste oil applications to avoid tank overflows. It is sold with the 007 SV (solenoid valve) or 007 SVT (solenoid valve with timer) which shuts off the flow of oil to a tank when the alarm goes off to avoid over flows. The 007 can also be set up to detect low fluid levels, in applications where it’s important to avoid untimely shortages.

ACES Senior Lead Technician Chris Watford is a self-described “aesthetics guy” who set out to find a way to “hide the wires and clean up the look” of the 007 tank monitoring system when installing them at customer locations. Many locations simply install the components on a wall near the tanks which leaves wires, conduit, power supplies and connectors exposed to the eyes and the elements. 
“It doesn’t take long for waste oil to get into places it doesn’t belong,” Watford said.

So, in 2013 Watford started tackling the problem by first eliminating the visible transformer wires of a 007 system in a hallway that was frequently viewed by the technicians at a car dealership.

Next ACES decided to further improve the look when they mounted both the 007 and the solenoid valves on diamond plate, which would then be affixed to a wall near electrical power and the waste oil tanks.

“The way they have this set up, it looks really clean and professional,” said Tony Aumiller East Coast Sales Manager for BJE and parent company Husky Corporation.

Practicality led to the next iteration of what could be called 007 system equipment boards. Watford developed a simple hinge bracket, so technicians could swing the diamond plate away from the wall to work on wires, conduits, connections and hoses. Now all wiring is removed from view but can be accessed when needed.  

“It was all to clean up the look and hide the wires. But then we started making it easier for people to work on the units,” Watford said.

Watford says the reaction from customers, which include auto dealerships and large fleet operators, has been very positive. He has received several certifications to support his work from the Petroleum Equipment Institute (RP600, RP700, RP800 and RP1100) that deal with the installation and operation of above ground tanks, fluid distribution systems at vehicle maintenance facilities, bulk storage tanks, and equipment that handles DEF.

“Everybody is very inquisitive about it. They want to know how it works and they always comment that it looks very clean, since there are no wires showing like the last one we might have installed for them,” Watford said.

The systems can be customized a bit with desired colors or based on the type of application. One example involves several 007 equipment boards that will be installed in a large distribution facility where the units will be affixed to a pump bracket attached to the wall. Yet the clearance still slows access to transformers, wire connections and other equipment for ready access. 
Contact Husky Corporation toll-free at 800-325-3558 or at Get more information about the BJE web site

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Black Knight and Red Fox: Cleared for Outdoor Duty

Ingress Protection testing is the process associated with determining the level of protection an enclosure provides against the elements. These intrusions can be many things including water, dust and other foreign objects. The IP Code, also known as the International Protection Marking, rates the degree of protection an enclosure provides. The IP Code has two digits. The first digit identifies the level of  protection from solid particles and the second digit indicates how much protection is provided against liquids.

Recently, a regulatory compliance lab completed Ingress Protection testing for two popular BJE liquid level gauges: Black Knight and Red Fox. Both of the units earned the rating IP53, certifying the internal mechanisms of these gauges are protected from dust and sprayed water. That means both of these gauges are now cleared for use in outdoor applications.

“The tests revealed no water entered the housing of Black Knight or Red Fox units when sprayed at angles up to 60 degrees, like that of a sustained rain storm,” said BJE Project Engineer Paul Pitney. “After eight hours of ‘dust storm’ exposure testing, the Black Knight experienced minimal dust incursion. It was significantly less than the IP standard allows and definitely not enough to interfere with the Black Knight’s operation.”

Recent design modifications fully enclosed the mechanism housing for both gauges. BJE engineers submitted the redesigned units for Ingress Protection testing to verify atmospheric elements like dust or rain would not interfere with their operation. The Black Knight mechanically measures decreases in levels of oil, waste oil, diesel fuel, antifreeze and other fluids with a high flash point in tanks up to 99 inches deep. The Red Fox keeps track of tanks with similar liquids when they are being filled up.

Contact a BJE customer service representative to learn more about the recently enhanced BJE Black Knight and Red Fox gauges at 800-325-3558.