You want one thing from your engine, for it to start every time you push the button. That normally requires an electric start motor.But what happens if the power is down and the starter battery has lost its charge? If the engine is critical (i.e a generator at a data centre or hospital) the results could be catastrophic. There are also working environments that require
But what happens if the power is down and the starter battery has lost its charge?
If the engine is critical (i.e a generator at a data centre or hospital) the results could be catastrophic. There are also working environments that require ATEX certification and any kind of spark is considered dangerous (such as an underground mine or offshore gas platform). This is why non-electric engine starting systems are the solution of choice for the marine, oil & gas and mining industries.
What are the top advantages of choosing a non-electric engine starting system?
ATEX regulations protect those working in hazardous environments. They’re areas that contain highly flammable gasses and materials as part of the day to day activities. Any kind of spark in these areas should be avoided. Electric starter motors could pose a risk as they produce a spark to start an engine.
IPU’s ATEX approved starter motors do not produce a spark as they do not use electricity. They can be either air or hydraulic powered depending on the requirements of the project and the facilities available.
Cranking an engine is hard work and takes a significant amount of energy to start. The cranking load is increased during cold weather as low temperatures thicken the viscosity of the oil in the crankcase which increases the drag. At the same time a battery has less amps available because cold temperatures slow down its chemical processes.
If the starter has worn internal components, a poor ground or positive cable connection, or the battery’s level of charge is low, the engine may not crank fast enough to start or it may not crank at all. This affects the reliability of critical systems.
IPU’s engine start systems are not impacted by the same issues as they do not require a battery. They have also been successfully tested in some of the world’s most extreme conditions, from sub-zero temperatures off the Russian coast to the baking heat of the Arabian deserts.
As batteries get older they eventually struggle to hold a charge. Hydraulic and Air starters from IPU do not to suffer the same fate. Depending on the project they can either connect to existing supply ports or be deployed as complete systems. Either way IPU’s Engine Start systems can maintain enough energy to crank the engine even after long shut down periods.
Non-electric starters have a key back up solution should everything else fail, an option for manual charging. IPU’s Hydraulic and Air Starting systems can be delivered with either a hand pump or foot pump depending on the application. So if all charge is lost a little elbow grease can help get the engine going again.
Very few oil platforms, drilling rigs or mining vehicles have an abundance of space to house a starting system. That’s why IPU offers Hydraulic and Air start motors that can connect to existing facilities. Alternatively, our engineering team can design a custom start package to fit almost any space.
A non-electric engine starting system by IPU offers unrivalled reliability. To find out more contact our team on +44 (0) 121 511 0460 or through the following link.