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Barriere Construction of Louisiana, United States specializes in road construction and paving. They operate two state-of-the-art asphalt production facilities and have been repeatedly recognized with the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Diamond Achievement Award for environmental excellence.
Barriere’s use of leading-edge technology and sophisticated machinery gives them a unique ability to provide their clients with superior materials, equipment and end results.
Pat Klaman, Total Process Reliability Manager for Barriere, is responsible for tracking and reducing operational costs. Even though Barriere turns its off-road construction equipment every five years or 5000 hours, Pat makes sure they strictly follow OEM-recommended maintenance schedules. This is especially true since the company began to upgrade to Tier 4 equipment with High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) engines.
Research told Pat that transitioning to Tier 4 equipment meant that Barriere would need clean diesel. He conducted a study to find out how often Barriere needed to change its on-board fuel filters. He was not happy with the results because they were not up to OEM expected standards.
He then tested the condition of his diesel as it left on-site bulk tanks and mobile fueling trucks. The test results showed Pat that he had serious problems with water and contamination in his diesel. Pat decided to call Scott Rongey, Sales Manager at Reliable Industries, a Donaldson Clean Solutions distributor.
Barriere’s Tier 4 equipment was breaking down due to both on-board fuel filter clogging and fuel injector failures. The company had to get clean, dry diesel into its equipment. Water contamination was a particularly important issue to Barriere, due to high humidity levels throughout Louisiana.