The Fitch Fuel Catalyst and Fuel
Frequently asked questions.
Any new technology brings with it a host of questions. The introduction of the Fitch® Fuel Catalyst to the World market is no exception. In response to claims of improved combustion, increased power and reduced emissions, the manufacturer. Advanced Power Systems International, Inc., has anticipated a few of the more pertinent questions. The following Question and Answer discussion will answer these questions and shed light on what possibly is one of the most exciting innovations of the decade.
Q. What is the difference between a fuel catalyst and an additive?
A. An additive is usually a chemical introduced into solution with fuel. Additives must be replenished at each refueling. A catalyst affects the fuel but does not become part of it.
Q. What are the major components of the Fitch® Fuel Catalyst?
A. The Catalyst is a composite of a number of metals forming an alloy. These metals are coalesced by a propriety process.
Q. How does the catalyst work?
A. All hydrocarbon fuels contain gums and resins which cause the fuel molecules of petrol and Diesel fuel to conglomerate in clusters. These clusters are too large to bum completely in the extremely short time that the burning fuel is in the combustion chamber. Therefore, these unburned molecules enter the exhaust stream as a smoky gas and do not contribute any power to the operation of the engine. The Catalyst dissolves these gums and resins so that these clusters of molecules do not form, allowing all the fuel to be used for power. The theory is verified by the fact that the catalyst fuel consistently produces exhaust emissions reductions of 50% or more in both hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, thus indicating more complete combustion.
Q. What are the benefits to be gained from the use of the Catalyst?
A. Engine starting is easier, maintenance is less costly, fuel cost per kilometer is reduced and engine life is increased with more power and less pollution.
Q. How is the Catalyst introduced to the fuel supply?
A. For small engines of 50 HP or less, a small Catalyst unit, called a 'Drop-In', is simply inserted into the fuel tank. For larger engines either drop-in's or an in-line canister style Catalyst is installed in the fuel line.
Q. What type of engines will benefit from the use of the Catalyst?
A. The catalyst is effective on any petrol, diesel or LPG engine or any engine which is run on Fossil fuel, including buses, marine equipment, farm machinery, stationary pumps, generators, lawn and garden equipment, etc.
Q. How long does the Catalyst last?
A. The Fitch® Fuel Catalyst warranty is for 400,000 kilometers, 5,000 operating hours or five years, whichever comes first. It is a maintenance-free device.
Q. What is the difference between a Fitch® Fuel Catalyst and a Catalytic Converter?
A. The Fitch® Fuel Catalyst pre-treats the fuel before the combustion process and by increasing combustion efficiency reduces the creation of pollutants. Catalytic Converters are installed at the end of the combustion process where they remove pollutants after they have already been created.
Q. Can the Fitch® Fuel Catalyst be used in conjunction with a catalytic converter?
A. Absolutely - it will help extend the useful life of the catalytic converter.
Q. Do I have to install an inline unit on my new car?
A. No. There are drop in units that go directly in the gas tank. You can use an in-line unit which is preferable by some who lease vehicles so that they can transfer the unit to the next one they have.
Q. How will I know it is working in my car?
A. Certain things can be quickly observed. The engine may run smoother and quieter. More power may be felt and there may be less exhaust smoke. However the most objective way to measure is by having a baseline of information for comparison of "before" and "after". This data can be based on fuel economy (miles per gallon), emissions of Hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO), engine oil analysis, or performance.
Q. Has the Fitch been tested by any recognized facilities?
A. Yes ..the Fitch Fuel Catalyst has been tested and proven for over 10 years by numerous universities and independant laboratories around the world. It is the only permanent fuel treatment on the market that can deliever horsepower and torque while decreasing harmful emissions.
Q. Is there a \"break in period\", once I install the Fitch, before it will begin to work?
A. BREAK-IN PERIOD: The length of this break-in period depends on the age and condition of the engine. An engine in average condition should take approximately 500 miles, (800 kilometers) or 10 operating hours to achieve maximum benefit from the catalyst. During the break-in period the Fitch unit will be cleaning any excess carbon and resins from the engine and fuel system. It is therefore possible to have higher emissions and/or fuel consumption during this period. The cleaning out of this build up from the engine will initially result in dirtier engine oil then normal since much of the carbon residue cleaned from the combustion chamber ends up in the engine oil pan. After the first oil change however, the engine oil will continue to be much cleaner than before use of the Fitch Fuel Catalyst due to the reduction of oil soot contamination. It is also possible, on high mileage engines, to find the fuel filter will need replacing, as it will accumulate deposits being loosened from the fuel system. A clogged filter will cause poor fuel economy. After the break in period, it may be possible to evaluate your vehicle with lower octane fuel. Drop down one grade at time to ensure proper engine performance.
Why don’t the OEMs like GM, Chrysler, Ford, Cat., Yamaha, Suzuki, Detroit, etc. implement the Fitch Fuel Catalyst on cars or machines right from the assembly line?
The OEMs don’t typically add parts to the assembly line unless it saves them money or are required to add because of specific regulations. OEMS must meet certain standards set forth by the EPA and other regulatory organizations. When determining MPG window sticker numbers, the EPA requires the automotive OEMs to test on certified fuel such as Indolene. These purest certified fuels are too expensive to mass produce and are NOT equivalent to what consumers purchase at the pump.
Original Equipment Manufacturers
(offer Fitch as an option on their vehicles)
Q. Are there units to handle large boiler applications or are they just for small furnace use?
A. There are Fitch units available for the largest of boilers or systems. Contact us with your requirements and we will be glad to help. All applications are based on fuel flow per hour. This determines the size of the unit required.
Q. Will the Fitch save me on heating costs just by hooking it on my furnace?
A. The Fitch will improve the quality of the fuel but it should always be installed by a qualified furnace technician because re-adjustment of the system is neccessary to attain the full savings gained by the Fitch.
Q. Will the Fitch work on propane?
A. Yes the Fitch works on all fuels, gas,oil, propane,bunkerC,and many others. In propane applications it aids in cutting down on the "cokeing" of the nozzles of units and keeping them cleaner running while also lowering emissions. This is similar to fuel injection units which have a problem of the injectors clogging up over a period of time.
Q. Can I remove the unit from my bike in the winter and use it in my snowmobile?
A. Yes you can ..but it is preferable to leave it in vehicles during the off season to stabilize the fuel. If it is removed the ability for it to work as a stabilizer will not remain in the fuel over a period of time without the catalyst in the tank.
Q. Will I hear the Fitch units rattling around in my gas tank?
A. This is a common question and the answer is no. The Fitch units move around in the tank and usually settle down into the lower spots of the tanks but no noise is noticable.
Q. I have a small motorcycle 350cc and my husband has a 1100cc motorcycle. Can we buy a F5T twin package and put one in each bike. They both have about the same size gas tanks?WARRANTY
A. No you must use one unit (F4T) in the 350cc bike but you must have 2 units (F5T) in the larger bike. Anything over 500cc must use 2. The catalyst reaction is based on exposier time. As the larger bike is, of course bigger, it will also use the fuel quicker therefore it is not exposed to the Fitch as long. Most all applications are based on FUEL FLOW especially the larger they get.
Q. Will the Fitch void my warranty if I add it to my vehicle?
A. NO. The product has been certified by the EPA and CARB. With the presence of the
FFC a manufacturer can not deny warranty.The FFC is a permanent pre-combustion deviece that re-refines the fuel and is not an additive. Extensive testing has been done to prove that none of the catalyst "leaches" into the fuel. It does not wear down or deteriorate over a period of time.
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