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TEMP-A-START IDLING REDUCER KEEPS MACHINES READY TO ROLL IN THE COLD
By Larry Stewart, Executive Editor
February 01, 2008
A system that senses block temperature and automatically runs the engine long enough to keep it warm and ready to run saves thousands of hours of idling time and countless battery, starter, and alternator failures for ASRC's off-road equipment on Alaska's North Slope
This ASRC Volvo loader working on Alaska's North Slope is the first off-road machine equipped with Temp-A-Start two years ago. The system cut idling by nearly 80 percent and improved reliability in subzero temperatures.
Idle Reduction technology makes sense, saves dollars
By Heather A. Resz
Assume there are about 2,000 pieces of equipment in Prudhoe Bay, each consuming about four gallons of fuel an hour, Howard said.
That means a savings of 8,000 gallons of fuel for every hour that equipment isn't idling, he said. Over the course of 10 hours, that's a savings of 80,000 gallons. Howard pushed his pencil a little further and estimated that each gallon of diesel fuel delivered and pumped into fleet units costs about $7. That means the entire fleet of 2,000 vehicles could save as much as $560,000 during a single 10-hour shift, solely by reducing idle times. "It's definitely a gold mine,"