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After the 2010 Surabaya incident, pressure began to mount in the aerospace industry to ban SAP (Super Absorbing Polymer) monitoring technology from the filters used to refuel aircraft.
This was the reason for Parker Velcon to immediately start developing a new filter technology for “into-plane” fueling. It was evident that there was no practical solution for replacing the absorbent SAP which would release zero downstream extractables.
The new materials should furthermore have a proven suitability for dirt filtration and hydrophobic technologies.
Parker Velcon has chosen to develop a new brand technology CDFX ™ (Clean Dry Fuel eXtreme). The objective of this project is to provide from the outset a reliable product that is intrinsically safe in the defense against dirt and water.
When PARKER started this project years ago, there were high expectations about the performance of the CDFX monitor.
The laboratory tests exceed these expectations with the result that PARKER has a very reliable, intrinsically safe product available. In close collaboration with the Energy Institute, Parker Velcon supported the development of the EI1588 Water Barrier specification for element qualification.
This rigorous specification includes for the most part the same tests and effluent requirements in the traditional EI1583 fuel filter monitor specification.
The 21 tests in this specification include resistance to emulsified and free water, solids filtration / soil removal, resistance to salt water and DiEGME (FSII) and the like. All tests have now been successfully completed and the CDF-X monitors have been certified in accordance with EI-1588 specification.