What To Look For When Choosing Your CHP Plant Engine Maintenance Supplier
The right maintenance team can keep your industrial engine in optimum condition to avoid unnecessary expenses or costly breakdowns. Here are some top tips to help you choose the right maintenance supplier for your plant engine.

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The first element to look for when choosing your combined heat and power engine maintenance supplier is expertise in agricultural or industrial CHP plants. With the right expertise, your engine maintenance supplier can keep your equipment running smoothly for many years as well as make necessary adaptations to bring you value for money and consistently reliable performance. R&M Walsh have extensive experience with gas engine ignition systems that spans over 25 years, meaning that our team of experts can upgrade any gas engine and make the best use of quality parts from trusted manufacturers.

Customer Service

Secondly, and just as importantly, you need your engine maintenance supplier to understand your needs as a customer and put your opinions first. Every industry is different, and at R&M Walsh we pride ourselves on taking the time to listen to our customers and make sure we provide the best solution for your needs and budget. Our after-sales care is just as important to us as our initial service, and with our ongoing customer support, we can help you continue to make the best use of your equipment, sourcing top quality parts and ensuring they run efficiently to save you money and time in the long term.

Genuine Parts

Here at R&M Walsh, we only provide top quality and genuine parts from trusted manufacturers such as Altronic and Hatraco. In addition, we can help create a bespoke engine that performs in the best way for your needs. All our parts come with extensive guarantees and the reassurance of our extensive after-sales support.

Spark Plugs

Quality spark plugs are essential to keep your industrial machinery working at optimum performance and at R&M Walsh we only provide spark plugs from the most trusted brands. Highly tuned ignition systems depend on quality spark plugs which are not only more dependable but also last longer and ensure your engine runs more smoothly and efficiently. Our extensive range of market-leading spark plugs includes Bosch, Beru, Champion and Denso. Each spark plug is specifically designed for a range of engines and industrial generators, manufactured with specially manufactured alloy and electrodes to withstand extreme conditions and provide optimal performance.

Hatraco Ignition Components

R&M Walsh is an official Hatraco distributor, able to provide specialist advice and comprehensive after-sales service. Hatraco hydraulic ignition parts are a renowned leading supplier of products and instruments for industrial engines, supplying components for gas and diesel engines worldwide for a range of applications for over 30 years.

Atronic Digital Ignition Systems

As well as designing bespoke engine upgrades we also provide a range of complete ignition units including high energy Altronic digital ignition systems. These state-of-the-art ignition units are designed to have no moving parts, with less risk of wear and tear to reduce maintenance costs. Powerful microprocessors also provide high functioning control features with even greater flexibility.

What Next?

R&M Walsh provides bespoke engine and ignition solutions for a wide range of industrial and commercial engines throughout the UK. From complete installations to engine upgrades, we have the components and the expertise to keep your engine running at optimum performance. Please get in touch today to find out more.

How To Test An Industrial Spark Plug

All gas engines rely on spark plugs to ignite the fuel and start the engine running. If your spark plug is not working effectively, not only will your engine struggle to start, it could put added pressure on the rest of the engine resulting in higher fuel costs, poor running and a reduction in overall power. If your engine system is suffering from a reduction in performance, your first step should be a comprehensive test of each spark plug. Fortunately, this simple procedure can be completed easily in just a few minutes and can be done by yourself completely free of charge.

1. Remove The Spark Plug Wire

The electric power needed to make the tip of the plug create a spark that ignites your fuel is provided by a thick spark plug wire that carries a pulse of high voltage current. The first step in testing a spark plug is to remove the wire from the end of the spark plug as follows:
1. Remove the shroud that covers the tip of some spark plugs.
2. Release the wire from the tip of the spark plug. It is important not to simply pull this wire or you could damage the plug. Instead, free the wire from the sides of the spark plug by gently pulling on the fitting at the end of the wire. If you encounter resistance, rotate the rubber fitting gently while pulling at the same time.

2. Test With A Spark Plug Tester

A spark plug tester is a small indispensable tool that is fairly cheap to purchase and should be included as part of any engine tool kit.
1. Simply attach the tester to the ignition wire with the other end attached to the remainder of the spark plug while it still sits in the engine.
2. Turn on the engine, or attempt to turn the engine over if it fails to start.
3. Look closely at the transparent part of the tester to check for any signs of spark or glow. If your spark plug does not produce any light, it is unable to produce enough ignition to start your engine.

Testing Without A Spark Plug Tester

If you don’t have an available spark plug tester, there is another way to check if your plug is working properly.
1. Remove the spark plug after releasing the ignition wire by using a spark plug wrench.
2. Reattach the ignition wire to the end of the loose spark plug.
3. Place the metal base of the spark plug on a metallic part of the engine head. The engine will not start in this way, but provided the ignition is turned on it should still be able to turn over.
4. Turn over the engine and watch the wire closely for a spark. If the plug is working you should see a blue spark arcing from the tip of the electrode.

Assess Your Findings

Look closely at the electrode of your spark plug once removed from the engine. You should see a grey or brown residue. If you see oily or fluffy black deposits, your spark plug is faulty as these deposits will block the electrical current and make it impossible to create a spark. Alternatively, replacing the spark plug with a new one will help you identify whether the fault lies with a malfunctioning spark plug or a different component elsewhere in your engine.

At R&M Walsh, we stock an extensive supply of different types of spark plugs produced by well-known brands to help you get your engine running again if you should encounter a malfunctioning spark plug. Our team of experts is always on hand to offer advice and support wherever needed.


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