CEM Landmarks and Achievements

While mining and other large consumers are important, at Cost Effective Maintenance, we remain passionate about the needs of our private and small fleet customers, many of whom have become like family. Working closely with individuals and small fleet operators has been, and is today, a vital part of both our research, and the field stages of our research and development work.

A chronological timeline of CEM landmarks:

1974.  Brid Walker commenced working at CSIRO as a Technical Assistant at Long Pocket Laboratories, QLD.
His mechanical learning experience started with repairing four wheel drives in his spare time.


1984.  Cost Effective Maintenance established.
Brid became involved with speciality high performance lubricants, and applications for fuel additive chemicals.


1985.  NSW Department of Mines – Independent Study completed on CEM products


1986.  Brid Walker left CSIRO as Technical Officer to fully establish Cost Effective Maintenance.


1986.  Pioneered the fix for diesel engine oil turning black as soon as it’s changed (FTC Decarbonizer and the flushing out of crank cases).


1986.  Pioneered procedures that have since saved many thousands of engines from mechanic recommended rebuilds.


1986.  Kept older vehicles and machinery in commercially productive service for much longer.


1987.  Provided a safe means of deglazing diesel and petrol engines.


1989.  WA Institute of Technology, Perth WA – Independent study completed.


1991-2.  Norwich Park Mine ( BMA Coal) – Successful FTC Decarbonizer trial. Eliminated exhaust valve failures in Cummins 1710 and Caterpillar D348 engines.


1991-2.  Ok Tedi Mining (PNG). While using FTC Decarbonizer for fuel efficiency trials, this Cat D10 dozer idled for 2 days after the operator became ill. Amazingly the engine didn’t glaze up.


1991-2.  Tarong Coal Mine (Rio Tinto mine sites) – FTC Decarbonizer successfully used to reduce fuel costs.


1991-2.  Kidston Gold Mine NQ – FTC Decarbonizer successfully used to reduce mobile equipment fuel costs on site.


1991.  Porgera Gold Mine, PNG – CEM recommended engine modifications and FTC Decarbonizer use to successfully lower horrific levels of diesel smoke in high altitude environment.


1991.  CEM developed their much improved Flushing Oil Concentrate


1992.  Developed AW10 Antiwear. Reduced operating temperature, stress and wear rates in gearboxes (both manual and automatic), diffs, final drives, hydraulics.


2001.  Queensland Rail QR – CEM demonstrated an effective, low cost means of eliminating locomotive exhaust spark throwing. Trackside fires can  cause $millions worth of property damage. Testing was conducted at QLD Rail’s Redbank Load Bank facility with a “shunting locomotive”, # 1762D.


2001.  .  Tarong Coal. FTC Decarbonizer was re-introduced into the open cut mining fleet for the remaining years of Rio Tinto ownership. Apart from improved fuel economy and reduced smoke emissions, engine condition and service life improvements were noted. Diesel bulk fuel tanks were cleaner due to control of fuel growths.

To find out more about killing diesel growths click here…



2002. Western Australian Iron Ore Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer

2003.  Increased coal production efficiency at a Rio Tinto mine.

2003.  Western Australian Gold Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer.

2005.  Western Australian Nickel Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer.

2005.  University of Western Australia (UWA) – This independent study confirmed fuel efficiency benefits in Caterpillar powered generators, both “as new” and “mid-life”, and at 3 different load settings.


2007.  BMA Peak Downs Mine – Operators of Caterpillar D11R dozers were getting 8000-10,000hrs engine life, with many failures as early as 3000-4000hrs. This was against a Caterpillar recommended 12,000hr overhaul. Caterpillar couldn’t come up with a fix, yet CEM brought a fleet of 10 x D11R’s to 18,000hrs service life… a clear 50% above Caterpillar target!


2008.  CEM relocated to a larger premises in Sumner Park (current address)


2011.  Pioneered a low cost fix for common rail diesel engine problems. These injectors were commonly regarded as being delicate and easily destroyed, and cost typically $2000 each to replace. CRD Fuel Enhancer easily fixed 90% of injector rattles, debunking the myth that they should be replaced every 100,000kms!! We have customers with over 600,000kms on their original CRD injectors.


2012.  University of Western Australia (UWA) – Published an independent study on FTC Decarbonizer, confirming positive results on exhaust soot reduction.
Under the leadership of Prof Zhang, this study confirmed fuel efficiency, reduced smoke particulates.


2015.  Cost Effective Maintenance commenced  regular shipping to the USA.


2017.  Brisbane City Council/Buses – BBC Technician conducted a DT80 Emissions test, which confirmed fuel efficiency and faster acceleration (more power) with CEM’s Diesel Performance Pack.


2018. Commenced commercial distribution to the USA with Pro Maintenance Additives.


Cost Effective Maintenance
5.0
Based on 85 reviews
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DAMO DC
DAMO DC
09:01 17 Mar 21
Excellent service and knowledge, the products I purchased did an amazing job on my 4x4 the engine... is alot quieter and has more power!read more
John Piccini
John Piccini
21:01 20 Feb 21
FTC DecarbonizerI used this on an engine that was glazed up and was blowing smoke at high reaves.... Doubled dosed the fuel and after a couple of short runs smoke gone.Saved pulling engine out and honing.Also mates golf buggy was blowing heaps of smoke because lack of maintenance, double dosed the fuel by the end of the game smoke gone.Saved an engine rebuildBrilliant product and I highly recommend using all of Cost Effective Maintenance products. Thank youJohnread more
Thomas Cohen
Thomas Cohen
22:15 18 Feb 21
Used the CEM Oil Flush and you wouldnt believe how clean the head is looking after just one... treatment. I've tried other supercheap/repco products, but none have reduced blow by in my TD42 Patrol like this stuff. Definitely worth the money!read more
Steve Andrew
Steve Andrew
07:12 18 Feb 21
I have a 2011 Western Star Detroit DD15 with 1.3 million kms, used for all sorts of work including... up to triple road trains. I have been using FTC Decarboniser and ran an oil flush through it at 1.1 million kms. Still does not use a drop of oil between 20,000km service intervals. Had my mechanic pull the sump off to do a bearing roll at Christmas and we found insides spotless, even still has cross hatching in the bores! Sump and head haven't been off before.Steven AndrewLincolndale Bulk Haulageread more
Tony Donegan
Tony Donegan
07:02 18 Feb 21
I use the CRD Fuel Enhancer in my 150 Prado and injector feedback is still good after 190K
Paul Hodgkinson
Paul Hodgkinson
02:53 18 Feb 21
Very happy with this product Xtroll has saved our trailer from rust & we now have painted it on... roofing iron & it has saved us from replacing roof for a long time Best rust conquer ever Paulread more
Peter Heufel
Peter Heufel
04:20 15 Jan 21
Jimmy and the team treat everyone as a their closest buddy, it's good to feel valued.I absolutely... can't speak highly enough for the products, nothing comes close. The FTC Decorbonizer has save $$$ in diesel engine repairs for friends and family.No wonder the mining industry uses CEM products as part of their maintenence schedule.Yes, I'm a devote regular customer.read more
Jared Cooke
Jared Cooke
09:29 06 Jan 21
Will definitely be using CEM for all my vehicles, got the stop smoke pack for my D4D which was... acting a bit sick and blowing smoke at all rpm’s and after a couple tanks smoke is gone and vehicle seems to be more responsive.Thanks guysread more
Dominic Pepe
Dominic Pepe
22:44 08 Nov 20
In town so I decided to restock. Have been using CEM products for nearly 20 years. Never looked... back. Great service by staffread more
ROBERT SHAW
ROBERT SHAW
05:45 14 Oct 20
The best thing I could of ever do for V8 land cruiser as I had bad fuel so water in fuel and... coursed injection nock by googling this products I tried it and problem fixed. I was looking at having to replace my injectors at $5000.00 . So very impressed so thumbs up 👍.read more
Ben Stranieri
Ben Stranieri
04:32 14 Oct 20
Bought Decarbonizer and the Flushing Oil Concentrate to use on my tractor and excavator, sadly a... bit too late for the digger....needs a rebuild. But the tractor was a definite improvement, the engine ran sweeter and a lot less gunk from the exhaust, really noticeable. Thoroughly recommend, the only suggestion is to maybe reconsider the product names....bit confusing. But names are not everything, absolutely worth the money. Many thanksread more
gary clothier
gary clothier
04:16 14 Oct 20
Using both the Petrol and Diesel additives and car idles and runs better as well as improved... economy. Using FTC Decarbonizer and are totally converted . Great productread more
Michael Nossiter
Michael Nossiter
02:46 14 Oct 20
Frankly, I am astounded with the difference. I have been using the FTC Decarbonizer for the last... 1,500k. My mechanic has warned me the engine on my Winnebago Motorhome (Chevy 6.5L turbo diesel, 17 yrs old, 225k on the clock) was exhibiting signs of blow-by. There is now no evidence of smoke from the exhaust under load, the performance has improved, the engine just runs smoother, but incredibly it starts first time after being a difficult starter for several years. I am looking forward to its next service to see what the mechanic has to say. Great product.read more
Lance March
Lance March
08:14 09 Oct 20
Forget going to car stores to buy maintenance products. I have been using their engine and... drivetrain lubricants, optimisers, and internal engine cleaners for years, and truly believe there are none better - at any price. Service is terrific, and advice is accurate and helpful. These products are simply the best there are.read more
achillies40
achillies40
10:15 19 Sep 20
I have used the AW10 in several cars now. It has made a HUGE difference in all of them. My little... junk Barina that I drive to the train station had a noisy engine and it got hot fast. After using the AW10, it is quiet and the temp takes a while to get to it's working temp. The car runs really well now. All the other cars are running well too.The Rust Conqueror is AMAZING. Works so much better than anything else I have tried. I first saw the XTroll rust treatment way back in the late 80's. It was fantastic back then. Over time I lost the can and moved states. I needed to treat some rust and nothing I used worked properly. I searched for the XTroll and found it with the Cost Effective Maintenance team. They were so helpful. The stuff isn't cheap but it is more than worth it. You want your equipment to last, Use the AW10 and XTroll. Look at the other products too. You won't regret it.read more
Gary Symons
Gary Symons
01:01 11 Aug 20
My D-Max is 7 years old and has 200K on the clock. The CRD additive in the fuel has improved... economy, helped it work easier and cleaned up the insides of the engine. A great product.read more
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Cost Effective Maintenance
5.0
Based on 85 reviews
powered by Google
DAMO DC
DAMO DC
09:01 17 Mar 21
Excellent service and knowledge, the products I purchased did an amazing job on my 4x4 the engine... is alot quieter and has more power!read more
John Piccini
John Piccini
21:01 20 Feb 21
FTC DecarbonizerI used this on an engine that was glazed up and was blowing smoke at high reaves.... Doubled dosed the fuel and after a couple of short runs smoke gone.Saved pulling engine out and honing.Also mates golf buggy was blowing heaps of smoke because lack of maintenance, double dosed the fuel by the end of the game smoke gone.Saved an engine rebuildBrilliant product and I highly recommend using all of Cost Effective Maintenance products. Thank youJohnread more
Thomas Cohen
Thomas Cohen
22:15 18 Feb 21
Used the CEM Oil Flush and you wouldnt believe how clean the head is looking after just one... treatment. I've tried other supercheap/repco products, but none have reduced blow by in my TD42 Patrol like this stuff. Definitely worth the money!read more
Steve Andrew
Steve Andrew
07:12 18 Feb 21
I have a 2011 Western Star Detroit DD15 with 1.3 million kms, used for all sorts of work including... up to triple road trains. I have been using FTC Decarboniser and ran an oil flush through it at 1.1 million kms. Still does not use a drop of oil between 20,000km service intervals. Had my mechanic pull the sump off to do a bearing roll at Christmas and we found insides spotless, even still has cross hatching in the bores! Sump and head haven't been off before.Steven AndrewLincolndale Bulk Haulageread more
Tony Donegan
Tony Donegan
07:02 18 Feb 21
I use the CRD Fuel Enhancer in my 150 Prado and injector feedback is still good after 190K
Paul Hodgkinson
Paul Hodgkinson
02:53 18 Feb 21
Very happy with this product Xtroll has saved our trailer from rust & we now have painted it on... roofing iron & it has saved us from replacing roof for a long time Best rust conquer ever Paulread more
Peter Heufel
Peter Heufel
04:20 15 Jan 21
Jimmy and the team treat everyone as a their closest buddy, it's good to feel valued.I absolutely... can't speak highly enough for the products, nothing comes close. The FTC Decorbonizer has save $$$ in diesel engine repairs for friends and family.No wonder the mining industry uses CEM products as part of their maintenence schedule.Yes, I'm a devote regular customer.read more
Jared Cooke
Jared Cooke
09:29 06 Jan 21
Will definitely be using CEM for all my vehicles, got the stop smoke pack for my D4D which was... acting a bit sick and blowing smoke at all rpm’s and after a couple tanks smoke is gone and vehicle seems to be more responsive.Thanks guysread more
Dominic Pepe
Dominic Pepe
22:44 08 Nov 20
In town so I decided to restock. Have been using CEM products for nearly 20 years. Never looked... back. Great service by staffread more
ROBERT SHAW
ROBERT SHAW
05:45 14 Oct 20
The best thing I could of ever do for V8 land cruiser as I had bad fuel so water in fuel and... coursed injection nock by googling this products I tried it and problem fixed. I was looking at having to replace my injectors at $5000.00 . So very impressed so thumbs up 👍.read more
Ben Stranieri
Ben Stranieri
04:32 14 Oct 20
Bought Decarbonizer and the Flushing Oil Concentrate to use on my tractor and excavator, sadly a... bit too late for the digger....needs a rebuild. But the tractor was a definite improvement, the engine ran sweeter and a lot less gunk from the exhaust, really noticeable. Thoroughly recommend, the only suggestion is to maybe reconsider the product names....bit confusing. But names are not everything, absolutely worth the money. Many thanksread more
gary clothier
gary clothier
04:16 14 Oct 20
Using both the Petrol and Diesel additives and car idles and runs better as well as improved... economy. Using FTC Decarbonizer and are totally converted . Great productread more
Michael Nossiter
Michael Nossiter
02:46 14 Oct 20
Frankly, I am astounded with the difference. I have been using the FTC Decarbonizer for the last... 1,500k. My mechanic has warned me the engine on my Winnebago Motorhome (Chevy 6.5L turbo diesel, 17 yrs old, 225k on the clock) was exhibiting signs of blow-by. There is now no evidence of smoke from the exhaust under load, the performance has improved, the engine just runs smoother, but incredibly it starts first time after being a difficult starter for several years. I am looking forward to its next service to see what the mechanic has to say. Great product.read more
Lance March
Lance March
08:14 09 Oct 20
Forget going to car stores to buy maintenance products. I have been using their engine and... drivetrain lubricants, optimisers, and internal engine cleaners for years, and truly believe there are none better - at any price. Service is terrific, and advice is accurate and helpful. These products are simply the best there are.read more
achillies40
achillies40
10:15 19 Sep 20
I have used the AW10 in several cars now. It has made a HUGE difference in all of them. My little... junk Barina that I drive to the train station had a noisy engine and it got hot fast. After using the AW10, it is quiet and the temp takes a while to get to it's working temp. The car runs really well now. All the other cars are running well too.The Rust Conqueror is AMAZING. Works so much better than anything else I have tried. I first saw the XTroll rust treatment way back in the late 80's. It was fantastic back then. Over time I lost the can and moved states. I needed to treat some rust and nothing I used worked properly. I searched for the XTroll and found it with the Cost Effective Maintenance team. They were so helpful. The stuff isn't cheap but it is more than worth it. You want your equipment to last, Use the AW10 and XTroll. Look at the other products too. You won't regret it.read more
Gary Symons
Gary Symons
01:01 11 Aug 20
My D-Max is 7 years old and has 200K on the clock. The CRD additive in the fuel has improved... economy, helped it work easier and cleaned up the insides of the engine. A great product.read more
Next Reviews

 

 

 

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"Adding Amazingly Long Life to YOUR Vehicles and Equipment"

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Download the free brochure

CEM Landmarks and Achievements

While mining and other large consumers are important, at Cost Effective Maintenance, we remain passionate about the needs of our private and small fleet customers, many of whom have become like family. Working closely with individuals and small fleet operators has been, and is today, a vital part of both our research, and the field stages of our research and development work.

A chronological timeline of CEM landmarks:

1974.  Brid Walker commenced working at CSIRO as a Technical Assistant at Long Pocket Laboratories, QLD.
His mechanical learning experience started with repairing four wheel drives in his spare time.


1984.  Cost Effective Maintenance established.
Brid became involved with speciality high performance lubricants, and applications for fuel additive chemicals.


1985.  NSW Department of Mines – Independent Study completed on CEM products


1986.  Brid Walker left CSIRO as Technical Officer to fully establish Cost Effective Maintenance.


1986.  Pioneered the fix for diesel engine oil turning black as soon as it’s changed (FTC Decarbonizer and the flushing out of crank cases).


1986.  Pioneered procedures that have since saved many thousands of engines from mechanic recommended rebuilds.


1986.  Kept older vehicles and machinery in commercially productive service for much longer.


1987.  Provided a safe means of deglazing diesel and petrol engines.


1989.  WA Institute of Technology, Perth WA – Independent study completed.


1991-2.  Norwich Park Mine ( BMA Coal) – Successful FTC Decarbonizer trial. Eliminated exhaust valve failures in Cummins 1710 and Caterpillar D348 engines.


1991-2.  Ok Tedi Mining (PNG). While using FTC Decarbonizer for fuel efficiency trials, this Cat D10 dozer idled for 2 days after the operator became ill. Amazingly the engine didn’t glaze up.


1991-2.  Tarong Coal Mine (Rio Tinto mine sites) – FTC Decarbonizer successfully used to reduce fuel costs.


1991-2.  Kidston Gold Mine NQ – FTC Decarbonizer successfully used to reduce mobile equipment fuel costs on site.


1991.  Porgera Gold Mine, PNG – CEM recommended engine modifications and FTC Decarbonizer use to successfully lower horrific levels of diesel smoke in high altitude environment.


1991.  CEM developed their much improved Flushing Oil Concentrate


1992.  Developed AW10 Antiwear. Reduced operating temperature, stress and wear rates in gearboxes (both manual and automatic), diffs, final drives, hydraulics.


2001.  Queensland Rail QR – CEM demonstrated an effective, low cost means of eliminating locomotive exhaust spark throwing. Trackside fires can  cause $millions worth of property damage. Testing was conducted at QLD Rail’s Redbank Load Bank facility with a “shunting locomotive”, # 1762D.


2001.  .  Tarong Coal. FTC Decarbonizer was re-introduced into the open cut mining fleet for the remaining years of Rio Tinto ownership. Apart from improved fuel economy and reduced smoke emissions, engine condition and service life improvements were noted. Diesel bulk fuel tanks were cleaner due to control of fuel growths.

To find out more about killing diesel growths click here…



2002. Western Australian Iron Ore Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer

2003.  Increased coal production efficiency at a Rio Tinto mine.

2003.  Western Australian Gold Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer.

2005.  Western Australian Nickel Mine. Fuel treated with FTC Decarbonizer.

2005.  University of Western Australia (UWA) – This independent study confirmed fuel efficiency benefits in Caterpillar powered generators, both “as new” and “mid-life”, and at 3 different load settings.


2007.  BMA Peak Downs Mine – Operators of Caterpillar D11R dozers were getting 8000-10,000hrs engine life, with many failures as early as 3000-4000hrs. This was against a Caterpillar recommended 12,000hr overhaul. Caterpillar couldn’t come up with a fix, yet CEM brought a fleet of 10 x D11R’s to 18,000hrs service life… a clear 50% above Caterpillar target!


2008.  CEM relocated to a larger premises in Sumner Park (current address)


2011.  Pioneered a low cost fix for common rail diesel engine problems. These injectors were commonly regarded as being delicate and easily destroyed, and cost typically $2000 each to replace. CRD Fuel Enhancer easily fixed 90% of injector rattles, debunking the myth that they should be replaced every 100,000kms!! We have customers with over 600,000kms on their original CRD injectors.


2012.  University of Western Australia (UWA) – Published an independent study on FTC Decarbonizer, confirming positive results on exhaust soot reduction.
Under the leadership of Prof Zhang, this study confirmed fuel efficiency, reduced smoke particulates.


2015.  Cost Effective Maintenance commenced  regular shipping to the USA.


2017.  Brisbane City Council/Buses – BBC Technician conducted a DT80 Emissions test, which confirmed fuel efficiency and faster acceleration (more power) with CEM’s Diesel Performance Pack.


2018. Commenced commercial distribution to the USA with Pro Maintenance Additives.