By Mark Schiele
Back in his playing days at Norristown Area High School and Temple University, saving and protecting the environment was one of the last things on the mind of basketball star Jim Williams.
Now, things have changed for Williams, 75, a 1962 Norristown High graduate. Williams has partnered with longtime friend Ian Sturrock to form DPF Cleaning Solutions, a cutting-edge company that cleans filters for diesel trucks of all sizes.
“It all started with a phone call,” Williams said. “(Sturrock’s) the one who got me involved with the company. I knew very little about it at first, but the more I read up on it, the more it made sense.”
The concept is quite interesting. All diesel trucks manufactured after 2007 must use a device called a diesel particulate filter.
“They trap the soot to prevent it from getting into the atmosphere and polluting the environment,” Williams said.
The filters, which can cost between $3,000 and $7,000 new, must be maintained and cleaned to prolong their life. Which is where DPF Cleaning Solutions comes into the mix.
DPF uses ultrasonic cleaners that employ oscillating sound pressure waves at frequencies beyond those perceptible by the human ear (ultrasound). As the soundwaves act on the tank and agitate the contained liquid, cavitation (the implosion of tiny air bubbles within the liquid) is induced.
This acts against contaminants adhered to objects contained in the filter, separating the two much more gently, and more efficiently and precisely than would be the case with conventional cleaning methods that use baking at high temperatures for hours.
Ultrasonic cleaning is the ideal solution for fleet vehicle and leaves no contamination for build-up on the DPF filter, resulting in a filter that is 95 percent clean.
This cleaning process removes the soot deposited in the filter, reducing the harmful exhaust emission and preventing the tell-tale black smoke you used to see from diesel vehicles, particularly when accelerating.
Williams, who is in both the Norristown High School Hall of Fame and Hall of Champions, and also in the Temple University and Big 5 Hall of Fame for his exploits on the basketball court, has a Business degree from his days on North Broad Street.
“I’m really involved,” Williams said. “We’re trying to drive up some accounts and grow the business. I just really want to see this thing succeed.
“It’s nice to make a positive contribution to protect our environment and protect the Earth. We only have one place to live.”
DPF Cleaning Solutions, which is based in Flourtown, can be reached by phone at 267-474-4626 or on the internet at http://dpfcleaningsolutionsllc.com/