Several weeks ago the historic former Royal Air Force base and now Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire hosted the APEA (Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration) Eastern Branch Spring meeting. A crowd of around 40 APEA members and guests were updated on the latest regulations and standards affecting the industry and a variety of speakers gave presentations on interesting subjects regarding forecourts.
Alex Boudry, the UK and Ireland Sales Manager for Franklin Fueling Systems, was invited to speak to the delegates about the latest advances in Automatic Tank Gauge technology. The presentation introduced the basic concepts of Tank Gauging and how the technology was originally developed as a means of remotely monitoring fuel levels inside bulk storage tanks without the need for manually dipping tanks. Mr Boudry then went into detail about the recent advances to tank gauge systems which now offer a range of features to help site owners manage and control their expensive liquid fuel assets, such as:
- Much improved user interfaces - large colour touch screen displays have replaced old text displays allowing site staff to easily understand what fuel stocks they have in their tanks. Alarm notifications and quick navigation of the tank gauge’s graphical user interface allows fast access to the information that they need.
- A standard connection to other forecourt equipment such as Point of Sale systems (POS), Driver controller delivery devices and 3rd party wet stock reconciliation services. Delegates learned that gauges connected to POS systems could have specific fuel level to volume tables for each tank automatically calculated by the Gauge for improved gauge accuracy.
- Theft alarms on modern tank gauge systems which can detect fuel theft from tanks during site close-down periods and automatically alert the relevant authorities by text, email or by activating other alarm systems.
- In-tank class 4a and 4b leak detection alarms, warning of fuel leakages from tanks into the environment even on older single skin tanks. • Powerful rules engines and relay connections which allow site owners to have the gauge perform specific actions when a specific event occurs, such as: emailing delivery, inventory and alarm reports to site managers on a weekly basis or sounding an external klaxon at the fill point to warn the delivery driver of an overfill in the event of a high tank alarm and even activating CCTV and silent alarms via relay outputs in the event of an in-tank theft alarm.
- Intelligent communication between tank gauge systems and submersible pump controllers, allowing the gauge to automatically shut the pump down if the gauge is reading high-water levels (to stop water from being dispensed into customers cars) or low fuel levels (to stop the pump running dry and damaging itself) and in the event of electronic pressure line alarms or Secondary Containment alarms of the pressure lines (to stop fuel being pumped under pressure into the environment).
Franklin Fueling Systems is committed to innovation and improvement of forecourt equipment, and this presentation is one of many ways in which Franklin’s staff in the UK and around the world are helping to improve understanding and knowledge of such systems.
If you would like a Franklin Fueling Systems team member to present a similar seminar at your event or for more information on Automatic Tank Gauge systems or our other products in the UK or Ireland please contact Franklin Fueling Systems Ltd in Ipswich, Suffolk on +44 1473 243300.