As fueling stations continue to evolve to meet changing consumer demands they’ve increased in size and volume. As part of that, marketers are now depending on their pump controllers more than ever. Today, station owners need their pumping systems to be able to deliver consistent flow rates, adjust to changes in demand, and optimize energy consumption. To meet this rising demand, marketers are choosing to install variable frequency speed pumping systems.
Powered by a variable frequency pump controller, variable speed systems, offer attractive benefits to Marketers that are seeking to maximize operational efficiency and reduce costs.
Variable speed systems will ramp up the horsepower as needed to provide optimal flow rates at fueling points. This results in faster and more consistent flow rates at peak business times compared to a fixed speed system.
From the marketer’s standpoint, the faster and more reliable flow rates result in a higher throughput. This allows marketers to serve more customers throughout the day and during peak demand improving overall operational efficiency. Additionally, the faster and more consistent flow rates deliver better customer satisfaction. The better the experience the customer has at the pump, the more likely they are to return time after time. In contrast, slow flow rates can negatively impact customer experience which may drive customers to look for other fueling stations to meet their needs.
High pressure fixed speed pumps can create a hydraulic hammer effect when there’s a sudden stoppage in flow within a pressurized pumping system. This effect may result in system fatigue and intensified wear to components such as diaphragm valves in multi-product dispensers, leak detectors, or hanging hardware. A variable speed controller can alleviate the hydraulic hammer effect by ramping up or down to meet the required pressure demand of the system lessening some of the wear and tear to the system compared to a fixed speed controller.
A variable speed system only draws the necessary power to match desired flow rates, only utilizing energy as needed. What does that mean for marketers? During non-peak business hours their systems are utilizing less energy, increasing operation efficiencies whereas a fixed speed controller uses the same amount of energy no matter the demand.
Further, a variable speed system is providing greater control over equipment operation through the precise adjustments based on demand. This can enhance operational efficiency by matching the speed of the equipment to the changing demands. A variable speed system can ensure that pumps and motors are not overworking or underworking which helps prevent downtimes and inefficient operation.
FE PETRO® introduced the first variable speed submersible pump and controller to the petroleum industry in 1995. High-volume petroleum retailers around the world have realized the benefits of fueling cars faster and more intelligently that only variable speed controllers offer.
Today the MagVFC™ variable frequency pump controller continues to pave the way for maximizing efficiency and profitability in fuel delivery. Upgrade your existing fixed speed pump system with a variable speed conversion kit. Upgrading to variable speed requires a minimal investment as it works with your existing systems, allowing you to increase flow as more fueling points go live, delivering the flow you need, as you need it.