A regional bulk fueling company with a throughput of roughly 80,000 gallons daily was experiencing significant product losses and shrinkage. Their operation included over 20 fuel tanks and a fleet of 25 bulk fuel trucks and 50 transports. All their plant’s meters and trucks were equipped with mechanical registers, and old gauges were still installed on their fuel tanks.
The customer tried multiple methods for reducing their operation’s fuel losses. They first installed gate control, cameras, and a security staff—adding up to a cost of $250,000--without resolving the issue. Then they installed new flow meters andEMR3 registers on their loading rack meters without any pump control or additional systems. Unfortunately, these limited steps did not eliminate their losses and the problem remained.
The next step for this bulk fueling company was to expand their use of their EMR3 registers by implementing wireless EMR3 Datalink software for tracking deliveries. The Datalink system was installed on multiple fuel trucks, fixed meters, and loading arms, and included valve and pump control, as well as PIN access permission controls. The company saw an immediate elimination of the fuel losses.
In addition, this company also upgraded their tank gauges to TLS-350 automatic tank gauges connected to the tall tank and standard probes in their fuel tanks. This allowed them to link their tank inventory data to Datalink for a closed loop system and remote monitoring of alarms. The total Veeder-Root solution allowed the customer to realize a $400,000 annual improvement in operations.
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Automated data capture works beyond the retail gas pump. Aviation, mobile fueling, and terminal applications, among others, can benefit from the elimination of human error that comes with the traditional manual ticketing process where fuel transactions take place. Veeder-Root’s wireless data capture solution, Datalink, is the most efficient way to manage custody transfers and inventory reconciliation. The software works by pulling encrypted transaction data in real time, straight from the meter register and into your back office, where it can be viewed securely within a locally hosted database. Datalink sends transaction data from the meter register to the server directly, without the need for a prompt, giving you better data going into the back office more frequently.
Datalink’s fully automated wireless solution eliminates lost, missing, and mis-written tickets that arise from manual ticketing processes and allows you to redistribute manpower formerly spent on ticketing to more productive operating areas of your business. This customizable solution can create reports by date, time, customer, or even driver and vehicle, among dozens of other options. Datalink’s customization options extend beyond automated reports. Developed from the direct input of major oil companies, Datalink can be customized to fit your business needs. With no recurring fees for use, Datalink is an investment in technology that can modernize your business’s reconciliation processes and increase manpower efficiencies.