What are Fuel Monitoring Systems?
Tanker deliveries of fuel to a commercial site, and the re-fuelling of vehicles are the main focus of fuel monitoring processes. Automated systems are used to maintain, control and monitor fuel stock in any type of industry that uses transport as a means of business.
There are two main aspects in any fuel monitoring system:
- All fuel coming to, stored on and leaving the business site needs to be measured accurately. Discrepancies should be quickly highlighted so that issues such as short deliveries, leaks and theft can be addressed quickly.
- Fuel monitoring software saves time and improves accuracy by producing comprehensive reports based on stock and fuelling transactions.
How do fuel monitoring systems work?
When fuel is delivered to a site, the amount of fuel transferred from the delivery tank to the on-site fuel storage tank is measured. This data is automatically fed in to the fuel monitoring system.
How accurate is the measurement?
Fuel tank levels are monitored using an electronic fuel tank gauging system giving a clear picture of current tank stock. The gauges can also carry out leak detection analysis.
When a vehicle is refuelled, the fuel dispensed is monitored and accounted for.
How does the system recognise drivers and vehicles when they come to refuel?
When fuelling, the dispensing equipment interfaces with the fuel management system. Drivers can be identified by using a non contact tag, Kisskey or pin number, alternatively the vehicle can carry identification plates or be fitted with an vehicle recognition coil.
The driver and vehicle ID are automatically checked against pre-programmed criteria to ensure that only authorised vehicles are fuelled by approved staff reducing the risk of fuel theft to almost zero. Fuelling then commences with the flow monitored by the system.
How are transactions recorded?
On completion, a timed and dated transaction is formed. Transaction data is then polled back to the fuel management system from the various fuelling points and a report is automatically generated.
Depending on the fleet management software installed, reports can drill down to any level of information that the fleet manager requires.
What information is available at a remote level?
Triscan’s fuel monitoring systems are networked to work remotely. This means that desktop reports can show information such as fuel stock levels, received stock and the amount of fuel delivered at each fuelling point and through each pump.
Reports on the fuel drawn for each individual driver / vehicle can be generated easily. Vehicles can be given environmental ratings from A-G and driver behaviour can be monitored with training needs clearly identified enabling you to ultimately cut your fuel costs and your carbon emissions.
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