Fuel volume measurement is the most obvious and essential of tasks for any fuel station or carrier transport. Yet many have not updated their methods in years, still relying on non-digital tools.
The old “dip-stick” is still somehow an accepted way to measure fuel levels — even though it is about as accurate as measuring the width of a hotel lobby with your feet. Unsurprisingly, this method makes it impossible to maintain a reliable measure of your fuel levels. At best, this can have serious impact on revenue. At worst, it can even be dangerous.
Out-of-date fuel volume measurement methods pose serious risks
Differences in tank records between transit stops can add up vastly over the course of a year and incur huge monetary losses. And the cost of using inadequate technology is more than just monetary
- Inaccurate sales data — without accurate fuel levels, head office can’t determine how much fuel is being sold, and when a new delivery is required.
- Customer dissatisfaction — inaccurate inventory could potentially cause you to run out of fuel, leading to customer dissatisfaction and an inability to meet customer needs.
- Invoice disputes— suppliers and fuel site managers can be locked in arguments over who is responsible for the variance.
- Undetected theft or leakage — not knowing the cause of fuel loss means that fuel can continue to be stolen or leaked without your knowledge.
- Fire hazards— overfilled tanks are a safety hazard, and can cause disastrous fires and explosions.
- Putting workers at risk – The operator is exposed to hazardous vapours, oncoming vehicles and poor lighting to get a reading.
Even if a dipstick was somehow an accurate fuel volume measurement method, the manual process of measuring, recording and transcribing fuel information — calling head office to report, and head office recording that number — allows for several stages of error. It is also an intensely time-consuming and intrusive process.
Ultimately, it’s an unreliable and outdated process that poses unacceptable cost and risk for a contemporary business.
Knowing exactly what’s going on in your tank is invaluable to business success.
Switching to a digital fuel inventory method decreases risk and increases reliability. It provides:
- Safe, hands-off capture of inventory information
- Accurate and easily accessible measurement of critical tank data
- Results based on real-time data
Being able to access all your critical tank data in real-time also means that if a variance does occur, you do not have to waste time double-checking your inventory measurements.
Manage fuel inventory at your fingertips
Get 100% fuel inventory accuracy every 30 seconds with Fuelsuite®.
With Fuelsuite®, fuel inventory data is retrieved from the ATGs and updated regularly to the Fuelsuite® application, which is accessible from all computers and most mobile and tablet devices.
Fuelsuite® updates inventory data every 30 seconds. You have accurate, up-to-date data at your desktop, at your fingertips. With no need for hazardous or unreliable methods.
Ultimately, Fuelsuite® can save your business significant time and money, eliminate a hazardous and unpleasant task and make your workplace safe. To gain accuracy and control across all your sites’ fuel inventory measurement, contact EMS today.
Contact EMS today to learn more about our Wetstock Management process.
To find out how Fuelsuite can give you complete visibility over your Wetstock management, click here to contact EMS