28 Aug 2017 By Russell Dupuy

Is it really a valid Emergency Stop alarm?

Do you know how often your Emergency Stop (E-Stop) alarm is activated, reset or tested to confirm it actually works?

A few of our clients needed to know what was going on with E-Stops. Some of them use the E-Stop to de-energise the Fuel and LPG at their Retail Petrol Stations at day close (non 24 hours) as a business safety process. Another client simply wanted to know what was going on with so many contractor call outs.

Until we connected their 300 E-Stops to Fuelsuite cloud, all they could do was guess what had caused the activation!

Now, each client now knows exactly what’s going on with their E-Stops: how long they are activated, and why, if there was in fact an emergency to take corrective action, and to avoid unnecessary contractor call outs to non-emergency events.

What we learnt;

1.   How often an E-Stop is pressed because it’s a big red shiny button for people to just push, usually kids!

2.   How long it takes for the Operator to respond to ‘all fuels out’, which for the most part is as one would expect – however, for about 1.6% of non-Emergency stop shutdown events, we recorded Operator delays between 20-70 minutes before they even knew the fuels were off-line!

If you would like to learn more about monitoring E-Stops or other sensory inputs at your Retail Petrol Station in real-time contact the EMS team.

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