In the current economic climate all companies are looking to make their dollar go that little bit further.
This is especially the case when it comes to fuel, as modern industry can’t operate without it, and as diesel costs continue to slowly rise businesses want to get the most out of what they pay for.
So understanding where your money is actually being spent is crucial, as what could be perceived as only a little bit of waste here and there adds up to massive losses over time.
However with the size of many companies’ fleets it is difficult to keep track of how your machines are consuming fuel, and whether it is being used as productively as possible.
When it comes to large vehicles they quite easily consume fuel, for instance a mining haul truck’s average consumption rate, on the normal gradients of ten per cent found a on a mine haul road, with a typical payload of 182 tonnes goes through approximately 350 litre of diesel fuel an hour which goes up dramatically if drivers speed or put the vehicle under undue stress.
The key to ensuring these losses due to ineffective driving aren’t occurring for your businesses is to have accurate fuel management systems in place which monitor usage and delivery.
Data that can be collected generically by these systems include trucks’ odometers, engine hours, user ID, vehicle ID, and pin numbers.
Fuel management systems can also be integrated with automatic tank gauging systems (ATG) to provide a fully integrated system.
According to fuel and energy company BP “there are a range of suppliers of this type of equipment that offer a similar standard of basic functionality but they vary considerably when it comes to the degree of the customisation and system integration that is available”.
And these systems vary incredibly between manual and electronic automated systems.
“There are a number of advantages of using electronic fuel management systems over manual systems, as they increase the accuracy of data collection, reduce labour costs, and increase the security of fuel access,” BP explained.
Electronic systems provide a greater level of accuracy when tracking fuel usage per vehicle or driver, giving users a better understanding of how their fuel is being used, where it is being used, and whether it is being used efficiently.
These electronic systems also allow for the production of reports, such as vehicle fuel transaction reports; site fuel usage reports; tank inventory reports; and fuel stock reconciliation reports.
This knowledge is crucial to operators in the current economic and cost-conscious environment.
An added bonus is a reduced environmental footprint, as the electronic systems are also able to monitor fuel loss through leakage, and aid operators in recognising the potential problem and halting the leak before both fuel is lost and damage to the environment is caused .
The electronic system, which can be limited to keys and pin numbers, also helps monitor theft, which is a growing issue on site.
Earlier this year subcontractors were caught stealing around 340 litres of fuel from a mine site and were only apprehended after a member of the public uncovered their cache, causing a significant headache, as well as embarrassment for the miner.
BP has developed a new service offering ensuring total fuel integrity and security.
Its Fuel Integrity and Technology (FIT) program with online training modules is designed to help businesses improve fuel management and cleanliness on site, as well as maximise their vehicle and equipment productivity, whilst at the same time reducing associated maintenance costs due to poor performance.
An automated fuel management system not only ensures vehicles are using fuel in the most efficient manner possible, but also ensure operators peace of mind that their fuel is secure.
To hear from our experts as to what the Fuel Integrity and Technology (FIT) can do for you, watch this video.