Fuel Inventory Reconciliation—Automating the Process

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 13-Sep-2022 8:30:00 AM

Imagine a site with multiple fuel tanks and dispensing stations. Imagine the logistics of daily stick and totalizer readings along with the readings required when fuel is delivered from the supplier.

A bummer, to be sure, especially if it's the way you are currently set up.

Now imagine the tanks are monitored with electronic level probes. Combine this with the convenience of the pump dispenser totalizers automatically recorded along with recordings of the fuel dispensed at each pump. What would life be like when all of these measurements are sent to a platform in the cloud, and your inventory reconciliation is automatically calculated? Imagine pouring a cup of coffee and printing out your inventory reconciliation report as you relax and enjoy your morning cup of java.

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Topics: automated fuel management, fuel management system criteria, fuel management, fuel tank management, automated fleet data, fuel inventory management

Tracking Off-Site Fleet Fueling: Top 4 Issues

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 1-Aug-2022 8:30:00 AM

You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and what you don’t manage eventually comes back to bite you—and eat away at profits. Fleet managers know that you can’t save what you don’t measure. Accounting for every drop of fuel spent is essential for profitability and accurate reporting. It doesn’t matter how much or where the fuel is being dispensed––whether it’s to a truck at a local tank or jerrycans at remote sites, every drop matters.

In the first of this three-part blog series, we looked at the issues that arise with the manual reconciliation of primary storage tanks. This second part examines neglected assets further down the operations line and smaller assets.

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Better Fuel Inventory Management: Here's How

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 19-May-2022 1:50:22 PM

 

Fuel is the blood coursing through the veins of industrial fleets. It's what puts the "moving" in your moving assets. As a fleet manager, fuel is a major area of focus of yours and an omnipresent preoccupation. The often unpredictable rise in fuel costs further complicates your already difficult job.

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Jerrycans: The Leaky Faucet of Your Fuel Management System

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 7-Dec-2021 10:39:45 AM

 

If jerrycans are a fact of your fleet life, you know how hard it is to keep track of the fuel they consume. You’ve probably resigned yourself to accepting the lack of accountability that comes with jerrycan use as a necessary evil. 

We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way. The fuel dispensed via jerrycans can be tracked and managed accurately and cost-effectively. Read on to learn how. 

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Fully Automated Fleet Fueling: Why You Should Consider It

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 3-Nov-2021 10:00:00 AM

"Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they use it up. The real hero is already home... Because she figured out a faster way to get things done."

— Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Fleet managers with business acumen know the importance of not just working hard, but also working smart. And yet, when it comes to fuel management, many fail to reap the full promise of automated fuel management systems.

Still, automation done wrong will decidedly do more harm than good to your fuel management efforts. In this edition of Fleeting Thought, we make the case for fully automated fueling but, just as important, we address some of the pitfalls you may face in deploying this rewarding technology.

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Topics: automated fuel management, fuel management, fleet fuel management, fleet management solution, fleet efficiency

The Ideal Public Transit Fuel Management System

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 29-Sep-2021 2:18:40 PM

"If the shoe fits, wear it" the saying goes.

But fleet managers of the public transit industry often learn to their chagrin that the shoe doesn't fit all that well with the generic fleet fuel management systems available in today's market.

Managers have expressed the desire for systems that recognize and address the unique challenges of public transit organizations. In a previous blog about fuel management systems, we briefly touch upon those challenges, but there is much more to be said on the topic.

So what are these challenges? Read on to find out as we break them down in detail and present elegant, field-tested solutions to them.

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Topics: automated fuel management, public transit fuel management, fuel management system criteria, fleet fuel management

Automatic Vehicle Data Without Recurring Per-vehicle Fees: Here's How

Posted by Ahmad Tavassoli on 2-Sep-2021 11:35:49 AM

What if we told you that you can, on occasion, have your cake and eat it too?

In today's article we discuss vehicle data collection, the critical role it plays in your fleet's efficiency, and how to get it done automatically and without paying recurrent, per-vehicle fees.

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Topics: maintenance management, fleet maintenance, vehicle data, preventative maintenance, fleet management, vehicle tracking, automated fleet data

Fuel Management Opportunities for Open Pit Mining Operations

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 16-Aug-2021 3:07:29 PM

In the mining industry, fuel consumption is high volumes, high stakes, and most definitely not a game.

Mining companies need to continuously reinvent themselves and look to improve their operating efficiencies in the area of fuel consumption to stay profitable. There are many options available for mine operators to implement in order to improve fuel efficiencies and reduce overall fuel consumption. The challenge is to accurately track and monitor the fuel used at the overall mining site and reconcile fuel consumption by asset. You can’t manage what you can’t measure.

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Topics: automated fuel management, mining fuel management, fuel management, fuel inventory management

Fuel Management in the Construction Industry: End-to-End Tracking

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 13-Jul-2021 10:00:00 AM

We apologize in advance for delivering bad news, but if your company is in the construction industry, you likely aren't managing one of your top expenditures optimally.

Let's start by stating the obvious. After labor, fuel is the most expensive part of operating a fleet. You'll need a fuel management system if you have your own storage tanks and dispensers. The level of sophistication and control necessary depends on a number of factors: your fleet’s size, fuel consumption, and the industry in which you operate, to name a few. But the requirement for some level of distribution management is unquestionable. Fuel is costly, and buying it without knowing who takes it, how much of it is taken, and where it goes is as intolerable as not having the same type of control over your bank account.

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Topics: construction fuel management

AVL Systems: Why They Are a Must in Fleet Management

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 28-Jun-2021 10:00:00 AM

As a fleet manager, you either use an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system as a tool in your fleet management utility belt, or if you don’t, you are at least generally aware of what such systems are about.

Regardless, it would benefit all to go over the different ways in which an AVL system can help optimize your fleet’s operation. Even if you already use one, odds are you may not be using it to its full potential. And if you’re pondering whether such a system makes sense for your company, then you have come to the right place.

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Topics: AVL, fleet management solution, automated fleet data, fleet productivity, fleet efficiency, fleet safety, fleet cost management, fleet GPS tracking, fleet telematics

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