4 Questions to Help You Select a Fuel Management System for Your Hired Fuel Tank

Posted on: 11 May 2017

If you are hiring a fuel storage tank, you may want to hire one that has a management system attached to it. There are a variety of options on the market. Here's a look at some of the choices you may need to decide between when selecting your fuel storage management system.

1. What Do You Want to Monitor? 

If you simply want to monitor the amount of fuel that's in the storage tank, you just need a tank manager. These devices also monitor for leaks or lost fuel. However, if you want timestamps on your fuel level readings, you may need a fuel management system with a surveillance module attached to it.

For certain tanks, you can also get special sensors that alert you if your brine levels are below a certain point or if you have unwanted liquids in your containment pumps. Ideally, you should make a list of what you want to monitor, and the hire company should be able to point you toward the right fuel management system for your needs.

2. Do You Want Wireless or Wired Gauges?

Most fuel tank monitoring systems consist of a probe or other equipment that is inside the tank. This transmits information to an electronic console situated on the outside of the tank, which displays the readings. You can opt for this equipment to be attached with wires, or it can communicate wirelessly.

That choice simply boils down to your preference on the matter. For example, if you do a lot of tank repairs, you may want to opt for a wireless system so the wires don't get in the way. On the other hand, if you anticipate that other electrics may disrupt the communication between the wireless elements, you may want wired gauges.

3. Do You Need Compatibility With Any Programs?

Some fuel tank storage management systems can communicate with certain computer programs. For instance, some systems email key data to you. Others connect to an app that you can check from certain devices. Make sure the system that you select engages with your other programs effectively.

4. Is the Fuel Tank in a Remote Area?

In order to communicate, the fuel storage tank sensor typically needs to connect to a cell phone network or a WiFi network. If that isn't possible, due to the remoteness of your project, you may want to opt for a management system that works with satellite signals.


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