Which Fuel-Control System Is Right For Me?

By OPW | Jul 24, 2013

While it is important for fuel-site operators to control fuel inventory, it is just as important to be able to efficiently control and accurately account for fuel consumption. Automated fuel-control systems can provide these capabilities and cost-efficiently in today’s fuel-site operations. However, when it comes to fuel-control systems, many site operators are left asking themselves, "Which fuel-control system is right for me?"

Fuel-Control-GroupTo help you gain a better understanding regarding fuel-control systems – and to help you make an informed decision as to which system is the best fit for your operation – below is a broad overview of some of the fuel-control systems offered by OPW.

Petro Vend 100™ Fuel Control System: The PV100™ is the newest addition to OPW’s fuel-control family. It is a stand-alone, pedestal-mounted system for small or mid-sized fleet-fueling sites that require one- or two-hose control. The PV100 is the ideal solution for unattended fueling sites; the unit is designed for quick and easy installation; and it ships ready-to-use with 50 preconfigured users and requires only power, pulser and hose-control line connections in order to initiate system operation. The PV100 stores dispensed fuel amounts as card- and pump-specific totals, which can be viewed on the display or retrieved with an external USB flash drive.

Keegard® Fuel Control System: Keegard is a performance-engineered, solid-state, automated fuel-control system that delivers maximum fuel security and accountability. The Keegard activates a fuel dispenser with a high-security, registered individual key. The system’s basic master unit can hold up to 30 keys and counters, while its modular design allows expansion of the system to suit the operator’s needs. The Keegard reliably tracks usage with non-resettable, tamper-proof counters that can accurately record up to 100 liters or gallons per minute to the nearest tenth.

AFC™ Fuel Control System: The AFC is a turnkey fuel-control system for small to mid-sized fleets. With the AFC, fuel-site operators will no longer have to wonder when vehicle maintenance is due, which vehicle gets which type of fuel, or where the fuel or vehicles are going. The AFC features durable, weather-resistant, stainless-steel construction for many years of uninterrupted service with one stand-alone terminal able to control from two to eight hoses. Its modular design eases maintenance, resulting in less downtime and reduced operating costs.

FIT500™ Fuel Management System: The FIT500 combines leading-edge technology with solid stainless-steel durability, creating an unmatched 24-hour fuel-management system. The FIT500 accepts the widest selection of fueling network and major bankcards, and contains a customizable screen. It has an integrated FSC3000™ Fuel Site Controller for unattended installations where no building is available, with the capability to remotely download any FSC3000 software upgrades that may become available.

K800™ Hybrid Fuel Control System: The K800 Hybrid, which contains an integrated FSC3000 unit, is ideal for small, private fleets that require a low-cost fuel-management system. The system features 16 quantity-restriction levels and 16 product-restriction combinations.

C/OPT™ Fuel Control System: The C/OPT, which offers the flexibility of having the FSC3000 unit installed within the Fuel Island Terminal (FIT), is the best solution for 24-hour fueling sites that accept major commercial fleet or bankcards. The C/OPT allows individual drivers and vehicles to be grouped into accounts for easier control of group restrictions and lockouts. The FSC3000 allows the system to control up to eight FITs with a maximum of 32 hoses per site. It is designed with a fiber-optically lit keypad and LED backlit display for easy fueling at night while a "smart" weather shield automatically closes to protect card readers and the receipt chute during inclement weather.

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