Fuel management systems are used to maintain, track and monitor fuel usage and stockpiling in any form of industry that uses transport as a means of business, including rail, road, water, and air. Fuel management systems are designed to efficiently monitor and control fuel usage within the transport and construction industries. Usually they are used for truck fleets, including rail vehicles and aircraft, as well as for any truck that needs fuel to operate.
We use different methods and techniques for controlling and recording fuel inventories, purchases of fuel, and dispensing of fuel. To inform management practices, this information can then be stored in computerized systems and reports generated with the data. Online fuel management is provided by using web portals to provide comprehensive fueling data, usually vis-a-vis the rear end of an automated fuel management system. This allows for control of consumption, cost analysis, and tax accounting for purchases of fuel.
There are many types of systems for handling power. Card-based fuel management systems usually monitor fuel purchases based on a credit card and the driver PIN associated with it. Reports can then be created according to a driver’s fuel usage, and data can be downloaded directly. Fuel-management systems on-site can employ fleet refueling services or on-site bulk fuel tanks. When fuel is pumped into cars, it is monitored, and storage rates can be controlled on-site.
Some fuel companies provide total fuel management systems by offering on-site fuel distribution and refueling services with elements of a card-based program. Mobile fuel management refers to a fleet of trucks or tankers that supply fuel to large truck fleets or construction equipment. It entails combining RFID technology to identify equipment and automated fuel management to add to a specific piece of equipment the details of each transaction.
The business will save man-hours by refueling vehicles in the evening while they are not in service, because the operators do not refuel and the vehicles do not need extra fuel to drive to the refueling station. They may also use more sophisticated systems that use remote data collection to collect specific technical information about vehicle usage and performance features such as mileage, operating hours, and idling time for engines.
The increasing use of biofuel has posed yet another challenge in the management of fuel. With higher water content, there would be a chance of microbial growth – the fuel quality would deteriorate over time depending on the storage conditions, leading to clogged filters and loss of productivity.
Fuel filtering and cleaning packs were introduced by tank manufacturers which recirculate the tank contents through a series of filters and ultraviolet treatment to kill bacteria. Instrumentation of fuel quality data can be streamed to allow remote monitoring over Internet connections.