Wednesday, October 2, 2019

When One is Greater than Six: BJE's MK6 Tank Alarm

The engineers at BJE Lube and Oil Products, a Division of Husky Corporation, are at it again. Their latest innovation is a tank alarm that monitors up to six above ground storage tanks containing oil, waste oil, diesel fuel, antifreeze, water and other fluids with a high flash point.The new product is called the MK6 Tank Alarm which combines the functionality of six BJE 007 Tank Alarms into one unit.

The MK6 solves a problem that arises when one 007 Tank Alarm is monitoring several tanks at once. The problem with that is when the 007 alarm goes off, there is no way to know which of the tanks in that single circuit is having an issue. 
MK6 Tank Alarm: High/low tank alarm for use with oil, waste oil, diesel fuel, antifreeze, water, and other fluids with a high flash point.
With the MK6 there are six indicator lights on the unit, each that operates on its own individual circuit. There is also space for descriptive labels about the tank that is operating on a particular circuit. When a tank goes into an alarm, the particular indicator light flashes, in addition to the unit's strobe and siren. The combination means the problematic tank can be dealt with much more rapidly.

The MK6 retains the same key functionality of the 007, including UL Buna Sensor probes and solenoid valves. The MK6 is capable of driving a solenoid valve for each tank being monitored. The MK6 does have a different circuit board that contains more logic. But it all is contained in the same housing, with the same dimensions, as the 007 tank alarm.

The system is designed for facilities that are monitoring several tanks at the same time, but without the need to have an individual 007 monitoring each tank. And it solves the classic problem that arises when more than one tank is being watched by a single monitor.

The MK6 is a featured product for BJE at the annual PEI Convention at the NACS Show in Atlanta. And you can always contact BJE directly to learn more at 1-800-325-3558.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Husky Hits the Road for PEI at the NACS Show

What is quite arguably the most important gathering of the year for the fuel and fluid handling industries takes place October 1-4, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Husky Corporation and its family of companies have long been supporters of the Petroleum Equipment Institute and of the PEI Convention at the NACS Show. The trade show portion of this event begins October 2. Husky leaders will be on hand to welcome industry professionals, suppliers, customers and friends at Booth 4921 in the Fuel Equipment & Services and Technology exhibits section. Here's a link to the floor plan and how to find Husky's exhibit https://nacs19.mapyourshow.com/8_0/floorplan/index.cfm?hallID=B&selectedBooth=booth~4921

The company will have key executives and engineers on hand to talk about how its products solve a variety of fueling, safety, environmental and performance problems. As a manufacturer of nozzles, swivels and Safe-T-Breaks for conventional, vapor, and high-flow petroleum dispensing markets.

One of the products in the spotlight will be the Husky EZ Lever, an innovation that provides ADA-compliant fuel dispensing. The unique two-piece lever design means that it takes about half the force to begin dispensing fuel compared to a standard one-piece nozzle lever. Here is a video that shows a bit more about the EZ Lever.


Additional markets for Husky include retail and commercial, DEF, aviation, truck, farm and commercial. Oil and lube customers will be able to check outs the new BJE MK6 Tank Alarm, a high/low system that can monitor up to six tanks independently. It is a solution for use with oil, waste oil, diesel fuel, antifreeze, water and other fluids with a high flash point. 


Husky has also solved forecourt clean-up of hydrocarbon spills and stains by utilizing microbes converting waste to non-hazardous and non-flammable materials. Oil Baron breaks down hydrocarbons into water and carbon dioxide, leaving surfaces clean, dry and oil-free.



Husky and it's family of companies looks forward to seeing you in Atlanta. But you can always get in touch with us at 800-325-3558 or a sales@husky.com.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fuel Nozzle Innovations Take the Pressure Off Customers

There are several drivers of improvements in life. Some involve statutes and regulations which mandate actions. Others involve product innovation. In the case of the motoring public in the United States, there are examples of both.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates that around 25.5 million people over the age of five have disabilities that limit travel. Additional statistics show that only 60.4 percent of people with disabilities drive vehicles, compared to nearly 92 percent of people who do not have disabilities.

 

ADA and Gas Stations


Those numbers perhaps help explain why when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) arrived in 1990, it noted that people with disabilities may find it "difficult or impossible to use the controls, hose, or nozzle of a self-serve gas pump." As a result, the ADA began requiring self-serve gas stations to provide equal access to their customers with disabilities:

  • Provide refueling assistance upon the request of an individual with a disability. A service station or convenience store is not required to provide such service at any time that it is operating on a remote control basis with a single employee, but is encouraged to do so, if feasible.
  • Let patrons know (e.g., through appropriate signs) that customers with disabilities can obtain refueling assistance by either honking or otherwise signaling an employee.

In 2012, additional requirements were enacted regarding the operable parts of fuel pumps, making them accessible to motorists with disabilities who want to pump their own fuel. An article published on the Access Advocates web site commented that "Right now, complaints drive compliance at gas stations."

Innovation and ADA Compliance


Innovation can also drive change. Husky Corporation has developed two new features for fuel nozzles that can make it easier to dispense fuel into vehicles. One is called EZ Lever, which essentially is new two-piece design rather than the previously utilized one-piece design. The EZ Lever is ADA compliant, as it requires approximately half the force of conventional levers in order to open the nozzle to dispense fuel. This is a short video that explains the logic behind EZ Lever.




In addition, Husky engineers redesigned the poppet skirt in a way that helps control the flow of fuel through the nozzle with greater ease. The innovation is called a Tilt Poppet, the effect of which permits a precise amount of fuel to be dispensed into vehicles very easily. Here is a video that shows how the Tilt Poppet functions.




These innovations, whether utilized separately or in combination on a given fuel nozzle application, effectively make the fueling process easier for everyone. They also help fuel marketers improve the user experience at their locations. Contact Husky Corporation at 800-325-3558 or go to www.Husky.com to learn more about these and other product developments which are designed to put customers first.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Enhanced Conventional Fuel Nozzle Makes Its Mark

Among the many fueling nozzles available from Husky Corporation is a light weight option that is loaded with features many customers will find attractive. The Eco Nozzle is an enhanced conventional nozzle with a shut-off mechanism that stops fueling when the spout leaves the fill pipe or gets out of the tank. The Econ Nozzle is engineered with a unique internal interlock device that requires just a light amount of force to engage when customers begin fueling.




The mechanics of interlock nozzles, along with standard and pressure-actived nozzles, are explained in this Husky Corporation Technical Bulletin https://www.husky.com/technical-information/pressure-activatedinterlock-nozzles/.  Interlock nozzles from Husky (including the Eco Nozzle) feature a bellow or boot on the spout. It must be pushed back before squeezing the lever will open the main poppet valve and allow fuel to flow. If the bellow or boot is not pushed back, the nozzle will exhibit a limp/dead lever condition.  A key feature of the Eco Nozzle is that the design requires the lightest insertion force of any safety interlock operated nozzle.

Other features make the Eco Nozzle easy to use for fueling customers. A two-piece lever is ADA compliant and requires half the force to open compared to a regular nozzle. And a unique Tilt Poppet regulates the fuel flow more smoothly than in other nozzles, making precise 'to-the-penny' dispensing simple every time.


Another important feature of the Eco Nozzle is that it is compliant with California Air Resources Board regulations for drips, spills and liquid retention. Husky calls this a characteristic of a Drip Less spout design. Contact Husky Corporation at 800-325-3558 to get more information.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Experts Say Cleaning the Upper Engine Could Prevent Costly Repairs

Improving engine performance doesn't always have to be time consuming or expensive. There are steps mechanics and repair professionals can take first that can rule out costly repairs. Husky Corporation's S.U.R.&R., which provides affordable products that solve problems in the automotive repair market, offers a solution for engines knocks. The S.U.R.&R. FIC903 Intake Cleaner system in combination with Sea Foam Motor Treatment can provide critical maintenance which would make a pricey and time-consuming engine overhaul unnecessary.


This topic was tackled recently by 4WD Mechanix Magazine during an in-depth look at a problem with a Jeep inline six engine, which was presenting noises that sounded like a serious engine knock. But the initial diagnosis suggested other possibilities. S.U.R.&R. posted an article about this review on the company web site as well which can be found at https://surrauto.com/when-an-engine-knocks-turn-to-s-u-r-r-and-sea-foam-first/

‘The time saved and pinpoint diagnostics separate ‘parts changers’ from real techs. S.U.R.&R. tools offer exceptional value, quickly paying for themselves!”, Moses Ludel of 4WD Mechanix Magazine. “In most instances it would be wise to attempt these tuning measures first. If the knock remains, there is more serious trouble.”

The article also contains a detailed video on the steps involved. Contact S.U.R.&R to learn more and to get pricing information at 1-800-390- 3996 or at info@surrauto.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Precisely Dispense Fuel


There is now a great way to get the exact amount of fuel you want in your vehicle.

Husky Corporation engineers have developed an enhancement for the fuel nozzle’s poppet valve, which in combination with the lever, controls the flow of fuel through the nozzle. The innovation is called a 'tilt-poppet' will be included in all Husky nozzle products. This short video shows how it works.


“The previous poppet skirt operated by opening or closing the entire poppet valve seal at the same time. That situation made it difficult to start and stop fueling at the desired level,” said Husky Engineering Manager Zach Holcomb.

So Husky Engineers focused on re-designing the poppet skirt, and came up with an innovation called the Tilt Poppet; a poppet skirt that is angled on one surface. The effect of this modification is that when the fuel lever is engaged, one side of the poppet valve seal moves before the other. Fuel therefore flows through the nozzle in a much more measured way; fueling can be started and stopped very smoothly for precise manual dispensing. A slimmed-down poppet skirt design also reduces the amount of back-pressure experienced when starting and stopping the fueling process.

“Having the angled poppet skirt allows the flow to ease through on one side of the poppet valve and dispense to the penny much more easily,” Holcomb said.

In the video, the flow of fuel was being controlled at a rate of just 0.048 gallons per minute (or 0.182 liters/minute) which resulted in one penny's worth of fuel being dispensed every four to five seconds.

“We know that many customers want to spend an exact amount when fueling their vehicles. There are also applications around the world where full-service fuel attendants must put only the exact amount of fuel requested into customer tanks. The Tilt Poppet is ideal for those situations,” said Husky Corporation Executive Vice President Brad Baker. “We think the Tilt Poppet will make the fueling experience more pleasant for everyone thanks to its smooth and easy operation.”

The Husky Tilt Poppet will be an included feature of all the company’s fuel nozzle designs. Contact Husky at 800-325-3558 to learn more.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Husky 5885 P/V Vent Cleared for Use in California E-85 Storage Tanks

The largest U.S. state by population and vehicle count has a growing number of fueling outlets which offer E-85, which is a term for high-level ethanol-gasoline blends containing 51 to 83 percent ethanol. The fuel can be used in Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV) as an alternative to gasoline.

A recent California news article reported the state has 1.5 million FFV on the road but only 190 fueling stations that dispense E-85. There are more than 3,300 fueling stations across the country where E-85 is available. The fuel produces fewer harmful emissions than gasoline, is less expensive than gasoline, but does not deliver as much fuel efficiency. The article stated E-85 “is experiencing a resurgence in California, with sales volumes more than tripling in the last five years.”

To address the growing market Husky Corporation’s 5885 Pressure/Vacuum (P/V) Vent received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for use in the storage of E-85. The 5885 Pressure/Vacuum (P/V) Vent is designated in CARB Executive Orders VR-101-R and VR-102-S as being E-85 compatible. The vent incorporates three separate valves to control over-pressure and vacuum conditions that arise in storage tanks.



“This approval makes the Husky 5885 P/V vent an outstanding and cost-effective option for fuel dispensing outlets planning to make E-85 available to their customers,” said Tim Schroeder, Product Design Engineer at Husky Corporation.

The 5885 is constructed from materials that are 100 percent compatible for use with E-85. This is important, because certain materials commonly used with gasoline may be incompatible with high-level ethanol blends, causing them to degrade and contaminate the fuel. "Metals that have been shown to degrade over time in the presence of high-level alcohol blends include brass, lead, zinc and lead-based solder. Nonmetallic materials that degrade when in contact with ethanol include natural rubber, polyurethane, cork gasket material, leather, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polyamides, and certain thermoplastic or thermoset polymers," noted an article in Ethanol Producer magazine.

In a letter to Husky Corporation, CARB noted the 5885 P/V vent “has been tested to the latest UL 2583 standard which include E-85 compatibility and was also certified for use with E-85 fuels by the California State Fire Marshal.”

Schroeder noted that the 5885 is certified to less than one third of the CARB EVR Standard CP-201, that allows installation of a maximum of three P/V vents, which reduces installation time. This video shows the installation process of Husky P/V vents and explains some key aspects.


More information about the Husky 5885 P/V vent can be located at https://www.husky.com/husky/pressurevacuum-vents/pv-vent-5885/ or by calling Husky Corporation at 800-325-3558.