Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Off-Road Diesel Exhaust Fluid Market Set for Huge Increase

Industry projections about the use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) all point toward increases over the near term as more engines -- on-road and off-road -- adapt selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in new and replacement engines to meet the U.S. EPA's mandate to reduce NOx emissions. DEF is the fluid that converts harmful NOx fumes in diesel exhaust into water and nitrogen in SCR-equipped engines.

There is increasing evidence of bulk DEF dispensing and storage being used across the U.S., with one notable example in this article from CSNews. Retailers and fleet operators are all interested in moving away from DEF jugs, which are inefficient and expensive.

Off-Road DEF Growth

Blue is for DEF, green for diesel. They are typically placed side by side so you can refuel both at the same time. (Courtesy: Aggregates Manager)

But off-road diesel engines are also catching the wave of movement to DEF. This story in Aggregates Manager provides this prediction about what is happening.

“The off-highway market will consume about 20 million gallons of DEF this year and 260 million gallons in five years,” says Luke Van Wyk, general manager, Thunder Creek Equipment. “That’s more than a ten-fold increase before 2019.”

The article does a nice job providing important information about DEF and what off-road operators need to know. You can always contact Benecor, which has industry expertise that dates to the earliest conversations about DEF, well before the EPA mandate was issued in 2010.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Solution that Delivers Instant Value

Very often there is only one thing that stands in the way of making a decision which will dramatically improve a business’s operations. Money. Capital budget cycles can be such that major improvements often have to wait for funding, even if making a change would almost immediately improve efficiencies and reduce operating expenses.

But the Enevo solution to optimize liquid level logistics takes that off the table. Enevo is a robust, simple and affordable logistics solution that will save time and money while increasing customer satisfaction. Enevo uses ultrasonic technology to remotely measure tank fill levels with sensors that transmit data over cellular networks to a central web portal that can be accessed virtually from any browser-enabled device. As a result, large scale deployment can happen very quickly.

An Approach That Delivers Instant Value

Enevo utilizes a Software as a Service (SaaS) licensing and delivery model, where the software is centrally hosted and licensed on a subscription basis. It makes for a complete end-to-end solution.

There are several payment options available:
  • Subscription Options deliver hardware and network services for one monthly fee.
  •       This fee covers the device, warranty, all data transmissions, access to real time measurements, forecasts, collection lists and alerts via our web service. Not included in the monthly rate are shipping and installation of the sensors.
  •        No upfront investments are required with this option.
  • Purchase/Subscription Options allow a single payment for Enevo hardware and monthly fees for network services. 
  • Purchase Options offer an upfront single payment for both hardware and software
Whether the client is a small private operator or a large corporation, Enevo offers a flexible service agreement to fit any situation. Many Enevo clients start with a small-scale project to experience the benefits the solution provides. This is a way for customers to get into the game and start realizing benefits quickly.

Enevo will minimize total distribution costs over time by accurately understanding the status of inventory, then forecasting service needs based on the history for specific locations. Learn more about the Enevo service at www.husky.com/enevo.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Benecor Milestone: NTEP Certificate of Conformance

The National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) recently granted its Certificate of Conformance to Benecor's retail dispensers for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). This is a significant milestone as the evolution of DEF dispensing continues to makes its way to retail outlets across the country.

The certification for Meter Indicating Volume means that Benecor retail units were evaluated under the National Type Evaluation Program and were found to comply with the applicable technical requirements of “NIST Handbook 44: Specifications, Tolerances and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices.”

As indicated in the certification documents, Benecor retail DEF dispensers "may be used with certified and compatible card readers, console controllers, point-of-sale (POS), and fuel management systems."

"Having the Certificate of Conformance allows Benecor retail dispensing units to be installed anywhere in the United States without individual state review," said Benecor President Brendan Foster. "We will install a serial plate on each retail unit containing the NTEP certification number to provide state officials a quick reference."

Husky Corporation and Benecor have formed a strategic alliance to serve customers in the rapidly expanding DEF market. Sales volume is estimated to reach at least 1.3 billion gallons in 2020 as the number of diesel engines that use DEF continues to increase. DEF is added to the exhaust of diesel engines equipped with SCR technology to convert NOx fumes into harmless gas and water. The EPA set aggressive guidelines to reduce NOX emissions by 75 percent, which is driving the conversion to SCR technology in nearly every diesel engine application.

Bulk dispensing for DEF at retail locations is in greater demand than ever. The NTEP Certificate of Conformance will be important additional piece of mind for outlets looking for high quality, dependable solutions for storing and dispensing DEF on their fuel islands. The Benecor Mini-Bulk systems offer low-cost turnkey solutions including the largest on-island DEF option available.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

EMV at the Pump: Should You Wait Until 2020?

There has been considerable discussion in the fuel marketing industry about what the extension of the deadline for chip-readers to be installed at fuel pumps around the U.S. really means. The decision provides more time -- until 2020 -- for the fuel dispensers that currently are not capable of processing payments under the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) security standards to be upgraded or replaced.

We found this commentary piece published in CSP Daily to offer some interesting thoughts about the decision-making process for selecting when to make the EMV change-over. The writer points out some competitive and cost reasons for making the change sooner, rather than later.


The writer concludes that "Delaying pump EMV upgrades means potential market-share loss and higher fraud risk for your site. Consumers - and crooks - will know who's made the move."

What do you think? We'd like to hear from you!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fuel Marketers Get More Time to Transition to EMV Compatible Dispensers

Time is now on the side of fuel marketers who have been trying to figure out the economics of a big change on their fuel islands. The deadline for having chip-readers installed at U.S. retail fuel outlets has been extended by three years. Instead of October 2017 fuel marketers now have until October 2020 to make sure their pumps can handle EMV technology. The acronym that stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the three global payment giants that developed technology designed to reduce fraud from credit and debit card transactions.

The decision recognizes reality; that changing credit and debit card systems is a whole lot different at a fuel pump than at a supermarket checkout counter. Bloomberg reported that Visa and MasterCard listened to complaints that owners would not have enough time to complete the ‘multibillion-dollar upgrades’.

“In some cases, older pumps may need to be replaced before adding chip readers, requiring specialized vendors and breaking into concrete,” San Francisco-based Visa said in a statement on its website as reported by Bloomberg. Sufficient supplies of compliant hardware and software to enable upgrades by 2017 remain an issue, the company said.

Make Dispenser Change-Outs as Simple as Possible

It’s expensive to make the change, with the National Association of Convenience Stores estimating the cost at around $30,000 per store – about $4 Billion across the industry. Many outlets are opting to change the entire dispensers rather than retro-fit existing ones to handle the EMV technology. Companies making that decision are looking for ways to minimize cost and disruption to operations.

In some cases, they have found a solution in Husky Corporation’s EZ-Connect, the only certified, pre-assembled, pressure and continuity tested hanging hardware assembly. It takes care of all the components from the dispenser through the nozzle.

“The EZ-Connects are going on new dispensers. The pre-assembled unit is really attractive to even the smallest operators,” said one Husky Corporation manufacturer’s representative. “They see where that saves a lot of labor time and money when they do a change-out or a new location. It saves them lots of bucks.”

This video shows more about what goes into the EZ-Connect system.

Now that the planning horizon is a bit longer, fuel marketers will be able to make a phased-change to the EMV technology. Take advantage of that time to make the transition as smooth and cost-effective as possible. Contact Husky Corporation to learn about how reducing that impact even more with EZ-Connect hanging hardware.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enevo: Easy Installation and Set-up

It has never been easier or more cost-effective to manage liquids stored in tanks scattered in a variety of locations. Enevo uses ultrasonic technology to measure tank fill levels, then sends the data over cellular networks for analysis and action by any web-browser enabled device. This is up-to-the-minute information that instantly allows dispatchers to make informed decisions about their inventory; a far-cry from inefficient route-based scheduling that costs time and money. This short video provides a nice overview of the system.
Simple Installation
In the field, the Enevo system’s state-of-the-art hardware is simple to install. An Enevo WEL-008L sensor contains all the wireless level-collection technology needed for a single tank up to 16 feet deep. The WEL-008L sensor is made of extremely durable fiber-reinforced polypropylene and proprietary polyurethane. The sensor weighs just over a pound, yet will operate in the most extreme temperatures and in all weather conditions. Installation requires only a magnet to activate the sensor followed by physically screwing the unit into an appropriate 1.5 inch or two-inch opening on the tank. No special tools are required.

The ultrasonic sensors need an unobstructed column of air for precise level measurement from any type of tank. The illustration below shows some example configurations. The robust ultrasonic sonar technology combines with motion sensors and smart software to measure fill-levels, detect when the tank has been filled or sense when it is empty. Measurements are taken at regular interval and automatically communicated over 2G/3G cellular networks.

The software to monitor activity reported by the individual sensors can be set up by customers using any browser-enabled device through the Enevo web interface. The capability includes a comprehensive back office toolset for dispatchers and managers for configuring sites and schedules, managing fleets, assigning routes, monitoring status and operations in real-time, and viewing reports and statistics.

The Enevo system requires minimal training and yields immediate benefit. It is a powerful tool that allows dispatchers to plan optimal service routes. The Enevo system also provides notifications and alerts for additional peace of mind. Customers will be happy and the competition will be left in the dust.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Are Your Systems Ready for the End of 2G Cellular Networks?

The end of 2016 brings with it some really big changes. And, no, we are not talking about  politics here -- so feel free to read on!

Systems that depend on the AT&T 2G Cellular network will find themselves without service when 2017 begins. The situation means that any device which uses the AT&T 2G GSM 850/1900MHz network "will need to upgrade their devices as they will be unable to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or use data services after 12/31/2016" the company noted in its web site.
One estimate suggests between 10 and 14 million GPS devices, cell phones and tablets will need to be replaced.

Remote Monitoring Systems with 3G Cellular Capability

Enevo has a solution for companies with remote tank monitoring systems that will be affected by the end of AT&T 2G systems. The WE-008L sensor is a wireless tank fill level monitoring device that features state-of-the-art measurement and communication using 3G cellular networks. This provides global coverage thanks to partnerships with hundreds of telecom providers to ensure growth.

Check out this great short video to learn more about Enevo.

The communication capability delivers a wealth of information for those responsible for managing tank levels at several remote locations. The data is available at a glance on any web-enabled device so they can efficiently plan routes to service their tanks and quickly respond to changes in demand. It changes the game for petroleum product distributors or companies with tanks placed in a variety of locations. The sensor and server software are constantly being improved; elivering reliable, world-class technology.

AT&T is providing answers to a lot of questions about the 2G network sunset as well. The reason boils down to the ever increasing reliance on mobile capability. The company notes that mobile data traffic grew 75,000 percent between 2001 and 2006. But that pales by the 150,000 percent increase in traffic on its mobile wireless network from 2007 to 2015. To handle all of that AT&T is changing how it allocates its spectrum in ways that will accommodate a deluge of high speed data created by social networks, smart phones and other wirelessly-connected machines.

We depend on data in our wireless world. Stay ahead of the curve and don't go dark at the 2G "sundown".