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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Brake Line Repair Solutions - A Third Party Perspective About S.U.R.&.R.

Trust is a critical, yet elusive, characteristic. It must be earned and demonstrated over time.

Vehicle repair professionals have a lot riding on the tools and repair solutions they use in order to build customer trust. Husky Corporation's S.U.R.&R. understands this fundamental fact and strives to make sure customers can trust the solutions we provide. But it's one thing for S.U.R.&R. to say our products deliver great value. It's another to hear about the actual value experienced professionals receive day in and day out.

Rick Muscoplat writes and owns a terrific blog for vehicle service professionals that offers extremely practical advise about tools and methods that can really help make jobs go more smoothly. Recently, Rick  wrote a series of blogs about brake line repair. We'll share the links to those blogs here so you can click them and get a feel for the depth and quality he brings to the topics.

http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/fix-rusted-brake-lines/
http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/best-brake-line-flare-tool/
http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/make-a-double-inverted-brake-line-flare-part-1/
http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/make-a-double-inverted-brake-line-flare-part-2/
http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/how-to-make-a-double-inverted-brake-line-flare-part-3/


S.U.R.&R. is grateful Rick thought so highly of the PFT 409 Pistol Grip Flaring Tool, which he described as "Cream of the crop. It made quick work out of replacing 6 brake lines and 12 flares. This is absolutely pro grade."


In another blog, he discussed the value of high quality brake line tubing that can be easily manipulated to address situations which inevitably come up in the service bay. "I like S.U.R&R because it bends easily without kinking and is much easier to flare than steel brake line. It costs a bit more than the copper/nickel other brands you can find online, but it’s also a much better product. The cheap stuff is made with thinner walls so it kinks easily. Find S.U.R&R UltraBEND® Flexible Brake Line Tubing at at many national retailers and most commercial parts stores and tool distributors."

We encourage vehicle service professionals who deal with brake line issues to check out the links to the articles above. Then visit the S.U.R.&R. website or call our team for more information on the solutions we have available that will improve your business.

And thanks so much to Rick Muscoplat for his thoughtful blogs about brake line repair. Check out his blog often for other great and practical tips at  http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/

 









Friday, March 29, 2019

Cutting-Edge Technology Wrapped in a Sturdy Package That is “Super Simple” to Install


Can something held within a uniquely shaped container that weighs just over a pound hold the key to transforming the way an industry serves its customers? The Enevo WEL-008L sensor represents just such a possibility. The sensor contains ultrasonic technology that gathers up-to-the-minute liquid level readings from widely scattered or remotely located storage tanks. Petroleum products distributors are using the Enevo system to optimize the way they service customers, cutting down on wasted time and money from traditional route-based approaches.
The sensor measures 6.5 inches tall by 4.7 inches wide and is made of extremely robust proprietary polyurethane that can withstand even the most extreme weather conditions. The construction ensures the technology inside functions consistently over the long haul. Ultrasonic sonar and motion detection technology is at the heart of the Enevo hardware. The WEL-008L measures tanks ranging from 10 inches to 16 feet deep and is accurate to within ± 0.4 inches. Details on all the specs are located at http://www.husky.com/enevo/enevo-sensors/wel-001-sensor/.

One of the best things about the Enevo sensor is that is very easy to install. The professionals at Missouri’s Santie Oil Company know firsthand just what that means.

"I think we've set 50 or 60 of these monitors. We've had no issues," said Robbie Sims, Santie Oil General Manager. "It's a plug and play system. It was a good decision to go with Enevo. And we look forward to putting more out in the field." 

Check out this short video to hear what they think.



Power is supplied by a 3.6-volt high performance lithium battery that will last for five years or more. The data gathered is transmitted over available networks using penta-band technology capable of operating at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, which are the cellular frequencies used in most parts of the world. Any software upgrades for the WEL-008L are transmitted back to the sensor in the same way. This makes the Enevo system functional even in remote locations, as long as a cellular network connection is available.

The sturdy construction, industry-leading battery life and ease of installation make Enevo a set-and-forget solution for managing liquid tank levels. The WEL-008L will transmit data to the web portal for five years or more, allowing game-changing efficiencies and higher service levels for customers.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

EZ Lever: Filling Up Made Easy


A fuel nozzle that requires dramatically less force to operate a fuel nozzle continues to make inroads in the automotive refueling market. Husky Corporation's EZ Lever is a uniquely designed two-piece lever that requires less than 5 pounds of force to operate, compared to 10 pounds or more for a regular nozzle.

As a result, EZ Lever adheres to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. The design also permits exceptional fingertip control that allows purchases to be rounded off to the exact desired amount. Check out this short video on how EZ Lever works and its benefits.



When used on Husky Model X nozzles, fuel flow will be identical to nozzles equipped with a one piece lever. Fuel pumped with EZ Lever on Model V34 nozzles will flow 1.5 to 2 gpm more than with a one piece lever at 10 psi back pressure. EZ Lever is also available on Husky Model XS nozzles.

Husky is focused on ways to make the fueling experience more pleasant for customers. The EZ Lever is just one example. So is the recently designed Tilt Poppet, which allows fuel to flow through the main valve of the nozzle in a more measured way, so fueling can be started and stopped very smoothly for precise manual dispensing. The Tilt Poppet also reduces the amount of back-pressure experienced when starting and stopping the fueling process.

Contact Husky Corporation at 800-325-3558 for a demonstration or more information.