While many propane and fuel suppliers implement tank monitoring for the economical and efficiency benefits, often overlooked are the safety benefits that monitoring provides. Out-of-gas situations for both commercial and residential customers can be costly for everyone involved, and in most cases, these run-outs are preventable. Tank monitors can help you:
- Minimize Downtime
Make certain that customer tanks have enough fuel to ensure the functionality of the equipment that uses the fuel, such as heaters, boilers, ovens, etc.
- Prevent Frozen Pipes
A residential customer whose pipes have frozen due to an empty tank may have significant property damage. A tank monitor can help prevent this.
- Recognize Leaks
Eliminate potential dangers by being alerted to possible leaks, so that you can keep your customers and your employees safe.
- Increase Driver Safety
Keep your employees safe and out of potentially dangerous driving conditions by anticipating run-outs before the weather hits.
Eliminate Runouts, Increase Profitability
With tank monitoring implemented on difficult-to-forecast residential and commercial tanks, tank run-outs can be virtually eliminated. The ability to see the current inventory level of any and every customer tank with a monitor can be very valuable in avoiding the aforementioned safety scenarios. Having the monitored tank information readily available on a web portal, smart phone or directly integrated into the supplier’s back office platform, like ADD Systems ADD Energy E3®, can not only improve safety performance, but also increase operating efficiency and profitability.
Get Proactive Notices
In addition to seeing tank levels, monitoring companies, like WESROC, provide intelligent software that allows users to customize notifications and alerts to meet their needs. For example, suppliers can set up an alert that is triggered when a certain tank falls to 30%, thus giving notice to schedule a delivery.
Quality monitoring software, like WESROC.net, is designed with the intelligence to recognize drastic changes and inconsistencies in the data that it analyzes. For example, if the data shows that a tank has a sharp drop off in tank level within the time span of an hour, an alert can be sent to the software user signaling that a possible leak or decompression has occurred. Another example would be a “no usage report”. The software is able to recognize that the tank has a history of a consistent and predictable draw rate, and if the tank level has not changed in a certain amount of time, the software alerts the user to a possible float gauge or dial problem.
Visibility for Your Customers
By making a smartphone app, like the WESROC mytankreadings App, available to your customers, you can provide peace of mind to keep-full/auto-fill customers. It can also be used with will call customers to monitor their tank and use push notification to order gas, all within the app.
An Investment in Safety
Recognized mostly for improving delivery efficiency to improve profits, tank monitoring undoubtedly adds a layer of safety and peace of mind for fuel and propane suppliers, as well as their customers. The benefits for both customers and delivery personnel make the investment in tank monitoring pay for itself.
Eliminating out of gas situations leads to safe, happy customers!
Wesroc has a broad range of monitoring solutions that are adaptable to the specific needs of companies that store and distribute propane and refined fuels. Our capabilities to measure, monitor, track and report are virtually limitless. Our monitoring equipment is engineered, manufactured, and distributed from our plant and offices in New London, Minnesota, which is also the location of our parent company, Independent Technologies, Inc.
To learn more about tank monitoring, and how it can impact your business, contact Boyd McGathey, Chief Operating Officer of WESROC Solutions, at email@example.com.