Datafuel mobile console installed onto a Fuel/Service Tanker
- how much fuel is added to the bulk facility from the fuel suppliers’ delivery dockets
- how much fuel is pumped from the bulk facility into all fleet vehicles
- how much fuel has been transferred from the bulk facility into the fuel/service tanker
- how much fuel is pumped from the fuel/service tanker into loaders, dozers, excavators, tractors, bobcats, etc. in the quarry.
Nowra Bus & Coach Company chooses Datafuel
‘Nowra Bus & Coach Company’ provides regular local bus services to Greenwell Point, Nowra, Culburra, Orient Point, Cambewarra and Kangaroo Valley, as well as local bus and coach charter services. They carried out a feasibility study into adding controlled monitoring of their onsite fueling facility. A Datafuel system, the mid-level WinFMS software package, was demonstrated to the company and they were impressed with the functionality and additional features of adding external and internal manual transactions.
The Datafuel system was installed and commissioned in November of 2018 and staff were trained on system use. Feedback from the company shows that the system works well for them, is easy to use and is extremely useful to the organisation in general, especially in tracking fuel usage and determining profitability of trips by using fuel consumption reports.
Two mid NSW councils choose Datafuel
2018 saw two NSW councils replace their outdated fuel management systems with Datafuel solutions, taking the number of councils Australia wide to approximately 140. Wagga Wagga City Council and Weddin Shire Council approached Datafuel to submit proposals for fuel management systems that would improve performance and increase fuel management efficiency, as well as generate data for analysis.
Both councils retained and reused their existing pumps and forecourt wiring when the Datafuel system was installed, which minimised installation costs. Local installers were used and both councils are satisfied with their Datafuel fuel management systems and the better accountability of fuel usage they provide for all their fleet fueling requirements.
Global Miner Site - Hunter Region
A leading global miner required an upgrade to one of its site workshop fuel facilities.
Part of the upgrade included the replacement of an existing high cost mining specific Fuel Management System.
The customer’s new Fuel Management System objectives included several specific capabilities including,
- 12 volt control system operation
- Live LAN data link
- Ability to read existing employee site access control cards
- One time access control programming
To meet these requirements Datafuel installed a site compatible Gallagher reader onto a DF6000C electronic console.
Datafuel also created a custom intelligent data import facility that enabled the Gallagher Access Control System programming to be automatically imported into the WinFMS software (WinFMS Autorun function). The Gallagher programming was therefore defacto driving the Datafuel system.
The Datafuel R&D team were able to implement the custom capabilities successfully at relatively low cost in comparison to other alternatives.
The system has operated successfully and Datafuel was pleased to receive further sales enquiries from other sites within the group.
International Discount Supermarket Chain – National Distribution Centres
A leading global discount supermarket chain known for its highly competitive purchasing and logistics infrastructure has installed Datafuel Fuel Management System technology across it Australian distribution centres.
Impressive growth in the Australian market has led to the opening of nearly 500 supermarkets to date. The company has invested heavily in providing the necessary infrastructure to support this growth which includes its new state based bulk distribution centres.
The Datafuel system enables unmanned user access and management control over fuel facilities located at each site. Fuel facility configurations include standalone pumps, componentised dispensing equipment and electronic tank gauging subsystems. Authorised users can undertake Diesel, Adblue and/or Oil transactions.
Programming, tank and transaction data is transferred between the facility and Datafuels WinFMS software via live data links utilising the supermarket chains LAN. Management have access to a range of automated system notifications, analysis and reporting tools. This includes automated low tank level alarms and email responses.
The supermarket chain demands accurate monthly reconciliation and audit trails of its fuel operations.
Datafuel equipment was originally installed at the company’s first Australian distribution centre 15 years ago. The technology has since undergone several upgrades and has proven to perform reliably and meet the supermarket chains objectives.
National Logistics Company – Intermodal, Rail, Shipping
In some instances it is preferable to minimise an organisations public exposure regarding specific projects. These customers are however prepared to act as references if required from time to time. This project description therefore does not include the company and personnel names but does include the scope and outcome of the solution provided.
This project was for one of the country’s largest logistics companies with intermodal freight services including shipping, rail and transport facilities.
In third quarter 2013 the company investigated Fuel Management System options for a large intermodal facility based in Sydney. Part of that investigation included the companies IT project manager meeting with Datafuel’s Service Technicians and R&D Engineers at their North Ryde office. He was satisfied the technical resources were available to support the project and future strategic expansion.
In December 2013, based on proven Datafuel performance at two existing “stand-alone” sites, the company took the decision to install an additional three Datafuel DF9000C consoles at the intermodal terminal. The project also consolidated all sites centralising fuel management controls at state office level.
The project was successful and provides live fuel facility management control and reporting across locomotives, prime movers and site based plant and equipment.
The company is now expanding facility coverage with systems being installed at regional locations. The current network comprises six Datafuel DF9000’s with an additional DF5000 to be installed in third quarter 2014.
Clarks Logan City Bus Service (QLD) Pty Ltd
Clarks Logan Buses (CLB) has implemented a Datafuel DF5000 based Fuel Management System with vehicle automation technology. The Mifare card based system enables electronic transfer of vehicle and odometer information whilst retaining flexibility for integration with Mifare based access control and ticketing systems.
“To be honest I was waiting for the system to be installed longer than I wanted”, said Graham Davis, CEO of CLB. “Datafuel were apparently near completion of new versions of both the vehicle automation technology and WinFMS software. They wanted to implement both upfront rather than disrupt the business through double upgrades only a few months after installation.”
“Given the scope of the system, Datafuel sent two head office technicians for the job. They were very competent and assisted in resolving issues that were integral to the projects success.”
“The system has been running very reliably and has substantially streamlined fuel operations.”
Xstrata Ravensworth Central Coal Processing (RCCP)
Xstrata Ravensworth Central Coal Processing has just implemented a new Datafuel integrated Fuel Management solution at its Coal Processing Plant operations.
Utilising DF5000CA and DF6000CA fixed and mobile fuel management technologies, the system also includes integrated Gilbarco TLS2 tank gauging capabilities and Radio Frequency (RF) data communications.
“I wanted a solution provider that could deliver a proven, well engineered and integrated system that addressed my needs” said David Drinkwater, CPP Electrical Engineer.
The Datafuel system met my requirements on a cost effective basis and their technical professionalism won my confidence. RCCP currently run the system from local office, however, at any time they can integrate the system into the sites IT WAN infrastructure for optimal communications and real time data transfer back to central office. The Datafuel WinFMS software also enables consolidation of consumption and inventory transaction data across multiple levels of distribution.
Simpson Fuels Distributor Card System
Simpson Fuels has replaced their superceded Gilbarco Retail Datapump Fuel Management System with a Datafuel DF9000R.
"The Datapump system served us well for many years", said Neville Simpson, owner of Simpson Fuels."Unfortunately since production stopped 10 years ago, Datapump support has completely dried up. We were pleased to go with Datafuel due to their flexible hardware installation and data conversion options".