Anyone in the fueling or fleet operations business is well aware of the big bite fuel costs are taking from your bottom line. Since that’s not likely to change, savvy operators are turning to a fuel management system to boost efficiency and cut fuel-related costs.
A fuel management system is a technology-based tool that works with any pump-able liquid or gaseous fuel for attended or unattended fueling sites. The system provides real-time visibility of all aspects of fuel management and fueling activities, using automation to free up drivers and capture information that’s instantly available to any staff who may need it.
A fuel management system can provide broad-scale benefits for:
- Fixed-base or mobile fueling operators.
- Fleet operators such as smaller transportation companies that handle fueling internally.
- Municipalities managing vehicles for utility crews, police, fire or the general motor pool.
It can even function entirely hands-free, allowing you to fully capitalize on security measures and gather comprehensive data to identify additional time and money savings. Here are three key benefits:
1. Better security.
Fuel losses are frustrating and costly. With a fuel management system, you always know what you have and where it’s going. And you can keep it from going astray.
2. Better tracking, operation-wide, in real time.
Automation can generate across-the-board efficiencies. It virtually eliminates human error, assuring timely, accurate and detailed information capture for each vehicle and each fueling session.
The ability to track details such as run and idle time can pinpoint opportunities for improved driver training, eliminating wasted fuel. You’ll get the most from the fuel you have and reduce unnecessary wear-and-tear on your fleet.
Automatic record-keeping ensures consistent regular maintenance, and real-time information allows early response to potential problems. You’ll improve vehicle performance and keep your fleet on the road longer.
You’ll always have complete data at your fingertips for reporting and financial purposes and for management review, analysis and decision-making.
3. You’re in control, at last.
Streamlining processes and ensuring accuracy and timeliness of record-keeping. Capturing valuable data to assess and refine operations. Curbing fuel losses and identifying potential problems before they get out of hand. It all adds up to bottom line savings, year in and year out.
The bottom line: your fuel management system can quickly pay for itself.
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