30 May 2017
Fuel is the
lifeblood of the UK economy, and at any given time, there could be millions of
litres of it moving around the country – diesel, LPG and petroleum included.
Transporting and handling such a valuable and crucial product is an industry in
itself, but it’s not one without challenges.
safety are two primary concerns, for example – suppliers must ensure their
product gets to the right places as intended, with no danger to employees or
the public. Another major concern is the risk of contamination, with the mixing
of fuels – however slight – bearing costly consequences.
The problem of contamination
a consumer level is a major and often expensive inconvenience – people put 60
litres of the wrong fuel in their
vehicle, only to experience a major break-down and big repair bill shortly
after. On an industrial scale, however, the issue is much bigger.
Large tankers can
carry as much as 35,000 litres of fuel at one time, so when contents become contaminated by other fuels,
however it happens, the consequences are usually devastating.
The cost of
removing and disposing of contaminated fuel must also be considered – it’s no
easy feat, and will likely take time that few businesses can afford.
From a government
perspective, contamination is a major concern when it comes to shipping fuel
and the taxes that go with it. Customs officials must have access to clear
evidence of a product’s integrity – i.e. records that prove its purity. This
kind of information can be recorded and provided on paper, but such an approach
is time-consuming and prone to error.
records don’t just cause inconvenience, either – missing or inaccurate
paperwork can lead to heavy fines and even personal convictions, which in turn
can have a significant negative impact on your business. They could dent the
company’s finances and cause real reputational damage.
are issues that can be avoided with the help of technology.
In the past, the
fuel industry – like most others - will have relied on pens, papers and human
minds to keep track of fuel transportation. Or basic technologies at most.
EPOD system by comparison collates all relevant stock movements in an
end-of-shift report, which is accessible at the click of a button. This saves
time and gives customs officials – and other partners - reassurance that you
are in control of your business.
generated by fuel POD systems can help businesses to keep accurate stock
records at all times, while also providing an opportunity to optimise
logistical processes. With everything moving much more quickly, there are new
opportunities to boost revenues.
Fuelled by technology
transportation has long been a complex job, with many hazards to consider –
contamination being a prime example. Technology is helping to change that,
however, with fuel POD systems in particular giving businesses the peace of
mind to deliver and move fuel safely, effectively and efficiently, while also
giving others more confidence in your business.
sophisticated in technology terms, these solutions are simple to use and can
benefit businesses in various industries, from retail and gas supply right
through to aviation and the public sector. For those working in these areas, the benefits on offer are too great to ignore.
If you think Fuel
Pod could help your business, get in touch with us today to find out more.