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A Beginners Guide To Fuel Transfer Pumps

A fuel transfer pump is the part of a refuelling system that moves fuel from one place to another; often from a storage tank to a vehicle, via a dispensing nozzle. Within that general description, however, there is a huge amount of variety, so it is important to understand what you are looking for & what all of the options are.

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Fuel Management Systems - A Buyer's Guide

More & more commercial transport organisations that refuel their own fleets are installing fuel management systems. These relatively inexpensive systems link the refuelling hardware with sophisticated reporting software & so allow for much greater visibility & accountability with regards to fuel stocks, consumption & usage.

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A Fleet Manager's Guide To Fuel Management Systems

As a fleet manager, you’ll be well aware of the big impact that fuel costs have on your organisation’s bottom line. It’s easy to think of this as a fact of life & that there’s nothing you can do about it, but that’s not entirely true. Smart fleet managers are using fuel management systems to cut fuel costs, inform themselves & their business, & prevent wastage & loss.

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HOW TO CHOOSE A FUEL HOSE REEL

There are multiple reasons to use hose reels on site, ranging from health & safety on site (using a retractable hose reel can help prevent trip hazards), to all round ease of use, or prolonging the life of the hose. Firstly, eliminate the simple solutions & don’t overlook the obvious. Read on to find out more.

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How Does A Diesel Fuel Pump Meet ATEX Compliance & Certification?

In order to comply with the ATEX Directive a cabinet fuel pump, intended for use with diesel, must be ATEX certified as a complete unit. This can only be achieved by demonstrating the ability to manufacture the pump in accordance with EN13617-1.

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The Most Common Reasons For A Broken Fuel Transfer Pump

Fuel transfer pumps are reliable, but sometimes they do stop working. We have gathered a few quick solutions in this article to help troubleshoot any issues that may occur. Firstly, eliminate the simple solutions & don’t overlook the obvious. Read on to find out more.

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What Is UPP Pipework?

UPP pipework is a lightweight, flexible, non-metallic, above & below ground pipework system for oils, fuels & spirits, using the latest co-extrusion technology. UPP pipes black outer structural layer is a PE100 high density polyethylene, which is both puncture & rodent resistant. Its clear un-pigmented natural EVOH inner layer, which is seamlessly & permanently bonded to the structural layer providing you with a new level of protection & performance, with exceptional resistance to permeation also allows the EN14125 pipe to achieve an exceptional Class T1 temperature rating.

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Choosing The Right Spring For Your Angle Check Valve?

It is best practice to fit an angle check valve in the suction line on an above ground storage tank with a top outlet. The reasons for this are twofold: The first is to prevent the suction line from draining back into the tank & causing the connected pump to lose prime. The second is to prevent a syphon in the event of damage to the suction line, but this only works when the ACV is fitted with the correctly weighted spring.

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Fuel Contamination & Tips On How To Prevent It

Just like maintaining a vehicle, a fuel installation should be serviced in much the same way. The following points can all contribute to the contamination of good clean fuel supplied into bulk storage tanks. Fuel contaminated by water or dirt can lead to loss of efficiency, engine malfunctions & premature clogging of vehicle filter systems.

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Transport Managers Guide To Fuel Dispensing

There are basically three main questions to ask when choosing a fuel pump that is suitable for your needs: How fast do you want to refuel your vehicles? How accurately do you want to measure the fuel you use? Where is your fuel storage tank? We will cover each question in turn. Keep reading to find out what to look for when choosing a fuel pump.

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Flow Meters - What Are They & What Do They Do?

A flow meter is a device used to measure the flow rate or volume of a liquid or gas moving through a pipe. They may be referred to by different names such as flow gauge, flow indicator, liquid meter & more, but the function - to measure flow - is essentially the same.

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Do You Know What Is In Your Fuel?

Road diesel & gasoil now contain a percentage of bio-fuel (up to 7%). This provides an ideal breeding ground for diesel/gasoil bugs (Check out our article explaining diesel bug in more detail). Equipment failure can be down to bugs in these modern fuels. Problems with contaminated fuel inside storage tanks can cause pumps & vehicle filters to block, & in severe cases, vehicles can stop working causing downtime & hefty repair bills.

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Anti-Syphoning Valves

An anti-syphoning valve is designed to prevent the fuel in an above ground storage tank being lost as a result of syphoning action in the event of the leak in the pump suction line or from the pump itself. The anti-syphing valve remains closed, preventing any fuel passing along the suction line, until the pump is activated creating a suction which, in turn, opens the valve. When the pumping stops the anti-syphoning valve closes automatically.

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Why Use Fuel Additives?

Why use fuel additives? To solve a problem with your fuel or just to enhance the quality of the fuel you have (depending on the additive used). Why is this important? Fuel quality & fuel management is (or at least should be) a critical part of any business. The UK & Ireland also have fuel specifications that often put them at odds with standards used elsewhere.

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AdBlue® Spills & What To Do

AdBlue® is an aqueous urea solution used to help modern diesel engines reduce their NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions. As AdBlue® becomes more commonplace, there is a bigger potential for AdBlue® spills or leaks. Here are a few tips on how to deal with a potential spill, as well as potentially stop one from taking place.

AdBlue® is a trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA). 

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Spills From Nozzles, Meters Cracking & Pumps Leaking

Suction lines running between above ground fuel storage tanks & pump dispensers, can experience internal pressure build up as a result of an increase in temperature generated by their exposure to direct sunlight.  This issue becomes a greater problem during the warmer months. Read our TOP TIP about pressure relief for suction lines running from above ground fuel storage tanks.

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How to choose a tank gauge

A tank gauge is a piece of equipment used to measure the internal contents remaining in a tank (be it Diesel, AdBlue®, Petrol or other fluid). It gives a visual guide to the owner or user showing the remaining contents of a tank either digitally or via an analogue clock face.

AdBlue® is a trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA)

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What is AdBlue® Diesel Exhaust Fluid?

AdBlue® is the registered trademark for AUS32 (diesel exhaust fluid), and has become the solution of choice for diesel fleet operators working on cutting the concentration of mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the exhaust emissions of their vehicles, with many businesses having already installed AdBlue® tanks to their vehicles in an attempt to meet reduction requirements on the continent. AdBlue® is a trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA)

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Diesel Bug Explained

You may not have ever considered the possibility when running a diesel engine, but despite its volatile nature, this common fuel is a host for a bacterial threat to your fuel systems and to your vehicles’ diesel engines.

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What is a Fuel Transfer Pump?

As its name would suggest, the function of a fuel transfer pump is to transport fuel from the fuel tank to a vehicle or from one location to another. There is an array of uses for fuel transfer pumps, such as refuelling forklift trucks to larger commercial vehicles such as a bus or lorry, right up to large utility vehicles used on construction sites or quarries.

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