LPG Distribution savings

06 June 2009
As the price of fuel goes up then so does the cost of lpg tanker driverdistributing products. Using telemetry to remotely monitor how much is in a customers tank helps reduce the cost of distribution. The Metron ATEX uses the cellular network and is battery powered so installation is very quick and low skilled. The latest manufacturing techniques and components provides effective and reliable hardware. GPRS communications ensures the lowest operating costs. 

 

The Metron ATEX transmits the tank level reading normally every day. Back at HQ planners use this data to optimize deliveries, typically saving 30% on costs. This not only helps the distributor save significant amounts of money but helps the environment too. A fleet of 70 tankers can save 4.4 million Kg of CO2 per year.

 

Low cost and reliability are key factors in LPG sector where the technical challenges are great. LPG is highly flammable so the METRON ATEX needs to be approved to cope with such conditions. This presents technical challenges as the device cannot create a spark, even under fault conditions, but a lot of power is needed to communicate. With intelligent battery management, the Metron ATEX has a long battery life, low communication costs, maximum signal strength and low temperature operation. The Metron ATEX was introduced in the summer of 2008 and already a pilot scheme with a major petrochemical company has been completed. The scheme paid for itself within the first three months, and has led to the further orders already. It has been such a success that it has been presented to the GLOBAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE FORUM as a model to help reduce costs and reduce the environmental impact of logistics. There are other benefits as well as the very visible logistics savings, with improved customer satisfaction leading to better customer retention, fewer customers running out of fuel, fewer panic deliveries, less overtime, as well as customers using more fuel.

 

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