What does your fuel management system look like when you open the cover? Does it look like a PC gone wild? Lots of PC boards and interconnecting cables? What a nightmare! This design makes it difficult to install, start-up, repair and upgrade the fuel management system. There must be a better way.
1. Hardware Installation
That tangle of wires and connectors makes the system a horror show to install. Oops, accidently dislodged a cable during installation. Now where does it go?
To install a modular designed system is too easy. The modular design eliminates most interconnecting cables resulting in a clean, intuitive, clearly labeled interface. You need to connect:
- System power
- An input for each pump
- An output for each pump
- A communication connection
Every module and connector should be clearly labeled. All connections should be made through easy to use plug-in connectors. The only tool you should need for installation is a small screwdriver.
Many systems require a long tedious start-up procedure. The communication has to be configured, the system components enabled, the system calibrated and on and on.
A well designed modular system will recognize and automatically configure itself for the installed modules. There are only two additional things required for start-up. First, the pulser input needs to be calibrated. This should be accomplished by either entering the pulse rate (k factor) into a pull-down menu or by performing a calibrated dispense. Secondly, communication with the internet needs to be established so the user data can automatically sync from the cloud.
3. System Upgrade
To upgrade or add functionality to most systems you need to disconnect interconnecting cables and replace boards or components.
A modular designed system with click-in click-out design makes maintenance a snap. Each module is clearly labeled as to the function it performs. Have a communication problem or want to change your communications pathway? Unplug the installed module and plug in a replacement. Configure the applicable communication protocols, if any. Done, you don’t even need to turn off the power.
Want to add another pump? Plug in a module and connect the pump input and output. In this case the pulser will need to be calibrated and the pump enabled through the web interface.
Where to begin? Everything is interconnected and there is no intuitive way to know how to isolate the problem.
In a modular designed system, swap or replace the clearly labeled modules. If the problem persists or hasn’t been isolated, check the event log. The log will allow the problem to be rapidly pinpointed and a solution found. If there is a firmware problem, the firmware should be able to be reloaded or updated via the internet or a front panel USB connector.
Only Fluid Management Technology offers a fully modular designed fuel management system. Once you install a Smart Fill Fluid Management System you will never want to install any other system. The ease and convenience of installation, start-up and support are second to none.