REAL-TIME FUEL INVENTORY MONITORING
DATA CAPTURING SYSTEM COMMISSIONING
Management Summary General
The knowledge of the quantity of stored Storage of fuel in military based Bulk Fuel
fuel is essential for the commercial and Installation (BFI) is usually carried out in
technical operation of bulk fuel farms to ﬂexible, collapsible tanks, shortly named
optimize logistical processes and bladder tanks.
utilization of capacities. Till now, the acquisition of stock
The automated Inventory Monitoring quantities in BFI is based on a manual
System is an excellent solution for real dipping by using dip sticks with manual
time monitoring of fuel stocks in theatre data input for inventory management and
as a basis for a reliable fuel supply-chain accounting which is very inaccurate,
management: delivers the stock only at a given moment
and needs a long time to be processed.
- To acquire detailed and reliable The solution to get more detailed and up
information about the fuel stock with to date information about the fuel stock in
an accuracy of ± 1.0 %, a BFI is our automated Inventory
Monitoring System for continuous data
- To receive real time information with capturing and display of bulk fuel
data transmission e.g. via satellite quantities in bladder tanks.
- To obtain visualization of the
Inventory Management Highest Accuracy
The Inventory Monitoring System can beintegrated To ensure highest accuracy it is recommended to calibrate
in all state-of-the-art Inventory Management Systems. each bladder tank individually.
Bladder tanks are typically delivered by the manufacturer with
Data Capturing a standard strapping chart. This chart is based on ideal
installation conditions. Under real conditions these
The data capturing for bladder tanks is based on a Radar Tank Gauging System inaccuracies can be compensated by means of our automated
measuring continuously the product level. Calibration System.
The radar sensor is mounted on a traverse directly above the longitudinal axis With our robust Calibration Unit designed for harsh
of the bladder. With the aluminum travers system a maximum span of 17 m can environment each bladder tank can be calibrated individually
be implemented so as to achieve an accuracy of considerably below ± 1.0 %.
In order to compensate for volume changes due to thermal inﬂuences the
temperature of the medium is measured by a temperature sensor. Components
The sensors are connected to a display unit and a Data Communication Unit
collecting the data per tank and acting as interface for local visualization and Inventory Monitoring Intelligence: The Inventory Monitoring Software module is the
for data transmission to the Logistic Control Department / Headquarter e.g. via intelligent stand-alone monitoring solution and acts as interface to Inventory
a satellite communication system. Management System.
The real-time transmitted data are displayed at ambient temperature and Radar Sensor: The Radar Sensor is measuring the fuel level directly through the hull of
converted to standard Liter 15°C and available for any further evaluation. the bladder tank so as the system is independent from the type of bladder.
The captured data can activate overﬁll prevention devices and are the basis for Temperature Measurement Device: A Temperature Sensor for compensation of
logistic fuel ordering procedures within a reliable fuel supply chain temperature e ects is delivered as pre-installed unit with an adaptor for easy installation
management. inside the bladder tank.
Display Unit: For local indication of level and temperature the system is equipped with a
PATENT INFORMATION Display Unit.
GERMANY PATENT: Data Communication Unit: The Data Communication Unit is the interface between the
Patentschrift: DE 195 42 890 C1 ﬁeld sensors collecting the data and the database.
Calibration Unit: The Calibration System contains the robust Calibration Unit and the
US PATENT: intelligent Calibration Software.
Patent no.: 12/964,329 Truss System: The system can be manufactured locally or provided as part of the overall
Inventory Monitoring package.
Option: Density Measuring A Density Measuring Device can be integrated to assess fuel
quality and further increase accuracy with conversion into the standard Liter 15°C.
Documentation Package: The Inventory Monitoring System includes:
(Measurement Description / Installation & Operation Manual / Commissioning Guide)
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