automatic tank gauge (ATG) is an electronic device, whose function is to monitor the fuel level in the tank over a period of time to see if the tank is leaking. It can also tell the facility operator what is going on inside the tank (e.g: fuel level, volume and temperature, water level and volume, high and low fuel level warnings).
Other features can be added to the ATG so that it can perform useful functions such as monitoring the interstitial spaces in tanks and piping, monitoring pressurized piping, or communicating remotely.
With Automatic Tank Gauging (ATG) technologies, heavy machine operators can manage their fuel stock prudently and minimize contamination.
Like any industry that relies heavily on both mobile and fixed machinery, the control and monitoring of fuel consumption is an important aspect of the business. In the fuel-intensive operations, stock management challenges always arise. These include quantifying precise fuel consumption, gaining clarity on remaining stocks, detecting accidental fuel contamination, etc. Handily, Automatic Tank Gauging (ATG) technology, simplifies what is always a convoluted task when carried out using conventional (dipstick) method of measurement.
The unreliability of dipstick measurement
Conventional (dipstick) method of measuring fuel stocks are susceptible to inaccuracies due to its reliance on the skill of persons making comparisons.
Additionally, the daily opening of storage facilities to account for stocks could contaminate fuel, which can cause serious asset damage – modern diesel engines cannot tolerate bad quality or water contaminated fuel.
Automatic Tank Gauging systems
Considering the benefits they offer in comparison with dipstick measurement, Automatic Tank Gauging (ATG) systems should be an integral part of an organization’s fuel supply chain management.
ATG systems form the backbone of the reconciliation process by ensuring that product losses are minimized, and that stocks are accounted for and reconciled by shift, day or even hourly if required.
The ATG system employs various methods and technologies to monitor and track fuel inventories, purchases, deliveries and consumption. This information is then stored and managed in a central system where specialized software uses the data to deliver real-time information and generate reports that can help management make informed decisions.
Tank levels can be read centrally at the procurement office, eliminating the need for people to drive across the operations to obtain tank levels using manual dipping methods.
ATG systems can also be configured to automatically send out warnings when certain levels have been reached. This includes low level and delivery needed warnings. When the procurement team receives such notices, they can automatically place the required orders with the Oil Company to deliver.
Post time: Jul-27-2019