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Truck Terminals

Zero Downtime

A major oil company that manages 43 marketing terminals east of the Rocky Mountains commissioned Varec to replace their existing terminal automation software systems. Tanker trucks arrive at these terminals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to pick up and unload products. Many of these terminals operate unmanned outside of normal business hours. Varec’s terminal automation solution now manages this process and provides inventory management, truck rack automation, access control (including TWIC support), order entry, transaction management, allocation control and inventory reconciliation. Our customer was highly impressed with trouble free deployment and zero downtime at each terminal.

Replace Legacy Systems

An international airport in the southern U.S. that serves approximately 9.1 million passengers per year was experiencing operational issues with their existing legacy system in the tank farm. We integrated 14 presets for loading and 2 presets for off-loading for Jet A, MOGAS, Diesel and Glycol. The existing Enraf tank gauge system was replaced with Varec magnetostrictive gauges. An 8130 Remote Terminal Unit provided tank data to an existing graphics system via a PLC. All load rack tickets are now imported seamlessly into FuelsManager Aviation for accounting and reconciliation.

Rail Terminals

Biodiesel Handling

A family owned petroleum distribution company operates one of the largest heated storage facilities for asphalt and fuel on the U.S. West Coast. In addition to managing all loading and unloading operations at this busy terminal, FuelsManager Oil & Gas Terminal Automation Edition integrated seamlessly with the injection blending system for dye, lubrication and conductivity additives - an important requirement for handling biodiesel, thus allowing the terminal to the meet increasing demand for biodiesel in the region.

Load Rack Engineering

A logistics company operating a global network of terminals selected Varec to provide four truck loading skids for one of their newest Greenfield terminals, located in the Port of Newcastle in central New South Wales — Australia’s largest coal export port and the gateway to the coal rich Hunter Valley. Each skid contained all the measurement and control instrumentation required for efficient loading and off-loading. Varec personnel managed the end-to-end solution, including engineering, manufacturing, and project management and commissioning. The system was delivered on schedule and in time for the official opening.

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Airport Fuel Terminals

Airport Fuel Trucks and GSE

Upstate New York's busiest international airport runs FuelsManager for aviation fueling, terminal automation, and tank gauging for bulk fuel storage. It is integrated to presets at the local and remote truck loading racks and it interfaces to the 3rd party GSE vehicle fueling system to capture daily MOGAS transactions. Varec supplied a tank gauging solution of servo tank gauges and float and tape tank gauges, with high level alarms integrated into a PLC. Operators can now accurately manage bulk fuel storage, and account for and reconcile fuel usage across the entire airport.

Sales Order Interface

A major U.S. oil company operates a fertilizer terminal in the busy northeastern corridor. The terminal loads trucks by mass/weight via two load stations. FuelsManager interfaces to a legacy sales order system developed by the oil company themselves. Part of this integration involved creating a unique interface for importing and automatically creating 3rd party sales orders, removing the need for manual entry into the existing system. Varec high accuracy servo gauges were also installed to improve overall tank inventory management.

Marine Terminals

Remote Locations

A storage terminal located at the mouth of the Panama Canal, a key conduit for international trade, operates FuelsManager for terminal operations. The solution involves integrating a remote load rack 3km away from the control room, using a secure wireless system to traverse mountainous terrain. The automation system validates load information, tracks authorized product recipes and stores all transaction related data for loading operations. Users perform meter and inventory reconciliation daily to ensure all product is accounted for.

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