Accuracy & Precision
“Success relies on fuel level sensor precision”
Foremost, there are diesel fuel level sensors that are installed in 120G tanks that could reach a 20G margin of error. This happens because vehicle manufacturers put these devices in place to alert the driver when to refuel. At the same time, there are fuel sensors available that could reach 1G margin of error for the same tank. Usually the most advanced fuel level sensors provide ±1% margin of error.
Fuel Level Sensor Filtering
- Level inclination
- Hard turning
- Revving (Accelerating)
Fuel experiences high G forces. Consequently, those G forces generate fuel waves inside the tank. In order to avoid false draining alarms, fuel sensors that are chosen must provide advance electronics to leveled fuel volume. For instance, resistive fuel level sensors waving in a 120G tank would be around 20G.
To sum up, it is incorrect to use resistive fuel sensors to read fuel volume. if someone challenges this would have to use long averaging at software level. Indeed when this path is taken 10 to 15 minutes averaging have to be activated at software level, which will decrease the possibility to detect draining. A High precision fuel control system usually provide fuel volume every 20 seconds in software without any averaging.
Furthermore you need to asure that the sensor chosen measures the whole tank. In fact there are many fuel level sensors in the market that do not measure 10G at the bottom and or 15G at the top of the tank. This issue is normally found in all fuel level sensors provided by vehicle manufacturers. To test it out refill the vehicle, drive 10 miles and observe that the gauge has not changed
This issue is well known as “top dead zone” and or “bottom dead zone”. This behavior is usually derived from a type of buoy.
Consequently fuel level sensors with dead zones will not afford any savings, as a result of 12G draining being undetected while tank is full.
Unfortunately many providers try resolving this by using extenders, however extenders will cause more waiving and additional maintenance costs.
Fuel Level Sensor Mean Time Between Failures
Ex Proof Fuel Level Sensors
All companies operating in areas subject to EXPLOSION will require CERTIFIED EX PROOF fuel level sensors. if this is the case of course you must include this in the buying criteria. Also some companies with high volume tanks will require CERTIFIED EX PROOF fuel level sensors.
Manufacturers achieve the certification in two ways:
(1) Using electronic components working in such low voltages to assure sparks won’t be generated.
(2) Electrical and electronic components working at 12V/24V will be able to produce sparks, but those components are fully isolated from the environment.
Additionally, if you have large tanks you need a software capable of reporting fuel in them and simultaneously in the vehicles.
Furthermore, you will need sensors capable of reaching 2 to 3 meters.
Therefore, if you purchase 10,000G you could be certain that those will be dispatched to your tank. will On top of that you will be able to track how much fuel was transferred from the tank pinpointing the vehicle, machine and or ship.
When fuel is not transferred to unauthorized recipients profit will be positively impacted.
Indubitably it is critical for you to conduct business with a provider with this capability.
To sum up, using two different softwares will have a negative impact in tracking fuel in vehicles as well as large tanks.
Turn Key Solution
Once the system is installed, having a software that integrates into one screen all relevant information would make it much more practical.
In fact your team will value seeing the following variables one screen:
- Fuel Volume
With these 4 variables it will be possible to quickly identify: draining, refueling, stolen accumulators, and overconsumption.
Lastly, installing a fuel level sensors can be time consuming. After that output begins it can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. If you have chosen fuel sensors that do not require periodic calibrations, then maintenance will not be needed.
- Support to identify unauthorized behaviors
- Time response
Conclusions on How to Select a Fuel Level Sensor
In essence if you follow these 7 criteria you will end up using Fuel Level Sensors that identify:
Fillings lower than expected
Gas stations with tampered meters
Drop by Drop Draining
Finally, we invite you to evaluate these 7 criteria on Resistive Fuel Level Sensors, Ultrasonic Fuel Level Sensors, CAN bus Fuel Sensors and High Precision Fuel Level Sensors so you can find the best technology for your needs.
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