Pedestals Stall Installs: How Integrated Fuel Controls Save Money and Man-Hours During Installation

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Pedestals Stall Installs: How Integrated Fuel Controls Save Money and Man-Hours During Installation

Integrated fuel controls save a commercial fueling business time and money from day one. Traditional commercial forecourts usually feature pedestals that can produce challenges with installation, primarily laying cable/wire to connect dispensers with pedestals.

Here’s how it all breaks down:

A typical pedestal controller will take 16 to 24 man-hours to install. This involves running conduit, pulling wire, mounting the pedestal, etc. Installation materials include conduit, wiring, explosion proof electrical fittings and connectors and can cost up to $500 per pedestal. At installations with integrated fuel controls and dispensers, installers avoid $1,500 to $3,000 on average per pedestal.

Ensuring communication between dispensers and fuel controllers can be challenging. Commercial dispensers have several different means of communication including RS485, pulse output and current loop. Fuel controllers have mechanical and electrical pump interfaces. Understanding what dispenser communication goes with what pump interface on the fuel controller is not always apparent. A common mistake among installers is to connect the wrong dispenser to the fuel controller which can result in extra site trips, extended installation time, and additional equipment cost. In contrast, the dispensers with integrated fuel controls are much easier to quote, order, and install because the fuel controller is built into the dispenser.

Dispensers with integrated fuel controls are usually easier to troubleshoot. At sites with separate dispensers and fuel controllers, technicians sometimes are not able to determine if problems are with the dispenser or the fuel controller or both. In many instances, technicians find themselves contacting multiple support centers to solve problems. With Atlas PRIME, Gasboy Technical Support can troubleshoot the dispenser, fuel controls and fuel management holistically.

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