Can Tank Monitoring and Route Optimization Really Impact Your Bottom Line?


If your business depends upon tank monitoring and distribution of bulk liquids to remote storage tanks of any kind, you could be wasting significant resources on inefficient fleet operations, time and energy, and paying higher personnel and fuel costs. Worse, you could be missing an opportunity to make your business more efficient and competitive in today’s tough economy.

Monitoring remote tank locations and their levels takes time, personnel and money. Sending workers to remote tank locations to make manual readings reduces the efficiency of your business operations. If your staff and managers don’t already know the status of your tanks before your trucks leave your facility, how do you know they have the right products in the right amounts to service the tanks when they arrive at the remote location? Not having this data could mean that you send personnel, trucks and deliveries out needlessly, or leaves your business unprepared to deal with an emergency at a customer site.

Efficient fleet operations are only part of this picture. No matter what you store in your tanks, you need to know what’s going on with them around the clock. Now more than ever before, it’s imperative to verify the integrity of your tanks at all times, ensure the correct products and product quantities are delivered into tanks, and your competitors are not servicing your tanks.


What’s Driving The Need For Reliable Tank Data?

In a tough economy, your business needs to exploit every competitive advantage. Consider these important questions:

  • What will be the impact on your bulk deliveries when fuel costs rise?
  • When you can’t afford to hire additional personnel, how can you make the most of the staff you have without compromising your business operations?
  • How do emergency deliveries impact your operations?
  • What would be the effect of increasing your average delivery quantity?
  • How precisely can you measure losses from your tanks?
  • Do you always know when tanks do (and don’t) need to be evacuated or refilled?
  • How many unnecessary trips did your bulk delivery crews make last month? Last year?
  • How much does each bulk delivery cost your business?
  • What is the cost of taking a manual reading?
  • Would you benefit by having your delivery trucks return empty?
  • Can you reduce costs by reducing the number of miles your delivery trucks drive?
  • Have you thought about how you can eliminate stops?
  • How much money would you save on operations if you could reliably increase your fleet efficiency by 30% or more?

If you can’t answer these questions, you may be missing a critical opportunity to improve the efficiency, security and integrity of your bulk deliveries and tank operations. You need digital technology to help make intelligent business decisions and reduce your costs.


The Right Solution Can Make The Difference

For businesses that depend upon distribution of bulk products to remote storage tanks, having the right information when and where you need it can help you increase your operational efficiency, reduce costs, save time, increase the security of your business and give
you the edge! A robust, affordable and accurate remote tank monitoring solution can change the way you make business decisions. With accurate tank data, you know exactly when to schedule bulk deliveries and what tank levels are, so you’ll know the precise quantities you’ll need to refill remote tanks. You can monitor tank conditions 24 hours a day, and address problems immediately when they arise.

You can reroute trucks with the exact quantities, and bring your trucks home at end of day with no excess product remaining. You’ll also save on valuable staff time, fuel and expenses associated with monitoring and tank readings, and eliminate unnecessary stops. A remote tank monitoring solution must be flexible enough to work anywhere, even in areas where access to electrical power and communications networks is limited. The solution must also be able to work with a wide variety of tanks and tank environments. Further, a remote monitoring solution must report critical tank data reliably and accurately, around the clock. The remote monitoring system must also be highly cost-effective in order to help your business realize the benefits of remote monitoring.

With a capable remote monitoring solution in place, you can expect to see a significant reduction in the cost of monitoring the condition of your remote tanks. Your remote monitoring system will also reduce the staff effort needed to run your business. This is especially helpful for organizations that are already short-staffed, or that need to maximize the use of their trained technical personnel.

A remote monitoring solution can provide up-to-the minute data on tank status and tank level data, which in turn can help your business optimize the frequency of scheduled tank visits, reduce the number of unplanned or emergency stops, reduce the amount of fuel your organization uses to complete tank readings and reduce the number of miles your organization logs on its service fleet vehicles. Further, a remote monitoring solution can improve sales efficiency and help you offer customized servicing solutions to your customers.

When these benefits combine, you can see a return on your investment in as little as 12 months!


To learn more about remote tank monitoring, download our iTank whitepaper today.

Author: tmckay

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