Fuel Management

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What Is It?

Fuel is the lifeline of any operation. Without it, equipment won’t run and production can’t happen. 

Fuel is one of the most important consumables to a mine operation and effectively managing its delivery, security, inventory and usage requires purpose-built systems designed for efficient and informative fuel monitoring. Fuel management systems for mining and heavy industry typically use robust hardware that can handle remote and harsh environments and purpose-built software for live reporting, administration and data analysis. Fuel management systems are used to support operations in monitoring fuel spend and fuel consumption, reducing fraud and fuel theft, and to improve control and management on their hydrocarbon data.

Fuel Management

How Does It Work?

A comprehensive fuel and oil management system gives mines around-the-clock access to monitor and control fuel utilisation, deliveries, transfers, and storage through a convenient central web application. Field measurement and control hardware captures and transmits transaction and storage data, ensuring that fuel and oils are only dispensed to authorised equipment items as identified by PIN or RFID tag with optional user authentication. With web browser access to fuel data in real-time, users can monitor storage levels, transactions, records, alarms and errors. Robust reporting and data can be exported to 3rd party systems or exported to excel for further analysis. Customisable access permissions can be shared with fuel vendor suppliers so they can assist in inventory management.

Why Does It Matter?

Ramjack delivers purpose-built fuel management applications for both underground and surface operations.

There are a number of ways a fuel management system will deliver more than just ROI – here are some of the most important reasons the Ramjack team considers when recommending a fuel management system implementation to our valued customers:

  • Delivery Security – identify, validate, and authorise any fuel deliveries, and capture volume
  • Dispense security – authenticate equipment and users; limit dispense volumes and locations, prevent overfill
  • Vendor or Site Inventory Management – real time snapshots of current inventory levels, consumption history along with customisable alarms
  • Accounting and Reporting – Correctly allocating and accounting fuel and oil costs across a large mine site or collection of mines is simplified
  • Maintenance Scheduling – automatically capture engine hours to calculate fuel and oil burn rates, as well as schedule maintenance tasks
  • Claiming Tax Credits – some federal governments offer significant tax credits for the usage of diesel fuel, representing millions of dollars per year per site
  • Environmental Compliance – A fully reconcilable fuel management system streamlines adhering to federal reporting requirements
  • Process improvement – Because fuel is one of the largest operational expenses, identifying opportunities for efficiency is critical, as well as measuring results with raw data