Filling up: How to Know if the Meter Is Reading Correctly

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Are your tank trucks delivering the right amount of gasoline? Could your meter reading not be correct? To prevent improper fuel transmission that leads to fines or shutting down equipment, learn how to know if a meter is reading correctly.

What Are Displacement Flow Meters?

Positive displacement flow meters are liquid measuring devices that maintain precise measurements over long periods. This technology is the most accurate fluid flow measurement. The displacement meter measures the amount of fluid passing through by trapping pockets of liquid gasoline between rotating parts within an internal chamber. These flow meters directly convert volume to rotational output.

Accurately measuring displacement flow is a critical step in determining the amount of fuel bought and sold. If your meter is not calibrated correctly, you could either be losing money by dispensing too much fuel or face fines if found to be dispensing less than it should.

If you have chosen the proper displacement flow meter and calibrated it correctly, you can rely on highly accurate readings. Flow meters are also very easy to maintain. When used to measure oil, flow meters require almost no maintenance but should still be serviced periodically.

Could Your Meter Reading Not Be Correct?

Yes, even a well-maintained meter can become faulty. A fuel delivery truck serves little purpose if it does not have proper dispensing equipment. To ensure accurate readings, flow rate equipment goes through a meter proving test that measures the actual fuel volume being delivered compared to the measured volume of fuel. Periodically monitoring your meter with proving services will ensure correct readings and avoid any downtime due to repairs or failed inspections.

A staff of inspectors performs unannounced annual inspections of all liquefied gas meters. These inspectors act as a third-party to protect consumers, businesses, and manufacturers from unfair practices and ensure a fair marketplace. Weights and measures legislation exists to deter bad faith dispensing. Fines and penalties are frequently assessed to a company that uses meters that are not in compliance.

A reputable company can check your meter for accuracy and will often be more strict than state regulations. Dispensing the improper amount of fuel is a costly problem, emphasizing the importance of accuracy. If a meter is tested and found to be out of compliance, it may be taken out of service. Equipment taken out of service is called red-tagged and cannot be used until a registered agent fixes the problem.

Connect with the experts at White Tank to prevent volume discrepancies. Our services will prepare your fuel tanks for inspections and improve accuracy.

Full-Service Truck Maintenance Solutions Keep You Filling

Keeping your tanker truck up to meter flow standards is just the beginning of truck maintenance. A variety of services should be used to keep your truck running smoothly and looking its best. Regular repairs and service minimize safety risk and compliance issues.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance plans help detect issues with your truck before they turn into costly repairs or replacements. An annual maintenance inspection covers a full examination of the following interior and exterior parts:

  • Brakes
  • Head and brake lamps
  • Couple devices
  • Exhaust system
  • Emergency exits
  • Frame
  • Fuel system
  • Cargo securement
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Many more parts

Blower Services

Have the tolerances checked to determine the condition of your truck’s blower. The most important aspects of a blower operating properly are rotor timing and truck mounting. Rotor timing is a determining factor in both efficiency and lifespan. Truck mounting ensures shaft operation and proper blower speed.

Tank Repairs

Tanks can require welding that can range from bolster replacements to filling gouges and holes. Shell and subframe repairs and replacements are available when necessary. Don’t let a faulty tank keep your truck off the road.

Tank Wash

If your tank carries food grade cargo, maintaining cleanliness standards is a must. A high-pressure spinner system flushes solids and removes odors from your tank, leaving it ready for its next load. Your clients appreciate a clean tank, and hoses are free of build-up. Delivering the highest quality cargo is your number one job.

White Tank Truck Services Keep You on the Road

White Tank & Truck Repair is fully committed to preserving the condition of your tank trucks. We pride ourselves on serving our customers with the highest quality repairs and services. Contact us today to find out how we can improve every aspect of your truck.