Terry Ashwin invented the Unifuel system in 1989
The ‘controller is situated at the pumps, This unit accepts the RF transmission from the BUTTON and identifies the vehicles. The unit compares driver pin codes allocated to the vehicles and allows access to the fuel (by switching the pumps on and off after a predetermined procedure has been followed), The controller has a sixteen character keyboard for input information and a LC,D, backlight display. The unit is made of #304 stainless steel.
Unifuel – System Overview
Every fleet operator is aware of the problems associated with fuel misuse. The time has arrived for a superior fuel management system. Computer technology has allowed us to design a unique fuel control system that gives fleet operators total control over fuel usage. Unifuel provides fleet owners with direct access to detailed reports.
Unifuel accurately records data pertaining to the vehicles’ identity, the drivers’ identity, the amount of fuel dispensed, time and date, the type of fuel and the kilometers travelled.
Vehicle driver Information Is captured either via the portable reader/reporter computer unit or an IBM compatible PC. This information is then downloaded to the Unifuel pump controller unit. Fleet vehicles are fitted with an electronic button mounted on the dashboard.
A Unifuel pump controller unit is installed alongside the fuel pumps on the pump island. When the electronic button on the dashboard is depressed a coded Signal is transmitted. The controller unit receives and identifies the vehicle, requests the drivers pin number and awaits for the number entry. If the pin number is valid, the controller unit will request the driver to enter the vehicles current odometer reading. The driver then selects a pump which is now ready to dispense fuel. On completion of refueling the controller unit has recorded the date, time, vehicle, driver, odometer reading and the amount of fuel dispensed.
Management can now identify problem areas at a glance. Immediate action can be taken to ensure that the fleet is running at optimum performance and discrepancies can be queried and rectified without further losses. Vehicles or drivers using excessive fuel can be identified and specific driver and vehicle performance monitored. Illegal usage of fuel after hours can be eliminated by coding in restrictive data to the controller unit. The Unifuel monitoring system is easily operated by the driver at any time thus eliminating the necessity for a pump attendant.
The data collected by the controller unit can be extracted by the reader/reporter unit at any time. Within a few seconds the information is downloaded into the portable reader/reporter unit and is now ready for management to configure a wide selection of reports. By linking up the portable unit to a PC the information can be downloaded to the PC. A number of reports can now be generated using standard software packages (e.g. Lotus, dBase).
Optional System Features