Scheidt & Bachmann makes unmanned petrol stations profitable
Scheidt & Bachmann has a solution that allows service station operators to run their service station without on-site staff whilst at the same time fulfilling all legal requirements. The so-called “Emergency Cabinet” replaces the on-site security staff. Equipped with an emergency button, intercom, fire-extinguisher and a first aid kit, it is ready to provide help and to switch off the power on the station if necessary. S&B has applied for a patent for the technology involved.
The first service station of this type is also equipped with Scheidt & Bachmann Clou dispensers, with integrated card processing and multimedia displays. A new function is the dispenser release through a remote operator who monitors each dispenser fuelling point via a remotely operated camera system. The refuelling process only begins when the remote-operator releases the dispenser. Two requirements have to be fulfilled before a dispenser is released for refuelling: 1. It is obvious that a vehicle is to be refuelled, and 2. The nozzle is already inserted in the filler neck. If this is not the case, the remote-operator can refuse the refuelling process. This is shown on the monitor of the dispenser for the customer. Additionally, it is possible to establish direct contact with the customer via intercom. The remote-operate can monitor several stations using this remote system.
Another new product is the so-called “Driver Controlled Delivery” DCD System. This new module is part of the Scheidt & Bachmann Network Management System NMS. It allows the Wet Stock Manager not only to monitor the current filling levels, but also to define how much fuel of each grade should be refilled with the next delivery. The tanker driver receives a delivery number that is assigned to the planning. Using his authorization card at any one of the dispensers, the driver can see the current fuel levels and, after typing in the delivery number, he receives information on the amount of fuel he has to deliver. After the delivery he can see the new fuel levels and can print out a receipt.
For a detailed Wet Stock analysis the Leighton O’ Brian wetstock analysis system, which will be managed by Suresite, has been successfully integrated with S&B’s NMS. This provides Harvest Energy with considerable advantages over the completion. Harvest Energy currently supplies 120 service stations. The programme going forward is not just one of converting existing Harvest Energy sites; Harvest Energy are exploring a variety of opportunities as sites become available on the wider market. Another station is planned for mid-June.
Also read an article on this project on forecourttrader.co.uk