New MX Series Fuel Management System
The latest addition to the MX Series of depot fuelling equipment is the MX-M fuel management system. This is a fully weather proof stand-alone unit that can control access for up to four fuel pumps – or any other form of pump/dispensers, that have electronic pulse outputs.
The MX-M is in effect the fuelling point control system. It incorporates the user interface to access fuel, authenticate the vehicle and capture all the relevant details of every fuelling transaction. This data can be either polled automatically for online processing for use with Merridale FuelWorks web based reporting service or retrieved locally, for in-house processing using either the Merridale FuelFX or FuelSite reporting software.
Most operators are now choosing to use the Merridale web-based FuelWorks service which polls the transaction information from the fuelling point automatically. This information is collected together with current stock contents returns to provide users the option to view or download the reports they require. The system even incorporates a dashboard view which provides immediate reporting of current status. Multiple fuelling points can be incorporated under a central administration. Since this is a web service, this information is available continuously from any web browser facility.
Housed within a stainless steel enclosure, the MX-M unit can be either pedestal or wall mounted. Operators can specify different methods for user/vehicle authentication. Currently supported are Datakeys, Datatags Magnetic stripe cards, the Merridale vLink cable and a number of third party RFID devices. PIN and mileage (odometer) readings are entered using either a numeric or alpha-numeric keypad. The system can also be set to receive odometer readings wirelessly transmitted from on-board Merridale transponder devices interfaced to the vehicle engine management system.
Communications links for uploading transaction data include GPRS, GSM, Network Adaptors or simply a direct cable link. As an additional precaution against any interruption to communication, the MX-M unit has a storage capacity of up to 8,000 transactions held in non-volatile memory.