Fuel tank monitoring systems deliver information on fuel level measurements, fuel volume fill-ups, fuel draining volumes, and various other parameters. This is especially useful for equipment that consumes large amounts of fuel, such as large trucks, agricultural and construction equipment, railroad machinery, and more.
Proform Group Inc. is a leading manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of fuel tanks and fuel system modules. We rely on more than 20 years of experience to deliver aftermarket solutions to various sectors and maintain a U.S. DOT and ISO 9001 certification. Understanding what the fuel tank and fuel tank monitoring system do and when a replacement may be necessary will help you determine if an aftermarket fuel tank system is the right solution for you.
What Is a Fuel Tank & How Does It Work?
The fuel tank is mounted on the bottom rear of most vehicles and is responsible for storing fuel for the engine. It is a primary component of the vehicle’s fuel delivery system and evaporative emission control system. Fuel enters the tank through its fill spout, which is attached to the filler neck equipped with a release valve or check valve. This allows the fuel entering the tank to replace any air within the tank.
When the tank is full, that means that no air remains, which sends a signal to the gas station pump to stop sending fuel. A mechanical float within the fuel tank will read the fuel level and adjust as the fuel is sucked from the tank via the fuel pump.
Fuel Tank Monitoring System Explained
Fuel tank monitoring systems measure the level of fluid within a fuel storage tank. The monitoring system transmits fuel level information to a host database that allows the fuel tank levels to be remotely viewed and managed. Remote fuel management can improve operational efficiency and reduce the cost of distribution and storage.
The fuel tank relies on embedded sensors to determine the fuel amount in the tank. Along with the sensors, various other devices are often used to determine variables such as pressure, temperature, and other aspects you may need to monitor. The second stage of fuel tank monitoring systems is the sending unit, which is responsible for actively monitoring a specified set of parameters.
How Often Do Fuel Tanks Need to Be Replaced?
All fuel tanks eventually need replacement, and the failure rate typically depends on factors such as environmental conditions and the age of the vehicle. The following environmental conditions can result in a faster failure rate due to the corrosion of the metal gas tank:
- Exposure to deep water
- Sand or salt exposure
- Humid air
- Extreme temperature fluctuations
Modern plastic fuel tanks eliminate the risk of corrosion, but many emission components, such as the return lines and vent, can fail and require complete fuel tank replacement. One of the biggest benefits of fuel tank monitoring systems is their ability to detect issues and relay the appropriate indicators. If your monitoring system is showing signs of fuel tank failure, it may be time to replace it with a quality aftermarket fuel tank from Proform.
Aftermarket & Replacement Fuel Tanks From Proform Group Inc.
Fuel tank monitoring systems offer a reliable way to measure fuel tank parameters and indicate when there may be an issue. When your monitoring system is sensing problems, it may be time to look into replacing your fuel tank. At Proform Group, we manufacture and offer our own brand of aluminized steel and aluminum aftermarket fuel tanks.
With our extensive in-house capabilities, we can provide fuel tanks with a variety of finishing options, including polishing, acid etching, powder coating, and chemical agent-resistant coating (CARC). Our aftermarket fuel tanks are available as a replacement for numerous brands, including Freightliner, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, and Mack. For more information about our aftermarket and replacement fuel tanks, contact Proform today.