How to Ensure Your Gas Station Success With Adequate Forecourt Maintenance

April 16, 2019, EDITOR’S UPDATE:  The graphic incorrectly states there are 10,700 gas station in the United States when there are about 168,000 and of them, about 126,658 are convenience stores that sell gas.  We apologize for this gross error and thank Pedro De Jesus for bringing it to our attention.

If you are looking for the smooth flow of operations at your gas station then make sure the forecourt of the station receives the appropriate amount of maintenance.

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Take Good Care of Your Gas Station’s Forecourt Canopy

Although, gas station canopies are designed for durability and can last for decades, if not maintained properly, they can fail prematurely and cost you thousands of dollars in replacement. Learn how to take good care of your fueling canopy and avoid major accidents at your gas station by following these exclusive tips from John W. Kennedy Company: Continue reading

Franklin Fueling Sets an Industry First with Their Let’s Be Frank Podcasts!

Let's Be Frank with Kali Kinziger

 

Franklin Fueling Sets An Industry First With Weekly, Let’s Be Frank podcasts!

Hosted by Kali Kinziger, Let’s Be Frank podcasts are perfect to introduce newbies to the petroleum equipment industry; from the latest products, new technology, install and maintenance tips and tricks to brushing up on the latest industry trends.

 

 

 


How To Hear Let’s Be Frank Podcasts:

  1. Directly on the Let’s Be Frank Website – befrank.ffspro.com
  2. Apple Podcasts –  Search “Franklin Fueling Systems”
  3. Spotify – Search “Let’s Be Frank” or Franklin Fueling Systems

 

 

Let's Be Frank Episode 1: Cable Tight

EPISODE 1: CABLE TIGHT

In the premier episode Kali talks with Allan Busch, Franklin Fueling Systems Piping and Containment and Wire Management Systems Product Manager as to how Cable Tight™ is changing the game for electrical and data wire conduit and what people have to say about the electrofusion welding process.

 

 

 

 

Let's Be Frank Episode 2:

EPISODE 2: DEFENDER SERIES

In episode two, Kali sits down with Nicole Keppy, Franklin Fueling Systems Service Station Hardware Product Manager to chat about how spill containment and overfill prevention valves (OPV) work and what the new UST regulations mean for your existing equipment.

 

 

 

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UPDATED 3/19: How to Properly Clean Gilbarco Dispensers

Gilbarco Encore 700

JUST ADDED 3/18/2019: Gilbarco has just released a new document on how to properly clean your diuspensers. Download it here!

Every so often we get asked, “what’s the proper way to clean a dispenser?”  Like anything exposed to the elements, it is going to get dirty and using the improper cleaning techniques or cleaning agents could lead to further damage.    Just like washing your car will extend the luster and life of your vehicle, so will periodically cleaning your dispensers!

Technicians are not responsible to clean dispensers on service calls as this is typically a task that is performed by the station owner/manager.  But it is important that a technician recognize when improper cleaning agents and procedures being implemented by the station show the signs of chemical attack or damage so they can then inform the customer that their methods are doing more harm than good..

 

Gilbarco has put together a document, Proper Cleaning of Dispensers that you can view and download here.

View the full maintenance instructions from MDE-3893 Encore and Eclipse Owner’s Manual here.

It is always extremely important you follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures, replacement parts and cleaning agents to properly maintain your dispensers to keep them in the most optimal working condition and looking good!  Not only will it cut down on your repair expenses but proper maintenance and cleaning will in crease traffic to your location when it’s looking good and working like a charm.

You can also find and buy replacement parts for your Gilbarco Dispensers in our web store.

Whether you are looking to maintain your station or build one from the ground up, we carry a complete line of products from the top manufacturers in our industry. Thousands of products can be found online at johnwkennedyco.com and if you don’t find what you are looking for there, call us at 1.800.238.1225.

 

 

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Is Your Gas Station Prepared for the Storm Season?

The storm season is nearing. Is your gas station prepared?

From May 6 to May 12, 2018, the National Weather Service will be celebrating National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

It’s a weekly program held every year to educate people on how to better prepare themselves for a potential hurricane or land falling tropical storm.

So, is your gas station prepared for the upcoming storm season? Continue reading

FFS PRO TECH UPDATE – OPV Drop Tube Calculation

NEW FFS PRO E-Forms Available for Download!

FFS OPV Interactive Calculation Form

OPV Drop Tube Calculation

Franklin Fueling Systems has a new interactive and electronic version of the Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve Installation Worksheet that you can download here.  This worksheet can be downloaded and completed by typing values and calculations directly into the form. It does not automatically perform the calculations but does provide typical values in some of the fields that can be adjusted in accordance with local regulations.  You can then save the completed worksheet as a digital file or print it out for a clean and legible worksheet.

 

 

 

Defender Overfill Prevention Valve Inspection Guide & Checklist

STEP-BY-STEP INSPECTION GUIDE AND CHECKLIST

There is also a step-by-step inspection guide and checklist. The Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve allows inspection without removal from the tank as explained in the Tech Update you can download here.  Like the calculation worksheet, you can enter all the information directly into the form on the screen then print or save the file digitally.  Again, it will not automatically perform the required calculations necessary to complete the form.

 

 

You can find the Defender Series Overfill Prevention Valve, OPV Remote Testing & Roll Crimping Tools directly on our site:
Defender Series Overfill Prevention Valve

 

Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve : You will find the most common configuration on our site with others available. You can see a complete list of the current available choices here.

 

Defender OPV Remote Testing Tool

 

 

708-534-901 OPV Remote Testing Tool

Defender OPV Roll Crimping Tool

 

 

708-535-901 OPV Roll Crimping Tool

 

 

 

Franklin Fueling Systems provides you with the technical information you need to be efficient and accurate in the office or out in the field.  Be sure to visit the FFS PRO Univeristy Campus online today for more technical news, tips and tricks!

 

Please feel free to contact us  at 1.800.238.1225 with any further questions about the Defender Series® overfill protection valves, Franklin Fueling System products or any other refueling equipment questions or needs you currently have.

 

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FFSPRO Tech Update – Free Online EVO Training & FMP-LL3 Digital Probe Backward Compatibility

FMP-LL3 Digital ProbesThe Campus Tech UpdateFMP Digital Probe Wiring Options

Franklin Fueling System has one of the best online resources for documentation, videos and online training.

FMP-LL3 DIGITAL PROBE BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY

Did you know Franklin Fueling Systems’ new FMP-LL3 Series probes are backwards compatible with most of their existing ATGs? If you did, you are pretty well informed and must be utilizing those online resources Franklin Fueling has to offer already.  If not, head on over to The Campus for details on the proper wiring methods and learn more by clicking here!

 

FREE ONLINE EVO™ 200/400 TRAINING

As the saying goes, “If it’s for free, it’s for me!”  That means you should really check out Franklin Fueling Systems’ new EVO™ 200 and EVO™ 400 automatic tank gauge model training in wiring, installation and programming. Learn more by clicking here!

Be sure to explore both of the above links provided to see what other technical offerings Franklin has to offer.  Great resources to have on hand when you have questions in the field.

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Graco Safety Alert – Vented Air Ball Valve 110225

GracoSAFETY ALERT

Between January 1, 2017 and January 10, 2018, Graco 110225 ball valves were not manufactured correctly  by Graco’s supplier! 

The incorrect valves do not have a vent hole, and as a result will not vent pressure when turned to the closed position. Air pressure can then become trapped downstream of the valve potentially causing serious injury due to unexpected movement of equipment. 

Here is a a list of affected products:

Part Number Description Part Number Description
110225 VALVE, VENTED, TWO-WAY, ½ 246669 SYSTEM, WASTE OIL PUMP TRENCH
 244680  SYSTEM, BULK ANTIFREEZE/WWS  244648  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE 
 244847  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  246672  SYSTEM, WWS PUMP
 244628  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  244679 SYSTEM, BULK ANTI-FREEZE/WWS  
 244846  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  246657  SYSTEM, AIR DROP
 246659  SYSTEM, AIR DROP & TIRE CHANGER  244646  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE 
 244641  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE    

Your safety is Graco’s and our highest priority. All incorrect valves in inventory and in use must be removed, quarantined and replaced.

 

Graco 110225 Ball Valve AlertThe correct valve has a vent hole and is marked with a directional arrow and the number 250.
The incorrect valve does not have a vent hole and the markings are different.

If you have identified that you purchased any of the affected valves and/or equipment packages between 1/1/2017 to 1/10/2018, here are the required actions to follow:

  1. Inspect the valves and packages for the incorrect valve
  2. You must REMOVE or QUARANTINE the incorrect valve
  3. If you can not remove the valve from use immediately, it is extremely critical that you find a method to relieve trapped air pressure before cleaning, inspecting or servicing the equipment
  4. Contact  us at 1.800.451-4021 to replace the incorrect valves
    1. A warranty claim will be created
    2. the incorrect valves must be returned to Graco to receive credit for the incorrect valves
    3. UPDATE as of 2/8/2018 – Graco WILL reimburse for labor on a case by case basis!

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any further questions or require assistance, please call us at 1.800.451.4021.

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