Meet the newest addition to the Gasboy family – The Islander PRIME
Islander™ PRIME fleet fuel management system combines the functionality of a sophisticated island fleet card reader in a single package hardened for the fuel island. PRIME Integrates seamlessly with other system components including EKOS and Fleet Head Office management software, also with unattended, remote and automated fueling systems. Create the most reliable, comprehensive turnkey fleet fuel management system on the market. Let Gasboy show you the most advanced fleet control technology — just contact your Gasboy distributor for more information.
• Interfaces seamlessly with Fleet Head Office / Precise cost tracking Supports multiple access technologies, including web-based and contactless systems / • Easily integrated, enhanced data collection • Lighted terminals / Secure 24/7/365 availability for unattended sites
ICR PRIME: Island Card Reader
Gasboy’s ICR PRIME island card reader works in tandem with CFN PLUS or the Islander PRIME to provide a cost-effective way to manage access to fuel at multiple islands and unattended sites. Flexible. Efficient. It’s part of your Gasboy complete, turnkey solution backed by the world’s largest network of fleet product distributors and authorized service contractors.
• Compatible with a variety of different driver and vehicle access methods • Cost-effective solution for multiple fuel islands • Hardened for the tough fleet environment
Islander EMV PRIME: Payment System For Islander and ICR PRIME® Fleet Fuel Management System
• Insert style Hybrid Card Reader (HCR) reads both chip and magnetic stripe cards • 16 key pin pad with graphic display and anti-tamper features • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant • Certified for EMV credit transactions on all major card brands including Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover • Accepts fleet cards including WEX, Voyager, Fuelman • Accepts proprietary magnetic stripe cards • Approved on the National Bankcard Services (NBS) Payment Network
Available for new Gasboy systems and field retrofits
• New Islander and Island Card Reader (ICR) PRIME available with the factory-installed EMV option, including hybrid card reader and pin pad • EMV retrofits for currently installed Islander/ICR PRIME systems
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About the Author:Ed Kammerer is the Director of Global Product Management for OPW, based in Cincinnati, OH, USA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. OPW is leading the way in fueling solutions and innovations worldwide. OPW delivers product excellence and the most comprehensive line of fueling equipment and services to retail and commercial fueling operations around the globe. For more information on OPW, please visit OPWGlobal.com.
OPW’s Watertight Wonder, the ElectroTite Tank Sump
Tank sumps are critical components in the fueling systems at retail and commercial fueling sites in their role as isolation chambers that provide secondary containment for tank fittings, valves and submersible pumps, along with easy access to the storage tank itself for service and maintenance. Since the creation of underground fuel-storage systems, however, fuel-site operators have waged a constant battle against water intrusion into their tank sumps.
This is a major concern as water that enters a tank sump can trip alarms, cause microbial growth, induce rusting of metal parts and, in the worst-case scenario, invade the fuel that is contained in the underground storage tank (UST), which will compromise its quality. Preventing water intrusion is so difficult because there are a number of ways it can enter the tank sump and fuel-storage system: through leaking tank-sump lids; cracks in sump walls; damaged entry fittings; and, most commonly, through conduit runs.
When water intrusion does occur and an alarm is tripped, the sound that accompanies it may as well be the ringing of a cash register, since the site operator will soon be reaching for his or her checkbook in order to pay not only for the service call, but for a pump out of the tank sump. The cost for the following hypothetical pump out example is based on conversations with the service manager of a United States UST service and installation company based on the East Coast:
Sump Pump Out Cost Calculator
Travel Miles ($0.85/mi)
Vacuum Trailer Rental Fee
Gal/Petroleum-Containing Waste (PCW); $1.80/gal
The costs, miles and hours for a pump out will obviously vary from site to site, but the price for this average example – multiplied by the 15-20 pump outs per UST, on average, that can occur annually at a fueling site – will result in an exorbitantly high cost to remediate water-intrusion events, with many fuel-site operators unable to reconcile this expense.
To The Rescue
The year 2017 will be looked back on as a landmark one for fuel-site operators in their constant battle against tank-sump water intrusion. It was then that OPW Retail Fueling, Smithfield, NC, introduced the revolutionary ElectroTite No-Drill Tank Sump to the market. What made ElecroTite a true game-changer was its status as the industry’s first and only tank sump that featured factory-installed conduit ports with an integrated electrical wiring junction box. This allows the sump to be installed as-is at the fueling site, with no intrusive drilling required. This feature eliminates the risk that unintended leak points will result due to the drilling of entry points, while also optimizing installation time.
Other beneficial features of the ElectroTite tank sumps include:
Sealed conduits are located above the water table
Elimination of all conduit entry fittings
Reduced entry points lower number of potential leak points
Conduit lines can be installed, inspected and repaired through the top of the sump
Can access wiring box for inspection without entering confined sump area
Explosion-proof junction box allows space to reroute or daisy-chain communication wires to spill containers and tank monitors, eliminating additional conduit runs to the tank field
Electrical shield allows positioning of high- and low-voltage sensor wires in same box
Conduit can be potted entering box, exiting box, or both
Will replace up to six:
Conduit entry fittings
Explosion-proof junction boxes
The bottom line is that the design and operation of ElectroTite tank sumps make it the most watertight system available, resulting in a fueling system that optimizes efficiency, reliability, cost-effectiveness, environmental protection and the safety of both the site and the customers who patronize it.
Seeing Is Believing
Of course, it’s easy to say that something is the best thing since sliced bread, but proving it is a different matter entirely. Well, after nearly four years of observation of in-the-field installations, the ElectroTite has more than lived up to its advance billing. The chart below compares tank-alarm remediation costs for two United States sites that have had ElectroTite tank sumps in operation for nearly four years to an average non-ElectroTite site:
# of Months Installed*
Total Tank Sump Alarms
Avg. Pump Outs/Month
Cost to Remove PCW ($/gal)
Overall Tank-Sump Maintenance Cost
*-as of January 2021
Let’s take a closer look at the individual installations and the conditions the sumps have encountered:
Site 1: Three ElectroTite tank sumps were installed at this Midwestern U.S. site in November 2017, one each for unleaded gasoline, premium gasoline and diesel USTs. As you can see, this is turning out to be the poster child for the effectiveness of the ElectroTite tank sumps. In that time, not one single tank-sump alarm event has been recorded, resulting in zero cost for the overall maintenance of the sumps.
Site 2: Two ElectroTite tank sumps were installed at this Southeastern U.S. location that is situated near an extremely high water table in September 2018, one each on the unleaded and premium gasoline USTs. Since then, two alarm events have been recorded at the site (both on the unleaded sump in July 2018 and September 2020), but only one required a pump out.
Fuel-site operators have always had to keep water from intruding into their below-ground fuel-storage systems, but that has proven to be easier said than done. Until 2017, that is. With the introduction of no-drill tank-sump/conduit-less technology to the market, epitomized by OPW’s ElectroTite system, the battle against water intrusion is being won more often by site operators. The result is a fueling operation that can more reliably deliver uncompromised fuel to its customers while helping to make expensive, time-consuming and frustrating sump pump outs a welcome thing of the past.
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And if you don’t find the ElectroTite tank sump in the configuration you are looking for , have further questions about them or any other OPW product, feel free to contact us at 1.800.451.4021 or email us!
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End of an Era: Mastercard Phases Out Magstripe Cards + Implications for C-Stores
The end of swipe is upon us. Mastercard has announced it is phasing out the use of magstripe cards. Yes, after six decades of swipes, that little magnetic stripe on the back of your bank cards is going away. The move has plenty of implications for convenience stores that have not upgraded to outdoor EMV.
Starting in 2024, Mastercard will no longer require its credit and debit cards to have a stripe in most markets. By 2027, U.S. banks will no longer be required to issue chip cards with a magnetic stripe. Mastercard expects to eliminate magstripes by 2033.
Before we discuss what this means for c-stores, let’s remember how we got here.
Back to the Future
The magstripe was invented in the 1960’s to replace flatbed imprinting machines (aka knuckle-busters), which cashiers used to record credit card information.
So how were stores able to instantly verify a customer’s account? They couldn’t. Instead, card companies would send merchants a list of bad account numbers and the merchant had to match their own lists to verify purchases.
Fast-forward to today, EMV chips are used for 86% of face-to-face card transactions globally. Only 11% of consumers still prefer the magstripe, according to a December 2020 survey paid for by Mastercard.
That negative consumer sentiment is directly related to the lack of security measures surrounding magstripes. Criminals have proven they can easily steal consumers’ cardholder data using malware and skimmers to embed that stolen data onto counterfeit magstripe cards. On the other hand, cards with EMV chips are encrypted and cannot be so easily stolen.
What Does it Mean for C-Stores?
For convenience stores that have already upgraded their fuel dispensers with outdoor EMV technology, it’s business as usual.
For retailers who still haven’t invested in modern payment technology as mandated by EMV regulations, business is about to become even more complicated. Mastercard was the first to take this position on magstripes; but the other major card brands are very likely to follow suite with their own plans to phase out magnetic stripes from credit cards.
If retailers with old equipment don’t upgrade soon, their customers could be forced to use cash to pay for gas inside the c-store. As most fuel business owners know, the lion-share of customers pay at the pump. Less than a third of consumers still use cash at all. Taking the pay-at-the-pump option off the table is a near-automatic business killer.
The end of magstripe cards isn’t the only problem non-compliant retailers face. Many major oil companies are now charging non-compliance fees for any station without EMV-ready forecourts. Some are even pulling the payment terminals out of the pumps altogether to avoid fraud.
The Bottom Line
These complications are nothing compared to the constant and immediate threat of chargebacks as a result of fraud migration. As more retailers turn on EMV at the pump, criminals are seeking out easier targets that have not been upgraded.
While there are some tactics retailers can use in an attempt to mitigate fraud, none of them are as effective or foolproof as the mandated EMV upgrade.
Ready to start protecting your business and customers from fraud with EMV-compliant payment technology?
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200/200A Series Filters Will Be Discontinued As Of 10/1/21
I don’t know if we are just getting more notifications these days or it has just been a year where the manufacturers are in a self-reflective mode with their products’ performances and it is an opportunity to slim down during trying times to trim down on raw materials and what they deem as wasted effort but consolidation is a continual process across a broad line of products that do relatively the same thing but to varying degrees and it’s not necessarily a bad thing in all instances.
So the short and sweet of it is the following CimTek filters will no longer be offered as of *October 1, 2021:
I think most Americans appreciate vintage Americana and for us in the retail petroleum business, old gas stations are very interesting. The above image is of this blog author’s house from 1924 and it doesn’t look remotely the same today. It started life in a different location and was moved to its current location in 1880 to serve as the town post office, a trolley stop, general store and of course, a gas station!
As I was posting some vendor-related videos, a few vintage gas station videos popped up that I thought would be a nice change of pace of just enjoying some American gas station history. You may be shocked by some of what you notice in this video because some things date back much further than you have been led to believe! So here you go:
At this time, OPW Edge DW Spill Container is being shipped without the Visigauge assembly due to a shortage from their vendor.
The product is being produced with a temporary plug cap in its place to allow the factory and the installer to perform the interstitial test to verify the integrity of the containment.
We apologize for the inconvenience and OPW will send out a replacement Visigauge to distributors who purchased this product. It will include a Visigauge assembly and one replacement o-ring seal.
Once you have received the Visigauge, please follow these instructions to install it. (Click here to read OPW’s Edge PDF) Step 1: First, identify the temporary plug cap as the part with the hexagonal shaped head that is installed at the top of the round white gauge riser. Step 2: Please unthread the temporary plug cap from the round white gauge riser. Step 3:Next, install the replacement 0-ring onto the underside seat of the Visigauge as shown below. Step 4: Finally, thread on the Visigauge into the white gauge adapter. This should be tightened to a quarter turn past finger tight. Step 5:The Visigauge is now installed and the spill container can be vacuum tested to verify tightness.
NOTE:Spill Containers with this plug installed will be identified with the below label beside the OPW part# label on the outside of the box.
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