Franklin Fueling Systems Desiccant Packs: An Economical Way To Prevention Corrosion In Tank Sumps

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Corrosion in tank sumps is one of the leading causes to to increased maintenance bills due to accelerated corrosion that ultimately will take place.  When technicians can’t access equipment in the tank sump environment due to corrosion, service calls take much longer to complete, this increasing labor costs ..unless you do something about it!

Many marketers are now becoming more proactive and taking corrosion inside their tanks sumps much more seriously  these days and one of the most cost effective solutions they can reach for Franklin Fueling Systems Desiccant Packs.  This simple in-sump solution absorbs humidity in the sump environment before it can begin corrosive damage to components.

FFS EVO 6000 Automatic Tank GaugeFFS Desiccant Pack SensorYou can hang the Desiccant Pack off an existing unistrut or use it in conjunction with your EVO Series ATG and the Desiccant Pack Sensor as well.
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And if you are looking for a full blown solution, be sure to check out Franklin Fueling Systems Corrosion Control!
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Now through September 30, 2022, Patriot Capital is offering an exclusive financing program for Gasboy Islander Prime and Atlas Prime equipment.

Benefits of financing with Patriot Capital include:

  • 100% Project Financing
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All packages include EKOS and the fuel site module. Click here to see brochure for details and feel free to contact us today at 1.800.451.4021 or email us for more details.

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Now through September 30, 2022, Patriot Capital is offering a bundle financing program for select Veeder Root ATG, HydrX and Red Jacket equipment.

  • Eligible Products
    • The TLS-450PLUS and TLS4 Series Automatic Tank Gauges (ATGs) with available factory installed options, and probes and sensor product necessary for compliant installation except as listed below
    • HydrX Fuel Conditioning System
    • Red Jacket Submersible Turbine Pumps (STPs), including The Red Jacket, The Red Jacket AG, Red Armor®, Maxxum®, and CoreDEF™

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  • Ineligible Products
    • TLS-350 Series ATGs, parts, and accessories
    • Mag Flex Tall Tank Probes and accessories
    • Carbon Canisters
    • Spare or replacement parts
    • Installation, shipping, and other costs are not included in the equipment financing program
  • Financing Options
    • Get 3.9% for 60 months on ATGs or HydrX financed alone.
    • Get 2.9% for up to 60 months when bundling ATGs and HydrX.
    • Get 1.9% for up to 60 months when bundling ATGs, HydrX and Red Jacket STPs.
    • For any questions on this financing program, contact us at 1.800.451.4021 or email us

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Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions for C-Store Owners in 2022

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Top 4 New Year's Resolutions for C-Store Owners in 2022 We are almost one month into 2022… have you made a plan to achieve your goals?

If not, here’s a refresher on what you should be doing this year:

According to a study, 64% of us will apparently abandon our New Year’s resolutions within a month, so we thought we’d share some new ideas to replace the ones you didn’t quite keep up with. 

Here are some resolutions that fuel and convenience retailers need to add to their list for 2022. 


Take your customer experience to the next level this year. The modern customer experience demands a frictionless shopping experience from fill-up to checkout. Here are three ways to up your CX game: 

1. Whether you need help with staffing or long lines, Passport® Express Lane™ is one of the most cost-effective solutions to optimize your operations. Committing to a self-checkout strategy is the first step in creating next-level CX. Express Lane gives everyone, including managers, employees, and customers – more flexibility. 

2. Express Ordering is another smart solution that helps c-stores set themselves apart with fresh food options. By automating the ordering process, Express Ordering puts the consumer in control – driving increased loyalty and upsell opportunities. 

3. Every store’s customer data needs to be secure. Passport POS and Encore® 700 S fuel dispensers come EMV-ready and PCI-certified out of the box to ensure your customers’ private information stays secure.  


Demand for diesel exhaust fluid is rising. The percentage of DEF pumps in the overall automotive DEF supply mode increased from 14% in 2011 to 40% in 2019, according to market research firm Reportlinker.

This is due to more stringent environmental regulations and the manufacturing of new DEF-compatible vehicles that are replacing the old ones.

For retailers with Gilbarco’s Encore S fuel dispensers or later, the DEF equipment cabinet(s) can be added left or right oriented or on either side of the fueling position, allowing for even more convenience and create loyalty with your diesel customer base.


Now is the perfect time to commit to quality fuel. Part of that commitment means protecting your underground storage tanks.

The Veeder-Root HydrX Fuel Conditioning System combats in-tank corrosion by providing continuous water removal within diesel underground storage tanks. The system’s unique design removes water from the lowest point in the tank, preventing water from stagnating on the tank bottom and breeding microbial contaminants. The integrated filtration removes entrained water, rust, sand, and microbial particulate from the fuel, polishing it before returning clean fuel back to the tank.

Learn how the HydrX Fuel Conditioning System prevents corrosion from eating away at the bottom line for Cumberland Farms.


And finally, resolve to upgrade your automatic tank gauge to the industry’s latest, most reliable ATG equipment with the TLS-450PLUS and Central Device Management (CDM).

The TLS-450PLUS console provides an expanded, advanced feature set at a lower price point than the TLS-350 console without needing to replace your probes or sensors. It also unlocks compatibility with other solutions like HydrX.

CDM is a server-based software package to manage your entire network of sites, ensuring your ATG consoles are always up to date with the latest features and security updates.


For 2022 and beyond, focus on solutions that make your operations more frictionless, efficient, secure, and connected.

Whether it’s on the forecourt, underneath it, or in the cloud, Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the only solutions provider that covers every area of your fuel and convenience business. As your partner for what’s next, let’s see if we can help you beat the stats and keep your new year’s resolution.

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Veeder Root: HYDRX Fuel Conditioning System


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Is Water In Your Fuel System Causing Corrosion?

Veeder-Root logoTake the Veeder-Root our quick quiz to assess the factors affecting your risk for underground storage tank corrosion.

Is water in your fuel system causing corrosion?

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Veeder-Root: Combating Corrosion with Cumberland Farms

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Water ingress and corrosion of fueling equipment is a systemic problem that is becoming increasingly more complex with Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), the adoption of biofuels, and new engine technology that demands strict fuel quality. Most site owners are aware of this problem and are looking to take corrective and preventive steps against corrosion. When issues necessitate more-than-regular maintenance, it is time for action.

Cumberland Farms was actively seeking a solution to their corrosion challenges and were interested in trying out HydrX. Drawn to the product feature-set and comprehensive support of Veeder-Root, HydrX seemed like a no-brainer. The simplicity and support proved essential, as the HydrX test results spoke for themselves; especially during the unprecedented environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the PDF of this case study: “Combating Corrosion with Cumberland Farms”
Also check out Is Water Hiding in Your Fueling System?

“The HydrX Fuel Conditioning System’s ability to remove standing water from the lowest point of a fuel tank coupled with our unique fuel filtering technology helps site owners avoid costly equipment failures and downtime caused by excessive corrosion.” 

         – Stephen Coppola, Global Product Manager, Veeder-Root


The systemic issues Cumberland Farms experienced at their initial HydrX installation site are not unique to the industry. When fuel, microbes, and water combine, the result is a corrosive environment.

Advancements in diesel fuel, particularly Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and Biodiesel, create an environment where microbial growth can flourish. Water entry into the diesel storage environment is inherent in the process as it enters through leaky seals, flooded spill buckets, atmospheric moisture, and deliveries. Water entrained in a warmer fuel load may fall out of suspension when it enters the tank and cools down. It is the fuel-water interface that is central to microbial growth because the water provides a suitable environment for microbes to thrive within the underground storage tank.

For Cumberland Farms, that meant frequently troubleshooting emergency line leak test failures by replacing check valves, replacing dispenser filters due to slow flow, and even performing full STP replacement within 1.5 – 2 years from the date of installation.

Flooded Spill Buckets


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Jim Scholes, Senior Project Manager of Construction, and his team at Cumberland Farms, knew that HydrX could help optimize the health of their diesel tanks by reducing water contamination and the Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) that comes with it.

To fix these problems at the source, the Veeder-Root team began with a preliminary site inspection and evaluation. This included obtaining baseline fuel samples from the tank and nozzle, analyzing samples for baseline acidity and moisture content, and taking site measurements for the HydrX Fuel Conditioning System.

Site measurements were critical to understand how the tank was tilting. The Water Intake Device (WID) of HydrX is designed to extract water from the lowest point in the tank and is customized to work with the unique conditions at any site.

The fuel samples from the tank showed the expected symptoms for any site being affected by long-term water issues. There was visible corrosion on components exposed to the storage environment, and evidence of water and microbial growth in fuel samples obtained from the tank bottom.


HydrXSolving the water issues discovered during the site evaluation began with a tank cleaning prior to the installation of HydrX, in order to reset the tank to a healthy baseline and to ensure optimum performance of the system. A tank that is clean to start results in a lower cost of ownership due to less frequent filter replacements, component services, and/or fueling system maintenance.

Next, the HydrX Fuel Conditioning System was installed to provide continuous water removal within the diesel underground storage tank. This particular tank was tilted away from the STP sump, which put the stagnant water 22 feet away from the point of entry into the tank. The WID was sized to reach this lowest point of the tank, ensuring the stagnant water would be eliminated.

I definitely want to use HydrX going forward, I think it has value in the new construction environment. Even with a new site, new tanks…we’re still seeing issues with ULSD. In my opinion, we should be installing this in new construction rather than just use it in a retrofit application at the trouble sites.

– Jim Scholes, Senior Project Manager of Construction, Cumberland Farms, EG Group

HYDRX WATER REMOVALHydrX Water Removal Graph

Since the installation of the HydrX Fuel Conditioning System, the results have spoken for themselves. Within the first 24 hours, HydrX removed just over a half-gallon of water that had entered the tank since the tank was cleaned. Over the next 30 days, the extracted water volume continued to increase incrementally to nearly 1 gallon. The quality of the tank bottom fuel samples was visually evident. The samples were clean and bright with no signs of water present in the fuel.

After just 90 days, extracted water volume nearly doubled, fuel quality within the tank was restored, and fuel samples from the bottom of the tank were indistinguishable from those at the nozzle, indicating that the conditions in the tank have stabilized and microbial growth is being mitigated.


Looking at key leading indicators to corrosion, water content (PPM) in the samples from the bottom of the tank have shown a downward (favorable) trend. After 120 days, the values have stabilized at a low level and are now equivalent to the samples from the nozzle. The pH of the samples from the bottom of the tank started in a corrosive range. Since the HydrX installation, pH has also continued to improve, approaching 6.5 which is on the very edge of a passive oxide surface with no ongoing corrosion.
Water Content Graphs


Use of the HydrX Fuel Conditioning System lowers the water content within the diesel fuel and restores pH to non-corrosive levels.


Conditioned Fuel Samples
To further prove system efficacy, HydrX was turned off for a period of time. It did not take long for there to be visible signs that the quality of the fuel was degrading and the eventual corrosive conditions would return.

After 30 days, there was evidence of standing water and dark particulate in the fuel. The fuel itself was losing clarity and turning to a dark amber color. When HydrX was restarted, there were immediate signs that the system was correcting the conditions inside the tank – standing water was eliminated and the clarity of the fuel returned.

The Proof Is In The Petrol

From the samples pulled at 120 days after installation, the evidence is clear that the system is working. Prior to the installation of HydrX, emergency service calls to correct corrosion related issues were frequent and started to show up not long after tank cleaning.

These issues consumed resources and caused downtime at the site. Post installation, corrosion-related service calls were eliminated and there are no leading indicators that they will be returning anytime soon. HydrX is protecting the conditions inside the tank from water and microbial growth.


It is working so well, in fact, that after just a few months with HydrX in place, Cumberland Farms is planning a roll-out of the system at their new construction properties to prevent issues before they happen, not only as a reactive measure at existing sites.

Diesel Tank Maintenance

“The return on investment? It pays for itself.”
– Chris Desaulniers, FSS Project Manager, Cumberland Farms, EG Group


Other systems work to remove water from only the immediate area around the submersible turbine pump — HydrX is different.

HydrX uses suction tubes that extend along the Water Intake Device, removing water all along the tank bottom. Its unique vacuum mechanism is powered by the STP, continuously circulating tank bottom fluids through a filter and water containment vessel in the sump.

If you have any questions or would like to receive a quote for HydrX , please feel free to contact us at 1-800-451-4021 or Email Us with any further questions or inquiries.

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Combat Corrosion: Is Water Hiding in Your Fueling System?

Is Water Hiding in Your Fueling System?

Is Water Hiding in Your Fuel?


Operators of gas stations have a lot on their minds, and the water within their fueling system may seem like a low priority, but there are many reasons to consider water as a serious threat that needs to be removed.

The primary issue is that water, fuel and bacteria, are the three common components that combine to create a corrosive environment around fueling systems. In sump spaces water is often combined with ethanol vapors as the catalyst for microbial growth, but in-tank corrosion is more likely to happen with ultra-low sulfur diesels or biodiesels.

Hidden Below the Surface

Of the three common components, water is the easiest to address but first you need know where it’s hiding.

Many underground storage tanks have magnetostrictive probes with separate water detection floats (1), but they require a minimum water level of ¾” in the probe area to go into alarm. This is great for identifying a catastrophic breech of the tanks integrity but less effective for identifying water that as slowly accumulated below that threshold over time.

Depending on the tilt of your tank there could be stagnate water at the lowest point of your tank (2) that could be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Is Water Hiding

Identifying Water is Key

When microbial growth feeds on components of the fuel, biomass then settles in the water at the bottom of the tank and creates the acidic environment that leads to corrosion. The key to avoiding tank corrosion is identifying the water in the tank and removing it. Once water is removed, one of the common components of the equation is gone and the environment is no longer corrosive.

Learn more about fuel system corrosion, indicators of it, and its impact.

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This webinar will discuss how the Veeder-Root HydrX Fuel Conditioning System combats in-tank corrosion by eliminating one of the key drivers of microbial growth.


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Franklin Fueling Systems: Introducing The Corrosion Control System

Attack corrosion before it has a chance to develop with the new fully integrated in-tank and in-sump Corrosion Control™ System.

Click on the various links in the infographic below to watch the video, download documents and learn more about Franklin Fuelings Corrosion Control System!
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5 Reasons Fuel-Site Water Intrusion Is Increasing

It is a pretty well known fact that most of the Earth’s surface is covered by water so to say it permeates our existence is an understatement.

While this liquid is essential to our existence, it also wreaks havoc on many man-made systems it comes in contact with and in our world of petroleum, it would be classified as a super villain!

And while our industry has been reacting to the havoc water causes for more than a century to develop better ways to keep it out of refueling systems, water intrusion has INCREASED in refueling systems!

Ed KammererThe following is an excerpt, written by Ed Kammerer that appeared in the September, 2018 edition of the Fuel Market News.  Ed is the Director of Global Product Management for OPW, based in Cincinnati, OH, USA. He can be reached at 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 go to

Below are some of the highlights pulled from Ed’s article.

OPW War on Water Intrusion

Why the increase??

Here are some explanations:

  • Changes In Fuel Chemistry
  • Changes In The Fuel Distribution Infrastructure
  • Installation Procedures

OPW is Waging War on Water Intrusion

By offering:

  • Composite Multiports with Watertight Lids and Covers
  • Composite Manhole Covers
  • Sealable Cover Spill Containers
  • No-Drill Dispenser Loop Sumps
  • No-Drill Tank Sumps

You can read Ed’s full article by clicking here.


JWK Shop By ImageIn our ongoing efforts to simplify finding and buying retail petroleum refueling equipment and replacement parts, nothing quite does it like image driven content to help guide your selections. If you are on a desktop or laptop, use your mouse to scroll around the image below to discover the links to many of OPW’s watertight and other line of products found in our online store.
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The Red Armor STP for Corrosive Environments

Red Jacket Red Armor STP for Corrosive EnvironmentsBuilt To Survive!

The use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and an increase in availability of ethanol blends are contributing to the corrosion of in-sump and in-tank equipment. With a special coating and stainless steel parts the Red Armor series of Submersible Turbine Pump (STP) combats corrosive environments ensuring easy maintenance for the life of the pump.






THE RED ARMOR STP: The ultimate survivor in your fueling infrastructure.


    • Specialty coating on all cast surfaces that withstands acetic acid exposure to prevent pitting and deterioration over time
    • Stainless Steel construction on all exposed surfaces in the tank & sump space ensures easy maintenance for the life of the pump
    • Built upon the same field proven Red Jacket STP platform with identical sizes. Fully compatible with fielded “The Red Jacket” STP models for easy upgrade.

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Red Jacket Sump-Dri Dessicant System

Corrosion Protection for Submersible Turbine Pump Sump Space

The new Sump-Dri Desiccant System is an instant in-sump solution for reducing the corrosive effects of moisture in sumps. Designed to maintain moisture- and acetic acid-free conditions in a sump space, preventing deterioration of metal surfaces, including contractor’s boxes, pumps, and conduit.

Key Features:

  • Ensures the safety and serviceability of your sump-space equipment
  • Specifically formulated to protect equipment in the STP sump from corrosive conditions
    •     Reduces relative humidity
      •     Neutralizes corrosive acetic acid vapors
  • Use alone or in conjunction with protective coatings for added insurance

Part Number: Sump-Dri Kit 330020-843
Collection Capacity: 1 gallon
Operating Temperature: -4° to 150°F [-20° to 65°C]
Size: 15.5″ x 15.5″ x 3.25″
Unsaturated Weight: 5.5 lbs
Saturated Weight: 14 lb
Desiccant: Formulated specifically to protect against corrosive acetic acid produced by biodegradation

  • Absorbed moisture & neutralized acetic acid vapors create a brine solution
  • Brine solution is collected & trapped in the reservoir to limit re-evaporation


  • Made from non-toxic and recyclable materials
  • Remove end cap and pour brine solution into sump liquid waste stream


  • Included mounting hardware allows Sump-Dri to be hung from STP, or other existing equipment in sump
  • Carabiner can be used to clip Sump-Dri to STP eyelet other sturdy equipment in the sump. Strap can also be unclipped from Sump-Dri, looped around equipment, then re-attached to the unit
  • Sump-Dri should be positioned as high as possible in the sump. Height can be adjusted using plastic slide on strap

Sump Requirements: For maximum effectiveness, sump should be tight and free from standing water
Desiccant Life/Change Interval:

  • Sump-Dri expected to last 3-6 months under typical conditions
  • Sump-Dri will absorb differently based on humidity and temperature conditions and should be changed when desiccant in upper chamber has completely depleted

Shelf Life: 3 years under typical conditions when left in sealed barrier bag

Visit The Product Page               Download the Sump-Dri Desiccant System Data Sheet

If you would like to learn more or get a quote for the Red Armor STP and/or the Sump-Dri Desiccant System, call us at 1.800.451.4021.

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