by Tom Stone
February 24, 2010


Volatile prices for raw goods from crude oil to vegetable oil are increasing wholesalers' costs to finance their inventories and accounts receivable, creating a need to squeeze costs out of their operations by boosting efficiency and eliminating waste. At the same time, terminal operators are told they must modernize these operations to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly in terms of energy usage. Coupled with that, federal regulations can mean a forced increase in the market shares for some products, like biodiesel and ethanol, requiring many petroleum terminals to modify or expand their storage facilities and traffic capacity. Compliance with these government and industry standards for fuel specifications demands precise blending.

With a need to boost operating efficiencies and the prospect of upgrading or expanding terminal facilities, a growing number of terminal operators are investigating sliding-vane pump technology and are discovering that they can optimize performance and get measurable returns on their investments with this technology. A concept proven over a 100-year period, sliding-vane pumps consume less power, require less maintenance, offer high suction that helps clear lines, tanks and transports, and deliver precise volumetric consistency in both loading/unloading and blending applications. Sliding vane pumps offer a viable, efficient solution for the growing challenges of operating a liquid storage terminal in today's ever-changing marketplace.

Pumps & Systems, March 2010