Gas Pumps and Accessories – Manufacturing and the Design Process
Posted on September 2, 2019
When you are setting up a new station or revamping an existing one, purchase, and assembling of gas pumps and accessories is quite integral to it. Gas pump parts are available in a semi-custom format which must be assembled by knowledgeable engineers.
Most parts are generic; however, some are custom made to meet the needs of the customer. The number of hoses and their arrangements during assembling varies from brand to brand. Sub-assemblies for custom needs can be fetched from any of the suppliers of that particular brand.
How gas pumps and accessories are manufactured
These parts usually involve three fundamental units: electronics, hydraulics, and housing. Commonly, one can get these parts independently from manufacturers or get all of them from one place.
Hydraulics is the part responsible for bringing gas from the storage tank up to the nozzles. It is made either from cast aluminum or cast iron. A large team of special engineers works together to create these vital parts in gas pumps or dispensers.
Electronic parts have a crucial role in gas pumps or dispensers
The display system which shows the amount and price of fuel are made of microprocessors embedded in the gas pump. Pump manufacturers either build it themselves or buy circuitry as per the suitable specifications. These are assembled into the rest of the pump systems by snapping or soldering.
Housing – the final process in assembling
Once hydraulics and electronic components are assembled, housing is the next part of the process. This also involves painting of the panels, doors and the outer surface. The sections are then welded together and hinged.
It is crucial to run tests after the gas pump is assembled, especially because gas leaks or measurement inaccuracies can be dangerous and cause losses. As a gas station owner, you must carefully choose the brand for the parts.
You do not need to get new ones if used gas pump parts are available. Tokeim, Gilbarco, or Wayne parts are quite popular and are very reliable for use.
Here is a list of essential parts that gas pumps or dispensers require
- Fuel hose
- Bulk storage tanks
- Coupling and adapters
- Fuel filters
- Tank gauges
- Oil transfer pumps
- Fuel valves
- Oil meters
These are the major parts required for setting the operational parts of the gas pump at a station. Besides these, there is additional equipment you might need for environmental compliance, etc.
When purchasing reconditioned parts do your due diligence and research the company and their procedures on inspections and tests. A company that has been in the industry for a long time along with a quality reputation is worth considering so you will get an excellent product that will work for your business.