One of the largest tradeshows in the U.S. descended onto Chicago, Ill. on Oct. 5-7. The NACS Show 2008 spread out over 380,000 net square feet of exhibitor space inside the McCormick Place. There were 21,303 attendees who could choose from over three dozen workshops and three separate general session presentations.
Even though the 2008 NACS Show took place while most of the world was just starting to learn the depths of this country’s worst financial crisis seen in recent years, exhibitors remained upbeat. Most people at the show who NPN talked to correctly observed that attendance was a little lighter this year, compared to the approximately 23,000 at NACS in 2007, but many reported business and interest remained strong at the show.
Regardless of the larger economic conditions, new products abounded at the show. In fact, 1,194 exhibitors displayed new products and services. The following is a selection of some offerings introduced and featured at the 2008 NACS Show.
Gilbarco introduces EMV and PCI-compliant FlexPay™ Outdoor Payment Terminal (OPT)
Gilbarco has expanded its range of compliant payment solutions with the introduction of its fully-certified FlexPay Outdoor Payment Terminal (OPT) at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show. The free-standing FlexPay OPT packages Gilbarco’s PCI and EMV compliant FlexPay terminal as an Island Card Reader that can be positioned next to the pump and support single or multiple fuel dispensers.
The FlexPay product line has EuroPay MasterCard Visa (EMV) Level 1 and Level 2 certification, Interac Association Device Certification for outdoor payment solutions, and Payment Card Industry Encrypting PIN Entry Device (PCI PED) approvals.
FlexPay OPT supports Gilbarco’s Generic and Major Oil Company CRIND® interfaces to simplify integration and POS system development. The small size (13”W x 7”D x 63”H) makes it an easy addition to existing fuel islands. The 5.7” color screen enables clear and effective instruction and feedback to consumers, consistent with the familiar user interface from Gilbarco’s FlexPay CRIND® card reader in dispenser.
FlexPay systems are installed in over a dozen countries in a variety of formats.
Gilbarco – GREENSBORO, NC – www.gilbarco.com
Veeder-Root Announces the Carbon Canister Enhanced Vapor Recovery System
Veeder-Root announces the release of the eVRgreen System with CARB Certification, a complete vapor recovery and monitoring system that meets California’s April 1, 2009 EVR deadline. This is the simplest, most cost-effective solution available for retail petroleum station owners in California who need to comply with new EVR regulations. Retailers can expect less than half the installation time, seamless operation from the start, and the value of Veeder-Root, the most trusted name in the industry. The eVRgreen system includes all the components petroleum retailers in California need to ensure 100% compatibility and compliance while minimizing the impact on their facilities with easy-to-install components.
Veeder-Root – Simsbury, Conn – www.veeder.com
OneSump Spill Containment System
The OneSump spill containment system provides you with peace of mind that your containment system will protect your site from the most common forms of environmental contamination.
You’ll never have to worry about fuel leaking from direct bury spill buckets into the backfill, around the fill and vent risers, and fuel or vapor leaking from the tank top fittings. The OneSump provides the highest level of environmental protection against spill as it minimizes the leak paths to the environment. The fill port spill containment, vent risers, turbine and ATGs are secondarily contained which prevents leak exposure. Additionally, any overfill of the 15 gallon containment bowl is diverted to the tank top containment sump rather than at grade as with conventional spill bucket design. In extreme overfill events, this effectively turns the OneSump into a 200 gallon or more spill containment system.
Franklin Fueling Systems – Madison, Wis. – www.franklinfueling.com
Fusion Universal Site Controller Connects Retail Fuel Devices and Sites for Cost-Saving Simplicity
Fuel retailers now have a seamless, money-saving solution capable of controlling the wide variety of devices they depend on in c-stores and fueling forecourts as Dresser Wayne, a global innovator of retail fuel dispensers and technologies, launches the Fusion universal site controller. Created to simplify and consolidate enterprise-wide equipment control as well as expand device functionality, the Fusion controller helps retailers reduce costs and increase profitability.
The controller eliminates the need for multiple management devices. As a result, it replaces the hassle, expense and space consumption of a large number of control boxes with one solid-state hardware appliance ruggedly built to stand up to harsh retail fuel environments. Plus, with Dresser Wayne’s IP Connect technology, the Fusion controller and its functionality modules can be connected via existing cabling to fuel dispensers eliminating the need for costly rewiring.
Dresser Wayne – Austin, Texas – www.dresserwayne.com
Ecolab’s Blue Coral® Beyond Green
Spotlighting its award-winning certification program, Blue Coral® Beyond Green, Ecolab helps car wash operators differentiate their site with an environmentally responsible wash process while educating and creating consumer awareness of their environmental stewardship through powerful merchandising, helping to drive more customers to their site.
Partnering with customers to develop a comprehensive program that goes beyond chemistry, Blue Coral® Beyond Green promotes sustainability and supports them in communicating that sustainability to the car wash consumers. Providing the assurance of regulatory compliance, differentiation and powerful merchandising, Blue Coral® Beyond Green is the industry’s premier sustainability program that goes beyond "green" to help enhance the environmental stewardship of their customers.
Featuring Rain-X®, Black Magic® and Blue Coral® products, Ecolab is a leading supplier of advanced technology solutions, powerful marketing programs and precise dispensing solutions for the car wash industry.
Ecolab – St. Paul, MN – www.ecolab.com
New Triton Low-Cost, Entry-Level ATM
Triton Systems of Delaware, Inc., the company that set the bar for ATM affordability and performance, has announced that a prototype of a new low-cost, entry-level ATM was on display for the first time at the NACS Show. Featuring the best technology of Triton and Nautilus Hyosung, this new machine will raise the bar for entry-level ATMs, providing retailers with a superb way to boost sales and profits at an affordable price point.
Made possible by Nautilus Hyosung’s proposed acquisition of Triton, the new ATM will be modeled after Triton’s popular RL line and will include a 5.7” color display, 60mm printer, business hour cabinet, 1,000 note dispenser with a removable lock box cassette, and will run on Microsoft® Windows® CE 5.0 with Triton’s X2-based technology.
Available in early 2009 for U.S. and Canadian customers, the new Triton ATM is designed to compete with the Tranax Mini-Bank 1700, NCR EasyPoint 3300, Nextran ComNet 2000 Series, Lipman NURIT ATM Kiosk 6000, WRG Genesis, Money Tree MT 300 ATM, Nautilus Hyosung Mini- Bank 1500 and other low-end off-premise ATMs.
Triton Systems – Long Beach, MS – www.triton.com
Transfer and Deliver Flammable Liquids
Gorman-Rupp’s Shield-A-Spark™ self-priming centrifugal pumps have a spark and splash shielded engine, muffler and fuel fill cap. Four models are available in 2” and 3” discharge sizes. They will deliver up to 380 GPM and heads up to 150 feet.
Safety features include shielded spark plugs (gasoline version), ignition wire, sealed ignition, approved spark-arrestor muffler, non-combustible air filter and long-life valves. Models are available with gasoline or diesel engines.
Gorman-Rupp Company is a leading manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems for the municipal, water, wastewater, sewage, industrial, construction, petroleum, fire and original equipment manufacturing markets.
Gorman-Rupp Co. – Mansfield, Ohio – www.GRpumps.com
KSS Releases Map-based Business Intelligence Tool
KSS, the global leading supplier of fuels pricing analytics, execution and optimization systems to the oil & gas, convenience store, grocery and big box retail industries, announced the release of KSS Mapping, its latest business intelligence tool.
KSS Mapping is designed to present up-to-the-minute pricing and performance data on a map-based display, incorporating both traditional map views and satellite photographs. A valuable addition to KSS business intelligence tools for those involved in pricing, KSS Mapping will allow users to quickly visualize competitive landscapes by pin-pointing price and other critical performance data on the precise physical location of their own and competitor sites. Users will be able to quickly search for sites and see the physical proximity of competitors, the main traffic routes and other key geographic features, giving them a deeper understanding of local market dynamics.
Available immediately, KSS Mapping is compatible with the PriceNet (retail) and RackPrice (wholesale/commercial) fuels pricing systems.
KSS – Florham Park, N.J. – www.kssg.com
New Touchless, In-bay Automatic from D&S
Introducing the new i5000 touchless, in-bay automatic from D&S Car Wash Equipment Company. The i5000 (the “i” stands for intelligent) is the latest innovation in a long history of firsts from D&S. Designed with proven technology adapted from the Quicksilver and the industry workhorse D&S5000 touchless automatics, the i5000 is loaded with advanced features.
The powerful i5000 is space and energy efficient which makes it the ideal car wash for Automobile Dealerships and Convenience Stores with small bays. It is easy and quick to install. Combined with its lightweight construction and a variety of color options, the i5000 provides a sleek, modern look to any bay. Customize your machine with your brand!
The i5000 also offers flexible wash programming and enhanced safety logic. Most importantly, fewer moving parts result in lower maintenance, thus, a lower cost of ownership. The bottom line is more profit.
D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. – Ridge, MO – www.dscarwash.com.
FLEXSTEEL FUTURA Fuel Dispensing Hose
The new FLEXSTEEL®FUTURA™ Fuel Dispensing Hose is specially engineered for dispensing pump
applications that require a hardwall construction for full flow and no internal spring guards. Wire braid
construction provides excellent kink resistance and low computer creep. Advanced rubber compounding
is ozone-resistant and suitable for the dispensing of gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel, ethanol and other fuels.
It is UL 330 approved and UL 87A approval is pending. The cover of the FLEXSTEEL® FUTURA™ Fuel Dispensing Hose is comprised of the proprietary Futurin® rubber compound, made possible by exclusive elastomer technology advancements. The result is an innovative curb pump hose solution unlike anything ever seen in the petroleum dispensing hose industry.
Goodyear Engineered Products – www.goodyearep.com/hose
Elminate Water in Gasoline & Ethanol Blends
Water, the worst contaminate in all fuels, builds up in every fuel tank every day through condensation. Water reduces the heat of combustion, which means more smoke, less power, hard starting, rough idle, poor mileage, winter freeze-ups and microbe growth. Hydroburn treatments, which are complex organic compounds, have a strong hydrophilic attraction to water. Hydroburn seeks out water droplets, breaks the bond between adjacent water molecules, and bonds itself to the individual molecule. The water molecule becomes encapsulated by a combustible shell and is heavier than the fuel, so it sinks. When the fuel is agitated, the encapsulated water molecules are dispersed throughout the entire fuel tank as an inner-phase suspension. Over time the water is removed as the engine runs, “burning” it off. Hydroburn totally eliminates all water and water-related problems when applied correctly. It prevents danger of phase separation in E-10 fuel. Additionally, Hydroburn improves fuel quality and promotes more complete combustion, increasing MPG, and increases octane rating by 2-4 points.
Cim-Tek – Bement, Ill. – www.cim-tek.com
Gilbarco® Ecometer™ now available for Encore® S dispensers
Gilbarco Encore S dispensers are now available with the Ecometer advanced meter solution factory-installed. Gilbarco’s Ecometer has 75 percent fewer moving parts than a traditional piston meter and offers precision accuracy that saves petroleum retailers thousands of dollars each year. The reduction in moving parts means that Ecometer remains more accurate over time, protecting fuel inventory from losses associated with meter drift and reducing the cost of meter calibrations.
The Ecometer performance is achieved with axial flow technology to measure fuel as it flows through the meter housing. Two spindles rotate evenly in a housing that minimizes wear and enhances performance through the life of the dispenser.
The innovative design of the Ecometer allows it to be packaged in the side columns of the Encore S dispenser, making it inherently more resistant to intentional fraud.
Gilbarco – GREENSBORO, NC – www.gilbarco.com
MegaPath STORECONNECT Saves money on credit card processing
MegaPath Inc., the leading provider of managed IP data, voice and security services in North America, announced that its StoreConnect service now enables independent convenience store owners with as few as a single location to save money on credit/debit card transactions. Store owners no longer need to use expensive satellite or dial-up connections and can eliminate costly credit card transactions surcharges in favor of a low monthly flat rate.
MegaPath StoreConnect is tailored to the specific needs of independent convenience store owners, allowing them to safely process credit cards and access the Internet over a single broadband line. Store owners can use their existing Internet access or a MegaPath provided high-speed DSL, cable or wireless connection.
MegaPath leverages the most widely used and robust Internet security technologies to encrypt and safely deliver credit card data, so that customers can comply with the stringent Payment Cardholder Information (PCI) Data Security Standard.
MegaPath – Costa Mesa, Calif. – www.megapath.com
BLACKMER INTRODUCES NEW TXD1200 SERIES PUMPS
Blackmer, the global leader in positive displacement rotary vane pump and compressor technologies, has introduced the TXD1200 Series high-speed truck pumps to adapt to specific changes in the light petroleum products markets. Some of the recent changes that are affecting truck and transport pumps include: OEM installers are finding it more difficult to match automatic transmission models with available PTO ratios and current pump speeds; higher rotation speeds are becoming more common; and new engine emission regulations often require that the engine off-loading speeds be increased from previous standards. The new TXD1200 Series from Blackmer is ideal for pumping light petroleum products (diesel, heating oil, gasoline, kerosene, avgas, various biofuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol) and addresses all of the noted changes in the marketplace. The TXD1200 Series pumps are designed to perform at maximum pump speeds of 1200 rpm for the TXD1225 and TXD1220 pumps, and 900 rpm for the TXD1230 pump.
Blackmer – Grand Rapids, MI – www.blackmer.com
Circle K Expands KSS PriceNet Usage
Circle K Stores Inc has expanded its existing agreement for KSS Inc’s PriceNet fuel price management system to accommodate 71 additional retail locations acquired in the St. Louis and New England markets. This announcement, made at the NACS Show, follows the recent addition of 124 Circle K stores also located in the New England market.
PriceNet is a comprehensive pricing solution that supports the key tasks and stakeholders involved in retail fuels pricing, from capturing field-based intelligence at the site level to the generation of price proposals, via comprehensive pricing rules or price optimization, to consistent and timely implementation. High levels of automation and an ‘exception-based’ approach ensure a rapid response to competitors and market conditions and allow pricing analysts to leverage the power of pricing analytics.
KSS – Florham Park, N.J. – www.kssg.com
Lustra’s Revenue-Producing Carwash Products
Lustra Professional Car Care Products announces two ways to increase revenues and profits of your convenience store operations: LustraShield Total Surface Gloss and Earth Ready™ Carwash Products.
Demand for LustraShield™ Total Surface Gloss creates a new profit opportunity for carwashes. Offer a la carte or create a new wash package to add Shine to Your Bottom Line. Advanced brightening polymers reflect “white light,” bond to provide a protective barrier, and produce a smooth shiny surface to increase the vehicle’s gloss. Customers notice the shine and ask for LustraShield by name.
Lustra’s Earth Ready™ program offers the products and marketing tools for you to become a better advocate for the environment. Earth Ready™ products are safer than conventional carwash chemicals for vehicles, the environment and the people who use them. Marketing tools communicate these benefits to the consumer encouraging them to make the choice toward more environmentally friendly carwash solutions. Live Green...Drive Clean™.
Lustra Professional Car Care – De Pere, Wis. – www.lustrabear.com
Morrison Releases Newly Designed Fig. 122 Nozzle Swivels
Morrison Bros. Co. is pleased to announce the release of our newly designed Fig. 122 Nozzle Swivel Series. The swivel is available in both an aluminum and brass version, in 1”, 1.25” and 1.5” sizes. The swivel is installed at the nozzle inlet. It is used for ease of operator handling and reduced hose wear. The swivel is rated to 125 PSI. For additional information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800-553-4840 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Morrison Bros. Co. – Dubuque, IA – www.morbros.com
OPW Introduces Its New COMMANDO™ Flexible Connector
OPW Fueling Components, the global leader in commercial and retail fueling equipment, has announced the global availability of its new COMMANDO™ Stainless-Steel Flexible Connector. Designed to deliver durability and reliability in demanding fueling environments and allows for flexibility in the installation and operation of fuel-piping systems around the world. The OPW COMMANDO™ features a 25-percent thicker wall (versus competitive models) on the ribbed hose and all stainless-steel construction—including at the end-coupling connections and swivels—for the best corrosion-resistance of any flex connector in the industry.
Other COMMANDO™ features and benefits include: Rated for 150 psig (10 bar) working pressure; minimum burst pressure of 750 psig (52 bar); all stainless-steel construction; no coated or plate end connectors or swivels (also no Teflon®); performs well over a wide range of temperatures (-325°F to 1,500°F); inherent hoop strength of convoluted hose allows full vacuum service; two-seal, VitonÒ/Buna swivel design; and it’s UL& UL Canada certified.
OPW Fueling Components – CINCINNATI, OHIO – www.opw-fc.com
Honeywell introduces specialty barcode scanners
Honeywell announced the introduction of two new versions of the globally-renowned 3800g linear barcode scanner to expand customers’ ability to read specialized barcodes, particularly in electronics and manufacturing sectors.
Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes, such as PDF417 barcodes, hold more data and are now nearly ubiquitous, appearing on everything from inventory tracking and management systems to ID cards and shipping labels. Additionally, the use of high density (HD) linear barcodes is common among industries required to label small items, such as those found in the electronics and manufacturing sectors. To meet these new demands, Honeywell modified its top-selling 3800g scanner to create the 3800gPDF and 3800gHD with added functions so customers can read these specialized barcodes.
These new models give niche users unsurpassed ease of use and convenience, and have the reliable features of the legacy 3800g: an ergonomic and durable design with no moving parts, high-performance Adaptus® Imaging Technology 5.0 and a 5 year warranty.
Honeywell Imaging and Mobility – Skaneateles Falls, NY – www.honeywell.com