System for delivering propane or other consumable liquid to remotely located storage tanks

  • US 7,512,488 B2
  • Filed: 10/18/2007
  • Issued: 03/31/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/03/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for coordinating the delivery of a consumable liquid to two or more remotely located storage tanks at several different locations comprising:

  • at least one monitoring unit associated with each storage tank to be in close proximity to the storage tank and communicatively linked with a sensor that provides fluid level information indicative of the amount of fluid in the storage tank, wherein each monitoring unit includes at least one processor to receive and process the received fluid level information;

    at least one central server remotely located from the two or more storage tanks to be communicatively linked with each monitoring unit;

    wherein each monitoring unit is capable of processing fluid level information to determine whether a predefined out-of-ordinary event has occurred and, if so, send notice to the at least one central server; and

    the at least one central server to process received fluid level information (i) to provide displayable fluid level data, (ii) to forecast future fluid levels utilizing at least stored fluid level data, (iii) to determine a delivery schedule based at least on tank capacities, fluid levels, and an inventory of one or more delivery vehicles, and (iv) to provide one or more routes for the delivery vehicles to reach the storage tanks based at least on tank location and an amount of fluid to be delivered.

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