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Robots take refueling hassle out of human hands

– Husky Corporation revealed a compact nozzle for use in Automatic Refueling Systems (ARS) during the 2013 PEI Convention at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. Husky collaborated with Stockholm, Sweden based Fuelmatics Systems AB to develop this cutting edge technology for drive-through fueling systems. The entire system is on display October 13-15 at during the Atlanta trade show. Watch video from the link below.

Drive-through fueling involves a robot automatically filling a vehicle while the driver remains inside. Fuelmatics created the world's first ARS. Version 3.0 reduces fueling time by 30 percent providing a faster customer experience and increasing fuel throughput for retailers at the same time.

Fuelmatics developed advanced robotics technology that readily locates a vehicle's fuel door and opens it. Husky engineers utilized venturi components to develop a spout that extends into the vehicle's fuel neck through a cap-less insert. The ARS system refuels the vehicle to the desired tank level thanks to a vacuum-based automatic shut-off system included in the Husky design.

"This is forward-looking technology. We are pleased to work with Fuelmatics to develop the nozzle that will make automatic refueling a genuine reality," said Husky Corporation Executive Vice President Brad Baker.

"No one likes to refuel. It's a necessity. But our product eliminates some of the hassle. It's faster, cleaner, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly with no vapor or spill at all," said Sten Corfitsen, Fuelmatics founder. "The Fuelmatics system makes self-service refueling obsolete."

The Fuelmatics system is an attractive marketing option for current high-volume fuel retailers. It also offers advantages for marketers seeking to stand out in locations where fueling stations are highly concentrated by offering a unique refueling experience, speed, and value.

About Husky: A Breed Apart For 66 years, Husky Corporation has developed breakthrough American-made fuel nozzles, safe-t-breaks, and accessories while relentlessly providing the most dependable customer service in the industry. Headquartered in Pacific, Missouri (in the metro St. Louis area), Husky is committed to provide petroleum-dispensing products that meet or exceed our customer's expectations. In addition to our legendary line of nozzles for vapor recovery, conventional fueling, truck and high volume, farm and commercial, and convenience stores, we now feature curb and farm hoses, oil lube products, plus aviation hoses.

Video with caption: "Husky Corporation and Fuelmatics AB collaborate on the next generation technology that makes drive-through vehicle fueling possible. The system was unveiled at the 2013 PEI Convention at the NACS in Atlanta where petroleum industry, convenience store, and service station executives viewed live demonstrations."