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United States Department of Defense Turns to SpillGuard for Fuel Spill Prevention Technology

Travis Air Force Base First Up to Deploy Breakthrough Fuel Movement Monitoring System

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Ramin Ekhtiar
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Benicia, California - September 12, 2006 - SpillGuard Technologies, Inc.  (SGT, Inc.) ( www.sgtinc.com ), the leading provider of innovative end-to-end spill prevention solutions for the fuel movement and petrochemical industry, announced today that the GuardDog™ Independent Secondary Shutoff Control System ® has successfully been installed at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), the largest Air Mobility Command facility in the United States Air Force . Now on duty, The GuardDog watches over two high-throughput fueling operations at Travis. In a move to modernize this elite facility and to control valuable fuel resources more effectively, the Department of Defense (DOD) gave SpillGuard the green light to install the proven spill prevention systems at Travis AFB.

 

The decision to install SpillGuard's GuardDog system at the facility falls in line with the Office of the Secretary of Defense's (OSD) mandate that all capitalized fuel facilities must be modernized by the year 2010. Travis AFB is now being protected by the GuardDog against human error and equipment failure at the fuel transfer operation. The GuardDog's breakthrough technology dynamically monitors and analyzes the entire fuel transfer operation, including overfill detection, static ground connections, and utilizes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to positively identify each vehicle loaded to prevent fuel cross-contamination.

 

Having already safely delivered billions of gallons of fuel with Zero Spill performance for three years, the GuardDog's patented predictive intelligence delivers performance beyond that of outdated traditional open loop overfill detection controls. Armed with the latest technology, the GuardDog is on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year monitoring and improving the performance of Travis' fuel loading operations. The deployment of the GuardDog system in conjunction with the GuardDog DataLogger System III enables the Travis AFB POL (Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants) management team to dynamically view the performance of personnel and equipment at the fuel loading operation. The data includes full accounting of overfill signals, ground connections and disconnects, flow control valve performance, attempted product theft, vehicles attempting to load, product requested to load, and many other data points. The GuardDog DataLogger System III easily integrates with any ODBC compliant database. Once in the database, this data enables the development of powerful analytics that reveal weaknesses and help management improve their facilities' performance and increase efficiencies.

 

Breaking New Ground

With the backing of the DOD, SpillGuard is pulling out all the stops and installing the absolute latest in spill prevention technology at Travis AFB. The state of the art GuardDog boasts RFID recognition that intelligently determines which tanker truck is loading to ensure that the correct type of fuel is being loaded while simultaneously taking preemptive action to prevent spills when an abnormal condition is detected. This groundbreaking functionality utilizes the very latest technology, proven to prevent accidental loading of incorrect fuels and automatically logs each loading transaction and activity of all normal and abnormal events.

 

"We are very excited to be taking part in this landmark facilities modernization program mandated by the Secretary of Defense. SpillGuard is well poised to support the modernization of the fuel distribution facility of Travis and other DOD facilities globally," said Peter Mantas, president and CEO of SpillGuard Technologies. "We have proven that the GuardDog reduces operating costs, improves health safety, and environmental compliance for our commercial customers. Now we are poised to deliver the same benefits to our government."

 

"The GuardDog's ability to stop spills is unparalleled. Coupled with its robust Data Logging capabilities, the GuardDog enables DOD management to easily analyze, real-time performance of fuel handling equipment and personnel responsible for their fuel loading operations," said Lee Sherwood , founder & CTO at SpillGuard. "By capturing critical data in an ODBC compliant database, the DOD has access to analytics that improve existing preventative maintenance programs, and ensures personnel are following proper procedures for loading."

 

About Travis Air Force Base

The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force with a versatile all-jet fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxy cargo and 27 KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. As the host unit of Travis Air Force Base, Calif. , the wing controls more than $11 billion in total resources, including 6,383 acres, 1,790 buildings and about 2,720 military family housing units. It handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States . Travis is the West Coast terminal for aero medical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients from the Pacific area.  The 60th Air Mobility Wing crews fly support missions all over the world and fulfills its motto of being " America 's First Choice" for providing true Global Reach.

The Travis AFB POL team is the most recent recipient of the American Petroleum Institute's award for "Best In Performance" in the entire United States Air Force.

 

About The GuardDog™

The GuardDog has quickly become the industry's defacto standard for spill prevention. Developed from the ground up to protect lives, the environment, and security, the GuardDog's patented design continuously monitors from 1 to 8 loading or transfer streams per unit.  Built with the future in mind, its innovative design is compliant with the American Petroleum Institute's (API) RP1004 requirements, streamlines operations, dramatically reduces the risks of spills, detects leaks, and even detects attempted product theft.

Under normal conditions, The GuardDog is silent until it detects a catastrophic valve failure.  Springing to action, the GuardDog pre-empts spills by automatically shutting down pumps; closing storage tank base valves and locking out the loading operation while alerting management personnel of the problem and providing an opportunity for investigation. The GuardDog empowers management with complete control -- not allowing loading to continue or resume until management determines it is safe to load again by initiating a keyed system reset switch.

Impressively flexible, the GuardDog is easily integrated into the Terminal Management System at tank truck, rail car, commercial and military aviation refueling and marine ship and barge loading operation facilities. A typical configuration requires only one "GuardDog" unit per load lane. The unit works in concert with SpillGuard's Pump & Valve Controller and other existing safety components and emergency shutdown circuits to provide a fail-safe mechanism for stopping flow when a valve failure is detected.  Call 1-925-363-5140 for more information.

About SpillGuard Technologies, Inc.

SpillGuard Technologies, Inc., the leader in spill prevention technologies, is dedicated to providing spill prevention solutions to the petroleum and petrochemical industries. The company develops unique solutions that overcome human error and equipment failures. Designed to protect lives, the environment and assets, SpillGuard's core product the GuardDogT is quickly becoming the defacto standard in spill prevention technology. The GuardDog was built from the ground up to meet future industry specifications like the American Petroleum Institute's (API) RP 1004, Section 5, titled Independent Secondary Shutoff Control Systems (SSC) associated with bottom loading tanker vehicles.

A privately held company, SGT Inc is driven by a seasoned management team with an impressive track record of accomplishments.

 
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