Mass Measurement

Efficient lubricant loading at Shell

July 2014 Mass Measurement

Shell required a new loading bay for bulk finished products, mainly hydraulic and engine oils. The main objectives in constructing the new bay were to increase loading efficiency and move away from traditional ‘top loading’ of the tankers to the more safety-conscious ‘bottom loading’ method.

The solution

Endress+Hauser suggested using 10 Promass 83F Coriolis mass flow meters with a Profibus DP communication network. By using the Profibus system, a wealth of additional application information is made available, such as density and temperature data, and cabling and I/O requirements are significantly reduced. As Shell load tankers by volume (litres), density is a key factor as it changes with temperature. Promass Coriolis meters were installed as they offer accurate and reliable density measurement and feature a self-monitoring ‘health check’ for optimum performance. What’s more, the flowmeters are secure and tamper-proof and account for all product transfers from the storage tanks, allowing seamless integration into Shell’s inventory control system.

The benefits

The main benefit of Shell’s new loading system is that it supports driver initiated loading. This meets the increased efficiency objective, as drivers no longer have to wait for manual link-up to the pumps. The driver simply enters a load number into a computer panel and order details are automatically requested. The driver’s load number is then validated and the details are sent for automatic loading e.g. load quantity and lubricant grade etc. This automatic loading cuts out manual involvement and therefore increases process security as incorrect operation is eliminated – the pumps will not dispense if the information is not valid. Furthermore, time and money is saved as driver initiated loading streamlines the number of steps involved by 50 percent.

Shell Lubricant Centre at Stanlow in Ellesmere Port produces a wide range of lubricants such as motor oil, aviation turbine oil, cutting fluids and soluble oil. Worldwide, Shell supplies and distributes more than 700 grades of lubricant and 1500 brand packs, to a multitude of customers, from local garages and farmers to large industrial plants.

Chris Turner, Shell Lubricant’s E&I engineer commented: “Driver initiated loading has proved a real benefit all round. All the data provided by the Profibus network, such as diagnostic information, has helped us maintain smooth operation and system integrity and the Promass flowmeters are low maintenance, accurate, secure and user-friendly.”

For more information contact Frans van den Berg, Endress+Hauser, +27 (0)11 262 8000,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Endress+Hauser integrates concentration measurement specialist
September 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
SensAction was founded in 2008 and has been part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2017.

Endress+Hauser honours its inventors
September 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
More than 500 inventors gathered virtually for Endress+Hauser’s 21st Innovators’ Meeting.

Inventory management for LNG
September 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , IS & Ex
Endress+Hauser’s innovative instrumentation and advanced inventory management solutions for LNG storage tanks ensure safe operation of plant and high levels of inventory transparency.

Ready for use anywhere
August 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , Level Measurement & Control
The first 2-wire loop-powered compact transmitter enters the market.

Smart solutions for digital transformation
Technews Industry Guide: Sustainable Manufacturing 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , IT in Manufacturing
Endress+Hauser fully embraces industrial digitalisation by applying new technology and communications, while leveraging its profound application expertise and know-how.

Top rating for sustainability
Technews Industry Guide: Sustainable Manufacturing 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
Endress+Hauser improves further in independent EcoVadis audit.

Endress+Hauser opens vaccination centre
July 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
As part of a model project, Endress+Hauser is operating a vaccination centre for employees in Maulburg.

A new generation of sensors for liquid analysis
May 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
Endress+Hauser introduces the next generation of Memosens digital technology for simple, safe and connected liquid analysis.

Endress+Hauser holds its ground despite the pandemic
June 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
Endress+Hauser weathered the 2020 pandemic year well. The Group created new jobs and expanded its global sales and production network.

Memosens 2.0: simple, safe and connected for future-proof applications
June 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , Sensors & Transducers
Memosens 2.0 represents the next, future-proof step in the evolution of Endress+Hauser’s Memosens technology, while maintaining all of the familiar and well-established advantages.