Fuel security products provider FuelDefend Global (FDG) has outlined the advantages of its new UltraValue budget anti-fuel siphon to help protect vehicles’ fuel tanks from thieves.
For a decade, FDG has offered its aluminium UltraPlus premium anti-siphon device (ASD), during which time the product has been consistently improved and upgraded – including the advent of the double-layer stainless steel gauze to improve fuel speeds by 20 per cent, and the complementary drop-in anti-spill valve (ASV).
“The UltraPlus has become the de facto standard on new trucks across Europe,” said Russell Fowler, CEO of FuelDefend.
“For many years we offered to the market our FuelKeepValue budget device; it was simple and did the job, but it was time to completely re-spec and re-design the device to become the top quality budget device on the market. Many competitor cheap devices simply do not stop fuel theft, are poorly constructed and would not protect truck warranties.”
Vlad Iarosenco, FDG’s technical director, added: “We wanted this to be OE standard and approved accordingly. We made many 3D models for fitment and flow testing, before committing to a few designs to produce in metal for OE testing.”
In performance terms, FDG wanted a rapid fill rate of 100lts/min, a robust construction and a price attractive to the market. Working closely with truck manufacturers, the company made modifications to ensure the product met the highest technical standards and warranty protections.
“With a high-sheen nickel-coating finish to the fabricated steel construction, we had a device which performed very well and looked very good,” said Vlad.
“We were delighted and our customers were delighted – it was worth the effort. Installation takes minutes and snap-off screws make the fit a permanent one.”
Thus the UltraValue anti-siphon device was born. FDG developed the 80mm version, which it says is the most popular single model, fitting most large and mid-size European trucks. The company has used this as its template for a range which includes external and internal versions from large trucks to commercial vans, and for European, American and Asian trucks.
The company reports that sales of the new UltraValue range in the first year were excellent, and with Covid-19 affecting all parts of the industry, predicts the budget device will sweep the market.
The company does not sell directly to fleets, but supplies a range of premium and budget devices to cater for all parts of the market through global OEM aftermarkets, dealers and shops, factors and parts resellers.
FDG will also soon release its new ball-valve device for niche operators, and promises further new security and safety products to follow.