Crude Oil Hauler Blueknight Energy Partners Optimizes Driver Efficiency with PeopleNet Crude Oil Workflow

CINCINNATI and MINNEAPOLIS, April 29, 2013—PeopleNet (, the only provider of innovative open technology to the transportation industry that reduces cost per mile by integrating information across the entire organization, today announced at the National Private Truck Council Education Management Conference and Exhibition being held in Cincinnati, April 28-30, that oil and gas hauler Blueknight Energy Partners is using its Crude Oil Workflow application to optimize driver efficiency. Blueknight IT Applications Manager W. Scott Morgan explained how the application that PeopleNet customized for the crude industry’s specific requirements is helping the 200-truck crude fleet. “PeopleNet is right on the money. We tried another product that just couldn’t stand up to the harsh rigors of our environment, so we were immediately impressed with the quality of PeopleNet’s products. We’re in a fluid industry, so it’s important that drivers get updated information about pickups and deliveries in real time. Since the Crude Oil Workflow application is tied to our dispatch system, drivers no longer have to call all day long for load updates. That’s a huge time-saver for us. Electronic tickets and invoicing ensure accuracy to save time and make it easier for our customers as well.”

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based fleet began using PeopleNet eDriver Logs® last summer and soon added the Crude Oil Workflow application. “The PeopleNet System is really easy to use; it walks you through the process,” said Morgan. “The interface is highly intuitive, and our drivers figured it out quickly.”

The Crude Oil Workflow application consists of three core screens that walk the driver through a pickup and delivery:

  • When a driver arrives at his first stop, a custom Pickup Screen appears with customer and load information pre-populated instead of the standard form message.
  • The Delivery Screen appears when the driver arrives at a delivery location, and a timer automatically records the time spent unloading; after 60 minutes, the “Reason for Detention” and “Comments” fields are required.
  • The Rejection Screen is used when analysis of the oil reveals it is out of specification and cannot be hauled; the driver presses the “Reject” button on the Pickup Screen to access the Rejection Screen.

Handwriting run tickets at each well site is one of the most time-consuming, aggravating parts of a crude driver’s job. If the driver loses the only ticket or it’s unreadable, an operational logjam occurs. Crude Oil Workflow solves the problem by offering the driver the opportunity to print both standard and customizable run tickets for a stop after information is entered in the Pickup and Delivery or Rejection Screens. There are up to four types of Pickup Tickets, two Delivery Tickets and one Rejection Ticket. PeopleNet can customize data fields on the ticket to support the unique needs of the hauler. The Crude Oil Workflow application is populated with data that resides within the PeopleNet System, such as trailer number, which eliminates the need for the driver to take additional time entering information the system has access to.

Printing a customer ticket “works like a charm,” says Morgan. “The Datamax-Oneill MF4T printer that we selected is built like a tank.” It prints on weather-resistant paper so both the printer and the run tickets stand up to the demanding industry elements.

PeopleNet is working so well that Blueknight plans to extend it to its field services fleet—around 150 trucks that haul natural gas condensate, also known as “drip gas”. Morgan says, “The PeopleNet Link supplies PeopleNet Open Interface to make it easy for our IT department to get the job done and get our field services fleet up and running in no time. Also, with our BLULink license, we can quickly and easily develop our own screens to suit our specific needs.”

About PeopleNet
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by more than 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has aggressively developed new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; M2M Value Chain Award; and Minnesota High Tech Association

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