In common usage, a motor fuel dispenser is referred to merely as a “pump” or as a “gas pump.” If the system in use at the location is a suction pumping system, the dispenser will house the actual pumping unit. With respect to remote (submersible) pumping systems, however, the actual pumping unit is not located in the dispenser. Rather, it is positioned in the storage tank. In any event, the dispenser also contains the metering mechanism, either mechanical or electronic, that monitors and displays the amount of liquid being dispensed.
The typical dispenser is mounted on an elevated platform referred to as a pump island.