Where's The Pain?

For business owners, one always challenging undertaking is that of finding the best way to manage your fleet and machine inventory. Whether you own a few machines or a few hundred, it is important to have a system in place that allows you to know as much as possible about each of your machines on a daily basis because—as we all know—time is money. Telematics systems have been around for years, but as the technology has increased in capacity, so has user acceptance, usage and expectations. Today’s telematics systems allow equipment fleet managers, owners and operators to track all types of information in the palm of their hand. With just a click of a button, these systems offer access to the geographic location, engine diagnostics and many related features for each machine in a fleet.

Machine Downtime Operations stop when machine and vehicle downtime occur. There will always be routine maintenance and occasional breakdowns in the field. When this occurs, a telematics system can provide valuable data, regarding what may be wrong with the machine, making it easier for the service team to know what items they need before they even go out to fix the machine. This saves valuable machine downtime for both the servicing dealer and the customer to get them back up and running again.

Operating History Telematics systems can efficiently track machine operating history. This allows the fleet manager to keep an accurate maintenance history on each machine. Records that tend to be on these reports include machine hours, fuel consumption, key on- and off-time, and fault codes.

Maintenance & Repair Telematics systems can assist with optimizing maintenance and repair schedules. Basic telematics systems will analyze conditions like tire pressure, filter states, oil level, and other circumstances that may contribute to future machine damage. Real-time diagnostics and fault codes provide essential information to help reduce downtime spent troubleshooting. Alerts can be sent directly to give the operator an opportunity to make adjustments in to avoid failure.

Loss/Geofencing Most systems provide GPS tracking data, facilitated through a cellular or satellite connection, can reduce theft or unauthorized usage by tracking all machine locations, movements and travel hours to reveal any irregular activity. Users can program virtual geofence boundaries on a jobsite to prevent the machine from leaving a specified location. These safety measures reduce the threat of theft and can even assist in tracking and recovering potentially stolen equipment.

Operator Performance Another important feature telematics offer is the ability to monitor operator performance. Every company wants to ensure their operators are working efficiently throughout the day. Telematics can provide a general overview of their performance by tracking operations like equipment start and stop times, idle and travel times, speed, power mode selection, and real-time fuel economy.

Productivity Tracking a machine’s daily performance can also be useful in increasing productivity levels. Understanding how each machine is being utilized can help ensure each jobsite has the proper equipment it needs. If alerted that a machine has been idling for too long in one area, a fleet manager can contact his operator to adjust worksite efficiencies. This information will help you plan how many machines you will need on site for the next project. Proper asset allocation is essential to improving productivity levels and reducing fuel and labor costs.

Risk Management Reputation, accidents, liability, insurance costs and safety all affect a company. Telematics programs reduce exposure and can verify and validate the facts.

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