Take Advantage of Machine Data with Telematics

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Your company thrives on your machines – let’s be honest, they’re the crux of your business. When one of them goes down, the impact is palpable. But what if you could prevent emergency maintenance on your fleet? If the machines themselves could send you regular updates on their performance and productivity, wouldn’t you take the opportunity to gather and monitor that data? Well, you can. That’s where telematics systems come in. As a fleet manager, you can’t afford to skip this innovation and here’s why.

Predictive Maintenance – Industry’s Best Friend

“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.” While that might be a good rule of thumb for other aspects of your business, whether it’s team cooperation or the rhythm to the company, it doesn’t really work when it comes to your machines. Think about it. You spent several thousand dollars on a new log loader a couple of years ago because your business expanded. Without a constant monitoring program, something – anything – goes awry, and it can cost you another several thousand dollars to fix. And that could have been prevented with a telematics predictive maintenance system like JDLink.

This predictive maintenance feature of telematics sends data on performing conditions including: electronic machine data, fluid analysis, equipment history and component tracking, as well as site conditions and application as it applies to condition monitoring. Predictive maintenance assesses causes and looks ahead for problem solving:

  • Why is this happening?
  • What will happen next and when?
  • What if these trends continue?
  • What actions are needed?
  • What factors for component life can be measured to determine if there is acceptable risk to run a component beyond a fixed interval?

Telematics – Better Fleet Management

“Requiring extensive integration with other components on the machine, this level of integration enables information to be received and sent to a machine and/or operator. This sophisticated interaction makes it possible for machines to receive and react to incoming information, including: machine guidance and control, remote diagnostic and repair sessions, and automated job site coordination.”

As telematics become more robust with the types and amount of data available to machine-oriented businesses, fleet managers are able to run their teams more effectively. Telematics systems, like JDLink, are able to track locations and performance of each machine in the fleet. As a result, companies are able to reduce fuel costs, increase machine part life, reduce unauthorized vehicle use, and increase fleet safety and security.

JDLink specifically is based on a modular telematics gateway (MTG) controller that collects and transmits data almost in real-time. You can keep track of your fleet, monitor work progress, manage logistics, and numerous other pieces of data and alerts that can keep your machines – and your team – running at peak performance. As the technology available for your fleet becomes more advanced, your fleet has to be able to keep up and that’s where telematics come in.

Competitive Efficiency – New Face of Your Business

“Some social telematics solutions score driver performance on a 100-point scale built on performance in risk-related events, taking into account factors such as weather, terrain and other driving conditions, and assigning the proper weight to each event.” – Construction Executive

Contrary to popular belief, they don’t act as a targeted “big brother” spying on the employees while they work. They are, from an administrative perspective, able to decrease the costs of safety and health concerns. In the age when time is money, all too often, safety falls by the wayside in the wake of productivity. It doesn’t have to be that way. You no longer have to choose between safety and productivity in your team. With telematics, your team is safer and more efficient all while saving time and money.

Not only does the emerging technology place you at the forefront of industry innovation, it showcases your commitment to providing your customers with the best service and product. With less time spent on the worksite because of increased fleet efficiency, you can spend more time with customers building those relationships.

You want your fleet to be efficient, safe, and productive. As a fleet manager, there’s no better way to do that than with JDLink telematics systems. Get updates on machine and team performance almost in real-time and find out before a part goes bad that your machine needs maintenance. Give us a call today to find out more!

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