Whether you own a few trucks or a few hundred trucks, having an idea of where each machine is and what it’s doing at any given time is valuable because time is money. Having a system in place to manage your fleet is something that fleet owners have really started to see the importance in – despite telematics systems being around for years. Today’s truck tracking and telematics systems show owners and operators all kind of information at the palm of their hand. With just a click of a button, they can understand the geographical location, engine diagnostics, and many related features for each truck in a fleet.
Operating history can be tracked with a telematics system, which allows the fleet manager to keep an accurate maintenance history on each machine. Machine hours, fuel consumption, fault codes, and key on-and-off times can be monitored with this. This kind of tool can also help to optimize 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 information to help reduce downtime spent troubleshooting.
Another important feature telematics systems 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.
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 to 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.
In today’s construction industry, investing in a machine equipped with a telematics system, like Command Alkon’s TrackIt, is critical to keep machines running and minimize costly downtime. Having visibility in to each of your trucks helps you to get full utilization out of your fleet.