Truck, trailer component data that improves service, equipment development

Truck, trailer component data that improves service, equipment development

Today's truck data opportunity means putting what you need to see where you need to see it.

What do we do with all of this data? It was the question that permeated the TMC annual meeting earlier this year. The answers were numerous: OEMs are leveraging it to streamline service operations and spec’ing decisions, technology-forward service providers are crunching it to provide actionable service information, and component manufacturers are integrating their equipment data–even the content on trailers–into analytics platforms that extend service visibility from the front of the truck cab to the back of the trailer.

With great amounts of data comes great analysis paralysis. With so many options, where do you start? Common advice is to start at your biggest pain point, so let’s talk about tires and wheel ends. They’re critical to manage. What if you, as a fleet manager, could see every tire in your fleet? Get a bird’s eye view of inflation; alerts that let you know you have a tire pressure problem before you experience, at best, less efficiency and, at worst, catastrophic tire failure.

“We want to modernize maintenance,” said Kevin Woo, director, digital sales, ConMet. “For example: Saving time in a morning yard check. We have some fleets using this purely for time savings. They have a couple of hundred vehicles per yard. Now they can look at the four tires that are an issue on that lot versus going around and checking every single asset.”

Now take that idea and imagine putting relevant information in front of your drivers or technicians. Data utilization is quickly becoming about getting the right info to the right person in a way they expect to see it and can act on it. We caught up with ConMet to talk through that tire management use case–from fleet manager, driver and technician points of view. Then I walked across the booth to see how ConMet product engineers are refining wheel end design through the data that they’re looking at.

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