An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin’s common adage applies to everything from our personal health and wellness to vehicle health.
Similar to when we get sick and miss work, truck breakdowns are not only inconvenient, but cost fleets extra time and money in towing charges, lost labor, shipper penalties and loss of customer confidence. According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), maintenance costs for heavy-haul vehicles in North America have increased more than 50 percent over the past seven years, and maintenance costs now represent nearly 10 percent of the operational cost per mile.
Getting enhanced visibility into your fleet’s fault events can help alleviate some of these inconveniences and costs. PeopleNet Fault Intelligence is a comprehensive solution that provides real-time vehicle health and safety information and fault guidance for all makes and models. Fault Intelligence can help you maximize productivity by:
- Increasing vehicle uptime: Early detection of fault issues allows maintenance issues to be scheduled during maintenance downtimes as well as provides real-time triage to shorten overall repair process. With Fault Intelligence, you can quickly identify nearby repair facilities for when breakdowns do arise and get your vehicles back on the road sooner.
- Enhancing productivity: Fault Intelligence’s easy to understand, actionable information allows for faster decision making and less dependency on operation calls to maintenance. Likewise, its configurable alert system provides Management by Exception, giving fleets the ability to customize their settings, turning off certain non-critical fault events that do not impact overall safety or performance.
- Reducing maintenance costs: With Fault Intelligence, you can reduce costly third party repairs by detecting potential issues before they become critical. The system’s near real-time alerts provide quick assessment to potentially avoid unscheduled breakdowns.
It isn’t just about impending breakdowns, either. Fault Intelligence can also alert you to vehicles and faults that are hindering fuel efficiency, giving you the ability to fix poor fuel economy in certain vehicles and maximize your overall fleet MPG.
- Improving vehicle safety and compliance: While not readily apparent, equipment failure can play a huge role in safety. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study found that 10 percent of large truck crashes can be tied back to the vehicle rather than driver error or environmental issues. Vehicle breakdowns contribute to this risk when vehicles are derated (governed to reduced speed) or when the vehicle is stranded at an unsafe location such as the side of highway.
Fault Intelligence’s safety score identifies safety related issues and provides ability back office alerts. The system’s CSA icon provides clear visibility to CSA related faults and potential issues, as well as gives insight to potential DOT inspection deductions.
As the ATRI stats above show, maintenance costs are an increasing burden on fleets and their bottom line. Implementing a solution like Fault Intelligence can help you avoid falling victim to this trend, allowing you to maintain productivity and ensure your fleet stays on schedule.
Contact us today to learn more about Fault Intelligence and how PeopleNet’s solutions can help your fleet operate safer and more efficiently than ever before.