Taking the guess-work out of fleet maintenance management

Fleet maintenance costs are a major concern for waste fleet managers. Reactive repairs can be expensive, and preventive maintenance programs are not always easy to implement.  Sometimes even the notion of comprehensive fleet maintenance management can be intimidating.

Fortunately technology can support and facilitate the fleet maintenance process and can help save an estimated $2,000+ a year per truck on maintenance.

Onboard computing systems (OBCs) with fleet maintenance capabilities can link your asset management and tracking, work order management, preventive maintenance scheduling, inventory and purchasing functions together for quick and easy viewing and decision-making. For example, The FleetMind OBC collects all of your vehicles diagnostics. It is connected to 16 various feeds within the truck, including the ECM, to track diagnostics and driver behavior for complete remote visibility into what is happening with your vehicles in real time.

Consider the following benefits:

  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs through more proactive management of potential maintenance issues with real-time fault alerts and other actionable vehicle data.
  • Real-time alerts that reduce the occurrence of on-the-route breakdowns which can be time-consuming and costly.
  • Fleet managers can proactively track and identify potential problems to improve vehicle uptime.


A case study

An Indiana-based provider of garbage collection, recycling and solid waste disposal solutions for homes, businesses and government entities realized that fleet maintenance was essential to overall fleet management. They determined that their processes for preventive and repair maintenance were inefficient and inconsistent, and that they would need to dedicate more effort toward maintaining their fleet in a peak operational state.

Management decided to implement the FleetMind OBC with real-time diagnostic capabilities and reporting, and further dedicated a repair technician to work closely with the vehicles and FleetMind techs to ensure familiarity with all aspects of fleet maintenance and be able to rapidly diagnose any issues.

Additionally, the operations group implemented a post-route reporting system so that the maintenance department would have detailed and real-time visibility into the status of every truck. A dedicated computer monitor tracks each vehicle’s current status for repairs and operational readiness.  As routes are activated for current day operations, a quick glance indicates which will have to be re-routed to a different vehicle. This allows routes to be deployed on active vehicles to ensure most efficient routing management.

As a result, the municipal waste organization now has an OBC system reliability of approximately 98 percent for fleet maintenance, and a fleet that is always at optimal readiness for daily operations.

For more information contact Don Diego Padilla: dpadilla@fleetmind.com

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