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MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT Strongco’s Kearnan says that a good telematics system is essential for hav-ing a good fleet maintenance program in place. “It’s complete machine care,” he says. “It shows the fuel you’re using; how many hours service worked – even the attachments; you can moni-tor idle time to prevent idling away warranty hours and service time. Oth-erwise you’re just wasting away mon-ey… you can even use it to your ad-vantage for resale value or for buying used equipment to see what servicing has been done to a machine.” John Deere has recently been mi-grating from its old platform to its new HTML5 platform, the JDLink dash-board. The company’s new system includes a maintenance management app called My Maintenance. “It’s been well received by custom-ers,” says Holtberg-Benge. “We’ve seen over 5,000 preventative maintenance plans loaded by customers – customer plans and factory plans.” This has allowed contractors to manage their fleets more effectively, and also given them the option to col-laborate with their dealers to have them manage the equipment servicing. 30-day period or the lifetime of a ma-chine; track fuel consumption; engine usage and more. “This is the kind of information you’d get if you were standing in front of the machine,” Witherow says. Another advantage of some telematics systems is for parts and ser-vice support. Witherow says that the technical support team at Terex Finlay’s factory in Ireland can view the history of a machine in another part of the world and check its history to help diag-nose issues a contractor is having with their unit. The history of a machine can also be used for proactive maintenance for replacing wear components and hy-draulic oil, for example, helping re-duce downtime. “Some dealers do proactive monitor-ing of their machines and have service contracts to back them up,” Witherow says. Contractors can also take advan-tage of some telematics systems, like the T-Link system, to set up geo fenc-ing around a unit. This allows for an alarm to be set that would be triggered if a machine was moved from a speci-fied area. REMOTE SITE MANAGEMENT Another advantage is being able to manage operations remotely. “It’s an advantage for a fairly big contractor that’s not on site, being able to see who’s working,” says Alan Witherow, product manager for Terex Finlay. Telematics systems, like Terex Fin-lay’s T-Link system, allow a contractor to create of a variety of automated re-ports about their crushing fleets. For example, a contractor can use belt scales to see total tonnage over a week of operation. Terex Finlay’s T-Link system comes standard on all of its crushers. The system allows con-tractors to track a machine’s history to see where it has been over a specified period of time. “It gives an actual GPS location of a unit,” Witherow says. “You can see where they’ve been crushing.” The T-Link system also allows for tracking the hours a machine is in op-eration over a one-day, seven-day or WINNING BIDS Willy Schlacks, president at Equip-mentShare, says the aggregation of data will allow contractors for more insight when bidding on jobs to more accurately figure out costs. “You can get an idea of how many man-hours of operation are needed to do a job,” Strongco’s Kearnan adds. Schlacks says that in future telematics everything will already be connected and connect to a user’s web of current connectivity. “That’s probably a good four or five years out, but those steps are happen-ing now,” he says. “And the guys who adopt this and continue to grow with these improvements will benefit great-ly… and be far more competitive and more profitable.” That said, not all telematics sys-tems are created equal. Schlacks says that contractors should do exhaustive research up front to make sure the system they invest in delivers what they need. APRIL 2017 | ROCKTOROAD | 9

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