24 November 2020, 12:11
Whether you are a Fleet Manager or Service Manager, staying connected and keeping track of your equipment helps to optimise machine performance and contribute to a positive impact on the bottom line.
In recent years, telematics has enabled crushing and screening equipment owners to monitor work progress, manage logistics, access critical machine information, analyse and optimise machine performance and perform remote operator support.
Mobile Screening & Crushing (MSC), EvoQuip distributor in New Zealand, is no stranger to this concept, with telematics proving to be an essential tool in efficiently managing their hire fleet. Dan Meikle, MSC Operations Manager said, “We have had telematics fitted to make it easy to evaluate machine usage, billing and scheduled maintenance. This also enables us to show the customer their downtime and billing hours at the end of the month. In the past, this would have been a manual time-consuming process.”
Paul Morris, Terex Materials Processing Telematics Manager, further illustrates, “Crushing and screening equipment operates in busy, challenging work environments. Telematics enables equipment owners to stay connected and keep track of their equipment, the information available can show you precisely what areas you can improve in to remotely optimise profitability, for both the equipment owner, but in the MSC case, the profitability of their customers too.”
Data is great, but value is created when data is transformed into information. “The goal of telematics is to make life easier for equipment owners, to reduce the total cost of ownership and not inundate them with meaningless data. It is about useful information that can be used to mitigate downtime,” added Paul.
MSC is well versed in this, as Dan Meikle explains, “if we are keeping up with planned maintenance, downtime is no more than 1 - 2 days per month on a long-term job, telematics helps us monitor the machines remotely, which allows us to schedule maintenance and service intervals. Accordingly, we also give the machines a full inspection and clean after every hire. This enables us to pick up on problems before failure.”
Many of the EvoQuip crushers and screens are fitted with telematics, with new crusher customers benefiting from a 7-Year Free Subscription and 3-years on new screens from EvoQuip. The subscription includes the ability to consume the data through weekly customer report emails. The reports display information at a glance on metrics and diagnostics, allowing the operator to act before damage occurs; predetermined maintenance intervals are signalled, and error messages are displayed in plain text messages.
Source: Terex Corporation; EvoQuip