It is very common for a warehouse operation today to be working with a mixed fleet, but it doesn’t typically facilitate smooth system communication. In fact, monitoring lift-trucks with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specific system has several limitations.
Here is one of the major challenges:
If all your trucks are speaking in different codes, how do you stay on top of what it all means? An OEM solution can only provide fault code data for its specific trucks — NOT for those made by another manufacturer.
So, rather than evaluating one set of fault codes, fleet owners are faced with sorting through different data sources from different forklifts, rendering the information that they do collect less effective and harder to interpret.
Here is a major time-saving solution:
By leveraging a telematics solution from a third party, you have monitoring software that is non-specific to each OEM and works on all of your lift-trucks.
Here’s what you gain:
- Consistent productivity and maintenance data
Consistent data from every vehicle allows you to take immediate action to improve your operation and eliminates the need to consolidate different fault codes.
- ROI on telematics without access to the CAN bus
The general lack of a uniform standard for CAN bus (controller area network) in the material-handling industry is challenging. But, a third-party telematics provider can obtain a lot of the fault code data without access to the CAN bus. This lowers the cost of ownership of a mixed fleet, delivering an average of 50 to 90 percent reduction in damage costs and increases in productivity.
- Better maintenance
OEMs claim to reduce costs by reporting on fault codes — things like engine overheat, low hydraulic fluid, broken seat, etc. — via CAN bus access. But there is one important catch. That solution does not work across your mixed fleet. Third-party telematics oversees and enforces optimum maintenance scheduling, so mechanical issues can be promptly addressed. Nothing slips through the cracks.
- Easy access to information
With the right advanced telematics platform, data is available on a single viewing portal. Only one API is required to push data into your business system, which increases efficiency and eases frustration.
Imagine having all the information you need in one place and not wasting time searching for answers. If your fleet is a mix of vehicles from different manufacturers, you probably can save time, money and frustration leveraging the benefits of an advanced telematics solution.
Seek a third-party provider that can deliver a system that is not OEM-specific, one that encompasses all vehicles in the fleet, including those with their own embedded systems.