Fleet Maintenance - 10

UPTIME

FROM THE EDITORS

Future-proofing your fleet
Ensure your maintenance facilities and staff
are ready for upcoming technologies.

By David
Brierley
Editor

@ DavidBrierleyFM

When we think about the future, our minds
tend to envision some sort of George Jetson-style
fantasy with flying cars and robot housekeepers. But our current reality is not so far off from
that. We have vehicles now that (almost) drive
themselves. Our homes are cleaned by dishwashers, washing machines, and even robotic
vacuums and mops. Meanwhile, in the world
of commercial vehicles, we're on the verge of
operating fully electric trucks, telematics and
algorithms predict our service and maintenance
needs, and technicians can be trained remotely
via computers and smart devices.
The future is here, it seems, or at least very
close. Here are some ways to help ensure your
fleet is ready.

Prepare for high
voltage service

Fully battery-electric heavy duty vehicles may
not be mainstream right now, but they may
not be far off; a number of select fleets are
already piloting these vehicles. In the interim,
commercial vehicles continue to add higher
voltage systems to accommodate additional
power needs, so preparing your fleet to work
with higher voltages is a major consideration.
In many ways, servicing EVs is completely
different from servicing diesel engine vehicles. For starters, increased personal protective equipment (PPE) and certified insulated
tools are required. While your fleet may not
have any EVs now, it's not a bad idea to start
purchasing insulated tools and PPE as tool
and equipment replacement cycles occur.
Stocking up now ensures you won't be caught
without the proper equipment later.
Investing in EV service training is another
consideration. Technicians trained to service
only diesel engine vehicles may not be able
to safely and effectively service EVs, leaving
your fleet unprepared should they decide to
invest in electric.
For more information on servicing electric
commercial vehicles, read about the Volvo
LIGHTS project (p. 28).

Use telematics to
your advantage

Even as EVs begin to enter the scene, fleets
will still be using diesel engine vehicles for
the foreseeable future, so it's important to use
all available tools and technologies to streamline service.

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One important technology to take advantage of is the advanced telematics that have
become available over the course of the last
decade. On newer vehicles, telematics hardware is typically built in at the factory, but on
older trucks it is still possible to add OEM or
aftermarket hardware.
Telematics can monitor items such as vehicle systems, operating conditions, and mileage, and notify a fleet as soon as an issue is
detected. What's more, information collected
by telematics can be compared to databases
of other similar vehicles and predict when a
system or component may fail, allowing the
fleet to inspect, repair, or replace the system
or component before that happens. This can
significantly reduce unexpected downtime,
maximizing the vehicle's time on the road.
This technology will only become more
important in the future, so take advantage
of it now by specifying it on new vehicles or
adding it to older models. It's also important to
get familiar with utilizing the data by working
with either OEM or third-party services who
can interpret the data and provide it to your
fleet in a usable format to streamline service
and maintenance.
Read more about telematics and vehicle
maintenance in Shop Operations (p. 24).

Update training technologies

Technology has been a driving force behind
updated technician training procedures.

Options for remote training have become
more widely available in recent years, allowing technicians to stay updated on the latest
maintenance and service procedures, vehicle technologies, and tools and equipment
without leaving the shop. This has become
especially important as the COVID-19
pandemic limits travel and person-to-person contact.
Keeping the technicians in your fleet up
to date now means creating or expanding
digital training areas and technologies.
Computers or tablets should be provided
for remote training, even if they are shared
by multiple technicians. One advantage to
remote training is that not everyone has to
train at the same time; it can be completed
at staggered intervals to accommodate work
schedules and avoid too much close interaction between technicians.
Fleets may also find it worth looking into
newer technologies such as augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) devices. These
tools can help technicians learn by overlaying
what they are seeing in real life with digital
text and images to guide them through steps
of a process or label the parts of a particular
system or component they are looking at.
Find more on technician training options
in In the Bay (p. 18).
Keeping up with the latest technologies is
important for every fleet, and preparations
for the future should not be neglected. EVs,
telematics, and technician training are just
a few examples of ways fleets can become
future-proof. What is your fleet doing to stay
ahead of the curve?


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Fleet feedback from electric truck adoption
Editor's Note: Future-proofing your fleet
Engine idle reduction systems and solutions
In the Bay: Technician training in the digital age
Shop Operations: How fleets can use ELDs to improve preventive maintenance
Volvo LIGHTS establishes path to managing service and maintenance of electric heavy duty trucks
The right fit
Management: Getting in the zone
Diagnostics: How aftermarket diagnostic tools can assist with DPF maintenance
Economic Outlook: The seven percent solution
Fleet Parts & Components
TMC Fall Meeting and National Technician Appreciation Week 2020
TMC Special Section: Letter from the Technology & Maintenance Council
TMC Special Section: Celebrate the individuals who the trucking industry could not survive without
TMC Special Section: TMC Membership - A stepping-stone to the future
TMC Special Section: VMRS - Charting new horizons to improve cost equipment reporting
Tools & Equipment
Guest Editorial: Considerations before buying a mobile lift
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Fleet feedback from electric truck adoption
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Fleet Maintenance - Editor's Note: Future-proofing your fleet
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Fleet Maintenance - Engine idle reduction systems and solutions
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Fleet Maintenance - In the Bay: Technician training in the digital age
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations: How fleets can use ELDs to improve preventive maintenance
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Fleet Maintenance - Volvo LIGHTS establishes path to managing service and maintenance of electric heavy duty trucks
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Fleet Maintenance - The right fit
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: Getting in the zone
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: How aftermarket diagnostic tools can assist with DPF maintenance
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: The seven percent solution
Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Parts & Components
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Fall Meeting and National Technician Appreciation Week 2020
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: Letter from the Technology & Maintenance Council
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Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: Celebrate the individuals who the trucking industry could not survive without
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: TMC Membership - A stepping-stone to the future
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: VMRS - Charting new horizons to improve cost equipment reporting
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Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: Considerations before buying a mobile lift
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