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tion chamber, and most importantly, the heater
will work when you need it," he says.
Eberspaecher Hydronic water heaters provide
another option for fleets looking to reduce
engine idle.
"This is one of the areas that are overlooked
when adding equipment to a truck, or any piece of
equipment you may have, such as skid steers, day
cabs, trailer spotting units, or remote equipment
that does not have an electrical plug available for
an engine mounted block heater," Eberspaecher's
Stencil says. "Consider it a portable block heater
that circulates hot coolant throughout the engine.
It is mounted on the truck or equipment and stays
with it wherever it goes, so no more electrical plugins or cords to worry about. Simply set the timer
for a couple of hours before departure and you will
have a warm engine before you start your day."
Stencil further notes the company has focused
on increasing dependability of the water heaters
by including a brushless motor, moving electronics
away from internal heat sources, and creating a
combustion process that requires less maintenance.

		┬╗This diagram demonstrates the
heating process and the components
of an Airtronic heater, used to provide
in-cab temperature control.
Image courtesy of Eberspaecher

Monitoring idle

Another method of combating engine idle is
through monitoring engine and driver behavior
through tracking software. Verizon Connect offers
their GPS Fleet Tracking Software, which can be
used to gather data surrounding what vehicles and
drivers are actually doing with their vehicles so
fleet managers can then improve the performance
of how those drivers are operating their vehicles
and ultimately decrease the time spent idling.
"Verizon Connect Solutions helps provide
visibility where vehicles are and how they are
operating, it helps fleet operators monitor driver
safety and behavior, and it allows them ultimate-

ly to increase the efficiency and productivity of
their workers and drivers, and [offers] the ability
to ensure they are operating in a safe manner,"
Verizon Connect's Aries says.
This is done through vehicle tracking and
obtaining data from the vehicle and its systems.
That data is then surfaced visually and in an
easy-to-interpret way for a fleet owner, manager,
or dispatcher who is operating those vehicles from
an administrative perspective.
Verizon Connect's GPS Fleet Tracking Software
allows a fleet to look at how long an engine has

been idling and receive alerts when it has been
idling longer than a predetermined amount of
time. Should an engine surpass this parameter,
an alert will be sent to the fleet manager and/or
the driver via their mobile device or email. This
allows the driver to correct the problem in the
moment. Fleet managers can also take a more
holistic approach by running reports and viewing data over a period of time that would reveal
trends, providing information around how long
drivers tend to idle their vehicles.
Not only is the amount of engine idle time
customizable for the fleet, but there
are other options available to monitor
engine idle and alert in case of parameter breaches.
"You can create exceptions for different scenarios," Aries says. "We know that
depending on the vehicle or what job is
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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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