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SHOP OPERATIONS

Predicting the

FUTURE
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Vehicle data
will continue to
improve proactive
maintenance
practices.

By Joel Levitt and Erica Schueller

[ DATA & TELEMATICS ]

34 Fleet Maintenance | June 2019

leets expect reliability from their equipment. The
timing is ripe for buying new equipment. New
equipment promises to reduce the cost of operation
and improve the profit picture. Additionally, new
equipment is getting smarter, and that intelligence
is even becoming available to smaller fleets.
This is the beginning of the era of clear and
timely warnings on the status of equipment. Fleets
are notified of a defect, damage, or deterioration
with enough time to fix the problem using normal
systems, techniques, and locations. This is done
with the new tools of today's sensor measured,
connected, and analyzed world.
We will get deeper into the nature of breakdowns and provide insight on the vendors using
self-reporting methods and cloud-based diagnos-

tics, condition monitoring, and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Detectable versus random failures
Vehicle breakdowns are caused by specific failure modes that can be categorized as detectable
or random.
Many tire failures can be categorized as detectable. For example, a technician or driver can
visually inspect tires, or use tools such as tread
depth gauges, tire pressure gauges, or thumpers.
An inspection may determine that the tire tread is
wearing out or the tire has a slow leak. The failure
mode is detectable well in advance of a problem.
Alternately, a random failure mode like a road
hazard caused by driving over debris, is difficult
or impossible to detect in advance.
Similarly, a gradual increase in engine temperature is detectable in advance, but a catastrophic
failure of a component like the water pump or
thermostat is not.
The most common failure type is random. In
fact, as far back as the 1970s, the U.S. Navy stud-



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Planning for change
Considerations when selecting CMMS software
Vehicles: How fleets can benefit form electric axles
In the Bay: Making the case for retreads
Shop Operations: Predicting the future
Diagnostics: "Smart" technologies will help improve maintenance
Powertrain: Specifying vehicles for optimal fuel economy
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: Advancements in new filter media
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Planning for change
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Fleet Maintenance - Considerations when selecting CMMS software
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations: Predicting the future
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: "Smart" technologies will help improve maintenance
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Fleet Maintenance - Powertrain: Specifying vehicles for optimal fuel economy
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