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ยป Sensorization of
componentry has
created complex
individual equipment
networks allowing for
collaborative alerts
and streams of data
enabling machine
learning to occur.
Image courtesy of
Phillips Industries

"Smart" technologies will
help improve maintenance
How the industry will move
from a fix-as-fail to fix-asprescribed approach.
The trucking industry is faced with several
problems of growing proportions. From the
driver and technician shortage to continued
increasing complexities of equipment in our
ever-changing industry. As we look to develop
solutions to the problems our industry faces,
the adoption and move to smart connected
technologies is necessary. An analytical end
user interface that prescribes solutions to those
problems will be a key enabler.
Increasing demands have led to a need
for higher utilization rates, leading to higher
demand for an accelerated level of assessing
and repairing equipment issues. Connect this

By Gerry Mead

A division of advanced electrical and air brake system
components manufacturer Phillips Industries, Phillips
Connected Technologies is an industrial Internet of Things
(IoT) products innovator that delivers telematics solutions
focused on commercial transportation applications to
provide asset utilization metrics, improve vehicle safety,
and drive financial ROI. Mead joined Phillips Industries
in 2017. With more than two decades of multi-faceted
experiences in all sectors of the trucking industry, Mead
previously served as senior vice president of equipment
and maintenance of US Xpress, Inc., and positions at
Yellow Freight, JB Hunt Transport Services Inc., Wal-Mart
Transportation LLC, and PAM Transport.

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to rising operational costs in the commercial
vehicle industry, as noted in the American
Transportation Research Institute's (ATRI)
most recent Analysis of the Operational Costs
of Trucking: 2018 Update, and there are many
problems to solve.

Evolution of the process

The Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled unforeseen connectivity across vehicle platforms like
never before. The value of data coming from
sensor-equipped componentry can now be
accessed from a device or computer miles away,
and decisions can be made on the spot with
little to no human interaction.
What began with the U.S. military as early as
1982, with the process of connecting simplified
test equipment for internal combustion engines
(STE/ICE) to a diagnostic connector assembly
(DCA), has now evolved into the process of
over-the-air diagnostics and programming. In
some deep, dark corner still lies the ProLink
with its multiple cartridges that were used to
plug into some of the first sensor-equipped
electronic engines.
Instead of waiting to plug into a vehicle
to grab the vital statistics to perform diagnostics, soon fleets will simply review alerts
and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms will
use all the data - historical and current - to
prescribe a repair, as well as advise on the
location of the closest available part needed
for the repair. The system will then communicate that information to both ends of the
repair spectrum and even build the repair
order prior to arrival.

What makes equipment

Smart equipment talk is everywhere, from smart
trucks to smart trailers to smart components.
What exactly is "smart?" Sensorization of
componentry has created complex individual
equipment networks allowing for collaborative
alerts and streams of data, enabling machine
learning to occur. This machine learning,
coupled with AI historical data from computerized maintenance management systems
(CMMS) and transportation management
systems (TMS), transforms the previous method of plugging into the asset to find out an
issue, into a self-reporting and self-diagnosing
asset. That asset that can self-report is smart.
Think of this network like a human body,
where the brain is the ECM and every nerve
is a sensor - one totally connected network
that works together and collaborates based on
the messages they send. Even machine learning can be compared to a person's individual
learning experiences. You yourself are also
the end user and decide the course of action
instantaneously, or seek a professional for a
prescribed solution.

The continued evolution

E-commerce and the quest for complete visibility of delivery is being driven by consumers. Our quest for instant gratification is
changing how products and services are
being provided today and will continue to
change the future of how we think and do
fleet maintenance. There is talk of smart
cities, electric vehicles, and autonomous
vehicles in the news every week. Smart really
started with the first telematics system and
now has moved to traffic prediction, terrain
and weather mapping, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and social media integration. It continues to evolve every day.
The demand for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)
and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) commu-


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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
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