What Is Telemetry?
Telemetry is an automated communications process that allows measurements and other data to be collected and transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring. So what does this mean for materials handling? Gone are the days of inefficiency, unsafe operating practices, and forgotten maintenance. Advancements in technology have allowed new telemetry equipment that only requires a cellular or WiFi connection to provide real time data to managers. You’ll receive reporting on hour meter usage, fault codes, impact sensing, total coast of operation, and PM tracking. Leveraging telemetry has been proven to drastically cut operational costs, and increase the overall forklift lifespan, leaving more money in your pocket.
Easy To Use
Most brands such as Hyster or Yale will have their own online portals. These are accessible via a desktop, laptop or tablet – anywhere you have an internet connection you’ll see every truck in your fleet that’s been equipped with the telemetry module. The system communicates via cellular
or WiFi connection to a secure portal. Fleets with multiple brands are no problem. Most telemetry systems enable you to equip your
lift trucks with the same technology.
Remote Hour Meter Usage
This telemetry feature allows you to view and manage key performance indicator data per truck, fleet and location. The Usage Tracking application can create reports that show the utilization of individual or fleets of trucks. These calculations are hour meter-based over user-specified intervals such as shift,
day or other time period. Shift utilization comparisons can easily be generated and viewed,
providing valuable insight into localized performance levels.
Fault Code Tracking
Fault Code Tracking can be configured to send email alerts of fault code events by specific vehicle. Depending on severity, the fault can be stored for attention at the next service, sent to the dealer and/or customer to alert the need for service at the next opportunity, or used to initiate a call for immediate attention.
Most telemetry systems will also include impact sensing. With this feature you’ll be able to receive alerts via email and the portal anytime an impact exceeds the preset g-force with the Rapid Messenger option. Data recorded and reported include truck ID, operator ID (if properly equipped), asset serial number and details of the impact event, including the time, direction of the impact, as well as the force.
With PM tracking you’ll be able to select and view service types, set service intervals and develop a totally customized preventive maintenance program, all based on actual hours in service. Service history and forecast maintenance activities can be viewed and managed by truck and fleet groups. Complete PM service records are available via the portal interface whenever required. Don’t let PM’s get forgotten. Regular maintenance is crucial to truck life.
Cost Of Operation
Truck costs can be automatically or manually entered to produce comprehensive operational reports per truck, fleet and location. Maintenance, and operator costs can be totaled and viewed as cost per hour, day, week, month or year as needed with a user-specified date range. Single or multiple trucks can be grouped as needed for reporting and management purposes.
Don’t let your fleet get stuck in the past. Talk to a reputable dealer in your location about implementing telemetry.