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Q. Many brakes, wheel ends and related components are being integrated into telematics platforms—how does this work, and how can fleets take advantage of it?

A. The potential of telematics and its implications for modernizing fleet operations is exciting, but there are some considerations fleets should make when it comes to integrating systems between the tractor and trailer.

Many current systems interface with the ABS module, but there is not necessarily 100% compatibility between suppliers. Due to the lack of commonality between trailer manufacturers and truck manufacturers, the tractor system is often separate and independent of the trailer system, which could lead to the management of multiple telematic systems versus all the data going to one unified location. Additionally, it is important to note that most telematics systems are not retrofittable and must be spec’ed up front on new trucks or trailers. Finally, when spec’ing telematics, it generally requires a more sophisticated ABS system than those that are legally required.

As fleets begin to use telematics to move from traditionally reactive to more proactive maintenance strategies, it is important to emphasize that preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance are not the same. While sensing technology can provide a way to detect potential issues early to avoid downtime, a good preventative maintenance program can help minimize fleets’ exposure to these potential issues in the first place. Sensing technology is not a replacement for a good preventative maintenance program; rather, it should complement a pre-established preventative maintenance routine.

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Answered by : Omar Fernandez

Marketing Director, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems


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