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Caterpillar Now offers a full machine telematics solution that helps Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) enable machine owners and operators to view critical data outputs in real time and better understand and use their equipment’s operation.
Thanks to the company’s vast experience with asset health monitoring, customers using this technology can independently locate, track, and manage all of their connected assets.
The engine-ready solution can be integrated into existing telematics regardless of the brand and can help provide a clear picture of the machine condition by collecting all machine data and displaying the results via an easy-to-read online dashboard, according to the manufacturer.
“Cat-powered facility operators have used Cat telematics technology for years,” said Tom Nankervis, strategy manager, Connected Services. “But so far it has always been offered as an aftermarket solution.
“Regardless of whether a machine manufacturer uses its own telematics solution or wants to introduce a new one, our factory telematics solution can give OEMs and their customers access to meaningful information about their machine operation and other parameters. We want everyone who is with our solution to take the right action to help them improve efficiency, extend engine life and reduce operating costs. “
Users of the offering can track equipment location, uptime, fuel consumption, maintenance alerts and more. And all in a practical online dashboard. They can also customize what data they want to see and schedule reports to share with teams.
“It’s like having access to and understanding of the insides of machines and even entire fleets,” said Senior Digital Manager Jamaal Crayton. “Users can see in real time whether connected assets are underperforming. You can also compare the uptime between machines to help fleet owners understand which are critical to their operations or which are complementary. And services can be scaled as needed so customers can choose the features they want to use. “
Back in a flash
Equipped with remote maintenance functions, the motor-integrated telematics solution can help minimize downtime through remote troubleshooting, which can carry out diagnostic tests and localize potential problems while the machine is in operation. When a repair is required, an OEM or dealer technician is notified and can correctly complete the repair in a single visit.
“The remote capabilities are great for night shifts like one of our customers in Canada. They run their machines in the middle of the night and are able to carry out repairs by analyzing the data provided by our connectivity solution and all software updates at times when a shift is over or a machine is ready for the day “said Nankervis.
“At the end of the day,” added Crayton. “We take the guesswork out of understanding the most complex components of a machine – the engine and everything that drives it.
Further information can be found at www.cat.com/en_US/by-industry/industrial-power/connectivity.html.