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Telematics Use Grows in Work Truck Fleets

From tracking preventive maintenance to reducing vehicle idling and fuel consumption, truck-based fleets are adding telematics devices to their fleet vehicles to improve operations.

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Kennecott Utah Copper Saves More Than $1 Million

Kennecott Utah Copper's (KUC) operation is unique in that company vehicles don't travel great distances, but are spread out across a 25-mile stretch of land, making it difficult to manage their large fleet of vehicles.
The most significant issue KUC faced was monitoring/policing idle activity. Equipment would be left idling for hours, and managers knew they were producing large amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result. The excessive idling also led to warranty issues.

Kenny Harvey, mobile maintenance planner/reliability for KUC said, "As our equipment idled, we lost valuable warranty coverage due to the fact that the manufacturers of our light and heavy equipment were basing warranty coverage off hours run, not miles driven."  

Equipment utilization was also an issue. KUC had to find a way to track equipment utilization to right-size the fleet and improve efficiency and vehicle availability. These issues needed to be addressed to ensure vehicles operated efficiently and were completing their contractual or operational lifecycle.

KUC implemented GPS Insight in late 2008 and began to monitor idle time and GHG emissions on 28 vehicle assets. Since that time, the GPS Insight solution enabled KUC to far exceed original expectations. The fleet has now implemented multiple programs and business improvement projects as a result and through the use of the GPS Insight data.

KUC currently monitors 242 vehicle assets and uses the solution to track preventive maintenance intervals and alerts, ensuring proper routing of service vehicles, fuel savings, idle reduction, GHG reduction, and monitoring fleet utilization and availability.

"We saved over $1 million in fuel costs alone in the last 12 months and saved thousands of dollars in other projects using the GPS Insight toolset," said Harvey.

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