SKF is leveraging the Internet of Things to help fleets go further and work smarter. - Photo: SKF Vehicle Aftermarket

SKF is leveraging the Internet of Things to help fleets go further and work smarter.

Photo: SKF Vehicle Aftermarket

SKF Vehicle Aftermarket is optimizing the end-user experience with the debut of its TraX wheel end monitor (WEM).

The SKF TraX WEM is a sensor unit installed on the wheels of heavy-duty vehicles to intelligently monitor wheel end vibration and temperature to detect potential issues such as impending bearing failures. It is integrated with telematics service providers to notify the driver of needed fleet maintenance via wireless communication in advance of potential wheel end conditions that could compromise performance and safety. In the event problematic conditions are detected, notification is typically provided thousands of miles before likely service interruption.

“The SKF TraX WEM helps prevent unscheduled downtime by carefully monitoring each wheel end’s vibration and temperature in near real-time,” said SKF Vehicle Aftermarket Director of Fleet Sales Michael Hartman. “By detecting a potential problem in advance, fleets can avoid costly repairs, damaged reputations, and dangerous traffic hazards. The SKF TraX WEM not only has the potential to save money, but also helps to protect the lives of drivers and others on the road around them.”