One Engine’s Failure is another System’s Success

Engine failure. It is as common, albeit inconvenient, occurrence. When it comes to America’s billion dollar trucking/transportation industry, this common occurrence becomes a disruptor of an entire economic sector.

A large engine manufacturer based in the Midwest realized that certain engine failure may be inevitable, but the impact that they have on daily business can be minimized using IoT. If an engine could communicate with a fleet manager, sending engine health data and performance numbers back to a dashboard, it could inform a manager when an engine was going to require repairs.

This allows the fleet manager to control the situation: direct the truck on a route near a repair station, ensure that the parts required to perform repairs are there upon the trucks arrival and get the truck on the road again efficiently.

Collecting data in real time from hundreds of engines around the country and monitoring their performance allows the engine manufacturer to not only address issues as they arise, but adjust engines to prevent issues.  Fleet managers can tune engines to optimal levels required to haul their load, accounting for the weight and terrain. This helps minimize the number of issues that even need to be addressed in the field.

With ClearObject, engine manufacturers took their engine failures and fault codes and turned them into productive data streams.  How will your organization find a way to innovate through “failure”?

Clare Maher

Clare Maher is the Product Marketing Manager at ClearObject. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College (#gobelles), Clare can usually be found yelling at the screen during a Notre Dame game, quoting any film ever made or touring the Indy restaurant scene.

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