As Frost and Sullivan’s global director of commercial vehicle research said at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference (see September 2 blog) one of the biggest opportunities on the horizon for trucking fleets and equipment operations is the ability to manage downtime. Some call it prognostics, some call it condition-based maintenance (CBM) but what it means is that problems that take equipment out of service can be identified early and managed. That minimizes surprises, manages costs and avoids service failures.
Roadside repair and towing are expensive and disruptive, result in service failure and cause driver dissatisfaction. Preventive maintenance is how fleets attempt to avoid breakdowns today.