Why Paying Attention to Diesel Engine Filtration Data Pays
It’s easy to ignore the massive amount of truck telematics coming your way and focus on what you know from years of experience, but turning a blind eye to diesel engine data can cost you dearly in the short and long-term. The heart of your piston-pump iron deserves as much attention as your own heart that loves productivity and efficiency. Alerts generated by telematics diesel filtration systems like Fleetguard Filtration Intelligence Technology (FIT) offer indicators that there might be a problem with the engine.
“At a high level, the FleetguardFIT™ solution is a real-time remote monitoring solution, where we provide the pulse of diesel engine consumables and oil quality in real time,” explained Shantanu Nadgir, Head of global business development – FleetguardFIT Digital Business, Cummins Filtration Inc. “Think of it like taking your temperature with a thermometer. It tells you that you have a fever, which means you might want to see a doctor. We don’t replace the doctor’s visit with the FleetguardFIT system, but we provide an analysis of the filtration data you need to park the vehicle and have it serviced to understand what’s going on.
Data streaming from filtration telematics systems like FleetguardFIT can provide a window into your engine’s vitals. The FleetguardFIT system monitors fuel filters, oil filter, air filter and stage one and two engine oil quality on diesel/natural gas powered equipment, not just engines Cummins. Nadgir noted that the system can be installed on a multitude of engine makes and models, both on-road and off-road.
The ROI benefits of filtration telematics are two-fold. First, there is the extension and optimization of filtration and oil life. It is important to note that this does not replace a proven oil analysis program and cooperation with your engine manufacturer, but it complements it. Going back to Nadgir’s doctor visit analogy, he can alert you if there is a problem with your oil and the engine needs a check.
“We are able to look inside the filter, inside the oil and alert the customer so they can take action to change their filters and engine oil when needed rather than ‘a prescribed service check,’ he explained, noting that this often leads to reduced downtime. . “Especially in today’s times when everyone is hauling loads from different locations and with a shortage of trucks in the market, it is beneficial for the customer to perform maintenance when needed rather than creating downtime. extra stop to service filters and oil.
Then there’s fault detection which can alert you to fuel dilution, coolant leaks and more.
“With a solution like FleetguardFIT, we are able to alert the customer so they can service the engine oil and try to fix the root cause of the fuel stripping or coolant leak,” said Nadgir. “We know that having these elements in the engine once or twice is not going to cause engine damage, but if it happens again and again, it will create engine damage or catastrophic failure. With the FleetguardFIT detection mechanism , customers are able to keep their engine in top working condition and know when they need to take action in order to prevent even a small amount of engine damage, allowing them to use the engine for years without no problem. .”
The engine is an essential element in the operation of the truck. You don’t want to wait until you feel pain in your chest to find out what’s going on. And diesel engine costs for unscheduled maintenance can be high enough to give you a figurative heart attack.
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