On foot of a successful trial period, UK-based Carlson Vehicle Transfer has rolled out Michelin’s Effitrailer telematics system across its 150-strong trailer fleet, which operates throughout the UK and Europe delivering cars for the automotive industry.
The Effitrailer package contributes to the company’s year on year CO2 environmental reduction commitments by reducing tyre repair and replacement costs, increasing uptime and minimising empty running.
Commenting, Terry Wrycraft, Fleet Manager at Carlson Vehicle Transfer, says: “We began the trial with six trailers and increased the trial over a period of time to 60 trailers. As a result, we noticed a significant increase in vehicle utilisation because we were able to identify tyre issues early and respond to them – resulting in a reduction in roadside assistance.
“Encountering problems with tyres is hugely counter-productive, for both the customer and supplier. Effitrailer helps reduce tyre failures because the on-board tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) provides consistent analysis of the tyre pressure and temperature over every axle, ensuring any irregularity is immediately detected.”
Michelin’s Effitrailer system is built upon the installation of dedicated trailer telematics equipment, and includes an on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system, and electronic braking system data analysis.
Once installed, the real-time data is sent to a dedicated fleet department via web portal, and details each asset’s mileage, the length of any periods of abnormal downtime or ‘wait-time’ status of the vehicle.
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