THOMASVILLE, N.C. - (February 23, 2011) - Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. is using a real-time engine monitoring solution to proactively manage fleet maintenance and reduce associated repair costs.
PeopleNet’s Vehicle Management application collects fault code information from a tractor’s Electronic Control Module (ECM) and sends the data to FleetNet using the PeopleNet network. FleetNet, a third-party vendor-management company, then interprets the data and immediately contacts and instructs the driver of the tractor with the fault code alarm to pull over and park the vehicle so any problems can be corrected.
Old Dominion has installed the system in 3,500 of its tractors nationwide. By late spring, the fleet’s remaining 2,200 tractors will be equipped with the solution.
"While we were testing the system, just a few days before we went live, we saved the $20,000-plus cost of a catastrophic engine failure,” said Tom Newby, Old Dominion’s director of field maintenance. "FleetNet received a fault code from PeopleNet indicating low oil pressure. A FleetNet maintenance representative called the driver and instructed him to pull over and park.
"As a result, we incurred minor repair costs, compared to the engine failure that would have occurred if attention to the problem had been deferred until the driver returned to the terminal for diagnosis,” Newby added.
The company’s maintenance department identified urgent fault codes that could result in catastrophic engine failure and should be sent to FleetNet immediately, including high temperature, low coolant, low oil pressure and high oil temperature.
"The fault code gives FleetNet a better idea of what’s needed,” Newby said. "The last thing we want to do is have technician dispatched to the truck, only to learn that it can’t be fixed at roadside and will need a tow. It’s all about better visibility and analysis that will keep our maintenance costs and vehicle/driver downtime in check.”
Old Dominion is currently talking with vehicle manufacturers as they consider adding more fault codes. For more information about Old Dominion, visit http://www.odfl.com
or call (800) 432-6335.Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a national less-than-truckload motor carrier providing one-to-five day service among six regions in the United States and next-day and second-day service within these regions. Through its four product groups, OD-Domestic, OD-Expedited, OD-Global and OD-Technology, the Company offers an array of innovative products and services that provide direct service to 48 states within the Southeast, Gulf Coast, Northeast, Midwest, Central and West regions of the country. In addition to domestic less-than-truckload services, the Company offers assembly and distribution services as well as LCL and FCL delivery services to and from all of North America, Central America, South America and the Far East. The Company also offers a broad range of expedited and logistical services for both its domestic and global markets, and for more than 75 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises. More information can be found at www.odfl.com.