COMOLI is a machinery rental company in the province of Malaga with more than 200 machines between lifting platforms, generator sets and various machinery. Increasing battery life in electric machines has always been a pending challenge.
The challenge; increased battery life in electric machines
Our client has more than 200 machines of all kinds among which there are generators of various types, lifting platforms, bulls, etc., which are rented in different geolocations of the Iberian Peninsula. When a machine suffers a breakdown a technician of our client must move to check the machine with which the technician, sometimes has to make trips of 400 Km and often on weekends. The problem arises when the technician moves at that distance and the breakdown is due to the lack of battery, a discharge below 20%, or any other breakdown not detectable remotely due to the lack of a remote measurement of the battery of the machine. Thus, since the machine does not have a system that allows to know the battery level d remotely, it is only possible to know it once the fault is attended.
The solution; Implementation of fleet management for increased battery life electric machines
The analog input of our Teltonika FMB920 device has been used by connecting it directly to the positive pole of the machine’s battery. The FMB920 collects the data every four minutes and sends it to our fleet managementplatform. Based on this data, alarms can be generated before the battery is completely discharged, view the charge/discharge history, notify via SMS or mail, etc. Thus by constantly measuring the battery voltage of the machines Comoli can know the status of the battery at all times and the fleet management system can automatically notify your customer by email or SMS before a problem occurs for example when lowered below 20% charge. In this way and through the remote measurement of the battery voltage, breakdowns and unnecessary displacements are avoided and customer service is improved.
“Jose Manuel (Comoli): Thanks to B’Smart’s fleet management and the remote measurement of the battery voltage of the electric machines we have improved customer service by reducing response times, the number of incidents, while extending the life of the batteries.”