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Complete customer benefits – telematics in tipper trailers


Horstmar, April 2016 - Load and vehicle monitoring via telematics has long been a standard logistics tool when transporting refrigerated or packaged goods. However, it also makes sense to fit tipper semi-trailers used in construction with a trailer telematics system.

Schmitz Cargobull Telematics, a subsidiary of Schmitz Cargobull, is the leading trailer telematics provider in the European market with approximately 35,000 sold telematics units. By developing innovative products and services, Schmitz Cargobull Telematics offers practical solutions for trailers.

The trailer telematics, marketed under the brand name TrailerConnect, can measure the axle load and use this to detect overloading. The amount to be unloaded and when to unload it is just as important. This allows times and quantities to be validated. The freight forwarder and scheduler know whether and which tipper semi-trailer has already been unloaded and which one is currently located in the vicinity of the next loading location. Expected invoices and thus revenue forecasts can also be created by combining weighing documents with the telematics loading data.

In addition, the location data can also be used to view when and where which vehicle was driven and, more importantly, where it was parked. This enables companies to document downtimes and to invoice these times, if necessary. Tipper trailers are increasingly often unhitched and parked at construction sites or companies’ premises. TrailerConnect permits transport companies to keep an eye on these vehicles so that they always know where each vehicle is located.

Since the telematics system can call up important data from the EBS, it can be used to plan preventive maintenance of the vehicles. Brake pad wear and the tyre pressure can be measured by sensors and displayed via the TrailerConnect software. Additional comfort functions such as management evaluations provided by the telematics system also increase the economical usage of the tipper semitrailer.

M.KI trucks with tipper bodies

Often trucks with tipper bodies do not already have a tractor telematics system. Yet the use of trailer telematics would make sense in this case.  Where tractor telematics are already being used, the systems can also be networked via interfaces. The data from both can then be consolidated and utilised as a shared system.

Service portal: Fleet4You

This portal is a resource which assists every fleet manager. It combines the benefits of the TrailerConnect trailer telematics with those of a workshop processing program.
TrailerConnect provides important information about the trailer equipment. This data is used to generate recommendations for the fleet management, for example: worn brake pad on trailer X. Using Fleet4You, orders are then created in the Schmitz Cargobull Repair System to carry out the technical measures. The costs for the parts and labour are then assigned to the order via the system network. As a result, this provides a complete overview of the repair costs incurred by vehicle in relation to the time or mileage.

About Schmitz Cargobull AG:

With an annual production of some 45,000* vehicles and around 4,900* employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers and trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of approximately €1.6* billion in the 2014/2015 business year. As a pioneer in the industry, the German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and specialist services such as trailer telematics, financing, used vehicles, spare parts and Full Service.
*Figures based on the 2014/2015 business year

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