As the bandwidth of cellular links rises, off-highway suppliers and users alike are striving to get even more functionality. That’s especially true with one of the common telematic features, gathering diagnostic information.
There can be huge benefits when diagnostic data turns into prognostics, alerting operators that a component or system is nearing its failure points. Prognostics is already common for fluids—Allison Transmissions includes it on every automatic transmission.
However, prognostics is more of a challenge for mechanical parts. It’s no simple task to analyze vibration, temperature, and other parameters and determine that a field failure is imminent unless a service stop is scheduled.