According to ABI Research’s 2013 Commercial Fleet Telematics Competitive Assessment, out of the 19 fleet telematics service providers assessed on innovation and implementation, Trimble was the only provider that ranked among the top three in both categories.
Trimble Construction Logistics’ telematics system,TrimFleet, is specifically designed for aggregate and ready-mix vehicles in the construction materials industry. TrimFleet is a comprehensive telematics system which offers improved communication and collaboration across departments and improved maintenance monitoring with remote diagnostics.
During the implementation stage, Trimble installs four different sensors that monitor a variety of different parameters.
The first sensor is Trimble’s patented drum rotation sensor which is located on the side of the drum near the cab. The sensor calculates every time the drum rotates and sends that information back to dispatch. The device offers auto-status technology that tracks when concrete is being poured in real time.
The second sensor is a hydraulic pressure sensor which determines if the slump matches the producer’s standards.
The solids and washout sensor is attached directly to the washout hose. This device lets dispatch know when the crew is washing out and estimates how long it will take them to return to the plant. This reduces idle time and ultimately increases productivity.
The fourth and final sensor is the water add meter which connects to the water hose. Often, crews are asked at the jobsite to add more water to the mix to keep the consistency. A historical report of all the water that was added into the mix is generated, which helps the producer combat false claims from customers.
Properly measuring the water-cement ratio is commonly referred to as the "holy grail of concrete."
“So if they come back and say the concrete is cracking, and your mix wasn’t up to our specifications, then you show them timestamped evidence of how many gallons of water was added,” says Danielle Leines, marketing manager for Trimble Construction Logistics. “It ultimately helps deter those instances where concrete producers are getting pushback, which gives them a leg to stand on.”