Fleet maintenance is how fleet operators and other organizations ensure the vehicles they depend on to deliver products and services are available and operational. Good fleet maintenance often requires a comprehensive fleet maintenance management process to maximize operations.
Fleet maintenance is the overall description of how organizations approach vehicle uptime, whereas fleet maintenance management is the process by which fleet managers ensure the availability of their fleets to complete tasks, such as transporting equipment, raw materials, finished products, or people.
Organizations that depend on a fleet need both a macro and micro view of the status of each vehicle, so they can accurately plan their services based on which vehicles are operational, which will require immediate repairs, and which ones need replacing.
Increasingly, companies are choosing to run their fleets on real-time fleet maintenance software, such as a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), that can automate a 10,000-foot and extremely granular view of the availability of their fleet at any time, keeping a clear focus on maintenance services and operational costs.
A comprehensive fleet maintenance management program equips organizations with tools to address regulatory requirements, extend automotive vehicle asset life through preventive maintenance, monitor equipment status, and extend parts and inventory management.
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Commercial vehicles from cars to boats require regular maintenance, of which organizations must keep track. While vehicle maintenance may vary depending on the type of vehicle, all of the below benefit from participation in a fleet maintenance management program.
Today, fleet maintenance management is much easier thanks to advanced fleet management software and metrics. The right software streamlines workflows, using artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies to assess the state of any fleet vehicle better and ensure the most uptime for any particular vehicle.
Fleet managers and operators need a cost-effective, holistic view of the availability of their fleets to complete tasks. In today's global supply chain, fleet managers require absolute precision in knowing how many trucks and vehicles are available. A solid fleet maintenance program ensures the availability of all types of vehicles.
Having a handle on fleets will become even more important as more companies move to electronic vehicles and require more specific real-time analytics about the performance of their vehicles and what updates they need to perform as expected.
Advanced fleet maintenance management provides several key benefits for fleet operators and organizations that can provide a competitive advantage over those using more rudimentary or manual processes.
While the positives of a fleet maintenance management system significantly outweigh the negatives, there are some issues any organization should consider if it wants to adopt it.
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