Eaton making switch from components to systems

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Eaton Corp. — which is transforming the business model of its truck group from a component-based supplier to a systems-based solutions provider — recently created a vehicle solutions business unit to help facilitate the transition. Planned system offerings include integrated diagnostics, safety and other operational management solutions.

A key element of Eaton’s VSBU strategy is a new product development and sales agreement with @Road Inc. Eaton plans to combine its onboard diagnostic and safety systems with @Road mobile resource management to offer a customized fleet management solution, the company says.

On-demand GPS-based location intelligence, real-time vehicle diagnostics, shop management, wireless communication capabilities and other fleet asset management optimization tools all can be tailored to fit the needs of any truck fleet, according to Eaton.