A new company is delivering truck service to the trucking company door, especially when that door is shut and the lights are out. Intellifleet, in business since June 1, sends company mechanics to a trucking company to do on-site routine and preventive maintenance during times when the trucks are not in use.
“We go from the front of the truck to the back,” said Intellifleet’s Danny Coffman during a press conference at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Intellifleet’s on-site staff are diesel mechanics that will follow a company checklist or their own procedures. A company can sign up for a specific level of service, says Coffman, from simply replacing fluids to a full check.
Intellifleet also will report serious problems to the company; for example, bearing problems would be noted, but the on-site Intellifleet mechanic would not attempt to repair them.
Coffman says that in addition to saving companies money by providing service when the truck is parked and when a driver is not on standby – as is the case if the truck is taken to a service center – service mechanics can alert the company to problems that may arise over the long term, such as a steady brake fluid leak.
Intellifleet is working with small fleets in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, with plans to expand nationwide.