GE invests $10 million in maintenance technology

GE Trailer Fleet Services announced a $10 million investment to help trucking firms analyze and better control their maintenance cost on leased and customer-owned trailers. GE invested in technology, mechanic recruiting and training, and core business process improvements in its 100 branches in North America.

During 2006, GE has increased network bandwidth across its entire branch infrastructure, installed hundreds of new computers and peripherals, and erected local wireless networks. The technology supports the deployment of a new software-loaded handheld device from Symbol Technologies that will be used by all GE trailer mechanics to gather and transmit – almost in real time – repair data, photographs and billing approval requests to customers. The device will also be used out on the road at customer sites with GE’s Mobile Maintenance Service vans.

GE launched a national recruiting program for qualified trailer mechanics in August, and announced the founding of GE Trailer Mechanic University, a multilevel internal training program to support ongoing mechanic retention, skills and career paths. GE Trailer Mechanic University will offer a combination of on-site and Web-based instruction.

GE Trailer Fleet Services, a single-source provider for all aspects of trailer fleet management, made these announcements at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Dallas.