February 17, 2020

Navigating the Maze of the Telematics World

What an absolutely amazing world in which we live in. If you are an engineer, a maintenance professional, an owner, an operator or an end-user – regardless of industry – you are witnessing the next industrial transformation. From current “diagnostic” maintenance we’re diving into a full on predictive maintenance and reliability methodology with an ever increasing role for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Implementing New Technology

Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Industry 4.0, telematics and other buzz words are often included when organizations declare they’re implementing a digital transformation strategy. However, even though it’s been a slow continual process installing and equipping mission critical equipment and production assets with sensor and software systems, a considerable portion of owners are only employing basic functionality and are limited in the scope, information, and data interpretation they are receiving at this time. While some organizations will be better than others in completing the install of these systems, much of the uncertainty occurs in the application and execution stages – funnelling through the data, determining what a critical fault code/error should be, then prioritizing and allocating the time and resources to address what is an actual issue that affects your bottom line.

OEM’s and equipment owners each have a vested stake improving their business, but they are not always congruent how they get there. An OEM knows many vital design and operational specifications and parameters, but this information will come at a cost and in the form of an upsell of parts, products and/or services. In speaking with several current Fluid Life customers using OEM solutions, they shared that on any given day as much as one-third of the telematics systems in place do not report data as designed. If that’s the case, and when these telematics systems have possibly already been paid for in the form of CapEx as part of the original equipment purchase, would there be a priority or sense of urgency to repair them? You be the judge.

A Different Approach to Telematics Integration

At Fluid Life our approach is different. After years of watching, studying and assessing the industry, the pinch points, and customer needs we’ve developed a system where you can monitor what’s happening with your mobile or fixed assets in a single platform. We call this UCM or Unified Condition Monitoring, with the key term being “Unified.”

Gone are the days trying to combine huge quantities of machinery operational and health data from separate telematics systems, software platforms, existing sensors and oil analysis systems. Now you can “Unify” all of this data along with additional oil sensors (i.e. Oil Cleanliness, Fluid Property, and Metallic Wear Debris) that report on the lubrication in a system and the components in question that they lubricate. This system is agile and allows you to scale your program with a trusted and willing partner; at a pace and a cadence that you are comfortable with, knowing that you don’t have to go it alone.

All of these data points are gathered, deposited and reported out of Fluid Life’s myLab™ web application. Data is integrated and analyzed to determine what is considered “normal” from a plethora of potential anomalies and tracked parameters providing you with actionable insight rather than information overload.

As the end-user engages within myLab, here lies the ability to navigate this maze of information I/O’s and with the guidance and mentorship of our TEAM of subject matter experts. We provide to you and your team the much needed “Domain Knowledge” so that you know what to do and when.  Customers have trusted us with traditional laboratory services for over three decades and this is the culmination of those relationships and in hearing your needs as we serve as the voice of the customer.

Benefits of a Unified Approach

The benefits of a unified approach to condition monitoring are many. Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • Unifies all of your condition monitoring data into one system, including historical data imports and read-ins so that data integrity is maintained.
  • Real-time sensor data on critical oil properties integrated with traditional lab oil testing results provide more balanced, comprehensive and useful machine health condition assessments.
  • Advanced laboratory tests triggered by telemetry results allow for a targeted approach while minimizing spending.
  • Enables better alignment of your condition monitoring program with failure modes and machine criticality.
  • Unmatched financial gains in key operational areas: Reliability, Production and Fleet Operations.
  • Low infrastructure costs (no expensive mesh or satellite communications required).
  • Automatic alert prioritization using predictive data streams.
  • Universal application for any brand of equipment. We don’t speak on behalf of an OEM but rather we speak on behalf of your equipment that doesn’t have a voice.

Learn more about Unified Condition Monitoring – download the brochure or contact a Fluid Life representative today.


Jeff Walkup is a respected industry leader and welcomes the opportunity to bring his 25 years of experience in condition monitoring and other non-destructive testing protocol solutions to Fluid Life customers.