For years I’ve been fascinated with the progression and evolution of telematics packages in heavy equipment. First in individual pieces of iron, and then to include fleets and job sites. The bigger and more expansive the telematics, the better. Now another telematics device has captured my attention. But this isn’t bigger. This is actually much smaller, and quite unassuming.
Perkins Engines is one of the leading suppliers of off-highway diesel and gas engines in the 5 to 2800hp market. The company tailors engines for numerous equipment manufacturers, namely Caterpillar. I recently spent a day touring their assembly plant in Seguin, TX. But before we put on our day-glo vests and safety glasses, Perkins officials announced the launch of the Perkins SmartCap. It’s a telematics device that basically replaces the oil filler cap on new and existing Perkins engines.
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The cap monitors the engine and sends data directly to an app that can be downloaded for free. It tracks engine running hours, engine location, and when the engine is started and stopped. With the app, it keeps track of service reminders and service logs and offers a parts book and consumables information. The cost is only $49.99.
Perkins general manager-Aftermarket, Michael Wright says, “The low-cost cap and free app are very simple to use.
Also the fact the cap can be fitted to any Perkins mechanical or electronic engine in a matter of minutes and instantly provide engine telematics, will be appreciated by millions of end-users in both the US and around the world.”
You can check out more on the SmartCap here.
Innovation doesn’t necessarily have to happen on a grand scale. I learned the lesson about big things coming in small packages a long time ago, but when one of those things comes along I can’t help but be impressed.