Mr. Sachin Nijhawan Vice President and Business Head Mahindra Construction Equipment
Data matters: Machine to machine communication and data have become a necessity for most construction equipment. These machines come loaded with software technology to gather data about the machine and its functioning. The softwares collect data on fuel consumption, pressure, idle time, hydraulic functions, location, system malfunctions, etc. The collected data is then analysed to find the problem areas and then solve them for better performing machines. Equipment now come with inbuilt location and remote monitoring software to ensure the machine’s efficiency and safety. The inbuilt data collection system ensures the machines become smart machines that operators cannot exploit.
We have machines that keep the owners informed of the exact amount of fuel in them, and how much of it is being used where, in addition to data on the machine’s idle time, and if there is anything wrong with any part of the machine. The software ensures that problems are caught in the bud while they can be solved with smaller expenses instead of them growing big and leading to larger damage of both machine and productivity.
IoT has made it possible to live monitor one’s machine and its condition from any corner of the world. You can get live updates about the machine via a single sms with use of remote care technology that the Mahindra Earthmaster comes equipped with. Additionally, the machines come hardwired to stop and shut down completely should certain parameters of temperature and or pressure be exceeded. This is smart self care technology that the machines come equipped with. In the past, lack of this technology led to the machines being abused by the operators leading to heavy repairs and replacements.
There is no denying that smart is the operative word today and that it is the smart machines that provide higher efficiency in the hands of a skilled operator. The hardware and the software can no longer be independent of each other if we have to break the glass ceiling of machine performance. The more closely integrated the two components are, the more efficient and smarter the machines will be. And the smarter the machines are, the better they will perform.