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Connecting the world

10 JUNE 2019

Scania now has more than 300,000 connected vehicles, benefiting customers throughout the world. With connectivity as standard since 2011, Scania systematically leverages data on vehicle and driver performance to help customers’ operations to be more efficient.


Connecting the mining industry

With a fleet of 500 Scania trucks, VPR Mining Infra, a leading contract mining company, is based in India, and also has operations in Senegal and Indonesia. At its open cast mining operation in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Scania Site Optimisation based on Scania Fleet Management is being deployed to assess vehicle and driver performance with data on fuel consumption, idling, braking, and productivity.


Fleet Management also provides the basis for coaching drivers. By connecting more than 400 drivers, those in need of extra training have been identified, thereby reducing idling time and removing waste from the operation. The flow of vehicles has also been balanced to reduce production losses due to queuing and waiting.


“Earlier, we faced problems with trucks queuing on the loading machine and operators overloading the trucks,” says VPR Heavy Equipment Manager P Sendil. “Once the truck is overloaded, it keeps spilling and degrading roads, increasing maintenance costs. Scania Site Optimisation has helped us to reduce maintenance costs, fuel costs and operational costs while production is increasing.”


Enabling growth in the fertiliser industry

Brazilian company Adubos Fertipol Indústria e Comercio has been manufacturing and distributing fertilisers at its base in Mato Grosso do Sul for more than 40 years, but the company previously relied on independent transport companies.


With connectivity, General Manager Alexandre Lorenzini realised that the company could monitor its operations and accurately control costs. To enhance efficiency, Fertipol also started operating its own fleet in May 2017. It currently has 21 connected trucks.


According to Lorenzini, Scania’s connected services was a decisive argument in acquiring vehicles. Initially, the company planned for a slower ramp-up, but due to the cost reduction obtained through vehicle and driver data, the company speeded up its own operations.


Fertipol now uses the data to plan routes, considering fuel consumption and vehicle wear. It selects routes that offers better operational results even when involving longer distances. Driver data is closely monitored as the basis for training and the assessments form the basis for determining a minimum standard and a bonus programme.


Fertipol has now expressed an interest in operating the entire fleet that it uses, so as to benefit from Scania’s connected services and the inherent cost savings.


Getting rid of waste

Marseille-based Noe Concept specialises in waste handling, which encompasses a range of activities, including collecting waste from hospitals with a fleet of seven Scania trucks.


Noe Concept benefits from connectivity enabling real-time monitoring of the positions of its vehicles. Together with its customer, the Greater Marseille Authority, it is using the data to evaluate waste collection efficiency. “The reliability of the Scania connected trucks and availability of services is a strength of our offer,” says Gregory Montoya, Operations Manager at Noe Concept.


Oiling the wheels for smooth operations

Established in 1999, World Oil Limited is a privately-owned company that imports, distributes and markets petroleum products in eastern and central Africa. The company has invested in storage facilities and fuel trucks to transport its products. It delivers petroleum products in Tanzania, as well as to the neighbouring countries of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.


World Oil Limited and Scania Tanzania have worked together for many years, and this partnership has resulted in the recent order of an additional 100 new Scania trucks for delivery in 2018, all equipped with Scania Fleet Management systems.


“That helps us to monitor and control all our trucks. We are able to follow up vehicle performance and the proper utilisation as well as monitoring driver skills. It also supports us in planning maintenance and repairs, thereby reducing downtime and ensuring smooth operations,” says Operations Manager Cephas Zulu.


Making a profitable connection

The Mexican bus conglomerate Transcomunicador consists of 21 private bus companies that have joined together to operate public transport services in Mexico City, serving the nine million inhabitants of the city proper.


Using Scania connectivity, the bus fleet is constantly positioned with valuable data on performance and driving conditions. “We use this information as the basis for an incentive programme for our drivers while Scania makes use of the data for preventive and corrective maintenance services,” says Rafael Sanchez Osornio, General Director of Transcomunicador.


“It was a very pleasant surprise to realise that our buses delivered according to performance and efficiency expectations. When we started, we had a consumption efficiency of less than 1.3 km/litre, and nowadays we have reached an average fleet fuel consumption of more than 1.8 km/litre. This is one of greatest sources of cost savings and, of course, that means higher profitability.”


Better uptime, regularity and punctuality

Eternal East runs the largest cross-border coach service in Hong Kong, with a fleet of over 200 coaches and a total of 400 routine shifts idea between Hong Kong and points on mainland China, including the city of Shenzhen and Disneyland in Hong Kong.


Since introducing Scania Fleet Management in 2013, the company has been able to employ a more in-depth, real-time analysis of its service, with the result that it has improved its vehicles’ uptime, and its buses’ regularity and punctuality.


“We used to rely on traditional reporting methods from our drivers for our operating statistics, which in some cases may not be very accurate,” says Vivien Lee, Assistant General Manager of Eternal East.


“After introducing the Scania coaches to our fleet, we had the opportunity to implement the Fleet Management System, which has effectively strengthened our fleet management methods. It gives us a deeper performance analysis, allowing us to provide driver training to those that need it. That leads to better fuel economy and a better travelling experience for our passengers.”