Jason Kreps, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast
If you’re interested in apps, want to learn more about telematics, or just have questions about equipment technology in general, Jason Kreps is a guy you want to know. As Product Specialist Manager for RDO Equipment Co., Jason works with customers across all three regions of the company’s construction division.
Wait, construction? Why did host Tony Kramer invite a construction guy on a podcast about agriculture equipment? You’re about to find out.
Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation. Listen to the full episode here.
First off, tell us about your background in the industry.
I’ve been with RDO Equipment Co. about nine years. In the past 2 ½ years, I’ve spent most of my time on the telematics and technology side of the industry. So I work primarily with construction customers, and lead our team of product specialists that drive JDLink™ technology, inform our customers about changes, and help customers find new ways to optimize their business.
Today we’re talking about the John Deere MyMaintenance app. What is it?
It’s very new, within the past couple of months. It’s a very efficient and hands-on way to track maintenance, keep track of PM intervals, monitor costs, and basically get away from tracking on paper.
With maintenance tracking, can alerts be set up? Can I get a notification telling me that something is ready for maintenance?
Yes, this ties right into your JDLink account. You can set up an alert notification in there, and get a reminder, either text or email, 50 hours prior to service due. The nice thing about that is it gives you time to plan downtime. You don’t have to stop in the middle of a job to do that service; you can do it towards the end or beginning of the day when the machine doesn’t have to be up and running.
Talk about some of the features and what kind of value this app offers.
A really nice feature is John Deere has its own factory plans it loads in there. So, whether a wheel loader, a combine, whatever piece of John Deere equipment, you can pull up the factory recommendations and see what they recommend you do at that service interval.
You can also take your parts list out of the maintenance scheduler and bring it right into John Deere’s online parts ordering. You know exactly what parts you need, the cost, and if you’re preparing ahead of time, you can have those shipped to you and perform that service in a few days or a week.
Another value is you just have a better record of service. You don’t have to go in and hunt through old invoices. When you go to trade in that machine, you can prove you’ve taken care of it. You can easily pull up the log of services and show everything.
Sounds like a lot of value, efficient with tracking, and giving our customers options.
John Deere has done a great job of tying in all their technologies, info that’s already in JDLink, and coupling it with the new the MyMainteannce app and website.
Now, you focus mostly on the construction equipment side. Can our ag customer use this as well?
Yes, as long as you have a JDLink account, you can get in there through your JDLink dashboard. The app is a quick and easy download, and it’s the same login info as the JDLink site. You can put it on an iPad, Android phone, whatever device you prefer.
Follow Jason and send him your questions on Twitter at @RDOJasonK.
Read the news release to learn more about the John Deere MyMaintenance App.
Jason and Tony went into greater detail about John Deere MyMaintenance app, benefits, and integration with the complete JDLink information management system, so please listen to the entire episode. Catch up on older episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the Agriculture Technology podcast so you never miss an episode.
Host Tony Kramer is a product specialist at RDO Equipment Co. To contact Tony with questions or about being a guest on the podcast, find him on Twitter at @RDOTonyK.