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Get the Most out of JDLink for Your Construction Fleet

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If you own or rent John Deere construction equipment, you’re likely aware of JDLink and the advantages it offers for management of those machines. But are you using it to its full potential?

There are several ways to maximize the opportunities that come with JDLink. Here are five of the key features to be using in JDLink in order to get the most out of the platform.

1. Telematics Tracking

Whether a project manager, asset manager, or owner of a company, several individuals have vested interest in what’s happening with equipment across multiple jobsite. Likewise, no single person can be in multiple locations at once, which is why the telematics opportunities in the JDLink dashboard provide great value.

From fuel consumption to idle time, there are dozens of data points that can be tracked with JDLink’s telematics. This data gives managers the insight needed to make adjustments for better efficiency and uptime. Along with that, managers can have greater awareness of where machines are at any moment on the jobsite, ensuring those assets are where they should be.

For those who aren’t interested in logging in to manually review this data, reports can be set up in the dashboard to send the desired info at the desired time, whether that be daily, weekly, or monthly.

2. Ultimate Data
Along with seeing detailed data of all machines and locations, proper machine utilization is another important aspect of the overall management picture. This level of detail is possible by using JDLink’s Ultimate Data.

Managers can see various equipment performance stats related to how a machine is being operated. Especially in the case of training and monitoring newer equipment operators, this data can help managers determine if additional training or simple, individual operator adjustments are needed to run machines at their optimum level.

Ultimate Data also presents a way for managers to see if equipment is being over- or under-utilized, and adjust those needs as well. For example, if a loader’s data shows it’s being overworked, it may be wise to upgrade to a larger machine or add a second one to help alleviate the load. Conversely, if a manager sees one machine is underperforming, the case can be made to step down to a smaller size, potentially saving on higher rental or ownership costs, and wasted productivity opportunity.

3. Machine Alerts and Monitoring
At some point or another, virtually every machine is going to have an issue. The key is addressing and fixing it fast to limit downtime as much as possible.

Using the JDLink infrastructure, RDO Equipment Co.’s trained, knowledgeable specialists can log into a machine via Service Advisor Remote to get detailed diagnostic data, and either fix the issue remotely or by sending a software update, or pass along to a local technician who can then come ready to tackle the issue at hand – skipping the added trip to diagnose.

Taking proactive downtime prevention even further is Machine Monitoring and alerts through JDLink. RDO Equipment Co. offers Machine Health Monitoring packages, where the highly-trained team monitors these alerts, and develops a solution to prevent downtime or is able to plan and schedule it for a necessary repair.

JDLink also offers a next step in monitoring with Expert Alerts. These alerts track machine “symptoms” then produces a diagnosis or Expert Alert, which is sent directly to RDO Equipment Co.’s team to provide the solution – often, before a manager or operator is aware anything might be wrong.

4. Apps
Perhaps the greatest advantage offered by JDLink is its ability to see, track, and respond to what’s happening on the jobsite without actually being on the jobsite. With a suite of apps, JDLink takes the mobile management abilities further.

With the JDLink app, managers can access basic telematics data found in the website platform right on their phone or tablet. In the case of a machine issue, managers can use functionality provided by Google Maps to locate that machine, again, all from the convenience of a mobile device.

The Maintenance Manager is another great app and one that gives technicians added visibility to machines for faster service and onsite maintenance logging. The app can also be set up to notify a user when service is coming due on a machine. The app ties back to the Maintenance Manager website where all maintenance records, add costs, and additional notes from the service can be viewed.

John Deere offers additional, machine-specific apps. While not directly related to JDLink, these apps are another great tool for fleet managers. They’re full of helpful info on all types of machines, offering an owner’s manual experience but in a much more convenient way.

5. AEMP API Feeds
By now, one might be wondering how to get machine data into a business system. John Deere has a suite of API data feeds that users can leverage that will automatically update the business system with basic machine data such as location, hours and fuel consumption.

All the API feeds are consistent with the AEMP (Association of Equipment Management Professionals) standard format, so regardless of the brand of equipment, the data will be available in a consistent format. Data feeds can be accessed at the Develop with Deere website and are all part of a standard JDLink subscription.    

Whether you’re an experienced JDLink user or new to the technology, there are several ways to take advantage of what the platform provides. These five areas are among the best ways to maximize JDLink and best use the tool for more efficient and effective asset management.

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About the Author
Jason Kreps is Telematics Support Manager with RDO Equipment Co. in Moorhead, MN. Connect with him on Twitter @RDOJasonK.

To learn more about JDLink and how RDO Equipment Co. can support your fleet, contact machinehealth@rdoequipment.com or visit your local RDO Equipment Co. store.

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