Transics introduces wide range of trailer and asset management solutions

TX-MAGELLAN optimises fleet planning and maximises trailer usage

From the second quarter of 2011 onwards, Transics will progressively launch a new range of trailer solutions, under the name TX-MAGELLAN. These new tools guarantee optimal fleet planning, while maximising trailer usage. With its TX-MAGELLAN offering, Transics helps carriers address a number of key trailer management challenges, which they are facing every day.

The new trailer telematics solutions are a perfect add-on to Transics’ existing range of applications for high-end fleet management. The European player can now approach customers with an even fuller range of solutions for efficient fleet management.

Challenges of trailer and asset management

Optimal trailer and asset management is based on 3 pillars:

Efficient asset management: if trailers are being pulled by subcontractors, it is difficult for carriers to retain a clear view of the trailers’ positions, availability or travelled route. And yet, these data are crucial if they wish to deploy their fleet to the max; carry out haulage orders with an as-slim-as-possible capacity or avoid lost or stolen trailers.

Cargo monitoring: specialised transportation implies extra requirements. Carriers have to constantly stay informed of the temperature in the refrigerated trailers and quickly respond in case of anomalies. Furthermore, customers demand clear information on these in-trailer conditions, in addition to strict adherence to their procedures.

Optimal maintenance: every carrier wants its fleet to be up and running and in use as much as possible. To achieve that aim, they must ensure high-quality, optimized maintenance and overhauls, both of the fleet and trailers. After all, the trailers must be in optimal condition, at all times, to be able to work as adeptly as possible. Equally important is the cost impact: by keeping down maintenance costs and avoiding unexpected breakdowns, carriers can reduce their operating costs.

A solution to fit every requirement

TX-MAGELLAN is a family of trailer tracers, offering each specific features, to address particular requirements of the carriers.

The first three types deliver geo and route services.

GEO is an autonomous, battery-fed tracer that forwards location details to the back office several times a day, for a number of years on end. The real-time insight into the status of diverse assets (trailers, containers, skip loaders, etc.), even if these are not coupled to a truck, helps carriers use their resources to the max.

TRACE can be charged in the truck during driving. It sends its location details to the back office a couple of times per hour. The route travelled is visualised to help the planner estimate the likely arrival time.

ROUTE helps carriers accurately calculate the distance travelled. This data can then be used as a basis to check subcontractors’ kilometre-based invoices in detail, in order to avoid possible abuse.

Specialised or temperature transport requires the COLD tracer. Thanks to the connection of temperature recorders or independent sensors, carriers can verify if the required temperature conditions remain fulfilled and if the cooling unit is working optimally. If the predefined limits are exceeded, a warning is sent to the back office. Thanks to the connection with the door contacts, carriers keep an eye on the doors, to make sure they don’t stay open for too long. The temperature settings from the cooling unit can also be monitored remotely.

The CARE tracer helps optimise trailer maintenance services. As the tracer is connected to the EBS bus (Electronic Braking System) of the trailer, carriers get a clear insight into the technical data related to speed, distance, braking system, axial load and load level. This data is a great help to optimise maintenance jobs to the trailer fleet, thus helping prolong the trailers’ life span and improve driver safety.

Walter Mastelinck, CEO of Transics, is proud to present these new solutions: “TX-MAGELLAN clearly reconfirms Transics’ commitment to developing solutions that help haulage firms raise efficiency and lower costs. Our R&D programme will continue to focus on such solutions that meet – or even anticipate – the needs of today’s challenging transport sector.”

Established in 1991, Transics International NV develops and commercialises high-end fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sectors. Thanks to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become the leading European player in its sector. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (Euronext Brussels) since June 2007.