Donaldson Company announced this week its Filter MinderConnect solution is now available for monitoring fuel filters and engine oil condition on heavy-duty engines. Donaldson says its Filter Minder system components can be installed on equipment in minutes and the solution integrates into existing on-board telematics and fleet management systems.
Filtration efficiency is lost when filters are changed too soon. Alternatively, servicing filters or changing fluids too late can result in unplanned downtime and additional cost. Engine oil analysis programs, while valuable, can be time and labor intensive. Donaldson says Filter Minder connect sensors can measure pressure drop and differential pressure on fuel filters, plus the condition of engine oil, including density, viscosity, dielectric constant, and resistivity – characteristics that allow fleet managers to make more informed maintenance decisions. With the Filter Minder Connect monitoring solution, the company says users can achieve more uptime and productivity for a better bottom line.
According to Donaldson, the Filter Minder Connect sensors and receiver wirelessly transmit performance data to the cloud and predictive analytics inform users when filters and engine oil are approaching the end of their optimal life. Fleets that utilize Geotab and Filter Minder Connect monitoring can receive fleet data and analytics on their laptop or mobile device via the MyGeotab dashboard – making it easier to monitor filtration systems and oil, and to service them at the optimal time.
“We’ve seen great success with our Filter Minder Connect monitoring solution, which has been commercially available for engine air filtration in on-highway trucks and off-road equipment for the past year,” says Nate Zambon, director, Filter Minder, Donaldson. “We are pleased to expand our connected technology to fuel filters and engine oil condition, helping fleet managers and heavy-duty operators optimize filter and fluid maintenance intervals to get the most out of their equipment.”