Contact us About us Media far fa-map-marker-alt Find a Branch far fa-phone-alt 13 15 52 far fa-user-alt Coates Connect far fa-shopping-cart Hire Now

Equipment for Hire

Access Earthmoving Lighting Site Accommodation Air & Air Accessories Floor & Cleaning Materials Handling Tools & Equipment Concrete & Masonry Generators & Power Distribution Pipeline Testing Traffic Management Confined Space Entry Ladders & Scaffolding Propping & Structural Support Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Compaction Landscaping Water Management & Pumps Welding Construction Lasers Lift & Shift Shoring
Equipment for Hire
Access Earthmoving Lighting Site Accommodation Air & Air Accessories Floor & Cleaning Materials Handling Tools & Equipment Concrete & Masonry Generators & Power Distribution Pipeline Testing Traffic Management Confined Space Entry Ladders & Scaffolding Propping & Structural Support Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Compaction Landscaping Water Management & Pumps Welding Construction Lasers Lift & Shift Shoring Find out more

Engineering Solutions

Design & Installation Water Management Structural Support Traffic Management
Engineering Solutions
Design & Installation Water Management Structural Support Traffic Management View all Engineering Solutions

Industrial Solutions

Site Management Equipment & Services Technology & Innovation
Industrial Solutions
Site Management Equipment & Services Technology & Innovation View all Industrial Solutions

Training Courses

Asbestos Removal Electrical Safety Laser Safety Underground Assets Confined Space Elevated Work Platforms Load restraint & plant safety VOC Construction and Small Equipment Forklift Traffic Control Work at Heights
Training Courses
Asbestos Removal Electrical Safety Laser Safety Underground Assets Confined Space Elevated Work Platforms Load restraint & plant safety VOC Construction and Small Equipment Forklift Traffic Control Work at Heights View all Training Courses

Technology

Iot and Smart Job Sites Coates Connect SiteIQ Drones and digital twins Product technology Find out more
Technology
Iot and Smart Job Sites Coates Connect SiteIQ Drones and digital twins Product technology Find out more
fas fa-bars Access Earthmoving Lighting Site Accommodation Air & Air Accessories Floor & Cleaning Materials Handling Tools & Equipment Concrete & Masonry Generators & Power Distribution Pipeline Testing Traffic Management Confined Space Entry Ladders & Scaffolding Propping & Structural Support Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Compaction Landscaping Water Management & Pumps Welding Construction Lasers Lift & Shift Shoring Find out more Design & Installation Water Management Structural Support Traffic Management View all Engineering Solutions Site Management Equipment & Services Technology & Innovation View all Industrial Solutions Asbestos Removal Electrical Safety Laser Safety Underground Assets Confined Space Elevated Work Platforms Load restraint & plant safety VOC Construction and Small Equipment Forklift Traffic Control Work at Heights View all Training Courses Iot and Smart Job Sites Coates Connect SiteIQ Drones and digital twins Product technology Find out more far fa-shopping-cart Hire Now far fa-user My Coates Hire far fa-map-marker-alt Find a branch far fa-phone 13 15 52 Contact us About us Media

Coates takes delivery of bespoke telemetry device to accelerate retrofit

Coates has begun the installation at scale of a newly developed retrofit telemetry device designed to give customers greater insight into the performance and utilisation of their hire equipment. Find out why Coates is investing in this technology and discover some of the clever design features that are benefiting Coates customers. 

 

Investing in a telemetry-enabled fleet

 

In 2019 Coates began searching for a new type of retrofit telemetry device to complement their overall IoT deployment. It needed to be a device that could be retrofitted to its existing mobile fleet, allowing customers to reduce operating costs, find new project efficiencies, and maximise the value of their rental equipment. 

The challenges Coates faced in delivering this technology included finding a device that:

  • Could be universally applied across a large and diverse fleet.
  • Had sufficient battery for up to three years’ use.
  • Required no hard wiring to capture machine utilisation.
  • Could be installed by Coates branch staff in 15 minutes or less. 

 

Without a suitable telemetry product available at the time, Coates partnered with Tasmanian-based engineering house Definium Technologies to design and manufacture a bespoke solution. 

Following a successful prototype testing phase, Coates funded the engineering and production of 5,000 devices in FY21. The company has now taken delivery of these units and to complete the planned telemetry retrofit, a total of 12,500 units will be manufactured and installed during the next 12 months, across Coates’ remaining eligible fleet

 

Clever design features

 

According to Joshua Tompkins, Product Owner – Industrial IoT at Coates, some unique design features make the Coates telemetry device stand out from other products that are available today.

 

Rapid Deployment

 

Speed of installation was an important factor in the selection of this design. “Installing Coates bespoke telemetry device across our entire fleet is expected to save the equivalent of 12 years of labour, compared to using some of the popular off-the-shelf products,” Joshua says. “But the original Coates brief called for a device that could be installed in 15 minutes or less and we’re already averaging under 10 minutes. As we gain momentum, I expect that time could drop to as little as five minutes.”

A scannable data matrix code on the external housing for each device is creating additional efficiencies by eliminating the need to manually enter the serial numbers for each device. “Using our in-house maintenance app MyFleet, this matrix allows each device to be very quickly mapped and associated with the piece of equipment it will be installed on, shaving even more time off installation,” says Joshua.

 

Clever Calibration 

 

To preserve battery power, each Coates telemetry device intermittently checks for vibration, only recording data when the equipment is in use. However, given the diversity of the Coates fleet, calibrating each device to determine when it is operational proved to be another significant challenge for the design team at Definium Technologies.

“These devices may be fitted to equipment ranging from small welders and generators, right through to large earthmoving equipment,” Joshua explains. “And as you would expect, the vibration created by some of the smaller equipment will vary significantly from a large roller that vibrates by design. It was also going to be impossible to mandate precisely where each device would be installed on the each piece of equipment.”

How calibration works across the entire Coates fleet is actually quite clever. To calibrate each device, the installer simply uses an included magnet to put the device in calibration mode while they idle the equipment. The telemetry device is then programmed to begin sampling vibrations, creating a base threshold for all future operation. 

 

Scalable Functionality 

 

These telemetry devices will initially be retrofitted to a diesel fleet, but Coates’ large range of electric equipment presents opportunities to capture additional telemetry data over time. “Whether customers want to measure fuel tank levels, battery health, or monitor engine diagnostics, we need to be able to adapt and scale the capability of these devices as demand grows and customer needs change,” says Joshua. 

To future-proof this technology, an additional pre-wired expansion port was built into the design. The port allows Coates to add sensors for an individual machine, without having to replace the device. Combined with Australian manufacturing and rapid installation, this feature gives customers access to a much more sustainable and cost-effective telemetry solution in years to come.

Coates recent telemetry investment builds on an ongoing commitment to bring increasingly IoT-enabled technologies and platforms to customers. Discover how telemetry can support your next major project, or reach out to Coates today.

 

 

 


 

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

{{ socialIcon(api.type) }} {{ socialIcon(api.type) }} {{ socialIcon(api.type) }}
Find out how we can help with your project fas fa-phone-alt CALL US 13 15 52 Submit Enquiry

By submitting this enquiry you agree to Coates's Communications Terms & Conditions

Give us a call
fas fa-phone-alt 13 15 52 fas fa-check 24/7 Online Services fas fa-check Safety Standard Guarantee fas fa-check Same day delivery available
far fa-times-circle Your enquiry has been submitted

Thank you for your enquiry. One of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.