The Filter Minder Connect solution monitors heavy-duty engine fuel filters and engine oil condition, consists of components that can be installed in minutes, and integrates into existing on-board telematics and fleet management systems.
Filtration efficiency is lost when filters are changed too soon, product engineers note, while 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. 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.
The sensors and companion receiver wirelessly transmit engine performance data to the cloud; 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 Donaldson Filter Minder Director Nate Zambon. Expanding connected technology to fuel filters and engine oil condition helps fleet managers and heavy-duty vehicle operators optimize filter and fluid maintenance intervals to get the most out of their equipment, he adds. — Donaldson Co., Minneapolis, Minn., 319/234-0231 ext. 11; www.Donaldson.com