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March 19, 2018 4:30 PM, EDT

Penske Truck Leasing Adds Digital Prompts for Maintenance Technicians

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Penske Truck Leasing Co. has begun using fully digital and voice-directed truck fleet preventive maintenance processes that technicians follow when working on its fleet of more than 266,000 vehicles.

The system is based on a customized version of Honeywell International Inc.’s voice maintenance and inspection product. It provides voice prompts via a headset to direct maintenance technicians through a preventive inspection. It is the foundation of Penske’s proprietary PM process, providing the ability to tailor inspections to the specific vehicle, its age, specifications and current and future technologies, according to the Reading, Pa.-based company.

“With this solution, workers make fewer errors, have higher job satisfaction rates and are more productive,” Taylor Smith, president of Honeywell’s workflow solutions business, said in a statement.

“We’re putting the technology our technicians need to work smarter and faster right at the point of repair to keep our customers and their businesses moving forward,” said Gregg Mangione, senior vice president of maintenance at Penske Truck Leasing.

Penske Truck Leasing Co. is a partnership of Penske Corp., Penske Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co.