Uptake Expands Beyond Trial With PepsiCo

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Uptake Technologies Inc. announced that the U.S. beverage and Frito-Lay divisions of PepsiCo have begun using its predictive maintenance software to prevent vehicle issues before they happen.

Chicago-based Uptake provides industrial artificial intelligence and Internet of Things analytics platforms. The company reported its software can provide the divisions with 138 different insights.

For example, Uptake is monitoring fault and signal data from NOx sensors, exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filters, as well as engine coolant temperatures, and batteries and alternators, among others.


Uptake noted that during the four-month trial period, it also identified 100 pending cylinder head valve recession issues within Frito-Lay’s 700 compressed natural gas trucks with more than 95% accuracy.

At the same time, Uptake said the divisions are tapping into the “vast amount” of existing telematics, fluids, and historical work order data they already have, and turning that information into actionable recommendations that help with maintenance.

PepsiCo ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America. — Transport Topics

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