AVID measures up with new services for bus operators21 October 2016

A popular manufacturing technique to boost factory efficiency is behind a new system designed to help bus operators with fleet efficiency.

Automotive cleantech firm AVID Technology has launched a new system, comprising three services – Smart Speed, Smart Shield and Smart Spanner – to reduce costs, boost productivity and improve service delivery and safety.

The offer is based on the principles of Total Preventative Maintenance (TPM), commonly employed by manufacturers operations across the world.

AVID’s managing director Ryan Maughan (pictured, right, with business improvement consultant Giles Johnston) says the company has spent 18 months developing its system using the principles of TPM. The result, he says, is a combination of practical ideas that will improve overall operational performance within fleet maintenance departments.

“It’s widely accepted that fleet maintenance is riddled with unknowns and scenarios that operators can’t plan for, but there are also lots of things that are in their control and can be put in place which will enable businesses to respond quickly and efficiently to the unknowns,” says Maughan.

“Our new system is proven in reducing maintenance programme cost and time. By using TPM methodology, AVID Smart Speed consultants have delivered improvements including an 80% increase in workshop throughput and a 62.5% reduction in lead time from four weeks to 1.5 weeks for a large maintenance project.

“Achieving savings per vehicle can make a major contribution to a company’s bottom line. Likewise failure to address recurring issues across a large fleet can be hugely expensive, which is why we have developed a solution which enables operators to improve maintenance team efficiency and service delivery and significantly reduce maintenance costs and lost time.”

AVID is best known for its work in systems electrification and heavy-duty vehicle hybridisation, working with operators such as Arriva and Go Ahead. This latest move is part of its aim to provide aftermarket solutions for manufacturers and operators.

Laura Cork

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