Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division took home a Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Award last month. The OEM’s off-highway telematics solution, ELEVATE, won in the category of OEM Features or Essential Components. The mobile first solution was launched in early 2018 and has since garnered attention from rental companies and associations worldwide.
“When developing a telematics system, we wanted to ensure it would be able to communicate the data that’s most important to rental companies,” explains Brad Boehler, president at Skyjack. “Hour meters and location transponders aren’t the critical data points for off-highway fleets, we needed to provide patterns on battery usage, lift time, and time spent idling.”
This is the 13th year for these awards, and their focus is to shed light on noteworthy innovations that propel the industry forward. The award nominations consisted of product literature, videos, and technical details, and were evaluated by a panel of experts from a variety of industry-related fields.
One judge stated that, “This telematics system captures information that is important to off-road rental equipment, not an adaptation of on-road transportation systems.” The entries were rated on innovative features, perceived value, and overall benefit to the industry. Out of a potential 40 points, Skyjack’s ELEVATE earned a total of 35.5, which was the second highest score across submissions from all sectors.
“We’re looking into ways that we can incorporate more data points into our system and help our customers make more informative decisions about how they buy, operate, and maintain their fleets,” Boehler says.
Skyjack will announce further updates on ELEVATE at The ARA Show in Anaheim.