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Remote control decreases downtime on Florida’s Interstate-4

The fourth of a five-part series looks at the ground-breaking Interstate-4 reconstruction project in Florida. We’ll deliver the details directly to your inbox every Wednesday. This week, we delve into how Volvo CE’s ActiveCare Direct service is increasing efficiency and uptime on the complex project.

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The alert came in on a sunny Wednesday morning in Florida: ’Engine coolant critically low’. A technician sprang into action, temporarily halting a Volvo excavator from its work on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, where the machine had been playing its part in one of the country’s largest infrastructure initiatives. A leak in the coolant tank was discovered.

The results of an incident like this can be catastrophic. An overheated block or blown gasket often spells the end for that machine’s engine and a costly repair, not to mention downtime on the job site – machines standing still – which results in decreased efficiency and a delayed schedule. There is no room for such failures on the I-4 Ultimate project, a $2.3 billion reconstruction of a 21-mile stretch of Florida’s Interstate 4, west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County, passing through the global theme park destination of Orlando along the way. Contractors are penalized for not completing work on budget and on schedule, so downtime would hit their profit margins on top of already costly machine repairs.

To read the full story, see Reconstructing the I-4: Remote control decreases downtime on Florida's Interstate 4 in Spirit Magazine.