Whether you are purchasing brand new or used construction equipment, ensuring you are getting the most out of each piece is the next crucial step. Although many companies may want to forge ahead and utilize all equipment right away, careful considerations is needed to make sure you are taking full advantage of all equipment items. This article outlines the steps you must take to ensure that your company is using equipment profitably and efficiently. Through these five tips, find ways to proactively to extend the life of your construction equipment and machinery.
Maintain a Good Relationship With Suppliers
The dealer who sold you your equipment isn’t just a sales person, he or she is a wealth of knowledge about your new investment. If questions arise about the operation, maintenance, or anything else regarding the care of your equipment, a good relationship with your supplier means you will always have someone knowledgeable to call for an answer. Similarly, if you encounter any problems with your machinery, that same supplier can probably help you troubleshoot and get you back on the job site. Ultimately, your supplier is an incredibly valuable resource when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of how your equipment works. Forming a long-lasting relationship will only bode well in the future, if you need to purchase other pieces going forward.
Properly Train Employees
Good employee training can make a huge difference in extending the life of your equipment. When operators aren’t 100% sure about how to use the various controls, the potential for unnecessary wear and tear – or even worse, equipment damage — is significantly higher. By putting your employees through a training program or providing one-on-one instruction, you create well informed team members who will use your machines properly. Occasional training refreshers are also a good idea to keep your employees well-versed on procedures and keep your equipment running smoothly.
Store Equipment Properly
While construction equipment is designed to withstand all sorts of rugged conditions, it’s not designed to be left out in jobsites, or exposed for very long periods of time. Making an effort to keep your machinery in a proper storage facility will go a long way in preventing the possibility of damages. Temperature-related stresses are often avoidable if equipment is stored properly. Although the circumstances may dictate that equipment is to be left out over a short period, try your best to avoid this. Moreover, if a piece of equipment, machinery or vehicle has done its job on a project, make it a priority to store it away in case of any unpredictable accidents that may occur on a busy jobsite. Similarly, cleaning equipment regularly, especially before prolonged periods of storage, will help to keep it in good working condition and have it ready for your next job.
Keep Up With Regular Maintenance
All machinery needs regular preventative maintenance to operate well. Check with your supplier (see first tip on keep up a good relationship with suppliers) to get your specific equipment’s maintenance schedule, and then perform that maintenance in full every time it is due. Regular maintenance often includes oil analysis and changing, cleaning residues, and replacing worn out components. It is easy to forget about this or prolong it until later, but keeping your equipment well maintained is essential. By not being diligent and leaving equipment maintenance overdue, you may experience irreversible damage which can shorten its life cycle.
Implement an Equipment Management Software
You may keep meticulous records, but even the most detail-oriented person can’t compete with good equipment management software. A good program will keep tabs on things like operating costs, hours of use, maintenance records, return on investment, deprecation and more. Many equipment management systems work on mobile phones, laptops and tablets, making it easier to access important data from anywhere and at any time. If you are inexperienced with equipment management software, many developers offer free trials, so be sure to test out a few options before settling on the package that suits your needs the best.
Like any big investment, you want your construction equipment to last a long time and is an essential component to your business. Without reliable and well-maintained equipment, you run the risk of delaying the progress of existing jobs, and hurt your chances of securing more projects.
If you find that your pieces of equipment and machinery aren’t lasting as long as you’d like, perhaps your issues can be fixed by implementing more thorough training and maintenance. Also, project delays due to equipment damage are often avoidable, and is often caused by inadequate maintenance or improper use. Taking these steps into consideration will stand to benefit your company in the long run, and provides a short checklist to ensure your equipment continues to function well for a long time to come.