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Getting Smart About Preventative Maintenance For Your Construction Assets

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Scenario: You’re in the middle of a contracted job and one of the major pieces of equipment required begins to malfunction. Another maintenance check already? You can’t remember when the last check-up was but it can’t have been long ago. Arranging a service would mean delaying the project, so you hope for the best. No luck. Suddenly it breaks down, causing workplace injuries and putting the project on hold for a few days. It’s a worst-case scenario most want to avoid, as it can cost you a pretty penny.

How could this have been avoided?

When you’re running operations across different locations, preventing asset breakdowns is a real challenge. You can’t be everywhere at once. But once telematics is installed across your fleet and assets, you have eyes everywhere - all from behind your desk. With real-time data, you can stay on top of maintenance schedules with no more unexpected costs or potentially dangerous breakdowns.

Say Goodbye To Paperwork

Depending on your business, machinery may be on different sites at different stages of the project.  Reactive maintenance scheduling requires a lot of dedication, and a lot of manual resources. Staying compliant and having equipment at peak performance is crucial, yet you want to make sure you don’t service everything at once or you’ll waste precious time and money waiting for machinery to become available. With telematics installed across your assets, the system does the scheduling for you. You can input vehicle and equipment specs to track usage and be notified when it’s time for a service, based on time spent in use or calendar days. It then tracks how all your equipment is running, including how much fuel has been used and how long they sit around idly. For example, if you notice there’s a particular time of year when a piece of machinery is never used, you can take that opportunity to get it up to code or better utilise it with the information that becomes available to you.

Save Money With Less Breaks

Real-time data on every machine and vehicle means you can budget ahead of time for maintenance checks and ensure you’re not out of pocket when a scheduled service rolls around. Vehicles that are well maintained are less taxing on resources like fuel and oil, and become a longer lasting asset. You can measure usage and receive alerts before things go wrong. Turning the key on your truck and finding an unexpected issue becomes a thing of the past. With regular scheduling and preventative maintenance, staying on top of your assets becomes a simple feat. That’s convenience that you can take to the bank.

Reduce Unexpected Surprises

In construction, it’s not always smooth sailing. Occasional malfunctions are inevitable. Without visibility into your site, ‘occasional’ often turns into ‘regular’. If you’re unaware of how your vehicles are running or where in the life cycle your machinery is, it could blow up in your face. Setting up alerts will let you know when a service check is right around the corner. For example, a week before your scraper is due for maintenance, an email will be sent to your back-office staff and maintenance team.

Operator behaviour is another a common cause of over-spending on maintenance. If a driver is breaking harshly or idling the engine for extended periods of time, it can be seriously costly to your business. With telematics, you gain a new view of information, all in real-time, to become more proactive in your decision making, rather than reactive. The ability to be notified instantly when things to go wrong allows you to change habits and fix issues before they become a real problem.  

Maintenance is an important and unavoidable part of the job, and a time-consuming one at that. By putting it in the hands of smart technology to do the leg work, you can get back to your projects and make sure your site runs like clockwork.


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