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The AEM/AEMP telematics standard is a major step forward. Many people have worked long and hard to reach this point, and we should all be thankful for their efforts.

Equipment-using organizations often use their fleet to promote their brand. The name is on both sides of the equipment; their logo identifies the organization. Senior managers get quite involved and particular when it comes to how the company brand is portrayed.

There are pros and cons to painting equipment with a unique color scheme.

Equipment is a capital-intensive business, yet capital is a scarce and expensive resource. That is why so much of what we do is focused on capital expenditure (capex) and the capital-expenditure budget.

This structured process pulls together the required information in order for it to be used to produce excellent equipment rates.

Setting the internal charge-out rate is probably the most difficult, contentious and important task that an equipment manager needs to perform. Let’s look at each of those words to better understand the situation and then attempt to develop a process that helps.

Every equipment organization I’ve ever known has a problem with theft and security of their small equipment. When I say small equipment, I’m talking about small generator sets, tamps and jumping jacks, cut-off saws, small pumps, and dozens of other such items. It’s the group of tools with relatively short lives, and most all of them cost well under $5,000.

Decisions made at each juncture lead to seven possible acquisition outcomes.



What is best: buy, borrow, lease or rent? The question comes up often, and there are no right answers, only intelligent choices. Although cost is certainly important, it is not the overriding consideration. Many other factors and risks must be considered.

What do you buy when you buy a wheel loader? Do you buy one unit? Or do you buy a certain number of productive wheel loader hours that you put into inventory and keep there as an asset until it is used up in the production of work? The accountants certainly see the new wheel loader as an asset that will be depreciated over time.

The term “Best Practices” has become an overused catch phrase in our construction industry. It’s like the weather; everyone talks about it, but practically no one does anything with it. Managers use the popular Best Practices phrase to sell an idea or a concept. A Best Practices program is really a formalized, documented system of managing continuous improvement.


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