Construction Equipment Executive Institute

Learn the fundamentals of fleet management from our collection of articles and videos. The best in asset management for the construction equipment professional.

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By the time you reach my age, you are able to take a long-term perspective on things. Long ago and far away, we ran the equipment fleet with little emphasis on preventive maintenance. I spent many school vacations developing preventive maintenance check lists, and we did change the oil, adjust…
Last month we discussed the need to know how equipment-related transactions flow through the organization and detailed a process for operating costs. We introduced a diagram of how charges flow from the job accounts to the equipment account. This article details a process for owning costs and…
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Last month, we introduced lifecycle cost as a subject that many people talk about but few people really understand. We devoted Part I to two things: the calculation of the hourly operating cost for an example…

Many people and organizations talk about “minimum life cycle cost per hour” or “minimum hourly cost of ownership.” Few know exactly what they are talking about, and few, if any, provide the tools needed to implement the concept and understand how cost per hour varies over the life of the machine…

Life is often not as difficult as it seems, and it is a good idea to ratchet back on complexity, keep things simple, and stick to what is important.

The input/process/output diagram above helps us do exactly that, and it can improve the way we measure and manage maintenance effectiveness…

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued a new standard on accounting for leases (ASU 2016-02), and these will need to be fully implemented by public companies in 2019 and by private companies in 2020. Certain aspects of the implementation and transition methodology is…

We constantly wrestle with the replacement decision. Sometimes it is relatively easy, and we know we have made the right call. Most days, however, we go home and wonder if it would not have been better to keep the old unit a little longer.

The replacement decision is complicated because…

We are very good at collecting data when the transaction in question has a dollar sign attached to it. Every transaction on your credit card is recorded in detail and processed almost instantaneously because it is a commercial transaction. Transactions that do not have dollar signs attached to…

Equipment management is a complex and difficult task that affects almost every aspect of a company’s operations. The skills required vary from the master mechanic to the finance specialist, and organization structures depend more on the personalities involved than careful planning and…

Accurate equipment cost hinges on the answers to two different questions: What does it cost to bring the machine into your fleet and keep it there, and what does it cost to put it to work? To answer the first, you must know and understand owning costs. To answer the second, you must know and…

A work order coding system exists not simply because the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) has a field to be filled in. It exists to provide information required to run your business. Before you design and develop it, you absolutely must decide on your key performance…

Managers often take owning costs for granted. Most costs are largely fixed upon closing the deal, and it seems relatively easy to estimate the monthly owning costs likely throughout the anticipated life of a machine. There appear to be few uncertainties in the calculation, and the major risk is…

Last month, we introduced the total cost diagram as a simple, easy-to-use graphic to define age zones based on the time in the life of a machine when the average cost per hour, life to date, reaches a minimum. (See "…

In my interactions with fleet managers around minimum life-to-date costs and the sweet-spot curve (see “Sweet Spot Revisited”), two valid questions often arise: “How do I explain the concept, and how do I…

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