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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Complicated software problems often occur where workflows require one system to “talk” to another so that they can exchange data or perform different parts of the same workflow.

Most of us have been challenged by the interface between our maintenance management software (MMS) and our…

Sometimes we are so tied up with complicated, difficult problems that we overlook the solid fundamentals that make things work. The fleet numbering system is one of those fundamentals. Individual units in your fleet vary tremendously in terms of form, function, size, weight, productive capacity…

Many long and complex discussions have taught me that setting up an effective work-order coding system is more complex than it appears. Two problems occur frequently. First, the list of applicable codes is so long and complex that the final result is full of errors, misinterpretations, and…

Reading, writing, and arithmetic—if you get them right, you will be on your way to great things. The same is true for the repair/rebuild/replace decision. Get it right, and many of the requirements for success fall into place. 

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We work in a very capital-intensive business with razor-thin margins. Ever wondered how it works? Ever wondered whether it was more important to make a profit than to reduce the amount of capital required to accomplish the job?

As with most things, it is a balance. As with most things,…

We spend a lot of time discussing what it costs us to own and operate a particular machine. There is no doubt that this is important, but from a company and strategic level, it is not the final word. We absolutely need to know what it costs us to “own and operate” the equipment account as a…

I had a lot of arguments when I earned my living as a hard-riding, fast-shooting construction engineer. The one I remember most was about cost and the need to reduce cost. Of course it is important to reduce and manage cost. No argument there. But you do not improve cost by agonizing over the…

It used to annoy me when people referred to the equipment division as “the shop.” That does not bother me now because equipment management is a serious business. It has a huge impact on the company as a whole, providing the tools needed to produce work on time and on budget. Without an effective…

Measuring and managing utilization is difficult. It is easy to know exactly where the heavy iron is located and to record hours worked. It is a much more complex problem when it comes to the 4-inch pumps, trench rollers, and variable message boards that are moved informally and work…

A work order system must be more than a way to charge time and cost against a machine. It must be an effective way to plan work and improve efficiency.

If yours is not, you need to think again.

A process plan and schedule will take you from maintenance request to completed work as…

It is rate-setting season again. We know about last year, this year is well under way, and we are thinking about the rates we need to change to be successful next year. Do we set conservative rates that will ensure we recover the full cost of owning and operating our fleet; or do we set…

We are too focused on cost when it comes to thinking about equipment replacement. It certainly is important to know what it will cost to own and operate a unit in the year ahead and to make wise replacement decisions when the old unit—the defender—is likely to cost more than the minimum…

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