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Maximizing the productivity and cost effectiveness of construction equipment is the foremost objective of maintenance managers. To reduce unscheduled downtime and cost, they use a sophisticated preventive maintenance program tailored to maximize the efficiency of each type and class of equipment…
Equipment managers must often identify future staffing and facility needs in response to changes in organizational structure, direction, and contract volume that alter the overall size, composition, and maintenance requirements of the fleet. By calculating the maintenance repair factor (MRF) and…
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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…

Most conversations about overhead turn out to be complicated and emotional. People are confused about how it is defined, how it is calculated, and above all, how it is recovered. Everyone does it differently, and no one is happy.

Gone are the days when renting equipment was a small part of our business. Gone are the days when we did it as an exception and only when absolutely necessary.

Two things have happened to bring rental equipment into the mainstream. First, the rental-equipment industry has grown and…

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