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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…
When an organization depends upon the utilization of construction equipment to perform the functions of the business, it often must grapple with understanding how much maintenance is required to maintain its operational requirements. Problems arise when additional equipment is acquired to increase…
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The hexagon describing the six basic functions of equipment management has gained quite a following in the industry since it was introduced several years ago. It’s been used to show how management has evolved in recent years, but it can also be used to produce a world-class procedures manual…

Last October, Construction Equipment surveyed its subscribers and published the “Top 3 Challenges Facing Equipment Managers.”  No. 1 was “Not able to replace equipment as needed,” and No.…

Conflict and tension all too often interfere with good relations between operations—those who use equipment to complete construction on time and on budget—and equipment—those who look after equipment and make sure it achieves its minimum lifecycle cost. It is a precarious relationship because…

I have the opportunity to work with some great companies and learn from the best. So it is natural that I have a little storehouse of knowledge about what the best companies do when it comes to managing their fleets. I share the following in the hope that you can look at your operations and see…

Most of us have suffered through three or four years of misery: low backlogs, marginal company profits, layoffs, shop reductions. As the marketplace rebounds, now is the time to re-think your need for mechanics. I use the term “mechanics” and “technicians” interchangeably. To me, a technician is…

Equipment managers must take a long-term view of the repair/rebuild/replace decision in order to optimize the value of equipment assets over their full life cycle. They should not worry too much about short-term fluctuations; wise investments and wise decisions pay off. Not everyone sees it that…

I have been in the business of writing these articles, presenting courses, and developing the art and science of equipment management for a long time. Nothing has had as much impact on day-to-day equipment operations as the work I have done to encourage folk to think about and plan the average…

Our goal is to manage our equipment fleet so that we eliminate unplanned downtime. The primary reason to operate your own shop is to control the quality and timeliness of the various services, so you can better control your downtime. It’s usually not to save money, although in your own shop you…

The mood in a recent meeting discussing the impact that the implementation of air-quality regulations would have on the market value of used Tier-4 equipment was pretty glum. The feeling was that the new generation of complex and more expensive machines would not be as keenly sought after in…

We all know that breakdowns cost a lot more than the parts and labor needed to fix the machine and return it to work. We know that there are consequential costs—or, as we will call them in this article, impact costs—associated with breakdowns and that these often dominate thinking when it comes…

I learned a lot about availability and utilization during my railroad construction days when I had the pleasure of working with a very big, very old and incredibly complicated tie tamper. You have not lived until you have worked with a machine like that. It took the full-time attendance of an…

Years ago, my boss had a favorite saying: “What’s everybody’s business is nobody’s business.” It was a way of reminding us that accountability is very important. If you don’t have clearly assigned responsibilities, no one feels the pressure to take the reins and manage the task. I don’t have to…

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