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Improve Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance With GPS Tracking

Construction businesses are implementing GPS tracking into their fleet operations for the many known benefits of this technology. One of the most beneficial use cases for GPS tracking is improving maintenance management.

Maintenance can be one of the most labor-intensive responsibilities for a construction manager. Trying to stay on top of run time manually and ensure services are performed for every piece of heavy equipment and asset can be a full-time job on its own, let alone all the other components that go into running a fleet.

GPS tracking technology can be implemented into construction fleet operations to improve maintenance for heavy equipment and assets to ensure maintenance is managed in the best way possible. Using a GPS tracking solution will electronically monitor run time, eliminate unscheduled downtime, reduce maintenance expenses and more.

Monitor Run Time

Monitoring engine run time will help construction fleets stay on top of fleet maintenance for heavy construction equipment and eliminate the time-consuming responsibility of logging engine hours manually for construction managers. By using a GPS tracking solution to view run time reports, construction managements will know total engine hours for every piece of equipment and asset in their fleet. This report also has the option to include the next service due for each piece of equipment or asset to make sure services are performed when they should be. By monitoring equipment run time on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, fleet managers can make sure maintenance is never missed.

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Eliminate Unscheduled Downtime

When preventative maintenance is not performed on schedule, it will cause equipment and assets to be forced off the job due to unexpected repairs. Utilizing GPS tracking to monitor equipment maintenance will alert construction managers in real time when services are due, eliminate downtime and keep construction fleets at work.

To stay on top of maintenance for heavy equipment and assets, construction managers can use a GPS tracking solution to schedule automated maintenance reminders. Reminders can be sent to management when equipment is due for services such as oil changes, transmission flushes and more. Making sure preventative maintenance is scheduled and performed will eliminate unscheduled downtime for equipment and employees.

Reduce Maintenance Costs

Another way that GPS tracking improves maintenance for construction businesses is by reducing yearly maintenance costs. Using a GPS tracking solution to manage maintenance will extend the lifecycles of heavy equipment and assets, eliminate unnecessary expenses and help construction fleets be more profitable overall.

Equipment utilization

Ensuring equipment usage is equally distributed throughout the fleet will help construction businesses reduce costs. Overusing equipment will increase wear and tear, maintenance expenses, and result in replacing expensive assets much sooner than needed. Construction managers can analyze equipment utilization with GPS tracking to reduce this unneeded expense.

By viewing fleet utilization reports, construction managers can monitor equipment’s daily utilization, run time and un-utilized equipment. This report will allow construction managers to identify which equipment is being used most or least frequently to better distribute usage amongst all equipment and assets. Construction managers may even identify equipment that can be eliminated for the fleet completely to reduce the cost of maintaining un-utilized assets.

Reduce idling

Excessive idling is one of the biggest contributing factors to equipment wear and tear, which significantly increases maintenance expenses for construction businesses. Many construction fleets are not aware that excessive idle time is even an issue for their fleet. Reducing idle time is easily accomplished with a GPS tracking solution. Construction managers can receive excessive idle time alerts if equipment is left idling for longer than an acceptable time frame. By taking proactive action against excessive idling, construction fleets will reduce equipment wear and tear and significantly reduce maintenance costs for their fleet.

Keeping track of maintenance for heavy equipment and assets can be one of the most challenging responsibilities for a construction business. GPS tracking technology can be implemented to improve maintenance management by electronically monitoring engine run time, eliminating unscheduled downtime, reducing maintenance expenses and more.

Staying on top of equipment maintenance with GPS tracking ensures construction fleets have the ability to make the most profit possible by improving maintenance management throughout fleet operations.

6 Replies
  1. I definitely have never thought about implementing a GPS into construction equipment. However, I can definitely see how something like this could help you keep up with better maintenance. I also think that it is a really good idea to keep track of your running time. It is so important that you don’t overwork your machine.

  2. I think that the suggestion you give to monitor run time for your equipment is really smart. As you say, monitoring will help you stay on top of maintenance for your equipment because you will be logging engine hours and how it’s being run. Additionally, the suggestion you give to install a GPS tracker in the equipment will help this logging be more efficient and help you to be more proactive about inspecting the machine. Plus, it helps make your worker more accountable to how they are operating and treating the equipment. Thank you for sharing!

  3. For those of us that use construction equipment, it is always a good think to know how many hours the machines have on them. Implementing a monitoring device and then having it relay live data to you would be amazing for anyone that would be working on the machines. This way, you can see exactly when it is time to perform maintenance. Going over or forgetting to do the maintenance can only cause problems.

  4. I like the idea of using the GPS to monitor run time. It is definitely a more accurate way of doing it. It is really easy to forget to log this time manually. The only thing I am skeptical of is how it helps with maintenance. I agree that knowing which machines are being used the most would help as would reducing idling. However,this isn’t what I think about when I think of maintenance. It is more helping me know which machines need more TLC than others.

  5. Recently, my brother was telling me about this new project that he is working on. He has to use a grinding machine from a manufacturer and other heavy construction equipment. I will let him know not to let these machines idle to reduce wear.

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