Month: June 2015

Better Understanding Equipment Utilization Through Telematics

Information is power. The data provided by telematics systems, at its most basic level, helps equipment owners make better decisions about how they run their business. But taking that basic data and adding some critical thinking to it can reveal new insights into the productivity and efficiency of your fleet. In this article, we’ll give you examples of how to better utilize your fleet for optimal productivity and efficiency.

1. Identifying Underutilized Pieces of Equipment 

Unheralded Equipment Features that Simplify Earthmoving

Horsepower is an excellent measure of a machine’s power. Every equipment manufacturer touts the design, comfort and visibility of its cab – and barrels of ink and digital space have been spent on Tier 4 engine information.

But what are some of the other features, specs and advances that are available on today’s machines that don’t get the same publicity as others, and serve to improve earthmoving applications for operators?

Top 5 Reasons to Own a Compact Wheel Loader

When deciding what new machine to add to their fleet, operators are faced with a variety of options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. With its fuel efficiency and durability, the compact wheel loader should be at the top of the list.

Compact wheel loaders are normally defined as smaller-sized wheel loaders with 80 horsepower or less. These machines generally range from 11,000 pounds to 14,000 pounds, with bucket capacities and dump heights that vary based on the manufacturer. A typical range of bucket capacity is anywhere from .9 cubic yards to 1.7 cubic yards. Dump heights usually range anywhere from 7 feet up to 9 feet.

Anatomy of a Railroad Backhoe

Backhoes are built for earthwork – unless you’re in the railroad business. Backhoes are one of the most versatile tools railroad contractors have at their disposal – but it’s based largely on the material handling and the hydraulic capabilities offered by the machine. In an industry where access to the work area is a challenge, having a tool that serves as a platform for numerous applications is critical. Here are key specifications that railroad contractors look for in backhoes to provide as much versatility, durability and efficiency as possible.

Quick Coupler/Universal Coupler 

Tips for Keeping Your Equipment Running During the Hot, Hot Summer

Summertime means hotter temperatures, humidity, increased sun exposure and dry conditions. All of that, combined with a heavy summer workload, can result in a new set of maintenance and equipment challenges.

Increased heat and humidity forces components to work harder than normal and wear at a faster rate. Preventative maintenance and close monitoring of machines can help prevent breakdowns and costly repairs. In this article, we’ll list some tips for keeping your equipment up and running during the heat of summer.

The Equipment Walkaround

Equipment manufacturers talk a lot about advanced technology – and with good reason – but one of the most important actions an equipment owner or operator can take for the good of their machine requires very little technology at all: the pre- and post-operation walkaround. Equipment owners likely do this now, to an extent – but how consistently is it done?

Taking a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day to visually inspect the machine and its surroundings, and to clean off critical components from accumulated dirt/fluid, can identify issues with the machine that may require attention. It can tip the operator off to operating practices that can be altered to improve productivity and efficiency. And it creates a routine that gives the operator pride of ownership over that machine, its appearance, and how it works.

Excavator Size Classes: Defined

There are many standards for construction equipment manufacturers. Naming and size classification is not one of them.

Each OEM has a different nomenclature and way of categorizing equipment. Our goal here is to break through the clutter and add definition to excavator size classes. Also, we’ll provide a few tips for sizing your next excavator.

Wheel Loader Helps Contractor Achieve Sustainability

With 27 years in business and a mission statement of “Bioservices to grow on,” Chamness Technology focuses on capturing organic matter and converting it into something of value.

With four compost sites located throughout the Midwest, the company takes commercial and industrial organic streams of material and converts it into soil-enhancing compost. For Chamness, the idea of sustainability goes beyond just its end product – the company puts the same principles into its equipment buying decisions, working to match productivity goals with equipment that proves efficient in terms of fuel use and emissions standards.



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