Tag: fleet management

Tips for Staying Ahead: Fleet Management Strategies

How America’s largest EPA contractor stays ahead of downtime and expense
Brad Stemper, product manager, CASE Construction Equipment

Imagine maintaining 300 pieces of rolling stock plus 200 pieces of equipment spread across the entire United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. That’s the challenge Tim Bland, assistant operations manager at Environmental Restoration, LLC, faces every day. For 20 years, Bland and his staff have provided emergency response services, site remediation, government services, industrial cleaning to various commercial, state and federal clients. With 600 employees working from 23 offices across the country, Environmental Restoration is the largest EPA contractor in the United States.

Fluid Analysis Trends Upward in Construction Fleet Management

While the practice of fluid analysis has been around for some time, it has become more and more important in recent years due to the proliferation of advanced engine, transmission, hydraulics and fluid technologies in today’s construction equipment, which place much higher demands on fluid performance.

While this trend is primarily due to the high tolerances and extended fluid change intervals of today’s advanced machine systems, fluid analysis is a tried-and-true machinery management practice that can play an important role in a contractor’s business, regardless of whether the equipment is late-model or high-hour. Analyzing engine oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and coolant can provide valuable insight into the condition and overall health of the engine, transmission and hydraulic systems, and can be used to diagnose potential issues before they become a problem on the job site.

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