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Managing Planned Maintenance Contracts with Telematics Systems

One of the best ways to ensure overall health, productivity and reliability of a machine—either new or used—throughout the course of its lifetime is through investing in a planned maintenance contract. These contracts allow an equipment owner to opt for agreed-to servicing with manufacturer-approved parts, fluids and components, at agreed-to intervals. A planned maintenance contract also provides peace of mind for the owner and/or fleet manager—it’s simply one less thing to worry about.

Equipment owners want to protect their investments, minimize total cost of ownership and make sure that they are getting all they can out of a machine. Proper servicing at regular intervals—particularly when a machine is brand new—improves its life expectancy, and ensures that a machine is going to perform reliably throughout the course of its lifetime.

Top Purchasing Considerations for Attachments and other Ancillary Systems and Components for Construction Equipment

Contractors are always looking for ways to increase their revenue while utilizing their current fleet. Investing in attachments and other ancillary components is one of the best ways to expand a contractor’s capabilities, and are often a smart financial decision as they generally cost very little compared to the revenue streams that can be opened up for a contractor with the increased versatility that they can offer.

While the decision to purchase a new attachment may be an easy one, there are several important considerations that go into buying—or renting—the right ancillary components for your machine.

Getting the Most Out of Your Warranty

A warranty is defined as a written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of a machine by its manufacturer, which ensures the repair or replacement of components that are defective in material and/or workmanship within a specified period of time. Warranties are touted all across the industry, but the subject of warranty requirements and how to protect your coverage is something that isn’t discussed as often as it should be.

Anyone who owns a piece of equipment or manages a fleet needs to be well informed on the subject of warranty. Our goal here is to provide you with a basic understanding of what to look for and how to prepare to get the most out of your equipment warranty.

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 

Four Business Considerations for Telematics

Though its only recently gained popularity in the last two to three years, telematics has been around much longer than people think. A web-based system that is compatible with all current computers and can be accessed from any standard device that’s used to access the web, telematics is simple and cost-effective.

The system provides owners and operators a handful of benefits that include equipment utilization, machine maintenance, equipment security, and billing and estimating. This article details just how contractors can use this technology to better manage equipment, boost profitability and improve how business gets done.

Enhancing Motor Grader Performance and Efficiency with Machine Control and Telematics

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Motor graders remain among the most difficult to train new operators on and, as with many trades, finding skilled operators in the construction industry remains a challenge. At the same time, the industry is getting more competitive, and having capable operators along with the ability to compete in terms of productivity and quality is as important as ever.

Interprovincial Security and Recovery: Telematics and Equipment Security

Snow is serious business in the Northern U.S. and Canada – and the winter of 2013/2014 kept snow removal contractors busy. The hours are long and unpredictable, not to mention cold and wet. With all these variables, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is losing a machine, for any reason, be it downtime or theft.

Donald Kemp, of Donald Kemp and Sons, is a licensed snow removal contractor in Ottawa, where they receive more than seven feet of snow annually. Kemp had been relying on a CASE 580 Super N backhoe as one of the primary methods of loading trucks to haul snow out of parking lots.   

Value of Remote Monitoring for Equipment Maintenance

While contractors choose to use telematics for different reasons, many appreciate the value it delivers in the form of remote monitoring for equipment maintenance – and with good reason: It streamlines the care and service of equipment, while saving time and money in the process. Here’s a refresher on telematics and how it can take maintenance programs to the next level.

Informed decision-making pays dividends
Telematics is a web-based technology that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and an onboard communication device on each machine. The GPS receiver identifies the machine location, while the modem collects information sent to it by sensors on the machine. The data is then transmitted through the modem to designated users via a Web portal.

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