Equipment maintenance is essential for the productivity of all jobsites, and profitability of all construction companies. However, without a proper schedule and routine in place, it becomes difficult to stay on track. When equipment and machinery is not maintained and serviced properly, not only are you compromising the work you are doing, you are not making the most out of your initial investment. Construction equipment is often extremely expensive, and keeping up with the proper maintenance is the first step in maximizing usage out of each item.
Use this checklist of tips to make sure that you are not only keeping up with scheduled maintenance of equipment pieces, but you are also keeping all your software and machine control updated. This article discusses the importance of daily system checks, scheduled maintenance and operator support, all of which are essential for the success of any construction project.
Keep up with Scheduled Maintenance
Despite its ability to withstand a tremendous amount of wear and tear, construction equipment still needs routine maintenance. Many pieces are scheduled to be serviced once a year, and keeping this routine up to speed is one way to make sure you are maximizing the value out of each piece of equipment. Yearly maintenance allows for equipment to operate at an optimal performance level, and can prevent larger and more costly problems that may arise in the future.
In addition to keeping your construction machinery in peak condition, software updates are just as important. An easy way to make sure your construction software is up-to-date is by installing all updates as they are released. Typically, updates to software and firmware are free, and can sometimes be done automatically. Software providers release these updates to fix certain problems, even though you may not have experienced these specific problems. Staying current, reading the release notes and keeping up with new product functionalities will also ensure you are taking advantage of your software, which may have a direct impact on how your equipment usage and depreciation is tracked.
Refer to Your Trained Operator
Although operator training often occurs once at the beginning of an equipment purchase, this particular person plays an important role in the maintenance process. Those who are trained on a specific piece of equipment are more likely to use, store and transport the equipment and will be the best person to identify any problems in its early stages. Once equipment issues arise and are recognized, fixing the issue is made easier and less expensive. In addition, the trained operator can transfer their knowledge of the equipment piece to others on the jobsite.
Maximize Access to Field Support
Not all equipment issues can be handled internally, and this is where the need for a reputable dealer comes into play. During the purchasing process, establishing a relationship with a supplier or dealer is extremely important. When any problems or equipment maintenance issues occur, your dealer can provide you with the proper customer service and technical support you need. The more personalized you make the purchasing process, the better relationship you will have. Having this foundation will provides you with more resources to help you when any problems occur, or can answer any questions that may come up.