3 factors that destroy construction equipment

dead construction equipment

Many contractors are exposing their construction equipment to factors that lead to their not working albeit unintentionally. Fortunately, with remote monitoring, contractors have the assurance of their equipment’s long life. It can increase productivity as well. Below are 3 of the most common equipment killers.

Improper maintenance

Lack of routine maintenance is likely to cost construction business managers more major and costly repairs. However, contractors can avoid these issues and ensure their equipment lasts longer through making sure they regularly check on their machines.

According to Caterpillar’s SOMA (Site Operation Maintenance Advisor), routine maintenance can increase major component life by 62%. Additionally, with the onset on technology in construction, a GPS tracking solution can provide remote monitoring. This way, automatic maintenance schedules, logs and reports offer an easy way to track maintenance automatically.

Also read:5 maintenance tips to extend equipment life and ROI

Stolen/Lost assets

Some pieces of equipment, such as expensive cranes left on jobsites overnight without supervision are a major target for theft. Wheeled machines and loaders are reported stolen most frequently, with the estimation averaging as $17,400.

There is asset tracking technology that allows construction companies to monitor their equipment in any environment. This is also inclusive of remote construction sites. The state of the equipment does not matter.

Harsh weather conditions

If certain pieces of equipment are left uncovered during severe weather, asset deterioration can intensify and lead to additional repairs or replacement. GPS tracking and remote monitoring solutions offer features that allow construction business owners to use local Web map service (WMS) and overlay geographic information systems (GIS) maps onto existing maps.

The most suitable remote monitoring option will include covers such as temperature, Doppler radar and cloud cover. These features are important for creating awareness to the contractor of coming up severe weather. This enable them to take measures that protect their equipment.