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Construction businesses are implementing GPS tracking into their fleet operations for the many known benefits of this technology. One of the most beneficial use cases for GPS tracking is improving maintenance management.

Maintenance can be one of the most labor-intensive responsibilities for a construction manager. Trying to stay on top of run time manually and ensure services are performed for every piece of heavy equipment and asset can be a full-time job on its own, let alone all the other components that go into running a fleet.

GPS tracking technology can be implemented into construction fleet operations to improve maintenance for heavy equipment and assets to ensure maintenance is managed in the best way possible. Using a GPS tracking solution will electronically monitor run time, eliminate unscheduled downtime, reduce maintenance expenses and more.

Monitor Run Time

Monitoring engine run time will help construction fleets stay on top of fleet maintenance for heavy construction equipment and eliminate the time-consuming responsibility of logging engine hours manually for construction managers. By using a GPS tracking solution to view run time reports, construction managements will know total engine hours for every piece of equipment and asset in their fleet. This report also has the option to include the next service due for each piece of equipment or asset to make sure services are performed when they should be. By monitoring equipment run time on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, fleet managers can make sure maintenance is never missed.

Fig 1 Maintenance Heavy

Eliminate Unscheduled Downtime

When preventative maintenance is not performed on schedule, it will cause equipment and assets to be forced off the job due to unexpected repairs. Utilizing GPS tracking to monitor equipment maintenance will alert construction managers in real time when services are due, eliminate downtime and keep construction fleets at work.

To stay on top of maintenance for heavy equipment and assets, construction managers can use a GPS tracking solution to schedule automated maintenance reminders. Reminders can be sent to management when equipment is due for services such as oil changes, transmission flushes and more. Making sure preventative maintenance is scheduled and performed will eliminate unscheduled downtime for equipment and employees.

Reduce Maintenance Costs

Another way that GPS tracking improves maintenance for construction businesses is by reducing yearly maintenance costs. Using a GPS tracking solution to manage maintenance will extend the lifecycles of heavy equipment and assets, eliminate unnecessary expenses and help construction fleets be more profitable overall.

Equipment utilization
Ensuring equipment usage is equally distributed throughout the fleet will help construction businesses reduce costs. Overusing equipment will increase wear and tear, maintenance expenses, and result in replacing expensive assets much sooner than needed. Construction managers can analyze equipment utilization with GPS tracking to reduce this unneeded expense.

By viewing fleet utilization reports, construction managers can monitor equipment’s daily utilization, run time and un-utilized equipment. This report will allow construction managers to identify which equipment is being used most or least frequently to better distribute usage amongst all equipment and assets. Construction managers may even identify equipment that can be eliminated for the fleet completely to reduce the cost of maintaining un-utilized assets.

Reduce idling
Excessive idling is one of the biggest contributing factors to equipment wear and tear, which significantly increases maintenance expenses for construction businesses. Many construction fleets are not aware that excessive idle time is even an issue for their fleet. Reducing idle time is easily accomplished with a GPS tracking solution. Construction managers can receive excessive idle time alerts if equipment is left idling for longer than an acceptable time frame. By taking proactive action against excessive idling, construction fleets will reduce equipment wear and tear and significantly reduce maintenance costs for their fleet.

Keeping track of maintenance for heavy equipment and assets can be one of the most challenging responsibilities for a construction business. GPS tracking technology can be implemented to improve maintenance management by electronically monitoring engine run time, eliminating unscheduled downtime, reducing maintenance expenses and more.

Staying on top of equipment maintenance with GPS tracking ensures construction fleets have the ability to make the most profit possible by improving maintenance management throughout fleet operations.
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