Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Takeaway: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a popular metric which can be used to measure how well companies use equipment. OEE is used to drive up performance and reduce equipment-related issues. Maximizing equipment use is important to many businesses. We deal with limited resources. It is important to know equipment is in good condition and reliable. OEE was developed for …

Wilco Contractors: An Equipment Management Case Study

Executive Summary Wilco Contractors specializes in open-space site development in Canada and has been a leader in the industry for nearly three decades. Wilco excels at project management, the construction of parks, sports facilities, environmentally sensitive site developments, as well as civil infrastructure developments. Business Challenges Although Wilco has seen success over many years in a competitive industry, there had been …

6 Tips for Reducing Paper Consumption in the Workplace

It may seem like a difficult or even impossible challenge, but paperless operations or significantly reducing paper consumption within a business is achieved regularly by companies without drastically affecting their operations. By not taking action to reduce paper consumption, it is costing your company more than the cost of paper, printing, filing cabinets, and copiers and scanners. A culture of …

Watercare Uses Innovative Solutions to Improve Safety of Manholes

Watercare Services Limited is the largest organization in NZ providing Water and Wastewater Services. It serves more than 1.3 million people in Auckland region. Watercare is concerned with safe, reliable, outstanding and affordable services for all while maintaining the best industry practices. The aim of “MH Safety Grills Project” was to install safety grills on approximately 15,000 manholes of the …

Using Mobile Data Collection to Manage Contractors

Managing Third Party Contractors While prime contractors understand that proper third party contractor management leads to an increase in the value of the services received, most companies do not broadly manage their sub-contractors’ performances due to the labour and resources it would seemingly involve. Across a large project, this lost value can work out to a few percentage points of …

How Equipment Managers Can Improve Communication and Response Time

Construction management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. It is aimed at meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially worthwhile project. An ever-increasing role in construction management is that of the equipment manager. Their responsibilities include making sure that equipment investments are being maximized through the use …

The Hidden Costs of Paper Processes and What it Means to You

How much does paper really cost? It is no surprise to most people that using paper documents within a business can be costly, wasteful, and inefficient. Electronic versions of almost every type of communication or documentation have sprung up since the advent of computers, and for good reason- it’s quicker, better for the environment, and more convenient. Paper_waste For most …

How Inventory Management Software Can Help Reduce Costs

Inventory management software has proven to be the definitive solution to avoid product overstock and low stock balances. It is a tool for organizing inventory data that before was generally stored in hard-copy form or in spreadsheets. Inventory management software helps to reduce carrying costs and establish a desirable re-order point. The software is used to track products, parts, and …

How to make your team more productive

If your business relies on a team that does their work in the field, you are probably interested in how to make your workers more productive. One sure-fire way is to stop using paper! How to make your team more productive in the field Productive work teams can be the result of a combination of factors, such as effective operational …