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 …

What is Mobile Data Collection? Is it Important for your Business?

When we think of data collection, often the first things that come to our minds are the NSA or surveys. The reason that data is used in these examples, however, is the same reason that businesses record data, and that is to extract information in order to achieve a greater goal. Information and data are two different things, although they …

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 …

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 …

Proper Preventive Maintenance and Record Keeping Increase Resale Value

For companies whose operations rely on the health of a fleet of vehicles and equipment, continual preventive and scheduled maintenance, and repairs are needed in order to ensure that the revenue generating operations are continuously progressing as needed, without unscheduled downtime. A key part of any preventive maintenance program is proper documentation of the work completed, ideally recorded directly into …

How to Prepare and Maintain your Equipment for a Winter Workout

To ensure heavy equipment stays in peak operating condition and to minimize breakdowns, equipment managers must begin thinking about winterizing their fleet as soon as temperatures begin to drop. asp_resize_edit For heavy equipment operators, special attention has to be paid to their equipment before they start work. In some cases, extreme overnight conditions can be detrimental to their equipment. It …

Compiling Meaningful Data for Improved Quality Control

It is no coincidence that Taylor Machine Works has been in business for 87 years. Their intense focus on the quality of the customized forklift trucks that they manufacture has led them on a journey of longevity that matches that of their products, and has allowed them to become a world-wide organization with state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing resources. The business …