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 …

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Takeaway: Measurement is at the heart of all improvement and sustainment. Imagine you’re hiking in a vast forest. A thick canopy of trees blocks much of the sun as you search out trails leading to a campsite where you plan on spending the night. You know the campsite is two miles North of where you parked your car. You proceed …

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 …

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 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 …

Luck Stone and Equipdata Case Study

“Equipdata is so powerful in its simplicity.” – Tom Faillace, Sr. IT Generalist, Luck Stone Don’t feel like reading the whole case study? That’s okay, we’re not offended. Here’s the gist of it but read the whole case study below the summary if you’d like more details. Luck Stone, one of the largest producers of crushed stone in the United …

How to Increase Visibility and Communication in Rental Management

Managing the Customers’ Needs In rental operations of all industries, customer disputes will happen. The hope is to minimize these disputes as much as possible. In the case they do occur, the goal is to resolve the dispute as cost effectively as possible while preserving the customer relationship. A dissatisfied customer will tell between 9-15 people about their experience, which …

How to Keep Pre Trip Inspection Forms Without the Hassle of Paper

Why do you need to do a pre-trip inspection? It is legally mandated in Canada, the United States, and Mexico for any commercial vehicle to be mechanically inspected daily, before and after its use. The liability for not conducting these inspections lies on the driver, the owner of the vehicle, and potentially the mechanic. The driver, however, is the first …