There’s no doubt that when you’re dealing with a mixed fleet, a diverse operator skill set and tracking multiple projects—it can be hard to know exactly where to look for your quickest quick win. The electronic technology on your machines is keeping track of a wealth of information about what’s happening on your site. By tapping into that data, you can course correct problems and get rapid profit-building results.
The technology that connects you to your machine data is called Cat® Link. A part of Cat® Technology, Cat Link includes two key components: Cat® Product Link™ and VisionLink®.
Fuel consumption information is some of the most valuable information you can collect and use. Some industry experts say it’s not unusual for idle time to represent as much as 40%-50% of total running time. Tracking and reducing idle time can have an immediate payback in reduced fuel costs. If fuel consumption goes up suddenly—and your operator’s task hasn’t changed—it’s a signal that something else needs attention. Here are just some of the problems fuel data can help you uncover before they result in unwanted maintenance or repairs and increased operating costs:
It’s hard to see patterns when you have multiple worksites or equipment working in different locations. With the data in front of you, you can look for alternative uses of equipment—any other function it could serve to generate revenue. Your information may reveal that trucks sit idling too long, burning fuel just to be loaded. By analyzing the data you may find enough idle time exists that you can park one of the trucks. This eliminates the fuel cost of that truck and makes cycle times more efficient for the remaining trucks. Another quick win idea would be using your trucks to contract haul during non-working periods.
Analyzing your data can help you increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of your maintenance schedules. It may surprise you how long you can effectively stretch maintenance intervals—saving time and money. Your Cat dealer can help you interpret data and even provide condition monitoring services to help you develop the most profitable maintenance schedules for your equipment.
The information you gather from your machines has the ability to positively impact many areas of your worksites from utilization and uptime to operating costs and billing. Using a cross-functional team to review VisionLink information clarifies analyses and recommendations which can’t help but result in better decisions. It also means that any hurdles can be overcome by the team and not sit completely with a single person.
Don’t wait to put your machine data to work for you.
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