Running a farm or ranch today means something completely different than it did 10 years ago. Fortunately, today's advanced machines are being engineered with technology and advancements to help you complete a variety of different tasks at faster rates, with lower operating costs. However, as machines are upgraded, knowing how to effectively manage and utilize the equipment becomes an increasingly difficult task.
This is why many farm and ranch owners are choosing to outsource their fleet management. By doing so, they are able to collaborate with an outside team of experts to reduce their overall operating costs—by assessing how they currently utilize their machines, and how they can improve efficiency and uptime moving forward.
Ed Faulk, commercial manager of Caterpillar Job Site Solutions, tells operation owners to consider the following when they are trying to determine if outsourcing fleet management could benefit their operation:
If any of these issues are a concern for you, it may be time to talk to your equipment dealer about outsourced fleet management options. Some advanced equipment manufacturers offer comprehensive programs that can be tailored specifically to your operation’s needs.
To help you get a better idea of the capabilities you should expect to see from a fully comprehensive outsourced fleet management program, the following chart provides a few examples:
Fleet evaluation and design
Rolling equipment plan
Performance management plan
Haul road optimization
Stockpile and load-out management
Maintenance and repair strategy
Backlog and component management
Planning and scheduling
Inspection tools and processes
Object detection and visibility technologies
Culture assessment and workshops
Fatigue detection systems
Noise and dust reduction
Fuel and fluid optimization
Cash flow and expense management
Life cycle financing
Structural and operation controls
Agriculture Industry Representative
Having spent his formative years on a tobacco farm, Ben Rice went on in the agriculture field to earn degrees in Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Science from North Carolina State University. Rice now brings his invaluable expertise to Caterpillar as an industry sales and service representative.
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