Running a successful construction business takes strategic vision, and advances in technology give machine owners and operators the ability to manage each aspect of the company more effectively. Everything from fleet management and preventative maintenance to jobsite productivity and sustainability standards can be implemented through specialized technology systems. I called on my colleague, Dave Stafford, our Technology Application Specialist, to help me write this post. He provided some extensive input on technology use for small and compact machines, and I’m thankful for his expertise.
The biggest advantage to technology use on a construction jobsite is visibility—and not in the traditional sense. Project managers now have access to detailed reports on a number of features, including machine health, productivity levels, fuel usage, maintenance schedules, remote tracking, working time, data history and machine location, which provides a bird’s eye view of the operation. These reports can be used proactively in jobsite strategy to help reduce downtime and improve margins.
Utilizing Single-Machine Technology
New advances in technology are constantly being applied to machine designs for continuous improvement. In fact, we can see the evolution in today’s machines as many of them are already equipped with technology systems that improve productivity. Other technologies can be added or integrated into existing solutions for additional improvements. Here are a few examples:
Technology Solutions for Fleets
Data from technology-equipped machines can be used across the board to improve overall jobsite efficiency. Whether the goal is to maximize production, reduce costs or improve safety, fleet technology solutions provide the resources needed to build successful, sustainable businesses. At Caterpillar, we’re focused on the following the four categories:
Technology can be applied to a single machine, an entire fleet or a mix of the two; it all depends on individual business goals. Details provided by technology solutions can be used to tailor business strategies and operator practices for improved overall efficiency. The key to success is effectively applying the technology to each machine, jobsite and application as needed.