Tech Helps Manage Equipment
Constructech - Feb 2013
Do you have a handle on your equipment? Or are the tasks associated with managing these key pieces of equipment taking up too much time during the average day?
These days it seems contractors are spending less time managing and approving the tedious tasks that used to take up the majority of their day. Part of this can be attributed to the fact modern IT systems have helped these companies successfully consolidate the many disparate tasks associated with accomplishing such tasks.
For example, heavy civil contractor Achen-Gardner Construction, www.achen.com, Chandler, Ariz., is using technology from HCSS, www.hcss.com, Sugar Land, Texas, in order to better manage tasks associated with equipment. According to Mark Snyder, equipment manager, Achen-Gardner, the company has gone from managing its equipment by using an accounting software equipment module, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and reams of paperwork stuffed into filing cabinets, to a more streamlined and consolidated process.
According to HCSS, he was previously working more than 10 hours per day solely on the task of trying to manage 135 pieces of equipment, nine mechanics and shop personnel, timecards, parts orders, preventive maintenance schedules, and emergency field repairs.
He says, “I used to handle the equivalent of 18 ‘alerts’ per day. It took me a day and a half to write up the work orders, order the parts, and get all that into a mechanic’s hands. The workload wasn’t sustainable, and I needed a different system to manage the shop.”
Today Snyder turns dashboard alerts into work orders, orders parts, and is able to turn it all around to his mechanics before the first hour of his day is complete, according to HCSS.
This is due in part to implementing the Equipment360 product from HCSS a few years back. Not simply a module within the accounting system that helps to manage equipment, Equipment360 is a full-fledged software system for the service shop.
Using this product Snyder says he was able to get much better control of his project managers, his shop, and his inventory. And that deluge of alerts he would receive per day is now reduced to an average of six. It is numbers such as this that speaks to the power of well-managed preventative maintenance programs in construction.
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