Efficiency

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Jack Schrock photoThere are two ways to look at maintenance: ”fix it when it breaks” is probably the most popular and “fix it before it breaks” is probably unknown to many towers.

In the first scenario, drivers are often expected to work their wreckers as if they were rented mules, which means equipment failures usually happen at the worst possible times. Not only do you lose the T & R call, you probably also lose a customer. And, this all translates to $$$ lost for all concerned.

On the other hand, there are those who regularly inspect and service their equipment. Manufacturers provide a manual that outlines recommended maintenance for their equipment. Following those recommendations goes a long way towards keeping your equipment working all the time it’s needed. And this translates to $$$ earned and retained. The question is how much “more” does preventative maintenance cost? The proven answer is that it doesn’t cost anything, it actually saves $$$ in the long run. So, why not do it?

“Once we finish the workday we’re too tired to service equipment.” Good point. However, the same applies to road construction contractors. Have you ever noticed how they have truck-mounted service equipment that provides after hours maintenance in the field on an everyday basis?

We could take a lesson from the airline industry because a CEO by the name of Robert Six found ways to provide routine maintenance on his small jet fleet almost every time they were on the ground. By doing so, he increased daily utilization to the point that his six jetliners did the work of competitive fleets twice that number.

Oh yes, one more thing — we all tend to trade when our equipment gets ragged out. With proper maintenance, it never does. So, what doe$ that tell you?