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How to Keep Projects on Time

Top tips to help maximise equipment and avoid unplanned downtime.

As most construction managers would tell you, project delays have long been a challenge for the construction industry. But as technology and capabilities advance, does this still need to be the case? Take a look at some of our top tips for avoiding construction delays:

1. Predictive maintenance
The biggest issue with equipment damage is that it often goes unnoticed until it’s too late to avoid a breakdown. So, what if you could foresee issues before they emerged? With predictive maintenance practices – such as oil condition monitoring – you can. By identifying potential issues before they escalate, you can reduce the likelihood of failures, preventing unplanned downtime and reducing costs in the process.

2. Selecting the right tool for the job
You can prevent a great deal of equipment issues by simply selecting the most appropriate lubricant for the job, or equipment, at hand. Still an underappreciated part of the productivity equation, lubrication can play a vital role in maintaining the uptime you need to meet demanding deadlines.

Oil condition monitoring can help identify potential issues before they escalate, to reduce the likelihood of failures.


3. Upskilling your workforce

76% of construction companies believe that the insufficient expertise of their staff plays a role in equipment breakdowns. With downtime having a direct impact on your ability to meet deadlines, it’s never been clearer that upskilling your workforce can help to upgrade your business.

4. Implementing telematics
With so many machines on the move, a construction site can be an easy place to lose efficiencies. An equipment management platform allows you to stay on top of your vehicles and on time for your deliverables.


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