1977-02-01

Equipment Utilization-A Consumers' View 770520

Machine costs and utilization are the two most significant concerns that all equipment owners share.Utilization as referred to in this presentation is meant to include such terms as productivity, quality, reliability and availability. All of these elements have taken on a renewed emphasis in describing contractors' needs.This paper deals with the cause and effects of several important influences that contribute to optimum contractor effectiveness.An attempt is made to reflect factually on representative repair costs and the added significance of down time in the field.Recognizable problems and subsequent high costs related to specific areas such as hydraulic systems and tire applications are reflected on.Manufacturers, their field distribution organizations and contractors as well, are joined in common objectives to overcome the negative influences of rising costs and maximizing equipment utilizationOutstanding gains have taken place in the past few decades and will continue through a mutual exchange of knowledge, experience and honest communication between the manufacturińg and construction industries.The essential ingredient to achieve optimum construction equipment performance is people performance - You, I, our counterparts and the endless number of supportive groups that enter into the total performance picture.

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