Fed up with construction projects constantly taking longer than anticipated? You’re not alone. Large capital projects generally run 20 months late and build up a price tag 80% over the original budget, according to McKinsey & Company’s Construction’s Digital Future. But it’s not just big projects that are suffering – contractors big and small constantly seem to be faced with the same set of challenges.

Here are the answers you’ve been looking for to reduce construction project downtime.

Tip 1: Maintain Your Machines!

The ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’ mentality is a recipe for disaster when it comes to heavy equipment. When construction equipment reaches its limitations, it can become damaged, or break down – causing you major setbacks. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way to ensure that your machine works when you need it. This saves you time, money and headaches.

The Solution:

The best way to avoid problems is to prevent them before they start.  Keeping things on a regular maintenance schedule not only helps prevent problems, it allows you to catch minor ones before they become bigger issues.  This includes operators carrying out regenerations when they are needed.  Something that starts as an ignored regen quickly becomes a bigger problem when the machine is derated and will not function at all.  In those cases, you would need a tool such as Diesel Laptops Cojali or Texa Construction and Off Highway Kits.

Tip 2: Quit Waiting on OEM Repairs

Twiddling your thumbs waiting for an OEM mechanic to repair your equipment can put a huge dent on your tight schedule, not to mention the hit to your budget.

The Solution:

By using one of Diesel Laptops Construction kits you’ll have dealer level commands on one easy to use diagnostic tool. They go one step further, offering groundbreaking programs such as DTC Off-Highway to give you possible causes for these fault codes. This cutting-edge software, found only at Diesel Laptops, gives you a lifetime license to loads of manufacturers repair information, wiring diagrams and much more. You are also backed by diesel technicians in Diesel Laptops’ technical support department to help with any issues that may arise.

Tip 3: Don’t Skimp On Training

Your project is only as solid as the people working on it. It is important to make sure your crew has the training they need. Having untrained technicians on a construction project is asking for disaster. Make sure your team has the skills they need to correctly and safely diagnose and repair equipment. Nothing sets a project back more than having to re-do shoddy work.

 The Solution:

With a series of in-depth classroom and online training classes, your team can get up to speed on the most sought-after technician skills. From Aftertreatment Systems, Electrical Diagnostics and TEXA software skills your team will have hands on experience to diagnose and repair diesel equipment so they can immediately put these methods to use at your job site.

Its All About Uptime

With so many moving parts it’s no surprise that your timeline and bottom line can take a hit without the proper planning. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Prepare for your next project with software, training and support with Diesel Laptops. Talk to our helpful team for more information!