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When a work machine breaks down, it can bring unexpected expenses - from lost income to expensive repairs. Disruption can also cause delays that affect employees and customers.

Although machine downtimes cannot always be predicted, you can make a plan to avoid them. Learn the most common causes of machine downtime and the seven steps you can take to save time, money and keep your workers safe.

    Tips to avoid unnecessary machine downtime

    1. Preventive maintenance

    Preventive maintenance keeps your machines running and prevents downtime before it happens. If you skip maintenance, a small problem can develop into a long downtime.
    Start by checking your machine's operating, parts and maintenance manuals. The machine's manuals contain recommended maintenance intervals and required parts. Prepare for the next maintenance by purchasing the necessary supplies and parts in advance. You can also leave periodic maintenance to us with a maintenance contract. 
    Check out Avesco's EasyParts spare parts contract or EasyService periodic maintenance contract

    2. Equipment performance monitoring

    Monitoring machine performance can help detect problems before they become larger. Machine users are often the first to notice when something doesn't feel right. If you don't use the machines yourself, take the time to talk to the machine operators about how each machine works. When they report a problem, address it as soon as possible.
    You can also use the fleet management tool to monitor machines and their performance. The VisionLink® fleet management tool simplifies machine maintenance by monitoring the condition of your fleet and sending alerts when maintenance is due. You can monitor the operating hours of your machine, the date of the last maintenance and see the error code list from the Finnish-language tool. With this information, you can understand what caused the machine to fail and prevent the same problem in the future.

    3. The right equipment and tools for the job

    Using the right equipment and tools helps prevent delays on the job site. Before starting the project, evaluate the soil conditions, space limitations and the material to be moved so that you can choose the right machines and work equipment.
    If you don't own everything you need, consider renting. Vatupassi offers Cat machines and work equipment for rent, which are ready for use, even delivered directly to your site.

    4. Proper storage of machines

    When machines are stored for a long time, keeping them in good condition requires attention. Start by checking the manufacturer's storage recommendations, often found in the owner's manual.
    Tips for proper storage of work machines:
    •    Perform a thorough inspection and all maintenance prior to storage. This includes filling the fuel and hydraulic fluids to the correct levels, and slightly over-inflating the tires to avoid flattening over time.
    •    Store your device indoors with proper ground protection. A clean and firm substrate is best. Protects against dirt and moisture.
    •    Continue regular inspections and maintenance during storage. Start your machine weekly to lubricate the engine and maintain the battery charge.
    You can also ask us for tips on storing your machines. 

    5. Weather monitoring

    Weather can cause significant interruptions to projects. Be proactive and prepare for bad weather. Check the weather forecast often and adjust your plans accordingly. You can move the project if necessary. Remember to consider the safety of workers, the use of machines and their storage when deciding whether it is worth working in bad weather. Taking these things into account helps to stay on schedule and reduce risks.

    6. Identification of hazards related to the construction site

    Hidden hazards on the job site can cause damage to machinery and workers, resulting in downtime. Before starting a project, check the site for physical and health hazards. Investigate the condition of the ground and walkways, space and weight limitations, location of utility lines, potential for falling or sharp objects, workplace chemicals, and availability of personal protective equipment and first aid supplies.

    7. Daily machine inspection tour

    The machine's daily inspection tour is an integral part of the beginning and end of each work shift. This way you can detect leaks, chafing hoses and other problems that can affect the operation of the machine. Perform a pre- and post-shift inspection and report any maintenance or safety issues you find.

    How Avesco can help

    We offer customized solutions that help you keep your machine ready for work. You can choose from options that allow you to do it yourself or get on-site support from our Cat experts.

    Check out our services for Cat machines