Learn how to reduce unplanned downtime and identify the low-hanging fruit impacting your operations.
Sidelined vehicles and assets hurt productivity, detract from customer satisfaction, and of course, impact your bottom line. The good news is you can stop downtime from disrupting the business of your multi-purpose fleet.
While it may seem daunting to revamp your operations, determining the factors causing downtime will help you to make changes and optimize your business.
The first step to stopping downtime from disrupting your business is to evaluate its costs. From accidents and repair to non-compliance fines, following the money lost will lead you to the right fixes.
Perhaps you will find an increased number of on-the-road accidents linked to lost productivity. Or that a vehicle often in the shop is never scheduled for routine oil changes, tire or engine checks.
Assessing downtime costs is about finding the relationship between downtime and inefficient processes.
Pinpointing inefficiencies starts with simplifying processes from inspections to productivity.
Are your operators still using paper forms for pre- and post-use inspections? If so, it may add to asset downtime. For example, if an inspection reveals a turn-signal light outage, then the operator leaves the form on the dashboard for several days, and a week later, the driver gets fined since the bulb is still out—time and money are lost.
Deploying the wrong asset for the job also attributes to downtime. If you need a truck on jobsite A to haul heavy supplies but the nearest is at jobsite B or C, your team may end up using an inappropriately sized truck for the job, causing a breakdown. You now have a truck out of commission and supplies are delivered late. And both the time to complete a project and the costs go up.
Knowing where your assets are and ensuring they are industry compliant makes your business efficient and better supports your customers. You can even implement a behavior management solution to train operators to minimize risk and maintain safety.
Since poor operator safety is another factor adding to downtime, ongoing monitoring and coaching will address how your team performs their daily work. The ability to provide operators and drivers feedback in real-time and over many months comes from the enabling managers to rate behavior and coach their team to uphold safety standards.
Real-time event monitoring with video and automated driver behavior scoring are proactive safety processes you can incorporate to identify risky behavior and improve safety.
Equipping your team with a safety-first mindset goes a long way to preparing them to avoid accidents, decrease incidences of speeding and harsh braking, and reduce other aggressive driving behaviors causing downtime. As a result, you will be better able to minimize downtime costs and profitability.
Analyzing downtime costs, scheduling preventative maintenance, maximizing asset usage, and providing operator coaching are positive steps toward keeping assets and vehicles up and running. Utilizing solutions like a digital inspection tool will support faster defect reporting and repair. Operator monitoring prepares your team to be safe.
Find an integrated solution to manage operator safety, telematics, maintenance, compliance, and more. Unifying multiple processes creates the capability to analyze disparate data in real-time from one platform, giving your business a formula to maximize efficiency. Your assets will perform well, downtime id diminished, and your customers will be satisfied.