It’s almost time to take the field. We’re nearing kick-off. Management is making the final roster moves to assemble a winning line-up. That’s right; it’s time for the big game.
No, not that big game. The kick-off to spring is nearly here. For surveyors, contractors, and all those in the equipment industry, it means machines and workers are about to take the field. With jobsites busy as ever, your fleet needs to be ready for hard work and long hours – is it up to the task?
Annual, thorough service is among the best ways to ensure your GPS, machine control, and other equipment is in prime form for the season ahead. And just like the athletes getting in prime condition to take the field on Sunday, it’s also essential your team stays sharp and up-to-speed on technology and opportunities that could allow them to do their jobs better, faster, and more economically.
We all know the value of quality pre-season preparation. But what if your company just doesn’t have the time or proper resources to dedicate this level of focus to the team and fleet’s health? Consider your trusted dealership.
RDO Integrated Controls offers an annual service program for equipment including Carlson Machine Control, Sokkia, and Topcon, as well as special opportunities for annual training and technology upgrades.
Because your line-up is just as important as the ones that will be on both sides of the field at NRG Stadium this weekend, here are three reasons why annual service now is the key to a winning work season in 2017.
For something as important as your team and fleet’s health, don’t trust it to anyone but professionals. Leading dealerships employ certified technicians, and dedicated product and technology specialists who are experts in equipment and systems, and can ensure they’re working properly, calibrated, and software is up-to-date.
Additionally, these highly-skilled team members have a keen ability to “see” what others can’t. Like the best, most intuitive defensive players, they draw on experience and patterns to offer a proactive vs. reactive approach.
Those untrained or inexperienced in equipment maintenance and technology may have the best of intentions, but can easily miss warning signs and crucial points, or perform system upgrades incorrectly.
The best dealerships provide an exceptional, in-depth level of detail when it comes to servicing machines, often including testing cords and connectors, and cleaning system components.
This attention to detail extends beyond machines and systems, as most dealerships keep precise, thorough service records. While the immediate benefit is simple peace of mind, the long-term payoff comes in multiple forms.
For example, detailed records can be compared to records of other, similar machines to identify patterns or uncommon issues. All of this can help with troubleshooting or proactive suggestions down the road.
A good equipment manager has all the essentials on game day – from cleats to jerseys to snacks – ready to go for the team. Likewise, major dealerships keep a substantial inventory of batteries, cables, and other parts. Add in relationships with major manufacturers and, often, a network of their own stores, they also have the ability to source unique or uncommon parts and deliver them fast. This keeps downtime minimal and ensures every customer gets the exact part needed.
Calling the Right Play
Just as coaches on the sidelines manage the clock and make the most of each quarter, the best managers know the right call to make at each crucial point in the asset management game. Key to every equipment offense is to avoid being blitzed by unexpected downtime and repairs when the busy spring season is underway. Before winter ends, make the right play call and schedule service and training at your trusted, local equipment dealership.
About The Author
Jason Kreps is Product Specialist Manager for RDO Equipment Co. and based in Moorhead, MN.
For more information or to schedule your winter service, call or visit your local RDO Integrated Controls store.