Time Management in Primary Maintenance

Aug 3, 2020 -- Posted by : Cory

With COVID-19 continuing to offset business plans around the nation, it’s more important than ever to keep a close eye on product usage and labor hours for your crews. Most business owners and operators are already aware that things like unnecessary travel and broken equipment hurt their profitability, but what exactly can be done to improve time management in the primary maintenance and lubrication industries?

1) Cross train your team – Sometimes, having designated lubrication and fuel technicians is necessary depending on your company size and project needs. However, if your lube tech only knows how to grease equipment but has no idea how or when to fuel them, you could run into a problem if the business environment means cutting hours or positions on your team. Cross-training technicians in both lubrication and fueling skillsets ensures you have versatility in the future.

2) Top off equipment now to save time later – Ever see a piece of equipment that’s 7/8 full of oil or fuel and think to yourself, “I’ll just wait until tomorrow” or “I’ll get it on the next round”? While it may seem beneficial, this strategy can have serious consequences when practiced over time. What if that piece of equipment gets missed tomorrow and becomes damaged due to lack of oil? What if it’s needed on another job site 30 miles away, thus incurring travel costs and loss of time? Topping off equipment on a regular basis avoids these potentially costly situations in the future.

3) Utilize product combination vehicles – If you currently have separate fuel and lubrication trucks or skids, you may be inadvertently duplicating labor hours when you could be consolidating them in to a single piece of equipment. Don’t have the capital to purchase a brand new lube truck or lube skid? Our specialty is custom lube equipment! We’re happy to discuss taking an existing lube truck or skid and making it functional to suit your business needs.


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This content was curated in part by Cliff Stitt, TPL employee and warehouse manager.

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