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Benefits of heavy construction equipment

March 11, 2010 7:00 am

“The biggest benefit of heavy construction equipment is that, it can ensure time completion of the job. However, there are a few crucial things that executing engineers need to take into consideration before acquiring the big-size construction equipment. An OEM report.”
With job schedules becoming time-bound, it is becoming quite imperative for construction companies to acquire bigger size equipment. The demand for bigger size equipment is also becoming necessary as government is increasingly emphasizing on construction of mega projects to cater to the growing economic requirements. However, prior to adapting heavy construction equipment, factors like technology involved in the equipment, design, ease of maintenance should be taken into consideration. The selection parameters are important to abide, as capital cost of heavy construction equipment is colossal.
 
The prime aspect before selecting big construction equipment
is the engineering technology involved, facts like technology for cooling the engine and fuel injection should be taken into account. As this would be a major reason behind efficiency of the machine. Multi-purpose utility of the machine should also be taken into consideration. Performing factors like engine horse power, digging strength, dump depths, dump heights, ground clearance are of crucial importance.
 
Factors like trouble-shooting electronic capabilities, electronics involved in the engine are of utter importance. This is because electronics would synchronise operation of the machine.  
Additionally, factors like the operator’s console, ergonomics, visibility, seating cab design, controls should be looked into with care. This is so because ergonomics is important for the operator’s comfort which in turn closely relates to performance of the machine itself. An enclosed cab with an option for air-conditioning would allow the operator to work efficiently in all weather conditions. But most importantly, before procurement of heavy size construction equipment, the operator to be deployed for using the equipment should be properly trained.
 
Taking into account the technology involved is important, it would not only provide the desired high output, but significantly give a better resale value to the owner of the machine.
 
Machines have to be rugged to perform in harsh working conditions with minimal breakdowns. Machines have to be structurally well-built with wear-resistant parts to take the beating and quality engine to support engine performance. Well-built structurals are important as that will minimize down time. This is because frequent breakdowns can inflate the project cost to a sizeable extent, as this will involve replacement of parts, involving huge cost involvement, not to mention time involvement.

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