Maximising heavy equipment life

When it comes to heavy equipment, it’s not just what you’ve got but how you use it, maintain it and stay on top of regular inspections and repairs that make all the difference to maximise productivity, efficiency and overall life of your Cat® machine.

The importance of equipment maintenance cannot be underestimated when it comes to maximising equipment life span and achieving the best safety, productivity, and efficiency outcomes from your Cat® machines.

More importantly, adopting and sticking to a preventative maintenance routine, paying attention to onboard technologies, and making the most of services offered by WesTrac are key steps to ensuring optimum performance, whether you run a single machine or an entire fleet.

From ensuring operators are adequately trained, to conducting regular fluid sampling, to having an appropriate FitFleet customer value agreement for each of your machines, there are plenty of options to give you the best head start and keep your equipment in the best condition. Read on or get in touch to find out more.

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FitFleet® Customer Value Agreements

Plenty of WesTrac customers – from top tier mining and construction companies to equipment hirers, have realised the many benefits of FitFleet Customer Value Agreements. The tiered program is designed to suit all types of operations, from do-it-yourself to fully managed services. The CVAs can be built into the machine purchase price or added on at a later date.


Heavy Equipment Maintenance Checklist

1. Keep on top of lubricant requirements
Lubricants are the lifeblood of heavy equipment. Not only do they prevent wear and tear, keep the machine’s internals clean and regulate temperature, but they can also provide tell-tale signs of potential issues before they turn into major problems. WesTrac’s fluid sampling service is a low-cost but incredibly valuable preventative maintenance option.
2. Perform regular inspections
Inspections should be built into the standard operating procedures before a machine is started up – every time and without fail. Trained operators or dedicated inspection personnel should always check for wear and tear or obvious signs of problems. Tools and checklists are available including Cat® Inspect, an online tool that provides access to a broad range of useful information.
3. Keep equipment clean
Dust, dirt and other contaminants are the primary driver for machinery repair and maintenance tasks to be carried out. While changing filters and lubricants might be obvious tasks when it comes to heavy equipment maintenance, keeping your machinery clean reduces risk of issues greatly. A lot of cleaning can be managed with standard equipment, but some tasks may require more specialised products and tools.
4. Use genuine OEM parts
Not all parts are made equal and everything from filters to lubricants and hydraulic seals are built for specific makes, models and applications. Using non-genuine parts could increase the risks of problems occurring, present safety issues and potentially void any equipment warranties. So when carrying out any machinery repair and maintenance tasks, be sure to use what’s recommended. WesTrac stocks an extensive range of new, refurbished and used parts, plus a range of easy ways to find, order and access them.
5. Sign up to a Customer Value Agreement (CVA)
WesTrac’s FitFleet program provides ongoing support and maintenance solutions for individual machines, encompassing both an agreement and access to an online portal that provides data-driven insights into the overall health and utilisation of that machine. There are multiple tiers to suit your preferred ways of operating and you can opt for different tiers for each machine in your fleet.
6. Ensure operators are adequately trained
While heavy machinery maintenance is largely focused on the machine itself, one of the most effective preventative maintenance tools is appropriate training for operators and anyone working on heavy equipment. From familiarisation and basic operator training to dedicated evaluation and customised course delivery, WesTrac offers a broad range of options through its WesTrac Institute in WA and NSW.
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