We know that businesses in the logistics, agricultural, mining, and construction industries dread the thought of unnecessary downtime.
If a vehicle or piece of equipment fails, it can cause elements of your operations to grind to a halt while you wait for a repair or replacement. It puts you behind schedule, stretches your budget, and increases risk to every person on site.
So, it’s crucial for businesses in these industries to put proactive maintenance strategies in place, to help reduce the impact of disruptions—or if carefully managed, eliminate them for good.
Understanding the impact of downtime in your industry
When your business encounters unexpected equipment downtime, you come face to face with a range of different challenges that impact your operations, causing issues across your entire supply chain.
Loss of productivity
There’s the immediate concern around loss of productivity, which leads to delays in your projects or services. The inability to transport goods, manage your crops, extract minerals, or complete the day’s construction tasks on time can push out timelines, leading to delays in delivery, and the potential loss of revenue. Not to mention, the impact it has on your clients or people further down the supply chain.
Equipment failures and downtime incur substantial repair and maintenance costs, especially if you need to source specialised parts or technicians.
Increased potential for injury
You can’t plan for unplanned downtime, that’s the nature of it. But when outdated or poorly-functioning equipment fails unexpectedly, it compromises the safety of every person on site, increasing the risk of serious injuries.
Compounding all this, your business then runs the risk of failing its contractual obligations, leading to potential legal and reputational repercussions.
Common causes of equipment failure and unexpected downtime
Equipment failure and downtime is caused by a variety of issues—some common, others not so common—each capable of causing significant disruptions.
- Heavy usage in harsh operating conditions can lead to faster wear and tear, increasing the potential for mechanical failures and breakdowns.
- Irregular maintenance schedules, or inadequate maintenance practices, mean that your equipment isn’t getting the care and attention it needs to continue operating effectively.
- Environmental factors, such as extreme weather conditions or exposure to abrasive materials, work to accelerate equipment deterioration. And in parts of Australia, we’re subject to some of the most extreme weather on the planet.
- It may even be caused by a lack of proper operator training and awareness, which leads to improper use that further damages your equipment.
- Often, it just comes down to the age of your equipment. If it’s an older model, which maybe hasn’t received the right maintenance level of the years, it’s going to be more prone to breakdown or failure.
Avoid unnecessary downtime with proactive maintenance
Proactive maintenance is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of waiting for your equipment to break down, scheduling regular service and maintenance checks allows you to keep it all in better working condition, and detect any early signs of wear and tear and fix issues before they escalate.
By taking proactive maintenance measures, you’re able to reduce unexpected equipment breakdowns, improve efficiency and extend the lifespan of your heavy equipment, which in turn ensures uninterrupted operations across your supply chain—and ultimately saves your business time and costs in the long run.
It’s all about putting in the time, effort, and budget now, to save you big in the future.
When downtime occurs, partner with a reliable transport equipment rental provider
Even with proactive maintenance, downtime is inevitable. So to help keep your business up and running, partner with a reliable transport equipment hire company.
This provides your business with a contingency plan; a flexible service where you can quickly and efficiently source the transport and heavy equipment you need, and have it operating on-site within a matter of hours.
It also allows you to efficiently fill gaps in your fleet in a more cost-effective manner. Rather than purchasing a completely new vehicle or piece of machinery, you can use your OpEx budget instead, and acquire the equipment you need—at a significantly lower price—for the exact time that you need it. This makes it ideal for both downtime, and for powering short-term projects.
Make Rentco your transport & equipment rental partner
Rentco has been operating since 1994, providing transport equipment rental services that keep Australian businesses on track.
Our range of state-of-the-art equipment is regularly updated, allowing you to get the best and latest machinery for your project needs. Our fleet boasts over 3,500 vehicles and counting, from our all-new electric vehicles, to our reliable range of trucks, trailers, buses, prime movers, and more.
With 24/7 nationwide coverage, flexible hire terms, completely transparent procedures, and no hidden costs, you get peace of mind that you can get the equipment you need, where you need it, for the duration of your project.
And of course, you can be sure that we undertake regular scheduled maintenance and servicing on all of our equipment, with proactive maintenance forming a key part of our long term strategy.
So don’t run the risk of equipment failure causing your operations to grind to a halt. Keep your operations, delivery, and budget on track with Rentco’s proactive maintenance and reliable transport equipment rentals.
Get in touch with us to discuss a flexible equipment rental solution that supports your business’ growth.