Saving Money by Using Technology to efficiently collect Field Inspection Data

Mine-sites perform regular inspections in the field on mobile and fixed equipment. Results are typically written on paper forms or captured on spreadsheets and then re-entered to the ERP system at a later stage once back in office. The TrackTreads system can save both time, money and accuracy by using technology to move the data from the field to the ERP system. The TrackTreads system uses mobile technology to capture inspection data in the field Read more…

The Hidden Costs of Undercarriage

Undercarriage repair and replacement cost a bucket load of money and maintenance crew are hard pressed just to stay on top of the current maintenance let alone spending time inspecting undercarriage. Knowing the true cost of intervention and replacements may lead to a different view on this. In a prior article I talked about the cost of changing out too early when there is still life available in the components. This could be the cost Read more…

TrackTreads achieves a new milestone, helping our customers exceed their undercarriage sales budget

TrackTreads reached a new milestone helping one of our customers achieve 125% of their sales budget. Undercarriage Inspections highlight undercarriage components needing repair or replacement, providing a ready source of revenue. Our customers utilizing the TrackTreads Undercarriage Inspection system to inspect any make or model of tracked machine, utilizing OEM wear limits as the standard, can identify components reaching end of life or to highlight components showing elevated wear rates. The systems extra observations feature Read more…

Inspectors can walk up to any tracked machine and measure the Undercarriage

Every fleet owner of earth moving machinery has multiple different makes and models of machines. Machines are acquired to match their strengths to the specific requirements of the project and ensure cost effectiveness. This does of course create a headache for the customer when it comes to measuring the undercarriage. The OEM’s will measure their brand of machine, but do not have the information or readiness to measure the other brands. The TrackTreads Undercarriage inspection Read more…

Cracks in Equipment Chassis can become Catastrophic Failures

Regular scheduled inspections should enable Cracks to be (a)Identified, (b) measured, with limits set for maximum length and then (c) scheduled for repair by a specified date depending on the propagation rate and maximum allowable length. Images and comments help to make the task of creating work orders with specific instructions for the service Technician easier. The TrackTreads mobile app for Android and Apple allows inspectors to record cracks in the field when identified, set Read more…

Comparing Performance between different manufactured components

Undercarriage components are high wear and large replacement cost items. Succeeding in this market means proving the performance of the product. This is where it often gets twisted since to provide a true comparison of performance; “apples versus apples”, requires: – Selecting the correct component for the environment – testing the performance of a component in the environment to which it is specifically designed provides a better chance of obtaining the true performance value. Operating Read more…

Testimonials help sell product

Undercarriage and GET are high cost, fast wearing parts on any machine. The result is that there is a lot of money associated with the replacement of these components, and many options available in the market. Customers purchase product based on price and product performance. Price is easy to calculate. Performance is very different. No different though to applying for a job. Your CV or Testimonial is a record of your achievements to date and Read more…

2 in 1 Bucket, Blade and Undercarriage Inspections in a single app saves time and money

High Wear Components need to be monitored on any quarry or mine-site as they chew up heaps of money. Downtime for repairs or replacements needs to be planned while also monitoring the actual true performance of these components in cost per hour or tonne. This challenge has been made easier with TrackTreads 2 in 1 software system that enables inspectors to perform inspections on Undercarriage as well as the bucket core and bucket GET. Component Read more…

New Frontiers for Wear Surface Management

Equipment Management is an ever-evolving science with existing frontiers being constantly broken while new ones are being set. One of those frontiers is in Wear Surface Management and more particularly Undercarriage and GET. Companies operating heavy gear are spending large dollars on Undercarriage and GET. The question on both end customer and supplier’s minds is: “does this spend represent good value for money?” The answer to this question requires knowing what performance should be expected Read more…

Undercarriage Inspections are not just about undercarriage

The best sales opportunities for undercarriage come from visiting the machine and performing an inspection. However, it does not need to end there. Inspectors visiting machines for undercarriage inspections can provide extra value to their customers by looking at the entire machine to see what else is obviously needing repair and record these as Additional Observations. This is a win-win for both parties. The customer obtains a better picture of the condition of his machine Read more…