Investing in the implementation and use of Undercarriage Inspection Management Software needs to provide a return on investment. Undercarriage can make up more than 50% of the maintenance costs of a machine. Therefore managing undercarriage has the potential for large savings. How is the ROI measured:-
- Undercarriage Inspections guarantee better undercarriage life performance.
Fleets of tracked machines where undercarriage is not measured and monitored typically will achieve a life of less than 75%. Undercarriage that is measured and monitored typically reach 85 to 100% worn or if taken to destruction, 120% worn. This is a significant saving if for instance you apply this to say a D11 sized machine where the undercarriage can cost in the region of $250,000 for both sides. Achieving 25% more life is a saving of $62,500.
- Time and accuracy to complete an inspection.
The ultrasonic measurements with the smart phone app enable immediate percent worn calculations and comparisons with prior inspection measurements. This improves accuracy.
The real timesaver is in the transfer of data & images previously taking anything between 1 to 5 hours depending on size of machine. This is now instantaneous, and is supported with all the previous wear results to show the trend in real time.
- Quickly identifying problems that are causing excessive wear rates.
Successive inspections enable identification of increased component wear rates and the actions required to bring the wear rates back in line with average, whether it’s tight track, operator skill or any of the myriad causes of increased wear rates.
Matching components and actions to gain as close to 100% life of the Undercarriage system.
Regular undercarriage inspections over the life of equipment allow repairs to be identified to enable all components in the undercarriage system to get as close to 100% worn. Any component not achieving 100% worn effectively means money is being left on the table resulting in a higher cost per hour.
- Forecasting component replacements to reduce emergency delivery costs and unplanned downtime
Every jobsite aims for nil unplanned downtime and to have the required components scheduled to be available. Inspection data provides residual life data for the components and a list of recommended action tasks for maintenance planning
- Matching components to the correct environment – monitoring performance
Every jobsite has different conditions and matching the correct components to the environment saves the component from premature excessive wear. Monitoring a component’s wear rate performance over successive inspections allows a base standard to be set for the environment against which all other components can then be monitored and allowing you to develop your Undercarriage Selection and Purchase Guidelines.
Validating Warranty claims
Warranty claims can be validated with real inspection data allowing surety for both the manufacturer and the customer. Usage and benefit already obtained by the customer can also be validated ensuring no possible conflict by either party. Without data, no claim can be justified and money is lost by one party causing dissatisfaction.
- Manage mixed Brand Fleets
Reduce the time and effort required to understand different manufactures reports. Tracks treads support all brands with inspection reports in a standardised format across the fleet. All wear limit calculations are based on the OEM specification ensuring accuracy and peace of mind that the wear rates are correct.
The ROI for each jobsite will different depending on how well the undercarriage is currently managed.
“Customers found that moving to the TrackTreads Undercarriage Management system removed the time and energy needed to manipulate inspection data, instead empowering them to make key management decisions based on the comprehensive analysis provided by the TrackTreads system.”