Fuel efficiency is about productivity and the ability to track fuel consumption. Telematics is a good start when it comes to tracking fuel used and is an excellent start to building a more robust business.

Tracking the gallons burned per hour equals fuel consumption. The tonnage moved per gallon equals fuel efficiency.

In this article, we will be touching on some key points related to telematics and fuel consumption, as well as equipment selection and Jobsite optimization, to maximize your equipment fuel efficiency.

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Technology – doing more with less

Can technology alone help maximize tons produced while burning the least amount of fuel? Telematics, along with advanced operator training, equipment selection, and improved working practices, will play a big part in reducing CO2 emissions and your overall fuel consumption.

Technology is rapidly spreading throughout the construction industry, with advancements in telematics, electromobility, and autonomous machinery, to name a few.

Collecting information, such as idle time versus work time, can help identify which machines are wasting fuel while implementing best practices and utilizing an idle limiter to shut down the engine based on a programable pre-set idle time.

A report released from James Long LaSalle, Inc shows that venture capital firms had already invested $1.05 billion in global contech startups during the first half of 2018.

Operator training

Fuel efficiency goes hand in hand with the operator’s technique and behaviors. Training operators on built-in features like auto-idle and engine shut down can result in significant fuel reduction.

An inconsistent operation where the operator accelerates up and down, brakes often is like driving your car in the city, you will always get fewer miles per gallons and increase wear and tear.

Daily maintenance, keeping the machine greased and running at a lessor RPM will also reduce fuel consumption.

Training operators to perform preventative maintenance such as – checking fluid levels, greasing bearings and bushings, and keeping the equipment clean will minimize wear and tear, unplanned downtime, and costly repairs.

Operator precision not only will reduce operator fatigue, but will reduce fuel burn. A skilled operator will spend less time correcting movements and more time being productive. 

Automated precision features like return to dig and Pro Control, a feature on CASE backhoes, will allow the boom to stop at the precise moment the operator releases the hand control.  

Expert tips and tricks

Mark Whiting is a Caterpillar efficiency expert – Take a look.

Consultation services – fuel efficiency strategies

Consulting with industry experts to come up with simplified and unique solutions to position your company to compete and win in the new technology age is smart business.

With 25+ years of fleet fuel knowledge, impac fleet can help optimize your fleet fuel spend, create detailed telematics reporting and analytics for an individualized solution specific to your business. 

Conclusion

Using telematics to track and reduce operating costs, monitor operator behavior, plan preventative maintenance, all lead to a safe and productivity job site.

If you have questions concerning the telematics of used construction equipment, or you would like to find out more about our simplified solutions, impac Fleet offers fleet fuel cardstelematics, and world-class customer service.

To get a complimentary demo of our fuel card program and GPS solutions, call us directly at (281) 445-1100 or click here to request a demo.

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