Professional Services Group
Whilst brand and build quality are key issues, boosting bottom line performance should be your overriding consideration in earthmoving machine selection. In this respect, profitability is impacted by seven major factors that must be taken into account, of which the purchase price is the least significant.This point is well illustrated in the below graph.
The Barloworld Equipment Professional Services Group provides customers with two interlinked services designed specifically to positively impact the first and most important four factors on the above graph. These are:
- Improve fleet productivity & availability.
- Improve machine productivity & availability.
- Lower operating cost.
- Improve utilisation.
These are daily factors of consideration when owning earthmoving equipment and machinery.
The Professional Services Group works on the premise that lowest cost per cubic metre or ton = lowest possible hourly costs ÷ highest possible hourly productivity.
A low machine retail price can be wiped out in a few months if the productivity of the machine is not optimised.
Earth Moving Fundamentals
Included in the Professional Services group are:
1. The Product and Applications Group: this is managed by product specialists who bring many years of combined expertise to optimise customer profitability.
2. The Operator Academy: the academy offers professional training and accreditation to Cat Machine Operators.
The common factor linking the Product and Applications Group to the Operator Academy is skills development. This is for the benefit of customer employees who are operators to site supervisors and senior engineers. Barloworld Equipment’s applications and training experts aim to spend their time where it counts most; on customer sites, where they can assist your employees in achieving optimum equipment usage through a combination of correct site layout, application of the machines to the relevant jobs, and correct operating procedures.
This helps to advise on how haul road gradients affect production, bucket design, size, cycle times and tyre choice. This includes bringing in international Caterpillar experts to help perfect operating techniques.