If you run a construction company, what is the best strategy for keeping equipment fueled and oiled?
Traditionally, many operations purchase fuel tank and lubricant supplies to keep on site and rely on their staff to refuel and service equipment as needed. But is this really the most efficient, safe, and cost-effective strategy?
Increasingly, construction and commercial operations are using fleet & mobile fueling as a fuel and lubricant management strategy to monitor fuel and oil use, assess product inventory and collect data about equipment usage. The best fleet fueling services use RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to help business owners manage costs, time, and ensure safety.
Here is an example of how it works: unique RFID tags are applied to all equipment that requires refueling and/or oil changes at a construction site. At night, the fleet-fueling provider arrives and electronically scans each RFID tag to assess which type of product(s) that piece of equipment requires. Fleet fueling services collect data such as which equipment was re-fueled, how much fuel was used, which oil and lubricant products were used and where the equipment was located.
All of the collected data scanned from the RFID tags is computerized and can be transferred to the relevant manager or administrator immediately for their review.
Let’s look at five key benefits of a fleet fueling service:
Overnight service: experienced fleet-fueling distributors help you prepare for the busy day ahead by servicing your equipment overnight or when not in use. This saves travel time to a refueling station and flags any potential equipment problems before the start of the workday.
Correct product application: fleet-fueling experts are specialists when it comes to knowing which lubricant product is right for specific types of equipment. Specialized equipment requires specialty lubricant oils; fleet fueling providers make sure your equipment performs as needed every day.
Improved safety: environmental and safety regulations increasingly limit where and how much fuel can be stored. Fleet fueling eliminates the need for on-site tank storage, which is highly regulated in urban areas like Seattle. Also, fleet fueling tends to reduce the number and severity of spills, since fleet-fueling providers are professionally trained and experienced in handling every type of product.
Equipment sustainability: expert fleet-fueling providers use the right amount of the right product at the right time. Organized data collection via RFID tags makes it easy to spot issues as they arise because equipment information is consistently collected and reviewed on a regular basis.
Cost savings: great fleet-fueling strategies mean your skilled labor force won’t need to spend their time re-fueling equipment. Efficient fleet-fueling providers can help you identify your best product-purchasing options by establishing how much and how often your equipment requires fueling.
Is fleet fueling right for you? Ask an experienced fleet and mobile fueler for their recommendation based on your site location and hours of operation. In the right circumstances, fleet fueling can go a long way in improving your business efficiency and reducing operating expenses. As construction and commercial operations seek better ways to optimize their businesses and improve environmental safety, they’re finding fleet fueling provides benefits in each of these key areas.