A Fleet Optimization Study from Komatsu's Business Solutions Group Could Save You Money
Could you save enough to buy additional machines?
Is your operation as productive as it could be? As efficient as possible? It likely is; but, if you would like to find out for sure, we can help you with a complimentary on-site fleet optimization study by Komatsu’s Business Solutions Group.
Is your haul road too long? Do you have the right size equipment? Could you be more productive with smaller machines? Representatives can work with you to study your specific operations, answer these questions and offer suggestions about how you could significantly increase your production and efficiency.
Read below for a case study that shows how the Business Solutions Group helped optimize one customer’s operations, showing them how to become more productive with smaller equipment.
A customer success story
Complimentary analysis by Komatsu’s Business Solutions Group leads to big savings for material supply company
A few years ago, Joe and Sofia Regalado acquired Madden Materials, adding to the couple’s already hefty workload as they operated a trucking company and another material supply business.
The new venture came with challenges, so they turned to their local Komatsu distributor, who connected them with the Business Solutions Group to help formulate an action plan.
The Business Solutions Group offers bottom-line tactics that maximize production and efficiency. The group studies customers’ existing operations, considers alternatives and provides recommendations. There is no charge for the service.
In Madden Materials’ case, the Business Solutions Group partnered with the distributor to conduct an Optimized Fleet Recommendation (OFR) study on how to move sand from the pit to a new wash plant most effectively. Members of the Business Solutions Group took into account the productive potential of various sizes of excavators, wheel loaders and trucks to identify the most efficient fleet, depending on production needs and other factors.
“They assessed the site – how we load, haul distance, tons of product the plant needed per hour – and determined that smaller units would be best,” said Owner/Chief Executive Officer Joe Regalado. “They projected operating costs by considering fuel, operator pay, maintenance and more.”
Before the study, Regalado was convinced he needed to add a large truck, possibly a 60-ton rigid frame, and pair it with an existing 50-ton-plus excavator. The Business Solutions Group showed him other options, including using a Komatsu 30-ton articulated dump truck and a PC360LC excavator.
Fleet optimization study's money-saving strategies
“The same production with smaller equipment means less fuel and maintenance as well as lower overall costs,” said Regalado. “The study saved us enough money that we could buy a second WA380 loader. The assessment was done at no charge. That’s an incredible benefit, and they have finished a second OFR study to determine our present and future needs as we continue to expand and move farther away from the plant.”