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Capital Equipment News July 2017ON THE COVER:

The big read of the July edition of Capital Equipment News is a focus on the power of MiX Telematics’ telemetry solutions. Today’s construction and materials handling sectors are competitive markets where even the smallest amounts of time and money become critical issues in determining success. With MiX Telematics’ FM Lite-S and Forklift Manager telemetry solutions, specifically designed for construction equipment and forklifts, respectively, fleet operators are suitably equipped with the solutions they need to increase profitability.

Maximum uptime is the goal of every fleet owner as more operating time translates into more work and earning more profit. A properly implemented telemetry solution is proven to boost efficiency by improving fuel consumption, driver behaviour, equipment utilisation, as well as safety and security, to mention a few benefits.

MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, believes that when fleet operators are suitably equipped, the result is a guaranteed increase in profitability. MiX Telematics manages over 600 000 assets in approximately 120 countries. The company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, efficiency, risk and security. Founded in 1996, the company has offices in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Brazil, Australia, Romania, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a network of more than 130 fleet partners worldwide.

For construction equipment owners looking for ways to avoid downtime and make the most of their uptime, by selecting a MiX Telematics solution, they are able to increase productivity and improve service and maintenance scheduling, among other several benefits, says Peter Sim, MD at Tectra Telematics, an approved MiX Telematics channel partner, offering premium hardware and services across all assets and industries.

The same goes for materials handling application managers, whose jobs, through the Forklift Manager solution, can be made easier by improving operator productivity and machine utilisation in warehousing applications.

King of the site

JCB 3CX Backhoe Loader 07 2017 001While the fundamentals have remained the same over the six decades it has existed: a single machine that can do both loading and excavation, the backhoe loader has advanced in many ways over the years. While there is mounting competition from other pieces of equipment, there is general consensus that the versatility of this machine will be hard to beat for years to come, thus it remains ‘the king’ of the local yellow metal equipment sector.

In line with global trends, the African construction equipment market declined significantly in the past year on the back of a difficult economic spell, but the market for backhoe loaders, better known as TLBs (trailer loader backhoes) in local circles, remained resilient in the face of a challenging sales environment.

The backhoe loader definitely commands a stable sales base in South Africa, serving the specific needs of contractors, rental companies and municipalities, to mention a few. The South African market is currently about 1 400 units per annum, according to Stephen McNeill of Bell Equipment, who adds that the construction industry is by far the largest recipient of TLBs locally, accounting for about 60% of the market.

Meanwhile, Andrew Boyers, business development manager – Africa at JCB, predicts that the backhoe loader market will be approximately 3 200 machines sold across the African continent this year. He concurs that the biggest market segment for backhoe loaders remains the construction industry, but also notes that sales into plant hire and agriculture sectors are growing steadily.

According to McNeill, the TLB remains a popular choice in the local market because it is a versatile machine that offers value for money for entry-level customers. “As it is a multi-purpose machine, it can be used in almost every industry, all the way from agriculture to construction and mining,” says McNeill.

Boyers, whose JCB range remains the most selling backhoe loader brand in Africa and globally, says the versatility of the backhoe loader is unrivalled by any other piece of equipment. The back end excavator arm can do the job of an excavator or a mini excavator, while the front end shovel can do the job of a skid steer or a wheel loader.

Comprehending fleet management solutions

Fleet Management Merc 07 2017 001Every mile logged in a company truck goes against the company’s bottom line in the form of fuel expenses, tyre wear and eventual maintenance costs, to mention a few. While the benefits of acquiring a fleet management solution are well documented and some industries have gone further down this route, there are still some concerns around this technology.

As capital equipment-driven businesses fight to reduce operational costs and maximise efficiencies, fleet management solutions can provide significant cost savings and operational efficiencies. The benefits of a fleet management solution are many and might vary upon the nature and area of expertise from company to company, but there are generally some major pros that occur when the technology is adopted. These include lower fuel costs; improved route planning; increased employee productivity; improved cost control; and important data collection, among others.

While these benefits are clearly defined, there are still some issues around fleet management solutions, which are hindering uptake of this technology. At the heart of this is that fleet managers don’t realise that this technology, and the big data that can be derived from it, is more than just a device that spits out a whole lot of information. It’s an end-to-end solution – implemented in close collaboration with the service provider – that makes continuous improvement possible. The main challenges for local fleet managers as far as fleet management solutions are concerned are costs and management of data, as it is important for fleet managers to get the right data out of the system that is relevant to their business.

However, the logistics industry seems to be one fleet-driven sector leading the adoption of fleet management and tracking solutions with little concerns. With the Internet of Things (IoT) seemingly taking over and the number of connected devices increasing (research predicts over 46 billion devices will be connected to the internet in 2021), service delivery in many industries has improved significantly as fleet management and tracking has become a lot easier and much more interactive than in the past, according to Adam Orlin, head of Investec Import Solutions.

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Title: Editor
Name: Munesu Shoko
Email: capnews@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Elmarie Stonell
Email: elmaries@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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