During the last 10 years and hand in hand with technological advances both in the development of new equipment and in software. Machinery in the construction industry marked a stage of evolution that is still valid. And will continue to advance to take advantage of the benefits of the computer age.
Undoubtedly, advances have focused on achieving better equipment performance, saving resources, greater optimization, and also less pollution to the environment.
The use of new technological systems has allowed achieving savings of up to 20%. And improving performance by up to 30% in different countries of the region.
According to experts, one of the great benefits that have been obtained is the prevention of “catastrophic failures” through maintenance systems.
In the future of machinery, one of the most important leaps in the innovation of construction machinery was undoubtedly the implementation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
“With the use of this technology, it is possible to obtain information in real-time on the location. Times and distance of the equipment and thus be able to determine which is the best route in terms of efficiency and optimization”, highlighted the future of Machinery Manager of Constructora MECO Costa Rich, Jerry Aubourg Cascante.
Another advance that marked a new era for the industry was the development of ” systems control and remote diagnostics”, which allows constant evaluation from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone, the working conditions of the equipment.
This type of remote control allows verifying in the equipment the fuel consumption, operating temperatures of the main components, engine revolutions, operating defects, time of equipment on, time at idle or ignition without revolutions, alerts on faults, and revision of operation parameters.
Complementary applications and systems in the use of construction machinery have continued to evolve and are diverse. In Costa Rica, for example, the company Comercial de Fuerza y Maquinaria, SA (MPC), affirms that one of the advances that are here to stay in the industry is the implementation of an “analytical maintenance system”.
“This system allows us, through an oil sample, to know what is happening internally in the engine. A transmission, or a hydraulic system,” emphasized Gabino Cordero, a trainer for the aforementioned company.
Satellite Leveling Control Is Another Innovation
It consists of obtaining information by technological and computer means on the topography of the land. Without resorting to the services of a professional in the field. This affects cost reduction and efficiency in the advancement of construction.
To these advances in the future of machinery is added the use of parts. And equipment that allows better performance, such as “the use of more technified hydraulic piston pumps and electronic systems in engines”. According to the Manager of Automotive Marketing of Canella Guatemala, Guillermo de León.
The engines and components of the different types of machinery have evolved to achieve better performance. And the efficiency of the equipment. However, training and counseling for its use are also of utmost importance. “The power, performance, and strength of a machine will depend on the type of material. It is going to work on and what the customer wants,” said Luis Sobalvarro, regional machinery demonstrator and technical support at ConstruMarket El Salvador.
Savings And A Significant Efficiency
“After using GPS and its reporting and analysis tools for equipment optimization. Savings of up to 20% have been obtained when optimizing a route based on analysis. And action plans to improve downtime,” emphasized Cascante.
On the other hand, with the remote monitoring system of the machinery, in some cases. It has been possible to reduce downtime by up to 30% due to attention to damaged equipment. Or to attend to it in a scheduled stop of the work without affecting the progress of the construction.
Meanwhile, Franco from Generac Guatemala, explained that all the systems applied to the new and modern machines can reach up to 15% more productivity, efficiency and performance.
Existing technologies setting the course
- Remote control of machinery
- Preventive and analytical maintenance
- GPS system
- Hydraulic systems
- Electronic engines and transmissions
- Satellite leveling control
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