Driving towards reducing construction downtime
William Salt - Tidyco Hose Doctor Engineer
Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatics to the rail industry for over 40 years; also supports the construction industry with a drive towards keeping downtime to a minimum.

Construction site downtime can be a costly affair, which not only disrupts productivity but also adds detrimental effects to the bottom line.

Bad weather aside, another major contributor to site downtime is machine failure. When equipment breaks, a ripple effect ensues such as cost implications of an ineffective labour force through to delays in job completion.

In fact, for as long as machinery is out of action, the construction project is haemorrhaging money. In a recent survey, up to 75% of construction business owners confessed to having inoperative equipment.

Used abundantly in construction projects, hydraulic hoses endure heavy workloads, which exposes them to frequent failure. A cut to fluid transfer renders machinery completely impotent thus, causing the company significant losses.

Tidyco’s Hose Doctor Division provides a National 24/7/365 emergency on-site hydraulic hose replacement service. A mobile vehicle with all necessary parts and equipment to replace a hose further bolsters the team of fully skilled and experienced field based engineers.

Having examined the cost of lengthy failure, it becomes apparent that hose replacement in itself is not enough. Rapid delivery and minimising downtime is of primary concern to the Tidyco Hose Doctor team.

The application of IoT

IoT (The Internet of Things) is a term that has been used frequently over the past few years. Originally considered a meaningless ‘buzz’ word, many people, businesses and organisations are beginning to understand its true value.

If applied intelligently, IoT can greatly enhance construction site productivity. Tidyco Hose Doctor endeavours to be on-site within the hour to make equipment operational as quickly as possible. Technology is a value added integration that helps to make this gesture a reality.

Back office support witnesses a team of administrative personnel capitalising upon real time vehicle management software, allowing for the allocation of an engineer within closest proximity. The use of technology also supports environmental objectives by reducing unnecessary travel distances.

Traceability is also a concern whereby Tidyco offers customers a Cyber Essentials secured cloud portal, where they can view work history as well as request a call out.

Q is for quality

Tidyco is an official Parker Hannifin distributor where the fleet of Hose Doctor Engineers provide a product which is of high quality, robust and fit-for-purpose.

When faced with expensive equipment downtime, it is prudent for construction site managers to have strategic stakeholder support, which is committed to, and competent in getting them back to work as quickly as possible.