The Green Trends Redefining Heavy Construction Equipment (And Why You Should Care)

Every industry is trying to go green to protect the environment and save money. Some are even making changes to take advantage of government tax breaks or other benefits that may come with becoming more energy efficient. The whole green movement may seem like it is on opposite ends of the spectrum from the constructions machinery industry but lately a lot of progress has been made to help the construction industry become green in different ways.

GPS Tracking on Heavy Equipment

Installing a GPS tracker may not seem like something that would make construction equipment green but doing so can help track and curb fuel consumption. This technology has been used on fleet vehicles for company cars and the like but wasn’t available for construction vehicles and machinery for a myriad of reasons, the main reasons being the durability and wireless strength of the available devices.

By equipping construction equipment like bulldozers, excavators, and cranes with a GPS tracking system, you’ll be able to track how much fuel is consumed during a job. For instance, unnecessary idling can burn a lot of fuel but the GPS tracking can let managers know how often this is occurring and, in turn, they can fix the problem. This not only helps save the environment by cutting back on emissions but it will also save you money in the long run by conserving more fuel.

The GPS that is allowing this to happen is the Navman Wireless Qtanium 300. It easily installs anywhere on the equipment and is about the size of an average external hard drive. It will track the vehicle in real-time and report back on usage, operating costs, and fuel consumption. The features of the GPS tracker are:

  • Durability: the device can last and perform properly in rugged terrain like construction sites and other off-road areas.
  • High connectivity: the device is able to transmit reports from all areas no matter where the vehicle travels.
  • Compact size: the device is small enough not to interfere with the equipment’s functionality and it is simple to set up and use.

Biodegradable Hydraulic Fluid

By choosing to use biodegradable hydraulic fluid can reduce the costs for a site clean-up if and when a spillage occurs on a worksite. By using these fluids over the standard hydraulic fluids you can minimize the environmental impact of the construction vehicle in question. By switching to this fluid that cleans up easier in case of a spill it can save you money in the long run since there are a lot of locations that require the construction company to pay for clean-ups. Volvo is one of the companies that sell biodegradable hydraulic fluids for their equipment.

Lower Emission Outputs

Manufacturers are looking for more ways to reduce the emissions of construction vehicles. Heavy machinery vehicles are known polluters based on their diesel power and the emissions that they output. There pollutants have proven to be detrimental to people’s health and air quality in general.

By installing emission controls on heavy construction equipment the air pollution that is created by the machinery can be cut down significantly. In the past this has been done in different ways. One way that was used most frequently was to install a diesel particulate filter on the engine of the equipment. This cut down the emissions and was the most cost effective solution. In the cases where this couldn’t be done, like with older model machines, the engine would have to be replaced completely to one that was equipped with the filter.

According to an article on Randstad, there’s never been a better been a better time to be in construction: you can see why with the combination of improved working conditions, more efficient and safer equipment, and superior staff training and development. Add to that the improving picture on sustainability and there is much to be positive about.

Submitted by Lindsay Edwards.

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