TJ Group enhance plant efficiency with Hitachi ConSite
Automated data report service helps recycling firm increase fleet productivity
TJ GROUP, specialists in waste-management and recycling, have improved the efficiency and productivity of their Hitachi machinery fleet by using the Japanese manufacturer’s ConSite automated data report service.
Designed exclusively for Hitachi construction equipment with satellite system access, ConSite closely monitors the machines’ operational status, ensuring their customers have optimally tuned machinery to meet their needs by sending monthly reports and, if necessary, notifying them with emergency alarms via email.
Hampshire-based TJ Group receive an automatic service report via email every month, which summarizes operational information for each of their Hitachi machines. It includes detailed analysis of data such as daily working hours, swing ratios and fuel consumption. With five Hitachi medium excavators and four ZW-5 wheel loaders working across several sites in southern England, TJ Group have reaped the benefits of regular insight into the performance of each machine.
According to John Gosling, managing director of TJ Group, Hitachi’s innovative tool has enhanced the efficiency and productivity of their entire business operation.
‘ConSite means lower running costs over the lifetime of each Hitachi machine,’ he commented. ‘It builds a database, so we can learn more about our equipment and operation. And it’s available at the push of a button, for health and safety, maintenance and budgeting purposes. From a budgetary point of view, we need to predict when the next service is due and when we need to replace our fleet.’
After checking the general overview, Mr Gosling assesses the individual machine figures for hours, idling, temperatures, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
He added: ‘The hours are useful because equal utilization of machines across the fleet is important in terms of depreciation. One site might have two machines and the operators might favour using one over another, which means one model is clocking up more hours.
‘The hours also show how busy a particular site is. So, perhaps we need to swap machines to other sites, look at staffing levels and check if we have the right model working there. Monitoring fuel consumption is also vital for the TJ Group, which has a fleet of 140 trucks for its transport business. We have always focused on fuel efficiency.’