Construction rental equipment is the backbone of many construction projects. If you've been in the industry for a while, you've probably seen how technology has improved machinery. The future only promises more useful technology.
With technological developments providing greater equipment capabilities, construction companies need to stay up to date. Staying ahead of the competition starts by recognizing technology's value in rental equipment.
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Your equipment can determine whether you get a contract in the competitive construction industry. If another company can do a job with greater safety, accuracy and speed, it may be hard to sell yourself to the client. Having the latest technology at your disposal gives you an automatic edge.
Consider these benefits for a broader idea of how technology can enhance your operations.
Tech can help workers out in the field complete their jobs faster. For example, upgraded GPS tech can help a team complete grading tasks more quickly. They can finish everything in one pass rather than having to check and regrade a few times before finishing.
Operating a piece of heavy machinery can be a daunting task, especially if you're in a tight space or around many people. New construction equipment provides detection technology to warn operators of potential hazards and avoid accidents.
With cameras and sensors outfitted on the equipment, your operators can be more aware of their environment. Other safety technology can automatically alert relevant personnel in case of an accident.
Data is king, and the construction industry knows this. Software and sensors installed in equipment are increasingly popular. They can help monitor a machine's efficiency, performance and maintenance schedule.
As improved analytics become available, companies can learn more about their team's improvement opportunities and areas where they excel. This information can help companies craft strategies and use the best equipment.
The latest construction technology continues to improve cab comfort in heavy equipment. More reliable heating and cooling units can keep your operators in total comfort, even in challenging conditions. More ergonomic controls reduce strain on the operator, while LED interfaces make it easier for users to complete daily tasks.
Many tedious tasks require heavy-duty machinery. These tasks can be monotonous and repetitive, causing operators to lose focus. This can result in injuries or mistakes. As technology continues to develop, it can automate more tasks.
Renting your construction equipment allows you to access the latest technologies at affordable prices shortly after they're available. As new improvements roll out and transform equipment capabilities, you can keep up with them and reap the benefits in your team's productivity, efficiency and safety. Here are some advantages to construction technology rentals.
Try before you buy is a valuable benefit of renting construction equipment. You can test out different technology features before choosing to follow through with a purchase.
No long-term contracts bind you to an older model when you rent. You can use the latest piece of technology without an in-depth commitment. This can help you get firsthand knowledge on whether or not the technology is worth using in the future for your business.
If your operations improve with the technology, you can continue to rent the equipment with advanced capabilities. If your workers prefer a simpler layout for some machines, you can opt for less tech in your rentals.
Rental dealers typically stock their fleets with the newest equipment models. This allows you to leverage modern technological advancements and features. You can test out different machines, determining what will provide safer and more fuel-efficient operations.
Essentially, renting gives you the power to choose what you want on a project-by-project basis. Top dealers will always have the latest product lines with the newest technological offerings from equipment manufacturers. You can choose what works best for you and enjoy the competitive advantage technology provides.
Construction is a highly competitive industry. Investing in the newest technology is one of the best ways to get a leg up on other competitors in the market. Having the latest equipment can help you win more project bids over your competitors, empowering you to scale your business with rentals to accommodate growth.
A client is more likely to choose a company that can perform higher-quality work with faster turnaround times — both of which come with having more up-to-date construction equipment.
Renting equipment with advanced technological features provides money-saving opportunities. You can try it out without the financial investment of permanently adding it to your fleet.
At The Cat® Rental Store, we have a wide selection of technology solutions for construction crews. Each of these systems offers different setups, configurations and features. This way, you can choose the ideal solution based on your applications, budget and needs.
The benefits of this new technology include:
Here are eight advanced technology solutions that can accompany your rental equipment.
Alternative power systems are some of the latest rental technology you can use. Diesel-electric hybrid machines can help you save fuel costs and be more environmentally friendly.
As the industry continues to explore electrically powered equipment, you can eventually expect to see entirely battery-powered machines. If you're renting, you can be the first to use these models when they become available.
Construction equipment also continues to see advancements in telematics. This new technology collects data on equipment and ensures your machines operate more efficiently.
Telematics devices help users improve decision-making, correct operator behaviors and provide preventive maintenance warnings. We can only expect to see greater data-gathering abilities and uses in the future. By incorporating telematics in construction equipment, crews can:
Telematics uses GPS location tracking to monitor equipment condition and performance. Fleet managers and crews can access this data remotely from a central database. There's no need to be physically present at the job site, making telematics a highly convenient asset. This technology provides the following information and more regarding construction equipment:
A major advance you can expect to improve is telematics devices' ability to monitor operators and alert managers of improper actions.
For example, you might notice your wheel loader continually pushing into engine overspeed or coasting in neutral. These alerts can help your managers address inefficiencies with new training opportunities. They can also help operators fix counterproductive habits.
Companies of all sizes can benefit from telematics. Whether you're a large corporation operating from multiple locations or a small startup, you can enjoy convenient data access, reduced fuel usage and more uptime.
With telematics, fleet managers can make informed decisions about their equipment and tools. Operations become significantly more efficient, and crews can avoid unforeseen incidents, costs and interruptions.
Decision-making is a crucial part of heavy equipment management. By gathering equipment information and sending it to a database, Cat Product Link™ can help fleet managers and crews make important decisions. Streamline tasks like buying new machines, making connections, tracking expenses and maintaining the fleet. With Product Link™, you can connect your crew, equipment and data to one convenient hub, helping you get the best return on investment.
New equipment models have built-in Product Link™ capabilities. Additionally, you can find installation kits for your existing Cat equipment or models from other manufacturers. It's easy to set up and connect to your machines. Simply mount the Product Link™ device into the machine, then sync it to your online and mobile applications. You can select your preferred wireless communication method — Bluetooth, cellular or satellite.
After connecting your equipment, you can use a mobile- or web-based interface — including the Cat App, Cat Inspect, My.Cat.Com and VisionLink® — to retrieve the data you need anytime.
Product Link™ technology allows you to:
With Product Link™, you gain valuable insights into your fleet performance. The operating information you obtain can help you make more informed management decisions.
When performing tasks like leveling areas, digging foundations and laying asphalt, accurate grading is a must — ideally in as few passes as possible. Through automated machine control, Cat Grade Control technology helps guide operators quickly and precisely so they can complete the job the first time.
This technology has one or both of these key features:
Some machines have these integrated as standard functions, enabling equipment to level surfaces intuitively. Cat Grade Control technology also comes in two configurations:
Cat Grade Control is standard in Next Generation dozers and excavators. It's also available in select models of the following equipment:
With this technology, you can stay competitive in an industry that values speed and productivity. Enjoy simplified operations and higher grading efficiency with Cat Grade Control.
To load materials efficiently onto equipment, operators must hit load targets with each trip to the scale. Additionally, they must track material types and locations. Cat Payload technology provides load-weighing data to ensure each cycle meets its load target. This technology records crucial material information to help crews consistently meet weight goals.
Cat Payload comes standard on Next Generation excavators and wheel loaders. It's also available for the following machines:
Cat Payload comes as a dealer-installed option or retrofit for some applications.
Features of Cat Payload include:
Get valuable insights into your equipment's load-weighing operations by investing in Cat Payload technology.
Cat Detect technology uses equipment cameras and tracking to inform operators of their surroundings and keep them safe. It's available for most existing and new Cat machinery as well as equipment from other manufacturers. If your model is not equipped with Cat Detect capabilities, your local dealer can supply you with retrofit and aftermarket solutions.
Cat Detect prevents engagement in hazardous conditions by making operators more aware of their environment. It comes in various configurations, each with unique benefits and features:
Crew and equipment safety should be a top priority at any job site. Let Cat Detect technology reduce worksite risks and provide your team with an additional layer of security.
Cat Compact technology is ideal for jobs requiring specific compactness levels, such as paving roads, preparing sites and working in landfills. It helps operators compact materials quickly and accurately, achieving their desired level in fewer passes.
During compaction, operators receive in-cab feedback to ensure uniform density with minimal effort. This can cut project costs, potentially allowing for higher profits. Cat Compact comes factory-installed on select models of the following equipment:
You can consult your local dealer to retrofit this technology onto older Cat equipment or machines from other brands. Cat Compact is available in multiple configurations, including 3D mapping, compaction measurement and machine-to-machine communication. Choose a solution based on your budget and applications.
Features of Cat Compact include:
With Cat Compact technology, you can enhance project uniformity, quality and completion times with minimal passes and less fuel. If you want to meet your project specifications more accurately with fewer labor hours, consider an upgrade to Cat Compact.
With Cat Command technology, you can operate equipment from a remote control center or on-site location. Operators perform multiple processes from one location, increasing both worksite productivity and safety.
Cat Command provides consistent, accurate results for semi-autonomous machine operation. It connects the equipment and base station through a simple installation process and features an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. The operator can control steering, direction, vibrations and equipment speed from the control panel, allowing operators to work in tandem with the automated machines. This human oversight helps ensure greater certainty, consistency and precision.
Cat Command is available for select excavators, skid steer loaders, compactors, bulldozers, wheel loaders and other machinery. Operators can enjoy these functions and benefits:
Cat Command provides additional security when using equipment in hazardous and challenging sites. As a result, you can improve personnel safety and maintain better sight lines.
Try new technology with rental equipment provided by The Cat Rental Store. We're always proud to offer our clients the latest models with cutting-edge features that keep them ahead of the competition.
We constantly look to improve our inventory, outfitting our equipment to collect telematics data, keep operators safe, make target payloads and grade more efficiently.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You