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13 minutes | 14 days ago
S5E4: The Impact of Electric Machines – Part 2
Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts take on round two of their discussion on electric construction equipment. In this podcast, the focus is on the maintenance of this equipment. Maintenance considerations for an electric transmission are different from the traditional transmissions in diesel equipment. Listen in now to hear the second part of the electric equipment discussion and what Caterpillar has done with its new electric dozer to make maintenance easier.
11 minutes | a month ago
S5E3: The Impact of Electric Machines – Part 1
Brad Humphrey sits down with the Caterpillar experts to talk about the hot topic of electric construction equipment. The Caterpillar experts reflect on the company's path with electric equipment, Cat's newest electric machines and how the move to electric equipment will impact the construction industry.
13 minutes | a month ago
S5E2: Customer Perspective - What’s the Value/Benefit of Customer Value Agreements
How do contractors get the most from preventative maintenance customer value agreements (CVAs)? What's the impact and the positives for a contractor?Brad Humphrey, the Caterpillar experts and contractor Chris Seger, fleet manager with Pavecon, dive into this topic to explore how CVAs help contractors improve uptime.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
S5E1: How Has COVID-19 Impacted Contractors?
Brad Humphrey talks with the Caterpillar experts on how the coronavirus has impacted Caterpillar over the last year as well as the effect it's had on construction contractors. They share their experiences and how they've adapted to a "new normal".
18 minutes | 4 months ago
S4E13: Taking a Scheduled Maintenance Break
What do the Caterpillar experts recommend when it comes to increasing consistency of equipment uptime?Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts offer tips on how to increase uptime through scheduled maintenance and leveraging digital technology. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
14 minutes | 5 months ago
S4E12: Taking Care of Your Construction Equipment Undercarriage
It's no question that you need to be monitoring your equipment undercarriage for signs of wear. But how often?Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts dive into best practices for measuring and maintaining equipment undercarriage. Undercarriage should be measured at least twice a year, but jobsites, material conditions and other factors play into whether it should be inspected more frequently. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
16 minutes | 5 months ago
S4E11: Healthy Habits That Keep Everyone Working
Construction is a risky industry, and safety is at the forefront for many companies in the industry. But there is always more we can do.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts look at how contractors can instill healthy habits onto their jobsites to keep everyone working safely. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
S4E10: How Construction Contractors Can Find and Recruit Good Employees
How can contractors find and recruit good new employees? This is a number one pain point for many contractors and may even be holding companies back from growing or taking on jobs.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts talk about where contractors can find the best source of human resources to fill gaps in their crews. Different recruiting methods for the younger generations are needed. Tune in now for this timely podcast to learn new opportunities to fill your labor pipeline.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
S4E9: Take Time for Training
The state of training for most contractors today is not as great as it could be. There seems to be a lower focus on training in construction compared to other industries. But there is opportunities to change that. There are free sources and paid for sources that contractors should be investing in.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts discuss how they see training in the construction industry today and what type of training construction companies need to be investing both time and money. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
S4E8: Managing Machines and Growing Margins
How can contractors grow margins and make more money using telematics? How can the data help contractors make better decisions regarding their fleet? One of the biggest question contractors ask is how frequently should they be reviewing this data.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts explore the best processes for reviewing and using telematics data. At a minimum, they recommend contractors review the data on a daily basis. Frequent review of telematics data can help contractors make smart decisions on how to respond to that data and how to get the best business and cost benefits from it. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
S4E7: Is Your Crew Really Ready for an Emergency?
Pandemic aside, is your crew prepared for an emergency on the jobsite? How can contractors better prepare their crews? What types of emergency potential is in your areas - weather, industry related, outside factors?Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts look at not only the risks construction contractors may face but how they can best prepare their companies, crews and jobsites. One of the biggest factors is communication on what to do and who to go to if an emergency occurs. Have a proactive plan. Tune in to this podcast for essential safety information.
16 minutes | 8 months ago
S4E6: Let Your Profits Take Flight - Get Your Drone On
Drones aren't new, although they may not be prominent on many construction jobsites yet. However, the use of drones can have a positive effect on construction contractors' profits.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts discuss how the use of drones is growing and evolving and how this tool can benefit construction contractors and profits. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
18 minutes | 8 months ago
S4E5: Should You Buy or Rent New Construction Equipment?
Can you afford a new piece of equipment? Do you have work scheduled to utilize it? How can contractors determine if it's better to buy or rent their construction equipment? Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts dig into what contractors should consider when making this decision, whether in a down economy, during a pandemic or when business is good. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
17 minutes | 9 months ago
S4E4: Getting the Most Out of Machine Features Part 2
How do contractors stay on top of the ever changing improvements and updates to construction equipment?In the previous podcast, Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts discussed how contractors can leverage Caterpillar dealers to help optimize operator performance by leveraging machine features. In part two of this podcast, we explore why it's so important for contractors the keep up to date with the newest machine features. Tune in now the hear the conclusion of this two-part podcast.
15 minutes | 9 months ago
S4E3: Getting the Most Out of Machine Features Part 1
What is the best way to leverage your Cat dealer to ensure operators are properly trained? How can you maximize the features of your construction equipment to get the most out of the machine and your operators?Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts discuss how contractors can get the most out of their equipment features by tapping into the deep wealth of knowledge of Caterpillar dealers. Tune in now for part one of this machine features podcast.
14 minutes | 9 months ago
S4E2: Best Resources Contractors Should Be Using
Why don't more contractors take advantage of the business resources available to them, many of them local? What resources are even available to construction contractors.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts discuss why contractors should use resources — such as trade associations, educational resources and more — and the benefits these resources offer construction contractors. Tune in now for this latest podcast.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
S4E1: Safety Tips for the New Normal
What do leaders, owners and contractors have to do to protect workers and comply with government mandated precautions in this current COVID-19 environment and post pandemic? Communication will be even more important for leaders and contractors as well as not over-complicating things for employees.Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts dive into new angles for safety tips during and after this unprecedented time including the need to raise the bar on hygiene on jobsites, setting accountability standards, training workers and continuing to have daily safety talks.Tune in now, for this timely podcast that will help you navigate this pandemic environment.
11 minutes | a year ago
S3E19: New Ways to Find Employees Part 2
In this podcast, Brad Humphrey and the team share a few stories about how to look less at the mechanical skill set and focus on the soft skill set when hiring. Also, they remind us to keep the younger generations learning within the first 30 to 90 days, they hunger for knowledge.Tune in now and put these ideas to work for you and your company.
9 minutes | a year ago
S3E18: New Ways to Find Employees Part 1
The #1 problem amongst contractors is labor, with a shortage of over 1 million workers in the industry. Finding talent can be difficult, but the team discusses new ways to find employees including Veterans and the younger generation.Listen now, as Brad Humphrey and the Caterpillar experts, Lonnie and Jason, address how to find AND keep labor as well as changing the social stigma surrounding the construction industry.
7 minutes | a year ago
S3E17: Intelligent Compaction Part 2
There is no easy answer to the question of “Should I buy or lease this new piece of equipment?”. There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding.1. Match the machine to the mission2. Life of the technology3. Utilize your dealer networkBrad Humphrey and the Caterpillar subject experts discuss the decision-making process, how fast technology is advancing and how to utilize your dealer network, end to end.
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