Management of off-highway plant and equipment


Management of off-highway plant and equipment

Technical improvements in off-highway plant and equipment have, throughout industry,

caused a movement away from manual labour towards mechanisation. Although this has

raised the potential productivity of workers, it has also necessitated relatively large

capital investments in machinery and equipment, which must be operated at an economic
level of utilisation if an adequate rate of return on the capital employed is to be achieved.
As a consequence, an increasing number of firms are now placing far more emphasis on
the selection, performance monitoring, control and maintenance of their equipment fleets.
At the same time independent equipment hire businesses and DIY small tools outlets
have rapidly expanded to satisfy the short-term equipment needs of businesses.
During recent years, the authors have made a special study of the management of offhighway
plant and equipment and the results of their investigations have been
incorporated into both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. This has naturally
directed attention towards a textbook on the subject, as it is essential that students receive
guidance on the management of off-highway plant and equipment at the onset of their
careers, and this book has therefore evolved to meet the needs of professionals whose
roles are expanding to embrace the increasingly important management of off-highway
plant and equipment.

Specifically, this third edition covers the management of equipment both within an
organisation and the independent hire or rental firm, and deals with policies, strategies
and organisational structures from the small to the large concern. By necessity, emphasis
is placed on the financial aspects of equipment acquisition and control, and modern
capital investment decision-making techniques are given special consideration.
Operational management is dealt with fully, including health and safety, maintenance
management, operational planning, licensing and insurance and the problems faced in
overseas work. The importance of operator training and development is emphasised.
Finally, the book brings together the recent developments in computer technology and its
application to improving equipment management.


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