New sustainability dashboard designed to drive lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption
FINNING, sole dealers of Caterpillar machines and equipment in the UK and Ireland, have launched CUBIQ Sustainability, said to be a unique addition to their successful technology platform that provides vital data and insights to help operate heavy construction equipment as efficiently as possible.
Available now, the new module works with any make or model of machine to ensure comprehensive coverage across fleets in near real time. It can gather data on a wide range of metrics from fuel consumption and machine utilization to emissions per site, project or by individual machine, and can even predict cost savings based on reducing factors such as idle time. Crucially, a broader view of performance can then be achieved by benchmarking against industry averages.
The introduction of CUBIQ Sustainability comes at a time when more and more businesses are recognizing the importance of reducing their environmental footprint, while also facing market challenges such as increased fuel prices. Finning say that by having greater insight into the efficiency of their equipment, businesses will be able to make more informed decisions to minimize fuel consumption and associated carbon emissions.
Hannah Stout, manager at Finning Managed Services, said: ‘We are excited at the performance advantages that CUBIQ Sustainability will offer to customers. We have been trialling it with a number of organizations to assess just how it can help to drive down emissions and fuel consumption.
‘We’re often asked by customers about how their sustainability credentials compare with others in their sector and this unique data provides the answer. It’s even possible to select a specific machine and see how that is performing against its use within your industry – there is nowhere else that provides customers with data like that.
‘It’s also an essential tool for managers because we’ve incorporated a cost-savings tab that allows them to see the impact of reducing something like idle time by just 10% in terms of actual cost savings – which is essential for them when they are putting together a business case and in understanding the impact of the improvements they’re trying to achieve.’
To help customers get the most out of CUBIQ Sustainability platform data, the module is supplied with the option of three support packages – Inform, Advise, or Partner – which start from a set-up only bundle through to full access to the entire suite of Finning expert consultancy to identify efficiencies and help implement the necessary changes.
‘Our advice to customers is driven by their KPIs, such as how they’re looking to reduce their carbon emissions,’ said Ms Stout. ‘We have a client in the quarrying industry, for example, who wants to reduce their emissions by 3.2% and we go to site once a month to identify tasks in key areas, such as idle time, and to examine issues such as: Are there any pinch points? Do they have the right number of machines and the right kind of machines? Are supervisors and managers knowledgeable enough to know what impacts their productivity?
‘We can look at the fuel burn of any machine and check whether it’s efficient and analyse what kinds of activities are driving that; and from a productivity perspective we will look at things like operator-induced events, or whether the haul route gradients are too steep, as this will increase fuel burn. Basically, we utilize all the aspects available from the data to assess and consider all the options to give customers the best outcome.’