ZAO Spetstransmonolit saves 17.5 tons of fuel every month by using Omnicomm
The company's major operations lay in the following fields:
• Installation of artificial solid reinforced concrete and metal structures
• Installation of bored and soil-cement piles
• Installation of ground anchorages and groove piling (various modifications)
"ZAO Spetstransmonolit" (CJSC) is associated with building and construction of the following important objects:
• The new Vnukovo airport complex
• Moscow's outbound routes (renovation)
• Sochi's Olympic Games objects
• A Sheremetyevo airport runway
As of day, the company owns more than 200 construction fleet units: Delmag and Bauer drilling rigs, multi functional ABI machines, loader trucks, crawler excavators, self-propelled concrete pumps, auto concrete mixer trucks, automated cranes, industrial tow-trucks, dumper trucks, compressors, diesel generators and other construction machines.
MONTHLY SAVINGS: 17.5 TONS OF FUEL20% FUEL SAVINGS
"At some point, our organisation's automobile and construction fleet had grown to such a level that 'manual' mechanisms for controlling our fleet operations were rendered inefficient. The demand for automating the fuel consumption monitoring processes was clear, as well as the demand for controlling the vehicles' location and movement, collecting data on mileage, engine runtimes, auxiliary equipment runtimes, etc. In other words, we were seeking to obtain a clear idea of how long for, where and in what mode each fleet unit was operating on any given day, and how much fuel each of them consumed," explains Vyacheslav Pimenov, the vice head of production at "ZAO Spetstransmonolit" (CJSC), speaking of the reasons behind installing a transport monitoring system.
A tendering competition was held among the suppliers of appropriate equipment in order to pick the ideal transport monitoring system. The major criteria it was expected to meet were:
• Reliability and protection from external impacts
• High accuracy of the fuel level data generated
• User-friendly software interface and high information value of the system's reports
• Remote configuration options
"Solutions by Omnicomm have garnered the most attention. We saw it as an additional advantage that the company was a leader in the fuel level sensor market segment. It was also essential to us that all the major system components were manufactured by the same company. And, regarding the operational data provided by the monitoring system, our priorities were with being able to get that data in real time," comments Vyacheslav Pimenov, the vice head of production at "ZAO Spetstransmonolit" (CJSC).
The first stage involved trial installations of Omnicomm Optim navigation terminals and Omnicomm LLS fuel level sensors on 2 fleet units: a front-end loader and an auto concrete mixer truck. Over the trial period all the Omnicomm equipment proved its efficiency, having displayed no faults or break-downs, quick to report factual data on the machine operations. The dispatch control service and the garage mechanics found it easy to learn to work with the Omnicomm Online cloud service and began monitoring construction fleet's movements, as well as checking if the drivers filled in their trip tickets correctly. In the end, the experience with the system had been recognised as successful, and company's senior management decided to install Omnicomm solutions across the whole of their automobile and construction fleet.
Omnicomm's monitoring systems were installed on 77 "ZAO Spetstransmonolit" (CJSC) fleet units overall, including one fuel tanker truck. The installation took 2.5 months to complete.
"Introducing Omnicomm's systems to our vehicles, construction fleet and the fuel tanker truck helped us control all the fuel operations inside the company and track events such as fuel drains and underfills, responding to them immediately. We also got a chance to evaluate the real fuel consumption rates for our machines under different operating conditions, which, in turn, allowed us to eliminate such fuel fraud as return pipe drains or other cases when the fuel level in the tank does not decrease abruptly, but goes down smoothly, yet you see a higher average fuel consumption rate than expected and cannot explain it," says the head of garage at "ZAO Spetstransmonolit" (CJSC).
THE RESULTSIn 6 months after installing the Omnicomm monitoring systems on selected vehicles and machines the following results were acknowledged:
• Fleet management and fuel consumption monitoring was set up
• The real fuel consumption norms were established for drilling rigs, diesel generators and some loader trucks; the norms were cut by 20% on average
• Once the trip ticket monitoring was introduced, the driver and machinist discipline levels went up, and the loophole that allowed reporting exaggerated mileage and engine-hours was practically eliminated, which also brought along additional fuel savings
• The company's own numbers suggests that its monthly diesel savings totaled an estimated 17.5 tons, or 6,560 dollars
• Investing in Omnicomm monitoring systems paid off in less than 5 months
Omnicomm's transport monitoring system helped not only cut fuel costs, but also optimize the working processes for many company employees (dispatch officers, mechanics and production personnel) and make the construction fleet operations more 'transparent' and systemized.
OMNICOMM'S TRANSPORT MONITORING SYSTEM MADE THE CONSTRUCTION FLEET OPERATIONS MORE 'TRANSPARENT'