In previous articles in our series on how we at Cramo are working towards circularity, we have focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels and the carbon footprint from the production phase and the end of life phase. Another aspect to take into consideration when looking at the environmental footprint of rental equipment, is for how many years the equipment is used and the utilisation rate.
Rental as a business model includes systematic planning of utilisation and the replacement of older units with new technology. This gives Cramo’s customers access to a modern, efficient fleet of machinery and equipment, just for the time they need them.
To further increase the lifespan and utilisation of our rental units, we focus on:
#1 Monitoring fleet efficiency to ensure that we have the right coverage, product assortments, logistical set-up and fleet utilisation. We have recently implemented a new hub and spoke structure which enables us to utilise our assets in a more efficient way. We continuously reallocate our equipment based on the current demand, in order to increase utilisation and minimise our stock levels.
#2 Conducting predictive maintenance based on information that we receive from the manufacturers as well as from our 11,000 digitally connected units. By steering the right level of maintenance, we ensure that we maximise the lifetime of our equipment, thus saving resources. In all applicable maintenance situations, we use products with low environmental impact, for example biodegradable hydraulic oil.
#3 Refurbishing our machines and site huts to upgrade their capability levels. We have developed a systematic way of prolonging the lifetime of our assets by upgrading parts and functionalities. It extends the lifespan of rental equipment in a resource efficient way.
Cramo has a strong focus on resource efficiency, reducing and recycling materials and minimising waste. Systematic planning of utilisation, predictive maintenance and refurbishing helps us decrease our environmental footprint and moves us one step closer to circularity.