Bid on Jobs More Accurately with the Latest Fuel Monitoring and Management Technology

by New member SnowCat on ‎07-11-2016 04:17 PM

CATBC57103-border-image.jpgWhether it’s a period of low or spiked fuel prices, fuel consumption is always going to be a major small wheel loader owning and operating cost. Fortunately, there is technology available today to help you better monitor and manage your machine’s fuel efficiency. This will not only help you better understand and predict total operating costs, but also help you bid on jobs more accurately in order to maximize your profit.


The operating display systems in small wheel loader cabs serve as a vital tool for you, not only for machine diagnostics but also for tracking fuel consumption. Today’s advanced secondary display systems  have multiple applications that provide specific fuel-related details, including:


  1. Lifetime fuel burn provides the overall average gallon-per-hour fuel burn of the machine.
  2. Time until empty calculates how much longer the machine can run before it needs to be refueled. The system calculates this time based on how the machine is operating (i.e., standard mode vs. performance mode or aggressive operation vs. idling).
  3. Current fuel provides real-time calculations of the amount of fuel being used per hour while the machine is operating.
  4. Resettable job clock allows the operator to track machine time and fuel usage per job. You can use it to get very specific information. For example, you can track the amount of fuel you use per hour, per job and then reset it when starting your next job.


Additionally, the latest machine integration technology allows your machine to track and report fuel consumption and system diagnostics. With this technology, you can check for patterns of excessive fuel usage by machine, date and time. If this is found, it presents an   opportunity to implement training sessions or other initiatives to help the operator(s) perform tasks utilizing more fuel efficient settings or techniques.


Machine idle time also factors into overall fuel consumption and operating costs—idle time uses .7 gallons of fuel an hour. That may not sound like much. However, if you consider jobs that involve a substantial amount of idle time, such as highway construction where machines are often idling waiting for trucks to return to be loaded back up with dirt and/or rock—the cost adds up quickly. This is why many of today’s advanced machines are engineered with an auto idle shutdown feature that allows you to set a period of time the machine will be allowed to idle. At the end of this period, it sends the operator a warning and then automatically shuts the engine down if the operator does not respond. This feature is especially helpful in regions where there are regulatory idle time restrictions mandated by the government. 


While the latest machine technology allows you to closely monitor and manage fuel use, operator behavior still plays a major role in overall fuel consumption. Operator training should always be a priority so you and/or your operators stay on top of the latest advancements and methods to operate the machines in the most efficient way possible.


To learn more about the latest fuel efficiency and monitoring features available on today’s advanced small wheel loaders, contact your local Cat® dealer or visit us online.


We’d like to hear about how you are monitoring and managing your machine fuel burn.  

  • Tell us about your fleet. Do you operate small wheel loaders?
  • Do you currently monitor your machine’s fuel consumption? If so, how?
  • Do you use fuel consumption monitoring information to help you bid on jobs? If so, how often?
  • How do you manage machine idle time?
  • Are there features, advancements or attachments you wish you had to help monitor or manage your machine’s fuel consumption or manage machine idle time?

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