Equipment is becoming more complex and expensive, and competitive pressures make it essential to get every cent of value out of an equipment investment. The key is to adopt strategies to get a handle on the growing tide of complexity and cost.
One approach is to play defense: minimize initial costs as much as possible, reduce operating costs by cutting maintenance to the minimum, repair only if unavoidable and sell units before costs start to pile up. This strategy is based on the belief that a company can live off the quality built into the machine at the start and keep going when the company's fleet is turned regularly and quickly. With the right machines—and under the right conditions—it is possible to produce good results.