Optimising Investment plus Uptime

4 August 2015
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Tight deadlines, stormy weather and insufficient tank capacity are some of the many problems facing road line marking contractors. However, with the use of the right line marking equipment, contractors can be able to optimise their investment as well as uptime.

Given that today's traffic volume is extremely high, completion of the line marking projects must be done as fast as possible so that any closed roads can be opened up again for motorists. This article addresses three main factors that road marking contractors should consider in order to better their performance:

 The right equipment

The right road marking machines simplifies the job and allows operators to perform a lot within the available working hours. In order to select the right machines, contractors need to take into account several important points. One of the key aspects to consider, probably unexpectedly, is maintenance. Note that maintenance is essentially a crucial uptime parameter.

The right equipment is easy to maintain and this means that contractors have quite an easy time keeping their machine in top running condition.  Another factor to consider is that the right line marking equipment ought to be easy to operate to achieve perfect results. It is every road marker's dream to have equipment that allows them to easily control all line marking tasks ranging from pre-marking to line application.

Tank size capacity matters

Tank capacity greatly influences uptime and productivity. Today's road marking machines are very effective to an extent that they can drain a material tank in the shortest time possible. Suppose a line marking project requires the use of thermoplastic material, this may mean a longer waiting period for additional material to soften and reach the ideal temperatures if the material tank capacity is not large enough.

The amount of time wasted on waiting for line marking material to liquefy is unnecessary and can be avoided. One of the options to increase uptime when working with hot thermoplastic is to opt for larger material feeder tanks.

Adjusting to new demands

Currently, council authorities and road marking organisations are demanding increased retro-reflectivity of the line markings, particularly under soggy conditions. To adjust to the new industry demands, road marking contractors can select machines featuring the advanced dot and line system.

A well-marked highway is a safe road. In respect to the road marking contractor, a project well done translates into handsome profits and a burgeoning work portfolio. Having to grapple with variables including fluctuating weather conditions and traffic volume, contractors should choose the right road marking equipment.