Can a fleet manager reduce annual operating costs by 20% in a few years?

Answering this question does not seem easy at first glance:

-By professionalism in vehicle and driver management,

-By creating and encouraging technical expertise in every subject,

-By making little daily decisions taken careless purposeful,

-Meeting with customers and suppliers and resolving problems, if any,

-Developing cooperation in a way that shares responsibilities.

Is this success achievable?

The importance of fleet management:

Behind salaries and benefits, fleet-related costs are generally one of the largest expenses at any readymix company. It makes sense, then, that fleet manager is one of the most important roles for a business with a mobile workforce.

It’s their responsibility to ensure fleet vehicles are well maintained and ready for use and that the drivers are driving safely and in compliance with regulations.

Fleet managers wear many hats and likely have multiple titles and duties. They work with critical employees across the business and their duties and titles can differ depending on the industry, vehicle types and company size.

Fleet managers play a vital role in maintaining a healthy bottom line because they are responsible for one of the business’s most important cost centers.

Following the day-to-day operating costs may be more challenging task among the others.

Balancing different tasks:

From deploying technicians more effectively and calculating more efficient routes to promoting positive customer interactions, fleet managers must be able to balance changing roles and responsibilities and stay cool under pressure.

It is not essential for fleet managers to know exactly how to overhaul hydraulic brakes or repair a leaky valve, but understanding what they need to solve the problems (i.e. cost and downtime) helps minimize negative impacts on business and profitability.

A skillful fleet manager can quickly adapt assess potential downtime and quickly reorganize or reassign jobs while minimizing disruption to vehicle operations when vehicles or workers are unavailable.

Vehicle park:

Another important task of the fleet manager apart from operations can be managing the vehicle park. Mixer trucks, pump trucks and other bulk trailers and dump trucks can be included in this group.

In most large ready-mixed concrete companies, the operation and management of the vehicle park is now considered as a whole, and the responsibility is given to an engineer who is specialized in this field.

-Is the vehicle park created in proportion to the work in terms of quantity?

-Is a make or buy strategy implemented?

-Is the formation of the vehicle park suitable for optimal usage demands?

-Is there a standardization in the vehicle park?

-Is the vehicle park consisting of different types and models?

-Is the regeneration timing of the vehicles fit for purpose?

A successful fleet professional is able to lead and coach not only the fleet team, but also drivers and multiple management levels. He is able to inspire a team toward a common purpose or vision.

A fleet manager with the following qualities and skills will have a better chance at success:

-Having technical knowledge relevant to the industry.

-Keeping up with changes and trends.

-Familiar with regulations for commercial vehicles and drivers.-

-Knowing the business priorities and helps solve problems to drive cost reductions.

-Understanding vehicle maintenance, repair implications and driver safety best practices.

-Managing multitasking and shifting priorities effectively.



Pumping of concrete, conveying it with pipes and placing are carried out with three types of concrete equipment. These are stationary pumps, separate placing booms and high-pressure delivery line. The pumping process are not so easy and there are some difficulties at pumping in high and long horizontal distance. The reason would be using less powerful pump, insufficient delivery line and not benefiting from seperate placing booms.

Combination of stationary pump, delivery line and separate placing booms are inevitable in high and horizontal projects. The equipment required for a high-rise building is dependent on several factors:
-The height concrete needs to be pumped
-Whether the pump will be located indoors or outdoors.
-Whether multiple boom/pump/pipeline setups.
-How the boom will be mounted, self-supporting crane tower or self-climbing tubes, etc.

Calculating the pump pressure using nomogram:
-Concrete ‘Pressure Performance Nomogram’ was designed and developed by compiling values of several concrete pumping jobs taken from different site conditions.
-The deviation of the results on the basis of recorded values and the actual are only within the range of 5-10 %.
Nomogram consists of four quadrants showing the following values:
1.The relationship between output of concrete and pipeline diameters.
2.The resistance to flow of the entire pipeline system.
3.The workability of the concrete in terms of slump value in mm.
4.The maximum output, pressure, and power for a specific machine.

One way to place concrete quickly and economically is the use of separate placing boom in conjunction with efficient concrete pump.
The seperate placing booms are of equal design as the booms used on truck-mounted concrete pumps.

Advantages of using a seperate placing boom:
-Placing booms allow concrete to be poured into forms right where you need it!
-Placing booms lessen the need of manpower for spreading the concrete on the floor.

-Labour requirements are minimal, one person can operate the placing boom.

-Placing booms allow uniform concrete placement in wall, column and deck forms.
-Less finishing time is required because of the precise placement.
-Continuous flow results in higher quality concrete.
-Added time savings are realized by the tower crane being free to handle other lifting operations.

Related books of the autor:

-Highrise buildings – Concrete pumping (ENG)

-Concrete pump at operation (ENG)

-Betonu pompalamak (TR)

-Betonu pompalamak – Risk yönetimi (TR)

-Beton pompası performansı (TR)

-Beton pompası teknolojisi (TR)

-Pompa operatörü – El kitabı (TR)




Do you know the cost of ‘extra mixer truck’ to your company?

Planning in ready mixed dispatch is compared to financial management! Planning, in a sense, is the budgeting of the work. Sending concrete with mixers means writing checks and subsequently converted into cash.

No commercial company want to take risks in this regard.

And the best man should be used in dispatch position like in the financial management.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in concrete shipment and the need to employ an experienced and skilled man for problem-free shipment is often overlooked or ignored.

The aim of the planning is to provide maximum service with minimum cost. This can be accomplished by planning when and where to send the mixers firstly.

The basic steps of dispatch planning are:

-Determination of the required number of mixers for the cycle

-Determining the filling time of the first mixer.

-Determining the loading time of the remaining mixers, etc.

The dispatcher should make some maths to determine the required mixer for a cycle. The formula for the calculation of this is very simple ‘cycle time / unloading time at site’.

However, it is known by everyone that the dispatchers sometimes keep some vehicles for their beloved customers. Some managers even take it with appreciation. So, why are all these calculations and plannings being made? And why there are some mixer trucks waiting for unclear request.

Does the dispatcher know the cost of an additional mixer to the company? We should ask the same question also the manager who appreciates the shipper who keep mixers his customer. How much does an extra mixer cost the company?

The calculations show that extra truck waiting idle every  day  a week and all year along cost to company around 100.000 Euro.

If the company has multiple plants, it is clear that, there may be more  trucks waiting idle which beyond the number required to haul orders for a given day.

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