Why vehicle organization is an important step to success

Organization is key for irrigation technicians to keep routes running smoothly. However, with the significant amount of time technicians spend in their vehicles performing service calls, it can be difficult to keep equipment in place.

Industry experts discuss the importance of organization and share new ways to keep vehicles in service
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Russ Jundt, Founder and Vice President of Conservation Irrigation in Glen Allen, Virginia, No. 119 on the 2022 ML150 listexplains that keeping work vehicles clean and tidy is an essential step in getting the job done.

“While cleanliness is also next to godliness, it is also next to profitability,” he says. “The more organized a service technician’s truck is, the more efficient they are at performing their diagnostics and repairs.”

Why stay organized?

Russ Jundt

Organization is important in all aspects of running a green industry business,” says Larry Giroux, residential and commercial segment manager at Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply. “Everything has its place; from shovels to parts and products for the next project. Ensuring your back office and accounting are working properly is important for invoicing customers and paying vendors. »

The organization also helps your irrigation business appear professional and credible, which keeps customers coming back.

“First impressions are everything,” says Giroux. “If a bunch of parts or tools fall out of the van when your technician opens the door, it will erode your customer’s trust in your business. Overturned bins and tools can lead to loss of efficiency, tools and money.

Tips and tricks for organization

Jundt’s organizing advice for irrigation professionals is to give each vehicle a different color within the fleet and to label the tools of the service vehicle with the same color.

“Every tool on that vehicle should be spray painted that unique color so that when it comes time to collect tools from a job site with multiple trucks or vans, every tool is put back in its place,” he says. “There’s nothing more frustrating for a technician than when they arrive at the next job and are missing a basic tool, like a spade.”

When organizing work trucks for service calls, Jundt suggests irrigation professionals draw the dimensions of the truck or van to create a diagram to determine where to place items.

“The most commonly used irrigation tools and components should be easily accessible, and rarely used items can be stored further away than within reach,” he says. “Make sure your organization’s bins, shelves, or drawers are securely fastened to withstand sudden stops or lurches.”

The essentials of service vehicles

Giroux suggests keeping all personal protective equipment, safety gear, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher easily accessible. He also suggests that irrigation technicians have a few tools handy.

“Wire followers, multimeters, measuring wheels, and clean hand tools are must-haves,” he says. “Spare parts, spare hose, glue, primer and clamps are also important.”

Jundt says it’s imperative to keep equipment up to date and of the highest quality. From construction shovels to digging tools, each should be tough and never be compromised.

Other work truck essentials at Conserva include high-quality electronic diagnostic equipment, consisting of a valve actuator, multimeter and wire locator.

“This investment will pay off sevenfold plus,” Jundt said. “In order to effectively and competently diagnose wiring problems, a technician must have access to high quality diagnostic equipment.”

Remember to leverage technology to ensure professionalism and efficiency.

“A tablet or smartphone is a must-have for accessing the enterprise CRM system for scheduling, data collection and invoicing,” says Jundt, noting that it’s always helpful to have a notebook and pen at hand. handy.

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