Top 4 Challenges in Managing Rig Mats

By April 23, 2015 No Comments

Spring marks the end of ice and snow and the tundra turning into a mud bog. Moving equipment onto project sites cannot be delayed even when the ground is soft, so the logical solution is to deploy a ruggedized rig mat that will support light and heavy duty equipment traveling into these harsh conditions. These rig mats come in a variety of types, sizes, and materials like steel or wood to suit the needs of the energy sector. Matting companies historically have been plagued with challenges in managing their inventory of mats however through the use of RFID, telematics and analytics in an integrated fleet management solution they can now seize control of these assets.

1.  Rig Mats become one with nature:  The paramount demand in the Rig Mat Industry is having a mechanism in place that can locate and assist with retrieving rig mats buried in mud and water. Deploying ruggedized passive RFID tags installed into opposite corners of a rig mat will provide greater clarity and range for RFID readers integrated into telematics modems.

2.  Utilization: 
Most matting companies do not have a complete understanding of the rental days obtained from each mat. Having a fleet management system with an analytics engine and software to break out costing with fleet optimization utilization metrics will produce greater cost savings and efficiencies when turning over inventory. Using the same methodologies used in conducting a life-cycle cost analysis on mobile fleet assets we can determine what assets are being used to their potential or not.

3.  Remote Laydown Yards: 
Having quick access and visibility over matting assets in permanent and temporary laydown yards will take the guesswork out of what is available for rent and what has been allocated to clients. The fleet management solution installation of fixed-zone RFID readers at yard entrances and exits will allow the movement of rig mats to be tracked and managed by the RFID and analytics platform.

4.  Materials belong to everyone at some point:  It is not uncommon to have multiple mat suppliers on a project site and when de-mobing a site, occasionally mats can end up in the possession of a different rig mat supplier. Storm Telematics has developed a reciprocity program where mat assets are returned to the original owner for easier fleet management.

These challenges make the case that a solid integrated materials control platform is no longer a “nice to have” for fleet managers but an essential part of the rig mat industry to control costs and remain competitive.

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