Broadband Coming to Rural California

Microsoft has a new initiative to help get broadband to 3 million people in rural areas in by 2022, it’s called Microsoft Airband Initiative.

This initiative uses TV white spaces technology combined with 4G, and “…traditional fiber-based connectivity, and satellite coverage to dramatically reduce the cost and time of extending broadband access to rural communities across America,” according to Microsoft.

According to a recent study, “96% of contractors and 70% of trade contractors report that site superintendents use mobile devices on work sites.” However, as you know many work sites are in areas with low or no connectivity, so we imagine that as this technology takes hold across the country it will make your job easier, more efficient, and safer.

California is one of the states is one of the states included in the initiative, with two startup companies, Tribal Digital Village and Numbers4Health awarded Airband Grant Fund dollars. Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia are also included bringing the total to 25 states served by this time next year.

2 Simple Ways to Lower the Total Cost of Ownership

Increased operational costs due to unexpected repairs and operator error along with machine downtime and poor utilization can greatly increase your total cost of ownership.

Two easy ways you can avoid both these issues and lower the Total Cost of Ownership of your JLG and Skytrak machines is to:

  1. Know when to replace a damaged foam or pneumatic tire. It happens but keeping an eye on your tires and replacing them immediately when damaged, will maximize your machine uptime and improve job safety.
  1. Avoid ruining sophisticated electronics when pressure washing. This will keep your machine out of the service department for costly repairs.

 

When To Replace a Damaged Tire

According to JLG, knowing when to replace a damaged tire is one of their most frequently asked questions.

The following guideline will help.

Pneumatic tires: If there are any cuts, rips or tears that expose sidewall or tread area cords in the tire, remove the tire from service immediately. Arrangements must be made for replacement of the tire or tire assembly.

Polyurethane foam filled tires: Remove the tire from service immediately and arrange replacement of the tire or tire assembly when any of the following conditions are discovered:

  • A smooth, even cut through the cord plies which exceeds 3 inches (7.5 cm) in total length
  • Any tears or rips (ragged edges) in the cord plies which exceed 1 inch (2.5 cm) in any direction
  • Any punctures which exceed 1 inch in diameter
  • Any damage to the bead area cords of the tire

If a tire is damaged but is within the above noted criteria, the tire must be inspected daily to ensure the damage has not expanded beyond the allowable criteria.

How to Safely Pressure Wash Your Machine

According to JLG it’s important when pressure washing your machine to:

  • Use a maximum pressure of 750 psi (52 BAR)
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 12 inches away from sensitive and sophisticated electrical components
  • Avoid directly spraying components
  • Limit any secondary water exposure to brief periods to avoid saturation