Briggs Equipment inks fleet management agreement with Baker Hughes

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Equipment distributor Briggs Equipment announced the signing of an agreement with Houston-based Baker Hughes, an oil and gas services company, to provide complete fleet management for Baker Hughes’ U.S. operation. Under this deal, Briggs Equipment will direct all activity related to forklift fleet management, including acquisition, maintenance, billing and information management.

As part of the agreement, Baker Hughes will purchase all equipment exclusively through Briggs Equipment, the largest Yale Materials Handling Corp. forklift dealer. Additionally, Briggs Equipment will partner with Baker Hughes on all equipment disposal as well as manage all U.S. vendors.

“We are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with Baker Hughes,” says Mike Winemiller, president of Briggs Equipment. “Our comprehensive approach to fleet management is unmatched in the industry and provides a level of service that can significantly improve efficiency and safety. We look forward to delivering successful results that empower employees and impact the bottom line.”

“We needed a single-source forklift fleet provider as our operations continue to grow in the United States,” says Michael Fernandez, Baker Hughes project manager. “We chose Briggs Equipment based on its consistent service level and its comprehensive Web-based fleet data management system, which we expect to allow us to more effectively manage our fleet real time.”

Briggs Equipment says BE Fleet will provide Baker Hughes with a robust, proactive solution to help prevent accidents by taking proactive corrective measures identified by the BE Fleet Speedshield system, a wireless onboard reporting module that transmits vehicle usage information over a cellular network to an integrated Web-based reporting engine. This system is designed to provide insight into how human and equipment resources are deployed – capturing data inputs in real time, such as vehicle speed, load weights, overuse and other parameters that are tied to both a specific vehicle and its operator.

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Briggs Equipment says BE Fleet will enable Baker Hughes to recognize good operator behavior, ensure compliance with OSHA and customers’ safety regulations and generate current and accurate safety reports. Additionally, the system is designed to track and facilitate optimized maintenance scheduling, triggering management to perform safety-related tasks to prevent equipment failures that can cause accidents. Briggs Equipment says BE Fleet also enables management to oversee and make cost-savings adjustments to operations such as eliminating unnecessary or early maintenance, reducing underused inventory and other benefits.