The good news is: our company, Beka-Lube Products Inc. has been purchased by the manufacturer of BEKA autolube products, Baier + Köppel GmbH + Co. KG of Bavaria, Germany.
Along with our business and operations in Canada, BEKA also purchased the assets and operations of our U.S. division, Beka-Max of America Inc.
From now on, we will be an integral part of BEKA’s international network. This gives us a chance to streamline some of the processes that let us deliver the products and services our customers are looking for.
As North America’s BEKA distributor, we have always enjoyed a great relationship with the factory.
But now, we ARE the factory!
The great news? Nothing else will change for you, our employees or any of our customers and dealers. I will continue to manage our business in Canada and in the United States as Chief Operating Officer. Dave will remain as our Product Manager and will continue to be our technical advisor. Our people in Mississauga, Buffalo and Atlanta will continue to serve you as they have in the past.
You will see a name change in the U.S., as Beka-Max of America Inc. integrates with BekaWorld LP, the global BEKA brand. The President of the new organization will be Sven Pitman, an experienced engineer. In Canada, we’re still Beka-Lube Products Inc.
I’m very excited about our future as part of the BEKA family. Growing this company with my late father has been a rewarding experience. We are known as a major player in automated lubrication all over the continent and in every business sector. It’s very satisfying to know that BEKA also appreciates what we have built here.
Bernhard Köppel, BEKA’s Executive Managing Director, noted we are recognized for building the industry’s best sales, service and support network. We have a fantastic team of capable, dedicated people here – a key reason for BEKA’s interest in purchasing the company. But now we will have direct access to the same resources that has made BEKA a world-class brand.
Bernhard Köppel is the third generation of his family to lead the company since it was founded by his grandfather in 1927. Visit the Baier + Köppel website to learn all about the research and manufacturing facilities behind the BekaWorld brand and the BEKA lineup of autolube products.
We worked hard to achieve this milestone in our industry. From here, things only get better. I’ll be glad to have you along for the ride! If you have any questions or concerns about any changes here, please drop me a line or call me personally at 1.888.862.7461. As always, our door is open!
The trade show season was in full swing this past month. Our globe-trotting crew was on the run right through April. Each show gave us fresh opportunities to meet with customers, dealers and OEMs and – altogether – it appears that it was time well spent. We came away with new insights into what our customers need from their autolube and manual lubrication equipment, we also found new doors opening to welcome Beka-Max products.
Reliable Plant Exhibition
Montreal is always a great place to visit for Canada’s Heavy Equipment Show, so we were glad to be there supporting our local dealer, Eco-Trak. With their strong connections to equipment customers throughout the region, Eco-Trak’s booth attracted many of the customers and prospects we have been hoping to meet. We arrived well-stocked with demonstrator products and components, so our team was able to show off our solutions effectively and make valuable in-roads for future development.
The ISRI conference in Las Vegas is one of our largest annual events started at the same time as the Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. At the Reliable Plant Exhibition, we had the chance to catch up with many of our existing industrial clients and met a number of new ones. We were well received as they were keen to learn about our automated and single point lubrication systems for their manufacturing and food processing operations.
We are already planning for next year’s event April 25-27th in Columbus, Ohio. As usual, the ISRI show attracted the “who’s who” of the scrap and recycling industries. It was gratifying to see our systems so well represented on machines exhibited by the industry’s top OEMs. Our autolube systems have become standard equipment for the big material handlers that scrap yards rely on, but we were pleased to see that BEKA systems have extended their reach into processing equipment such as Lefort shears and Bano shredders. In those harsh yard environments, the whole scrap business really runs on grease!
l-r: Dave McDougall, Ron Nienaber, Michael Michaud at ISRI
Although ground transportation to and from the BAUMA exhibition site is always a challenge, the world’s largest machinery extravaganza, every three years, is a must-see event. Our friends at Liebherr, SENNEBOGEN and Caterpillar showcased some of their equipment with BEKA autolube systems in place. More OEMs also had a great display and helped us to spread the word about Beka-Max hammer- and carrier-mounted systems.
Back in Toronto, the Truck World show was very well attended. We met with people from a real cross-section of the trucking industry, from big fleets to owner-operators to manufacturers. Customers had a lot to say about automatic lubrication for their trucks. BEKA systems have been very common for their running gear and drive links for some time now – daily greasing keeps them on the road and earning, and our autolube saves them time every day with the grease actually going where it’s intended and there’s no waste! See how well your 5th wheel works when it receives grease that stays in place and not scraped off when coupling.
Our line of MATO grease guns and refillable systems also received a lot of attention. Many truckers like to take a “hands-on” approach to maintaining their equipment, and they take pride in their tools. With MATO, they get a true professional-grade greasing tool, with several models to suit their personal preferences. In larger shops, the refillable MATO grease tubes are also starting to catch on as a more economical and environmentally sound way to supply their service bays.
Next up: The AWEA Windpower Show in New Orleans. It’s a great show for us, because running smooth is such an important part of efficient power generation. “The Big Easy” really knows how to put on an event, too, so we’re looking forward to seeing you all there! Until next month…
According to Dave McDougall, Product Manager for Beka-Max of America, operating without adequate lubrication will quickly damage a breaker. “These attachments operate in the most demanding environments. If you are manually lubricating a breaker, it requires frequent stops, operator time and lost productivity, if you are doing it at all”.
That’s why getting an automatic lubrication system for breakers is ideal to help:
Close up of BEKA HAMAX 2 installed in breaker.
Reduce your maintenance costs and unscheduled downtime
Protect your equipment from abrasion, corrosion and metal-on-metal damage
Increase your productivity
Minimize the time and costs associated with manual greasing
To simplify everything, McDougall recommends the Beka-Max hydraulic lubrication system that mounts directly on the breaker to provide continuous automatic lubrication during operation.
In describing it, McDougall says, “We call it the BEKA HAMAX 2. Our customers call it peace of mind!”
The tool-mounted HAMAX 2 lubrication system will bolt securely onto any type of medium to large breaker. Actuated by a powerful hydraulic motor, the adjustable feed-rate pump supplies lubricant to the breaker as soon as the breaker is activated.
“We supply a number of OEMs for installation at the factory level but in many instances, rental stores and municipalities will order it without the lubrication system and call us to install after the fact,” says McDougall. They know that this will protect their investment by ensuring the hammer is being lubricated while in operation. Every time the hammer is energized, the HAMAX 2 provides grease until the hammer is stopped (or chisel paste – see previous blog post on this product) to keep the tool cool, lubricated and operating efficiently. The HAMAX 2 is also fantastic for contractors. The lubrication system becomes part of the breaker unit, so it doesn’t need to be separately attached or disconnected from the carrier. With the HAMAX 2 on the breaker, contractors can quickly and easily switch between attachments, increasing their productivity.
The Compact version includes the same heavy-duty design and components, but on a smaller scale. The HAMAX 2 Compact unit can fit on even the smaller breakers, those designed for backhoes and mini-excavators.
Our customers use the BEKA HAMAX 2 and BEKA HAMAX 2 Compact lubrication systems for any applications that you would normally use a breaker including infrastructure applications, demolition and in quarries. Both systems are all built to the same exacting standards of all Beka-Max products. Their streamlined but heavy-duty design makes these systems extremely reliable and dependable in all work environments.
McDougall advises that if you need a carrier-mounted lubrication system for your breaker and your excavator, Beka-Max can install their dependable BEKA MAX SYSTEM with the right-sized reservoir from 4.4 to 35.3 lb. (2 to 16 kg) on any unit in your fleet.
Give us a call at 1-888-862-7461 or send an email to email@example.com and one of our product specialists will help you choose the right system for your operation.
Spring cleaning and grease go together like zerks and fittings. Well, maybe not, but they should. The start of a new season is a good time for a thorough maintenance routine.
In colder climates, some machines might not have been moved since the fall. Before starting them up again, it’s important to take a closer look at the auto-lube systems to avoid any consequential failures to your equipment.
The MATO grease gun is the perfect tool for manually testing your distributors. It’s shown here with a pressure gauge, high pressure hose and refillable grease tubes.
Part # K-BLOCKTESTER
Conduct a visual inspection – Take a closer look at your auto-lube systems. Look for cracked or damaged lines, missing connections or lines that are not filled with grease. (By the way, give us a call at 1-888-862-7461 or click on the link here and send us an email for any parts you might need for repairs, including hoses and compression fittings. We have complete kits ready to go.)
Perform manual checks of all distributors – The best way to test the blocks is with a manual grease gun. If the machine has been sitting idle throughout the winter, you’ll want to ensure that the grease is flowing freely in your system to all of the lubrication points. The pressure from a manual grease gun helps ensure the system is functioning smoothly.
Disconnect the hose that runs from the pump to the main distributor block.
Attach a manual grease gun.
Manually lubricate the whole block.
Then do a visual inspection to look for fresh grease at all of the bearing points.
This should be repeated at all distributor blocks.
Beka service technicians use this glycerin filled pressure gauge and a high pressure hose to test the pump elements in auto-lube systems. This professional-grade gauge works on any type of machine. Part # K-PETESTGAUGE
Check grease types – If your business is in a cold climate, you might have switched to an arctic grease for the winter. To get ready for spring, we recommend switching to a compatible EP2 grease. Please make sure you’re using compatible greases. Failing to do this could cause your auto-lube system to not function properly.
Perform a pressure check – To ensure that the pump element is functioning properly, you should connect a glycerin filled gauge directly to the element. Need a gauge? We have kits ready to ship. Please contact your Beka-Max dealer or you can order one online from us.
Top up the reservoir – Once you have completed a visual inspection of the pump body and reservoir checking for any cracks or loose connections, top it up with the right grease and you’re ready for another productive season.
If you follow these steps, unscheduled downtime due to machinery lubrication will be eliminated. See you next month.
I’m glad to report a successful trip to the annual AED (Associated Equipment Distributors) Show and Conference. It’s always great to re-connect with some of the people who deliver and support our products in the field. Allow me to pass along a shout-out to our dealer and OE partners, who used some of their time at the show to share around our product literature – our “force multipliers” in the crowd! We also made friends with several new dealers who “get” what we are trying to do with quality products and quality support in aftermarket lubrication. We were surprised, and pleased, by the level of interest we attracted from the OE sector this year. We’ll have our work cut out to follow up and turn these opportunities into a growing presence in the US for BEKA and MATO products.
Here’s my take…
AED is always a rewarding experience for us, but I can’t help feeling that the show is missing out on some of its potential. From my vantage point, I see much of the event’s activity taking place away from the show floor, with some of the “majors” staging their own events in private suites. When these high-profile names aren’t participating on the exhibition floor, attendees are conflicted about where to spend their time. I believe that the overall show suffers. Many of the newest and freshest product and service ideas come from the smaller exhibitors, but they often get overlooked if the major players aren’t there to help draw traffic back to the floor. I hope the organizers can find a way to re-energize the exhibition as the primary focus for bringing innovations to the industry.
Rolling into 2016
Industry analysts are predicting renewed strength in the construction industry, which should be good news for equipment buyers and sellers. While 2015 finished with a down month, it was still the industry’s best year for housing starts since 2007. The chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, David Crowe, tells us that January forecasts are still “right in line” for continued growth. Dealers we talked to are still in a “wait & see” mode, but the promise of infrastructure spending gives us reason to be hopeful for good days ahead. We’ll all be glad to see the US election cycle completed, so we can put politics behind us and get back to business!
Looking back, it’s easy to see how the past 12 months went by so quickly. We’ve had a very busy year, best reflected in our full travel schedule. As the new year began, our focus was on reaching out to meet more of our customers and to introduce more people to our unique position in the lubrication marketplace. Nothing can replace meeting face-to-face, so we set out to do just that.
The year got off to a great start with the AED show in Florida, which opened doors for us to several “customer first” dealers to represent BEKA products. (More on that, below!) March kept us closer to home at the National Heavy Equipment Show in Mississauga, ON, where we always enjoy seeing so many of our Canadian friends.
The ISRI conference in April brought us some spectacular views from Vancouver’s PNE, which proved to be an outstanding venue. Attendance was not what everyone might have hoped but we enjoyed quality time with those who were able to make it and we look forward to seeing them again in Vegas in April. As members of the Empire State chapter, we’ll see more of our ISRI friends at local meetings through the year.
The Hard Hat Expo is a must-see show for us every April, bringing together all of the top OEMs in the construction industry as well as fleet and maintenance managers for all of New York’s leading contractors and district, county and state fleet managers.
Wind energy is a hot topic in many circles, which made for a good showing at last May’s American Wind Energy Association show. BEKA has offered a line of specialized systems for wind turbines for several years, and we continue to do a lot of work in this area.
The Global Petroleum Show in Calgary is a great showcase for new products and equipment for the oil & gas industry. This year’s event in June was very well attended, allowing us to shake hands with people from producing fields and exploration sites all over North America. June took us back to Florida for the annual Waste Expo to catch up with both equipment manufacturers and facility operators. Our new MATO line of professional-grade grease guns was especially well received at this show.
In November, the Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover, Germany, gave us a chance to exchange ideas with the technical gurus from the BEKA factory. The show drew huge crowds, and we were pleased to see so much interest in the Canadian and US pavilions. Meeting with suppliers and buyers there, we came home very excited by our prospects for growing the lubrication business for agricultural equipment.
Our travel plans for 2016 will be just as full. We will be back at many of the same shows again, and a special highlight will be joining forces again with the BEKA factory for the giant BAUMA exposition in Munich, April 11-17th.
Selling with service
As we mentioned at the top, the AED show led us to a number of new dealers who we are proud to welcome to our product lines. Their response to our service philosophy and capabilities has been personally gratifying to our own staff. Dealers tell us that we are easy to deal with and they appreciate how we stand behind every product with great service. Our time in the field has given us a first-hand understanding of the pressures on dealers to deliver quick response times along with good equipment. Our investment in dealer support helps their service departments to keep the customers coming back for new equipment. The ad we ran in the AED show guide said “Show Them Some Lube.” and that is exactly what happens when we bring on a new dealer! So, if you are a dealer and are planning to be at the AED meeting this year, please stop by our booth and begin the conversation. You will be glad you did.
Our program for raising industry awareness of our capabilities included two important projects in our marketing communications. Our new website launched to very favorable reviews in this past year and we also began publishing the quarterly RunTimes newsletter to cover interesting new applications and insights into our varied lubrication systems and products.
Doors open in Buffalo
Apart from our busy trade show itinerary, October gave us a chance to host a special event of our own! On October 28th, we officially opened our new facility in Buffalo, NY, with an open-house celebration. Visitors came by to share their experiences with BEKA products, to see some of our new additions, to see the line and to tour the facility.
The new location will serve us and our customers very well with easy access to highways and local airport. It also lets us expand our inventory and service area with 7,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and shop space.
Growing our line-up
This year saw our introduction of the new BEKAONE single-point lubricator – a simple solution for reliable and precise greasing for any existing lube point. BEKAONE units fit right into hard-to-access and hard-to-service lube points on almost any device that needs routine servicing such as motors, drives, bearings, conveyors, compressors, and chains. As our Product Manager, Dave McDougall, says, “It’s easy to forget an out-of-the-way service point. BEKAONE takes care of everyday servicing for you, so you can forget it without worry.”
BEKAONE sets up easily and operates independently for up to two years. Less than 3” in diameter, it fits into tight spaces with 4-ounces of lubricant. The reservoir can be refilled up to six times using just a grease gun.
For 2016, we will formally introduce the GIGA electric lubrication pump to North America. The GIGA units were previewed at ConExpo, introducing our first line of electrically powered pumps for central lubrication. With a complete range of sizes and pumping capacities from 3.0 to 12.5 cc/min, GIGA pumps can supply intelligent lubrication for single line, dual line, and progressive systems.
WATCH FOR IT! You’ll hear more about GIGA lubrication solutions soon!
Many of you are interested in purchasing automatic lubrication systems, but have a lot of unanswered questions. You may not know where to start and need straightforward, background information on what the systems are and how they work. Well, the experts at Beka Max have heard you so we have developed an informative newsletter called RUNTIMES.
This newsletter offers our customers in-depth information and features that are relevant to industry leaders. Packed with articles, technical documents, and real-life experiences, the newsletter is an informational tool that supports equipment, fleet managers, service technicians, and production managers. In each issue we will offer relevant insights into the business of operational efficiency that are helpful to our customers. RUNTIMES offers advice on being efficient and productive in the most economical way. Since Beka-Max believes “we measure our success in your uptime,” RUNTIMES is here to keep help you keep your machines running smoothly and efficiently.
Volume 1, Issue 2 is packed with solutions for fresh starts that will improve working habits. Features included in this issue cover the following topics:
• Better lubrication: the word is spreading, solutions to suit other businesses and other equipment.
• Our new single point lubricator, BekaOne: One simple solution for the hard to reach places.
• Beka-Max puts the focus on SAFETY for food manufacturers.
• PICO fits right in where others can’t
• Equipment veteran makes inroads for autolube in dairy farming.
By providing you with news on products, information on industry trends, and technical documents to support your work efforts, Beka-Max anticipates smooth and efficient operations in all fleet and plant equipment.
Download RUNTIMES Vol.1, Issue 1&2 today! Stay tuned for more helpful tips and info coming soon!
Sustainable energy is still a hot topic even with the recent plunge in oil prices. As the world continues to expand renewable resources, the one industry that is growing more than other sources of energy is wind generation. In the last year, wind supplied almost 5% of the total demand for electricity.
The potential for electricity generated through wind is much greater, as stated in a new report from the Department of Energy. As the industry expands to meet the growing demand, wind turbines must continue to evolve to improve their functionality. The report and a DOE vision for wind power states that taller turbines will be necessary to supply the power needed by U.S. consumers.
Beka-Max has been integrally involved in the wind turbine industry for years. The central lubrication systems we have designed continuously supply fresh lubricant to the connected lube points to prevent mechanical failure. BEKAWIND customized lubrication systems are adapted to each wind converter and its operating conditions.
Our systems supply all lubrication points of wind converters. These include blade bearings, generator bearings, yaw bearings, and drivepinions. To meet the various needs of wind turbines, we have developed three systems for accurately lubricating the necessary friction points.
BEKAWIND Single: Consisting of an electrical piston pump, 3 UE distributors with each 6 outlets, a pressure switch with manometer, and the necessary tubes and fittings, the system precisely lubricates 3 blade bearings and 6 lube points. It is controlled and monitored by the central controller of the wind converter and protected by a pressure relief valve with return flow to the reservoir.
BEKAWIND PRO: This progressive system consists of an electric pressure pump, a main distributor monitored by a proximity switch, 3 progressive distributors with 6 outlets, and fittings. The progressive distributors can be easily adapted to meet requirements for varying lube points and delivery rate. This system features safety with blocking control that indicates a malfunction while allowing the distributor to continue working.
BEKAWIND FLOW: This spray lubrication system can be used forthe automatic lubrications of all open toothings and friction points of wind converters. Lubricant is sprayed between the tooth faces, even during intermeshing. It allows the precise application of lubricant to the friction points preventing over-lubrication and pollution. Low lubricant consumption saves money and enables exact monitoring of lubricant use.
Wind will continue to be a major factor in generating electricity forthe future domestically and globally. As turbines get bigger and more powerful, our systems will continue to provide the necessary lubrication for proper functioning. Our reliable and durable systems are poised to deliver smooth and efficient operation on all types of wind turbines. Contact us today for further information.
The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition brings together thousands of public works professionals from all around the world for professional development and opportunities to interact and network with others in the field. At the large Expo, visitors will experience new technologies, sustainability practices, and new products that pertain to all areas of public works.
Taking place on August 30-September 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, the APWA Congress & Exposition is the place to connect and discover innovations and best practices from leading manufacturers and peers.
Being an exhibitor at a show like this is the ideal opportunity for us to bring our outstanding products to a global audience. Our experience in providing automatic lube systems for the equipment used in public works and municipality applications can’t be matched by other companies. The Expo is the perfect way for us to reach out to new customers and catch up with current customers.
If you’ll be attending this year’s show, stop by booth #562 and see what we have to offer. Our customized automatic lubrication solutions are designed to withstand the harsh environmental conditions found on public works equipment such as refuse vehicles and attachments, excavators, plows, loaders, pavers, and more.
Durable and reliable automatic lubrication systems from Beka-Max provide public works equipment and machinery with environmentally friendly and trouble free solutions to increase component life, reduce repair costs, and keep your equipment working.
We are excited to be attending the show and look forward to networking and interacting with the professionals in the public works industry so they can bring our exceptional technologies to their hometowns.
Lubrication is an extremely important aspect of machinery maintenance, whether it is industrial, road, or off road equipment. Without proper lubrication, equipment will, literally, grind to a halt. To ensure that your equipment will run easier and longer, consider choosing a lubricant that is ideally suited to both manual and automatic lubrication systems. Being a leader in innovative lubrication systems, we are also the experts at offering products that will be of the greatest benefit to your equipment.
Utilizing Beka’s lubricating products along with our chisel paste for your hydraulic breaker application will ensure protection of your system and the necessary lubrication to keep equipment running smoothly.
Our Chisel Paste is superior to other hydraulic impact hammer grease products and offers lasting lubrication in tough conditions. Unlike others, our chisel paste maintains its lubricating properties in wet conditions.
This NLGI Class 2 Chisel Paste has a black appearance. It is an oil base product and the solid lubricant is made up of 2% copper flake and 10% solids. The thickener is a calcium sulfonate complex and is an ideal choice for of hydraulic breakers with its operating temperature range of -20 °C to 1100 °C (-4 °F to 2110 °F). This chisel paste is supplied in cartridges, buckets, or drums.
Use of this chisel paste in conjunction with our automatic lubrication system will help reduce maintenance and ensuring longer and more consistent lubrication for your hydraulic breaker to help keep your equipment running easier and longer by providing a consistent and accurate amount of paste for the application and protects against failure.