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Boom Lubrication Made Easy

Beka-Max-home1If you work with cranes and similar machinery, you might know that the booms attached to them must be maintained and greased, or else they cease to work properly. The boom is an important part of the machine, and its functioning is crucial.

While many people will use a paint brush or something similar to smother the boom with grease, we now offer three lines of professional-grade pneumatic spray grease guns that easily do the job for you. These offer service technicians a much more effective and efficient way of properly lubricating telescoping booms, as well as other large or chain-type surfaces.

The three lines we offer are the LubeJet-eco system, the pneuMATO55-static, and the pneuMATO55-mobile. They were each carefully designed to lubricate large surfaces, both in-shop or in the field. So what makes them right for you?

  • The LubeJet-eco system is a portable lubrication option, ideal for field service, that keeps reloads simple, quick, and clean. According to Jacquie McDougall, President of Beka-Max of America Inc., “Initial reports from the field have indicated that the service techs have found it to be ideal for all types of applications that used to take a lot of time and energy and when it is time to reload, just like the Lube Shuttle, they simply remove the cartridge cover, unscrew the cartridge, install a new one and replace the cover and begin spraying again.”
  • The pneuMATO55-static and -mobile systems utilize a grease gun that connects to a unique sheath wrapped “Twin Hose” that manages both the grease and the high-pressure air supply. These are an economical and efficient choice for in-shop applications, and are ideal for large surfaces.

The pneumatically powered LubeJet-eco system and the pneuMATO55-static and -mobile systems all deliver a fine spray and are easily controlled by fingertip, while the flow of grease and air are regulated for easy, smooth application, which can be adjusted from round to oblong.

With these innovate, efficient systems, boom maintenance will be easier than ever.

Safety Tips for Heavy Equipment Operators

Heavy_equipment_in_HaitiHeavy machinery plays a big role in increasing efficiency in the manufacturing, construction, and agricultural industries, but it can also pose a hazard if it is used without precaution. Every year, thousands of workers are injured or killed while working with heavy equipment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, contact with equipment caused 15% of fatal occupational injuries in 2011.

Here are some tips on how to operate heavy machinery safely:

1. Always park your equipment on level ground so your heavy machinery does not roll and crash.

2. Make sure your equipment has proper safety features such as seatbelts, backup alarms, flood lights, and rollover protection structures.

3. Have your equipment inspected regularly to make sure your machines are running properly.

4. Observe the area you are operating in and look out for potential hazards such as pedestrians crossing in front of your equipment and broken power lines.

5. Always wear hard hats, gloves, protective footwear and eye protection.

6. Post signs to warn pedestrians that construction is taking place in the area.

7. Inspect your tools, including ladders and electrical equipment to make sure they are not bent or broken.

8. Make sure that all employees that work with heavy equipment have the skills required to operate the machinery properly.
Following these simple steps can help save lives and prevent injuries. It is important to consider these best practices the next time you operate heavy equipment.

Lubrication Systems for the Agricultural Industry

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALubrication systems are used in many industries and applications.  One of the areas where this is especially true is for agricultural equipment.

There are many lubrication points on agricultural machines.  Depending on the machine some of these points may be difficult to reach especially when the machine is hot as it is with a forage harvester.  At the end of the day, the last thing the operator wants to do is have to worry about manually lubricating the machines.    Some equipment have cutting blades; lubrication system increase safety as the operator does not have to manually access lubrication points associated with the  cutting  too.

So what exactly makes the systems so beneficial to agricultural equipment? With this system, the machine is lubricated while it’s working, so it does not have to get lubricated after it’s been used and is hot. Furthermore, in peak season, when the equipment is needed to function optimally and constantly, downtime is not an option. With  automatic lubrication, the chance of downtime is reduced while safety is assured.

Some agricultural equipment will require chain and bearing lubrication.  These machines can benefit to have 2 systems, an oil and a grease system installed.  Lubrication products are designed to ensure they will be ideal for harsh, agricultural environments.  When work needs to be done quickly, safely, and consistently, they provide assurance that this is always the case.  The agricultural industry depends on the ease, convenience, and consistent benefits provided by these progressive central lubrication systems.

Fracking – A Brief Overview

Fracking is a method of accessing hard to access areas or pockets of oil and gas.  These pockets can yield supplies of energy via traditional types of drilling, but its’ slow.  To increase the flow of the gas or petroleum, the shale rocks have to be broken or fractured.  Only recently has newer technology enabled drilling companies to drill horizontal wells, which can increase the ability to get at the pockets.  As well, with the use of high pressure water mixed with chemical additives, the drilling becomes more efficient and produces more volume of gas and oil.

There are pros and cons to fracking – some of the pros being measurable benefits in domestic energy production, and a reduction in carbon emissions. While the cons being that the chemicals used in the process possibly could contaminate drinking water.

Increase in Domestic Energy Production

According to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), “In 1990, the USA produced in total 70.706 quadrillion Btu of energy, a number which remained fairly steady through 2006, when total production was 69.443 quadrillion Btu. After that year, however, as fracking, in combination with horizontal drilling and other new technologies in energy production became more widely spread, total production of the energy sector eventually reached 74.812 quadrillion Btu in 2010, accelerating even faster to 78.091 in 2011. A large part of that was an increase in domestic production of natural gas and crude oil.”

Reduction in Carbon Emissions

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, “Carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 20 years.”  And the agency estimates that based on their data, CO2 emissions for 2012 dropped by more than 800 million tons, or 14 percent from the 2007 peak.  The main reason has been a big switch by energy companies to the use of natural gas.  It’s been noted that natural gas emits 45 percent less carbon per energy unit than coal.

Risks

Research conducted at Duke University found that methane concentrations were six times higher and ethane concentrations were 26 times higher at homes that were within a kilometer from a shale gas well. Other surveys conducted by the US Geological Survey Scientist found no evidence that drinking water was contaminated from shale gas production. A solution to the problem is to safely and effectively manage and minimize risks – as steps are being taken to do.

 

 

No Need to Battle Windmills When Lubricating

Windmills have been a part of our cultural and economic landscape for centuries. And today, many states and cities are gearing to either add to existing wind farms or to build new ones.  The untapped resources of the wind seem to be a focus of home owners, business owners, farmers, government, and even corporations.

Once a wind turbine has been erected, it still must be maintained.  One of the crucial elements is the need for constant lubrication of the turbine and the gears associated with it.  The constant movement and exposure to the elements requires lubrication in order to maintain functionality and performance.

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With wind turbines reaching heights of 80 meters (262 feet), it becomes time consuming, dangerous, and expensive to stop the turbine in order for workers to reach the areas that need to be lubricated.  Having an automatic lubrication system is the key to reduce labor, down time, and other costly aspects of continual lubrication.

Companies like Beka Max have come up with a useful solution that will:

  • Continuously lubricate during running time of the turbine – reducing wear on bearing raceways and gear;
  • Apply the exact amount of lubricant the right area;
  • Provide grease collecting bottles to collect lubricant waste;
  • Eliminate the need to mix lubricants, and;
  • Lubricate automatically, even in bad weather conditions.

As cities like New York City focus attention on creating large wind farms to create sustainable energy from the wind, other factors such as ongoing maintenance will also need to be factored into the overall cost of establishing these farms.  Finding ways to reduce costs (such as automatic lubrication systems) at the outset will be the key to realizing both energy savings, but also wind turbine system savings.  Also, finding ways to retrofit older turbines with automatic lubrication systems will help to keep them operational and less costly for a substantial amount of time in the future.

 

The Importance of Automatic Lubrication Systems

One thing Beka-Max of America knows for certain is that greasing equipment regularly is important.  Oftentimes, many people and companies think is that because they are paying someone to do their lubrication manually, they don’t need an automatic system.  This is not the case.  Lubricating regularly is imperative, and it needs to be done right.

When selecting a lubrication system, there are many factors to consider. Consider the types of grease, benefits of static vs. dynamic lubrication, and number of grease points.  For instance, if your mechanic does the lubricating, you’re getting static lubrication, while an automatic machine is lubricating in motion, providing for more thorough lubrication.  Additionally, many machines can have up to 50 grease points, and some have more. This means an operator has to reach the points 50 times manually, many of them being located underneath the machine.  Automatic systems are built to reach where humans can’t.

Our experience has taught us that once you choose an automatic system, you’ll never want to go back.  You will get a return on your initial investment in as little as one to two years. You will also increase the resale value of your equipment, as well as uptime and operation time.

While automatic lubrication systems beat manual work, they are not all created equal.  Keep in mind system reliability, installer’s experience, thorough after-sales support, and value.  As a company who has been in business for over 20 years, with countless customers relying on our quality, service, and support, we not only know the importance of an automatic system, but what it takes to make it superior.

The construction industry is growing! Here are some tips on how to keep it that way.

Pumps-Pico-Pic1In recent months, the construction industry has been steadily growing, and according to the U.S. Labor Department more than 48,000 jobs were added in February alone. That’s the highest statistics since 2009, and 2.5% higher than this time last year. There’s been an immediate rise in workloads – but as a result, companies are dealing with more work, less staff, and less time to complete the work.

Great things are happening for the industry! But in order to keep it where it needs to be, organizational changes and strategies need to be implemented in order to better manage your upcoming projects.

  • Prioritize
    • It’s important to determine what’s urgent, and what’s not. Taking on a project that needs immediate attention, and placing another on hold is not always a bad thing. Use a spreadsheet or a matrix to help manage and prioritize projects in the order of importance. Visuals can help in determining which projects should take precedence over others.
  • Organization counts
    • Being organized can save countless hours per week. It increases productivity and adds a streamlined flow to your workday. There isn’t any one way to stay organized – but repetition is key.  For example, putting the keys to your machine back in the same place every day eliminates times wasted on searching for them the next day when you get into work. It’s that simple!
  • Be a good delegator
    • Delegating work is a necessity – it frees up time, gives employees responsibility for work, and makes sure it gets done. Things that you can delegate to others include tasks that you’ve already mastered (giving someone else an opportunity might bring new ideas that you would never think of), projects that will help your employees advance (help them develop skills that will bring them to the next level in their careers), and things you’re not good at (why spend extra time working on something that someone else can do better?)

Is your company ready to embrace all of the positive changes in the construction industry? Contact Beka-Max of America  today! We build several types of construction lubrication systems to keep your machinery up and running, and we’re here to accommodate all of your custom manufacturing needs. Visit us at www.beka-lube.com or give us a call at 1-888-862-7461

Take Advantage of our Knowledge, Experience, and Attention-to-Detail to Keep Your Systems Running Smoothly!

beka Pumps-Pico-Pic1At Beka Max of America, we ask a lot of questions. We do this because we know from our experience that our attention-to-detail pays off for everyone. Some may say that we’re “picky,” but we’re just doing our jobs. Once you discover how easy it is to work with us, learn from us, and how we can help you keep your systems running smoothly, you’ll appreciate our traits, like all of our customers do!

At Beka Max of America, we work with customers in a variety of industries – construction, oil/gas, transportation/trucking and more – and we offer customized solutions for automatic lubrication systems, environmental technology systems, and telemetry systems. We understand that it’s critical to minimize downtime and it’s important for things to be done right — the first time. Our installations run smoothly right from the start because of our detail-oriented approach, and also because of all of the research and development that’s been invested in our innovative products over the past 85+ years.

Beka Max of America Inc. represents BAIER + KÖPPEL (Pegnitz, Germany) in North America. Since 1927, the quality of BEKA oil and grease pumps has been valued by customers around the world. This quality is still evident in everything we do today, from complete engineering packages, to pumps, and other products. All Baier+Köppel products are certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and the environmental management to DIN EN ISO 14001.

Want to keep your systems running smoothly? Call us at 1-888-862-7461 to learn how we can work together. Visit our website for more information about our company, and stay tuned to this blog for updates about our people, our technology, and our products at Beka Max of America.