With “Earth Day” on the horizon (Sunday, April 22, 2018), we’re thinking all the ways BEKA contributes to a greener, more sustainable industrial footprint on our planet. We seem to have different roles to play in many sectors, including some that could surprise you.
Live long and prosper!
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” are the long-time watchwords of environmental responsibility. “Reduce” comes first, and we’re quite proud of how BEKA products helps customers reduce waste and improve efficiency.
By extending the life of bearings and machine components, our autolube systems reduce the volume of machine consumables going into the waste stream. With improved maintenance, machine life is longer, too, so you don’t have to replace it as often and you also get to reduce unscheduled downtime. Equipment that runs smoothly also consumes less energy and, with our precise dosing, our systems also mean less grease is wasted. More importantly, when less grease is spilled, there’s less of a possibility of it contaminating the soil, infiltrating the water table or creating unsafe situations in work zones.
Curbing noise pollution for cities
Autolube is integral to the mass transit system, keeping trains, LRTs and street cars running efficiently and cleanly. But we’re not just in the typical systems for street cars and trolley applications where you normally see BEKA autolube on vehicles. We also supply systems for street cars and trolleys, using specialty lubricants to “wet down” the tracks. The lubricant helps to muffle the track noise of the heavy trolleys. So, we’re reducing sound emissions as well as the energy needs of transit vehicles. Around the world, LRTs are using similar BEKA technology to spray the wheels of the train as they go into curves, again reducing “noise pollution” in urban areas.
Cutting the cost of green energy
Wind power continues to grow as a green energy source. However, those large wind turbines bring some unique challenges with them. Due to their typically remote locations, servicing the towers is a major factor in their cost. Autolube is virtually universal for their generators today – even older turbines are being retrofitted with BEKA Automated Lubrication Systems to increase their reliability and extend their lifecycle. It’s estimated that the cost of replacing a failed generator is upwards of $100,000 for a service call. Extracting, reinstalling and recommissioning the generator requires a crane and crew to visit the site twice. Plus, there’s the actual cost of repairing or rebuilding the generator, the downtime costs of lost productivity and revenue lost while the turbine is out of service.
There’s much more to be done, of course, to help industry and our natural environment to co-exist on this planet. But with our attention focused on using resources well and saving energy, BEKA offers all of our customers a way to be part of the green solution for future generations.
If you have any questions about how BEKA can increase your operation’s bottom line while reducing your overall maintenance costs with the installation of a BEKA system, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to working with you to enhance your productivity and profitability.
Till next time,
Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer