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Your machine’s talking – are you listening?

Most of the people that are reading this blog know that machines have a language of their own. These people also know that, when a machine is talking, you have to listen!

When you hear that low grumbling in some remote corner of the machinery, it’s telling you that it’s not feeling well – and it needs some preventive care. You may just need to “give it some lube” to get it feeling well again.

If you try to ignore that early complaint, eventually your machine really starts to talk a lot louder! But by the time it starts to scream and shutter at you, your pins and bushings are already done for. You’ll have to repin and get all the bearings lubed up quick, before consequential damage makes matters even worse. Better to take a little downtime now, than to suffer major downtime later.

Today’s systems even teach your equipment a wider vocabulary, making it easier to understand what’s going on in there, and what it needs.

Communicate with your equipment
Our central lube pumps and distributors are available with a wide range of remote sensors and alerts that tell you everything you need to know about the status of the lubrication system. If the pump’s reservoir is getting low on grease, if there’s a blockage in the line, the alerts will tell you before the bearing runs dry. The alert could be an audible sound, or a status light or a signal in the cab of your vehicle or control room.

For some equipment, the BEKA alerts can be tied into relays that will shut down the equipment automatically, before any serious damage can happen. This approach has to be done with a mind to shutting down safely, of course. But, for example, the auto shutdown has proven helpful on waste trucks, where the garbage packer can be switched off without affecting the safe operation of the vehicle.

Long distance calls
Whether it is in a mobile or stationary situation, we are seeing more applications that utilize telemetric technology to let owners and operators listen in on their equipment from remote locations. Today, even equipment rental shops can track their fleet in the field to make sure the lube system is maintained properly and the machines return in rentable condition.

We have seen some sophisticated telemetrics used to help wind energy operators to optimize their turbine. The productivity of the turbines can be compromised if they run too hot or too cold. The lube system can be used to monitor and moderate their working temperature, even from miles away.

The whole purpose of BEKA autolubrication systems is to keep your machine talking nicely to you, every day. If you want to communicate with your equipment and avoid unscheduled downtime, give us a call or drop us a line and we can help you make the connection to your machinery and equipment. They have a lot to say and we should be listening!

Until next month, turn up the listening to keep everything running smoothly.

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer  

“Ein Prosit” to Oktoberfest!

The 107th annual Oktoberfest will be opening soon in Munich and the three big winners from our ConExpo contest are on their way to Oktoberfest. (Jealous!!!)

Steve Dunning, our Vice President of Sales and his wife Linda, will be doing everything they can as their designated guides to make sure our lucky group has the time of their lives. Congrats to Matt and Alicia Felio (Paul Hansen Equipment of El Cajon, CA), William and Abbey Bryan (Baver – Pile Co. of Conroe, TX), and Jeff and Saylor-Rose Weaver (Motion Canada of North Bay, ON) as they depart for their week in Germany.

They have a busy week ahead, too. Landing at the Munich Airport, they will be whisked away to BEKA’s hometown of Pegnitz to sample some of that famous Franconian hospitality. They will be greeted personally by BEKA’s President, Bernard Köppel and will also meet the firm’s senior management team as they tour BEKA’s three factory locations. Along with the administration, R&D, Quality Assurance and manufacturing center in Pegnitz, they will visit BEKA’s engineering and machining facility in Wannberg, just minutes away. Next, they will visit the assembly plant Creußen, a short drive just northeast of Pegnitz. Altogether, they will take in more than 250,000 sq. ft. (25,000 m2) of BEKA development and production space. They will certainly get their steps in!

The world’s largest pub!
Then, finally, it’s back to Munich for sightseeing and to experience the original, authentic, unbelievably HUGE celebration of Bavarian beer that’s now shared worldwide… Oktoberfest.

Pubs and beer halls tap into Oktoberfest traditions around the world, but in its homeland, the festival site covers a full 85 acres of tents, vendor booths and carnival rides. It has grown into a full-fledged industry of its own these days, employing up to 13,000 people to serve guests and staff the facilities. Officials expect that, over the 18 days of Oktoberfest, the site will host as many as 7,000,000 visitors, who will consume an estimated 1,500,000 gallons of Bavarian brew!

Germany takes its beer seriously. Since 1516, the purity and quality of Bavarian beer has been closely regulated, allowing only water, hops and barley to be used in its brewing. Add with some of that legendary Weißwurst sausage, fine breads and non-stop music and… what a party!

Think about it: next time, it could be you joining in the festivities!

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Until next month,

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer 

DOESN’T BEKAONE BELONG ON YOUR “BEST IDEAS” LIST, TOO!

More industry accolades for new ideas from BEKA – I just love it!

This time, it’s Construction Equipment magazine who included our BEKAONE pump among its “Top 100” new products for 2016.

I was a little surprised, looking at all the heavy machines and earthmoving equipment that dominate the Top 100 list. But the editors explain that their choice of products is based on:

  • Advances in technology
  • New product lines
  • Significant improvements to existing products
  • A product that increases competition in its field

The BEKAONE single-point lubricator really does qualify for the list as an advance in technology, as a brand new product and as a significant improvement over any alternatives. (I’m not sure if it “increases competition in its field” – there isn’t anything else like it!)

Let me make this one single point!
BEKAONE is a one-of-a-kind lube pump for applications that don’t need a full autolube system. You simply install a single BEKAONE pump to serve a single lube point on your machine. It’s incredibly compact, just 3 inches in diameter (about 7.6 cm) so it fits in nicely to spots that are hard to access for manual servicing with a grease gun – ideal for motors, drives, bearings, conveyors, compressors and chains that are buried deep in the machinery or located out of reach in awkward locations. After that, it supplies a precise dose of grease to the lube point on any cycle you wish to set up.

And… it keeps on doing it for up to two years!

This is PERFECT for those critical points that you’re apt to forget or overlook when you’re doing your daily service rounds.

Simple installation, better lubrication
As Construction Equipment points out, the set-up for BEKAONE is dead simple. Instructions are right on the pump body. The ultra-compact pump will operate in any position, so just tuck it in anywhere you need it.

The reservoir holds up to 4 ounces (720 ml) of lubricant – including oil and all common grease types – and it can be refilled up to six times with an ordinary grease gun. A display on the pump tells you how many more cycles it has left in it and the lithium ion battery will keep it running for up to 24 months.

For my money, the BEKAONE beats manually greasing in any situation, simply because it delivers small accurate doses the whole time your machine is running. The wear part gets more complete, more consistent coverage and that can only mean longer life for the machine and less downtime. The pump is designed to operate in virtually any climate, from -4o F to +140o F (-20o C to +60o C).

And, as I said, BEKAONE NEVER forgets. It’s simply (very simply) the most reliable solution for those difficult service points. So don’t you forget to ask us where BEKAONE fits best into your operation!

Contact us online or call us at 1.888.862.7461.

Until next month,

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer 

A Bigger Better BEKA.

Things are always changing here at BEKA. We continue to fine-tune our organization in order to be a company that listens to its customers and dealers.

What have we done lately? Well…

  1. We recently recruited a number of regional sales personnel to give us more “feet in the street” and increase our personal service and support to BEKA dealers. These new regional representatives, together with our existing sales team, will be covering North America. They will be working with our dealers and their customers to make sure that America not only runs on “Dunkin” but runs smoothly with BEKA Lubrication Systems.
  1. With increased personnel, we have geared up our plans to expand our assembly operations in the U.S. This step goes hand-in-hand with more assembly personnel. Today, as I write this, our Product Manager, Lead Assembler and other members of the team are at the factory in Pegnitz, Germany getting trained on the latest assembly equipment soon to be installed here in the US. We understand the need to make sure that we have the capabilities to meet the increased demands. With an additional facility opening soon to help us deliver new systems faster than ever, we will be able to maintain our leadership position as providers of the industry’s best customer service.
  1. As we expand our capabilities and product solutions, our plan is to invest in larger inventories. At BEKAWORLD, we want to ensure that our customers and dealers have the parts they need, when they need them. That is the plan and overtime we will meet that goal.
  1. Adding personnel without the proper training is like getting a new car but never putting gas in it. You might as well not have spent the money. We feel the same way about our new regional representatives. They have been undergoing product training and are now out in the field. Ask them questions. They are looking forward to working with you and making sure that you get the right pump for your application – single line, multi line, single point, etc. They will even help you find the BEKA dealer in your area.

More personnel + New facilities + Increased inventories + Ongoing training = An exciting time for BEKAWORLD.

We’re very proud of the reputation our team has earned in all the industries we serve. We worked hard for it, and we’ve come a long way, but we aren’t done yet! BEKAWORLD is continuing to raise the bar for autolube customers all over North America.

Until next month,

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

BREAK OUT THE AUTOLUBE FOR POT-HOLE SEASON

Finally, Spring has sprung – it’s a sure sign when we see the pot-holes blossoming all over our highways and bi-ways across the country.

It’s overtime season for all you road-maintenance contractors, with miles and miles of asphalt to repair. Meantime, we’ve also seen a significant up-tick in infrastructure budgets, which means lots of new road construction and bridge repair work to do.

There’s no time to lose, and that’s why I want to be sure you’re up-to-speed on our HAMAX line of lube systems for hydraulic breakers.

It’s hard to compare the wear and tear on breaker points to any other piece of equipment. What else is built to be smashed into the pavement up to 1,000 times per minute, at forces up to 12,000 ft/lbs?

Stresses like that create an equivalent amount of friction and heat. Effective lubrication is crucial to the performance and life of your hammer tool. Breakers can be lubricated manually, of course, but the cost in downtime is enormous when there’s lots of work to be done. Automatic lubrication is the only way for your breaker to keep cool and keep producing.

Whether your breaker is mounted to a skid steer to do spot repairs on pot-holes, or fitted to a big excavator to bust up rock walls in a quarry, there’s a HAMAX autolube solution built just right for you.

Our line-up includes autolube pumps that mount right on the breaker tool, plus a compact HAMAX that connects to the hydraulic system of your skid steer or a compact wheel loader. Our HPG 2 breaker pump is even designed to operate as part of the same central lubrication system that serves all the lube points in the rest of your machine.

Naturally, every one of our models is designed to handle copper-based chisel pastes which is the best protection you can choose for your breaker. Backed by BEKA technology ensures easy starts and a dependable flow in all climates and working conditions. Output rates are adjustable to match the amount and frequency of grease dosing to the specific needs of your application. For more information on our lubrication systems for breakers, download the Breaker Specification Catalog.

Make the most of this busy season. Upgrade your equipment to run smoother and run longer – with less downtime – with HAMAX autolube for your breaker. Contact us or your BEKAWORLD dealer and get started. Don’t let unscheduled downtime be the hold-up for smooth sailing down the road!

CHOOSING THE HIGH ROAD IS ALWAYS GOOD BUSINESS

We were very pleased and proud to learn that our advertising agency, a long-time ally in our growth as a company, was selected recently as a finalist for the Business Integrity Award from the regional Better Business Bureau.

iss_4379_00382Imagine that, “Integrity” and “Advertising” in the same breath!

In this case, however, I’m not a bit surprised – I know that the recognition is well deserved. I recall a column on “Truth in Advertising” that the owner and founder of the agency, Robert, wrote for a major business publication. In it, he explained how basic integrity must be at the root of any lasting business success. “Outrageous promises and unsupported claims will always attract attention, and maybe even make a sale,” he wrote. “For the long term, though, you rely on repeat business and referrals… anything that smacks of dishonest advertising will be called to account, loud and clear.”

The value of integrity goes beyond advertising alone, of course. Robert’s firm has always provided us with honest, transparent guidance, which has led us to a close, lasting business partnership built on trust.

And that’s the way we believe all business ought to be conducted. We know it works. I have watched, first-hand, as our BEKA Lubrication “brand” grew to nationwide leadership. Along with our success and profitability, we earned the trust and friendship of manufacturers, dealers, suppliers and customers everywhere. The creators of BEKA products, Baier + Köppel, also recognized the strength of our brand values in America. And that became a major factor when the factory negotiated the recent acquisition of our business.

There have been times when it may have been easier for us to over-promise to our dealers, or resort to questionable marketing tactics, or to walk away from a customer’s problem… but that doesn’t build strong companies.

One of the first lessons of business we learned in our formative years is that ethical (and respectful) business practices are the only path to take for long term success. Since we opened up our BEKA Lubrication offices in North America in 1994, we’ve tried to practice what we preach, and we encourage all the stakeholders in our industry to stay to the high ground at every turn.

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

WINTERIZING

ing_37831_12262As the Thanksgiving Season has passed in Canada and approaches quickly in America, many of us are turning our thoughts to preparations for Winter.

This is an especially busy season for those of you who are in the business of handling Winter snow. It’s time to get all that equipment prepared to start hitting the roads and moving loads. Snow plows, graders, wheel loaders, dump trucks and salters will soon be heading into the shops for annual maintenance and tune-ups.

So, while you’re at it, why not take this time to make the rest of your season easier? 

No matter what type or size of snow equipment you operate, it relies on consistent lubrication to be in top running condition when the snow flies. And, since you’re in the shop anyway, right now is a great opportunity to install a lubrication solution that removes daily servicing from your morning (or late night) checklist.

The right solution for you could be as simple as a compact or single-point pump placed where you need it most. Or it could be a complete progressive system that keeps every service point on your machine and attachments consistently lubricated automatically. Or it could be anything in between. Call any BEKA dealer or send us an email at sales@beka-lube.com and learn about the many options available to you.

Every BEKA lubrication system is engineered to pump grease effectively through the coldest days and nights. So you’ll sleep well knowing that, when the call comes to move snow, your equipment will be ready to run smooth, and run longer.

BEKAWORLD keeps operations running smoothly in any industry

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Whether you work in transportation, construction, forestry, food processing, manufacturing wind power or other industry, you can’t afford to stop. Margins are tighter than ever, and unscheduled downtime can cut into profits and productivity.

When it comes to keeping machinery working, grease is the word. Autolube systems are the ideal way to apply lubricants, and help:

  • 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

At BEKAWORLD, we have specialized in autolube systems since 1927. During that time, we’ve developed the products, expertise and insight needed to cut maintenance costs and maximize uptime in a wide variety of applications.

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Construction – BEKA-MAX Vehicle Lubrication takes care of the entire fleet with autolube systems for all makes and models of heavy equipment. Plus, BEKA HAMAX supplies specialized, lubrication systems and copper-based chisel-paste for use with breaker attachments.

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Industrial Applications – BEKA INDUSTRY Lubrication has cost-saving insights into the needs of any heavy equipment or process application. BEKA manufactures and installs single-, dual-, multi-line and progressive systems that deliver continuous lubrication to hundreds of service points automatically, over short and long runs. By reducing or eliminating the need for manual greasing, you’ll save money on labor, increase safety and uptime.

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Transportation – Whether you’re an owner/operator or a fleet manager, an automatic lubrication system will allow you to go further. BEKA-MAX Vehicle Lubrication offers specialized solutions for all makes and models of trucks. BEKA FLUILUB provides lubricant spray systems for wheel flanges and rail heads on rail cars, rail cranes and locomotives.

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Wind Power – BEKAWIND manufactures and installs central autolube systems for all of your UPTOWER lubrication requirements to help keep your wind turbine operating reliably for years.

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Forestry – From the forest to the mill to the lumber yard, BEKAWOOD has the industry-specific knowledge to create an autolube system to fit any forestry process or processing equipment used in every step from the forest to the lumber store. Autolube also means increased safety for maintenance crews who can stay clear of the danger zone.

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Food Processing – Food packaging safety is greatly increased with our waterless lubrication system from BEKA FOODLINE. Our unique expertise and products will help keep processing, conveying and packaging equipment running smoothly.

Service Professionals – Because there will always be a need for manual grease guns, BEKAWORLD offers MATO professional-grade Lube-Shuttle® grease guns that are clean, efficient and easy to use.

So, regardless of your industry application we have the experience and knowledge to maximize your uptime. If you have any lubrication questions, please contact us today!

Breaking ground with BEKA HAMAX 2

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.

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.

iStock_000008534615LargeThe 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 sales@beka-lube.com and one of our product specialists will help you choose the right system for your operation.