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We’re celebrating green solutions for Earth Day

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 info@beka-lube.com. We are looking forward to working with you to enhance your productivity and profitability.

Till next time,

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

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!

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter.

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

Scrap Ideas for Machine Maintenance

I have to admit we were feeling quite proud around here recently when DeAnne Toto, the Managing Editor of Recycling Today, contacted us. She was planning a story on the importance of lubrication in the recycling industry, and could we write up something to share our insights with RT’s readers?

Of course, you know and I know that we have the brightest and best team of application experts in the autolube business, and it felt pretty good to be recognized by one of the equipment industry’s top trade publications!

We gathered together the usual suspects and, in fairly short order, we composed a wide-reaching view of lubrication needs in the scrap yard, for both mobile and stationary equipment. I really must give a shout-out to our friend Randy Jarry, the General Manager of Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. in Campbellville, Ontario, for taking time to contribute his knowledge of the topic. Thanks also, Randy, for allowing us to come onsite and take some pictures of Moffat’s machinery to illustrate the article.

Ask the right people

Our BEKA crew, notably Product Manager Dave McDougall and Account Executive Mike Michaud, have truly seen it all when it comes to lube systems for recycling equipment. They were able to give the story a solid technical background. Dave, Mike and Randy all agreed that cold weather is a critical element in the design of these autolube systems, whether you are servicing a baler, shredder, conveyor equipment or a mobile material handler.

The article also explains how overgreasing can create as many problems as under-lubrication – problems that are easily corrected with a BEKA system calibrated for accurate, automatic dosing through as many as 600 lube points!

Read all about it!

“For your convenience,” we posted a downloadable version for the article on our website. You can get it here. But you should also look for the June issue of Recycling Today to get the full effect!

Even if you aren’t in the scrap industry, it’s still a good read. Many of the needs and planning points that Dave and Mike bring to light are equally important for getting the most uptime from your machines in other applications – especially for equipment that runs outdoors and runs continuously. Got any questions or want to talk to us about your application, contact us online or call us at 1.888.862.7461.

Until next month,

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

Easy does it with PICO pumps at Waste Expo

The show season is still in full swing for us, but we’ll be enjoying the warm sunny days here in New Orleans for the 2017 edition of Waste Expo at Booth #3359.

This is always a big show for us and we look forward to catching up with all our old friends here.

After all the big iron shows we’ve been attending, we change gears a bit here to focus on our customers’ truck fleets. These refuse trucks, whether they are front loaders, side loaders, rear loaders or multi-compartment vehicles, are a special breed – hard-working vehicles that are built more like mobile processing plants than haulers. They go all day long, every day, in all kinds of weather – and they have deadlines to keep!

Packing a load of machinery as well as a drivetrain, this kind of application leaves no room for downtime. That’s why we’ll be highlighting our compact PICO lube pumps at the show this week. Everything on a compactor truck is constantly in motion, and that’s when you need consistent, continuous lubrication most.

PICO pumps are really made for this job! They are up to 60% smaller than comparable pumps, so they fit in where others can’t, snugged into the midst of the gearing and lifts and hydraulics that drive the trucks’ various operations. PICO’s intelligent grease sensors delivers accurate, measured doses of grease matched to the needs of each service point, from 5 to 50 cm3. They’re powerful enough to serve up to 8 grease points. And since they can use a pump element that’s attached to either a distribution block system or to small injectors, they are flexible enough to make installation easy.

Rated to run in temperatures from -13º to 158º F (-25º to +70º C), our PICOs are all-season ready to keep your collection trucks on the road, and on time.

Don’t you wish all your maintenance needs were this easy?

But that’s just how it goes when you’re in the Big Easy, with BEKA. Come on by, Booth #3359 and say hi and get caught up on the latest from BEKAWORLD.

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!

Encore! Encore! A Great Show at ConExpo!

ConExpo is now behind us for another three years, but what a terrific 5 days it has been!

I have to admit that I was feeling a little nervous about our big move having been switched from the South Hall (where we had been for 20 years!) to the Gold Hall. Now we know: it was a good move.

Despite the long walk from where we were to our new location, our “people” came with us. We were very pleased with our exhibits this year, and so were the attendees. The crush of visitors on both Tuesday and Wednesday turned into a steady stream through the rest of the show. The Gold Hall put us in the right place for our many customers on the construction side of the industry, and we were able to show the wide range of the solutions we can offer for heavy mobile equipment and hydraulic breakers.

Sven, Dave and I were pleased to host our special guests from overseas, Klaus Braun and Marcus “Mr. Q” Quenzler. They represented our technical teams from the BEKA factory in Germany and Luigi Lucci, General Manager, from the BEKAWORLD network in Italy. Their presence ensured a productive welcome for some of our European equipment manufacturers as well as their service teams here in North America.

We felt a real surge of interest in BEKA technology, with many visitors interested in alternatives to their traditional lube systems. Since our last appearance at ConExpo, we have made a concerted effort to get the BEKA message out to the industry with, it would seem, some significant success. In the meantime, word has been spreading over these three years about BEKA’s growing position as the autolube supplier being specified for some of the top OEMs. We met many more equipment owners who tracked us down to learn more about the BEKA systems they are finding in their new machines. We also connected with several companies who are interested in being the BEKA dealer in their region.

We did a fair bit of walking ourselves, of course, to catch up with old friends at the ConAGG side of the show and make some new connections in the crane industry – an area we expect to become increasingly busy in BEKAWORLD’s future.

If you were unable to make it to ConExpo and are looking for that auto lubrication system, give us a call at 1-888-862-7461 or send us an email with your lubrication questions. We can help.

From the looks of our entries drum, our contest for free trips to Bavaria during Oktoberfest 2017 was a very popular attraction, too! We have not counted the entries or made our prize draws yet, but we’ll be announcing the three winners soon!

Stay tuned!

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

IT’S SHOWTIME!!!!

A wise man once said (or was it a wise woman?), that “80% of everything is showing up.” And that’s my advice to you when you’re planning your visit to ConExpo!

BEKAWORLD has really pulled out all the stops with our ConExpo exhibit this year. We’ll make sure it’s worth your while to “show up” and say hello to us at Booth #G72213 in the Gold Hall. You can’t miss us, we are right in the center of the hall. Look for our big overhead BEKA Lubrication sign.

Of course, this is your chance to catch up with our latest autolube progressive and single line system pumps including the EP-1, OC-1, GIGA and PICO models and our HAMAX line-up for heavy-duty hydraulic hammers and attachments.

Along with the actual demonstration units we have on display, we are also showing off the underlying technology that makes BEKA products the best built, most precise lubrication components in the world. (Did you know that BEKA manufactures all of these components in-house? We don’t leave our quality in the hands of anyone else!)

Now is also the time bring us your lubrication questions for definitive answers from the industry’s leading experts. Come in to meet Sven Pitman, the President BEKAWORLD USA, in person. With his experience with BEKA both in Germany and in America, Sven offers all kinds of insight into the inner workings of BEKAWORLD worldwide. And many of you already know our Product Manager, Dave McDougall. The factory is also sending two key individuals to answer your lubrication questions. Stop by and meet Klaus Braun, Product Manager and Marcus Quenzler Team Leader Engineering, Commercial Vehicles. They will be on hand, at our booth, throughout the show. However, if you want to make an appointment to meet at a specific time, send us an email to sales@beka-lube.com and let me know who you want to discuss your lubrication issues with and the time that works for you.

Even if you don’t have an urgent question for Sven, Dave, Marcus or Klaus, you’ll want to visit us just to enter our ConExpo prize draw! At the end of the show, we’ll be giving away three all-expenses-paid trips to Germany for two. The winners will be our guests to see the BEKA factory, tour beautiful Bavaria and to experience Oktoberfest firsthand while sampling its amazing food and libations!

There’s only one way to enter this draw. You don’t have to buy anything, but you DO have to show up at the booth to enter. See you there!!!

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer

COMING IN FROM THE COLD AT AED

Here we are in Chicago – my kind of town in any season – and looking forward to meeting new dealers and to renewing many old friendships at this year’s Associated Equipment Distributors’ Summit conference.

In spite of the warm reception we can always expect from our host, the Hyatt Regency, much of the talk around the hotel will be about equipment working in freezing winter conditions and the cold snap that is threatening to halt construction projects across the Midwest and the Northeast (New England area got 17” of snow this past weekend).

Of course, machinery feels the cold as badly as we do. Everyone has concerns about whether their equipment and vehicles will get up and running in those dark winter mornings.

Grease gets heavier and harder to move when temperatures drop, but thanks to BEKA’s eccentric gear drive and proper grease for the temperature, our pumps make sure that once your equipment starts, it will run safely. Many lube pumps rely on a spring-driven mechanism to actuate the pistons that drive grease through the circuit. But springs are notoriously vulnerable to extreme weather, hot or cold! With BEKA’s eccentric gear drive, the pump doesn’t rely on the resilience of its metal to move cold grease. Rotating on a direct connection to the pump motor, the solid gear operates consistently, at the same speed and power, regardless of temperatures.

This time of year, it’s good to know that your autolube is good to go even when the temperatures drop to -13° F (-25° C)!

It gives us a warm feeling all over to know that you have one less thing to worry about when they’re planning their work this winter.

If you want to ensure that your equipment will run smoothly and without interruption this winter, give us a call at 1-888-862-7461 or send an email to sales@beka-lube.com. We will introduce you to your BEKAWORLD dealer who will ensure that you will be up and running all year long. After all, we measure our success by your up-time!

Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer