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 email@example.com. We are looking forward to working with you to enhance your productivity and profitability.
Till next time,
Jacquie McDougall, Chief Operating Officer
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.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. This modern environmental movement was first held on April 22, 1970 and ushered in many groundbreaking environmental laws for air and water protection, as well as bringing a heightened awareness to the importance of protecting the planet.
At Beka-Max we understand the importance of Earth Day and what it represents. We engineer our products to be environmentally friendly, as well as user friendly. Our premier automatic lubrication systems require less lubricant than manual systems and are designed to prevent lubricant from spilling and leaking.
Lubrication is a vital part of effective operation for all types of mechanical systems including trucks, heavy equipment, wind turbines, and manufacturing machinery. Many industries rely on automatic lubrication systems that provide safe, high-performance lubrication.
Manual lubrication systems are environmentally unfriendly for a number of reasons. In addition to using more lubricant, machinery and equipment that don’t have automatic grease lubrication systems have the potential to leak and contaminate the surrounding area.
In one instance a homeowner was left with a major grease spill and environmental hazard when a truck arrived to fill the swimming pool. The truck was not equipped with a grease lubrication system and grease ran out of the truck and onto the driveway. This system was not put together properly and, even with protective wood paneling laid over the driveway, the ground was still contaminated and required remediation.
Even when workers are extremely careful in greasing manual systems, grease is messy and has a tendency to fall onto the ground. An automatic lubrication system contains the grease within the system and is a superior method.
If an automatic lubrication system is not possible, we have developed a clean system grease gun for manual greasing applications. Lube-Shuttle® grease guns prevent grease from spilling and leaking onto machines, tools, and the floor. Shop surfaces and workers stay clean with leak-free construction of the Lube-Shuttle® grease gun.
It is our goal at Beka-Max to provide environmentally friendly automatic lubrication systems. Trouble-free systems increase component life while reducing repair costs. For technology that you can rely on, trust in the expert products and people at Beka-Max.
To continue to better serve our customers we recently moved to a new facility in Buffalo, New York. Our new location is located very close to Buffalo International Airport and consists of over 5,000 square feet of warehouse and approx. 2,000 square feet of office space. It has several upgrades – allowing us to remain technologically competitive, and will also allow us to stock and display more products than we could in our previous location.
Our new space has features which will allow us to continue to expand our business to customized lubrication systems. Increased warehouse space provides us with the ability to increase stock to better service new and existing customers. We also have a dedicated service area where we can repair or configure lubrication systems to meet the needs of our customers.
In addition, our expanded shipping and receiving area has made moving products to our customers much faster and easier. As many of you know, at Beka Max of America Inc. we fill and supply Chisel Paste for used in our Beka automatic lubrication and manual grease systems for use with impact hammers. Increased warehouse space has provided us the ability to increase our output to better supply this expanding market. We can also house more inventories for our customers who request private branding of our chisel paste.
Our new conference room gives us the ability to host events and meetings for customers – making it perfect for product demonstrations, training and other industry centered events.
We continue to work to provide superior service to our customers, and our new location will help us in achieving this goal!
As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back at 2013. We are reminded of the activities and accomplishments that have happened here at Beka-Max of America, Inc. and the positive news we’ve heard from the companies and industries we serve in North America. In previous blog posts published over the past year, we’ve talked about a lot of this industry news. As a reminder, here are some highlights:
- We reviewed how automatic lubrication systems for equipment and machinery used in the agriculture industry help the industry, overall, by reducing downtime and guaranteeing safety.
- We discussed the importance of automatic lubrication systems for construction equipment, including cranes and booms.
Yes, there was a substantial amount of positive news and excitement to report in 2013, and now we’re looking forward to more growth and positivity in the coming months and years. Stay tuned and thank you for reading our blog. Happy New Year from Beka-Max America, Inc.!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
- 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
At 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.