Avoid These Common Mistakes For Effective Lubrication
As we often say, “industry runs on grease.” And when industry isn’t running well, it’s often due to lubrication problems.
Records show that improper lubrication is responsible for more than 50% of all bearing failures. The cost of lubrication errors is paid for in costs related to unscheduled downtime, bearing repair and replacement, and the impact of failed deliveries on customer relations.
The good news is, lubrication errors are generally easy to correct.
Over and under lubricating
Even laymen understand the consequences of giving your equipment too little lube, or not lubricating often enough. Lube shields moving parts from direct contact with each other. It reduces friction between them, so they run cooler and smoother, with less wear.
But over-lubricating can lead to as many problems as under-lubricating. In an over-lubed bearing, the viscosity of the grease can actually result in higher internal friction, and excessive heat. The pressure of overpacking with grease can also damage seals. Don’t forget that different grease guns will deliver different amounts per shot – adjust your servicing routine to match the real needs of the machine.
The right grease for the job
No, all greases are NOT created equal. And moving up a grade “to be safe” is not necessarily the safe practice. When choosing a lubricant, start by checking the manufacturer’s information on recommended types and viscosity. But don’t stop there.
Consider how your application and gear types might vary from the average, according to the loads, speeds and operating temperatures that the different gear types in your equipment will experience. Also review your lube’s compatibility with your seals, including the particular metals, coatings and other material they are made with.
Next, you have to account for the equipment’s operating environment: whether it has adequate resistance to cold, heat, dust and other contaminants that can compromise the performance of the grease.
Finally, no matter what grease you choose, take care to ensure that it’s properly stored and handled to maintain the qualities you’re relying on.
Got a lubrication question?
The BEKA customer service team has a world of experience with all kinds of mobile and stationary equipment. We’ll be happy to help you find the solution to any lubrication problems you might be having. Just call 1-888-862-7461.
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!
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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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.
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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
We want to wish everyone happy holidays. May 2017 be the best yet.
From your friends at BEKAWORLD.