Showing Up & Showing Off
The trade show season was in full swing this past month. Our globe-trotting crew was on the run right through April. Each show gave us fresh opportunities to meet with customers, dealers and OEMs and – altogether – it appears that it was time well spent. We came away with new insights into what our customers need from their autolube and manual lubrication equipment, we also found new doors opening to welcome Beka-Max products.
Montreal is always a great place to visit for Canada’s Heavy Equipment Show, so we were glad to be there supporting our local dealer, Eco-Trak. With their strong connections to equipment customers throughout the region, Eco-Trak’s booth attracted many of the customers and prospects we have been hoping to meet. We arrived well-stocked with demonstrator products and components, so our team was able to show off our solutions effectively and make valuable in-roads for future development.
The ISRI conference in Las Vegas is one of our largest annual events started at the same time as the Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. At the Reliable Plant Exhibition, we had the chance to catch up with many of our existing industrial clients and met a number of new ones. We were well received as they were keen to learn about our automated and single point lubrication systems for their manufacturing and food processing operations.
We are already planning for next year’s event April 25-27th in Columbus, Ohio. As usual, the ISRI show attracted the “who’s who” of the scrap and recycling industries. It was gratifying to see our systems so well represented on machines exhibited by the industry’s top OEMs. Our autolube systems have become standard equipment for the big material handlers that scrap yards rely on, but we were pleased to see that BEKA systems have extended their reach into processing equipment such as Lefort shears and Bano shredders. In those harsh yard environments, the whole scrap business really runs on grease!
Although ground transportation to and from the BAUMA exhibition site is always a challenge, the world’s largest machinery extravaganza, every three years, is a must-see event. Our friends at Liebherr, SENNEBOGEN and Caterpillar showcased some of their equipment with BEKA autolube systems in place. More OEMs also had a great display and helped us to spread the word about Beka-Max hammer- and carrier-mounted systems.
Back in Toronto, the Truck World show was very well attended. We met with people from a real cross-section of the trucking industry, from big fleets to owner-operators to manufacturers. Customers had a lot to say about automatic lubrication for their trucks. BEKA systems have been very common for their running gear and drive links for some time now – daily greasing keeps them on the road and earning, and our autolube saves them time every day with the grease actually going where it’s intended and there’s no waste! See how well your 5th wheel works when it receives grease that stays in place and not scraped off when coupling.
Our line of MATO grease guns and refillable systems also received a lot of attention. Many truckers like to take a “hands-on” approach to maintaining their equipment, and they take pride in their tools. With MATO, they get a true professional-grade greasing tool, with several models to suit their personal preferences. In larger shops, the refillable MATO grease tubes are also starting to catch on as a more economical and environmentally sound way to supply their service bays.
Next up: The AWEA Windpower Show in New Orleans. It’s a great show for us, because running smooth is such an important part of efficient power generation. “The Big Easy” really knows how to put on an event, too, so we’re looking forward to seeing you all there! Until next month…