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Going green at Nampo

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AT South Africa’s largest annual agricultural expo, Nampo, BMG changed things up by having only an outside working exhibition stand that highlighted the importance of ‘Going Green’ in agriculture.

“The theme of BMG’s stand highlighted our initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint. This initiative includes the launch of the latest BTC pillow block’s biodegradable packaging, which excludes any plastic material, resulting in a saving of about 300 000 plastic bags a year,” states business development manager, Agricultural, Automotive and Lubrication divisions, BMG, Carlo Beukes. “In addition, BMG’s online shopping platform is successfully moving traditional commercial processes away from paper and is gaining popularity with farmers as a convenient way to procure engineering and agricultural products.

“BMG specialists showcased our latest products and technologies at our outside stand and visitors could see working demonstrations of technologically advanced products, that form part of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives to reduce carbon footprint.

“Working displays included components for agricultural fruit packhouses, like food-grade conveyor belts, pneumatics and variable speed drives. We also showcased new products, including Liqui Moly oil kits and additives, designed specifically for new bakkies, like the Hilux GD-6, Land Cruiser and Ranger brands. Also on display were the Rat-Ban, Silencer Cleaner and ceramic-based Ceratec from Liqui Moly, as well as Cummins individual filters and kits for bakkies and large agri implements, including John Deere, Case and New Holland.

“A major attraction to our stand each year is the distinctive range of BoerSlim clothing that reflects BMG’s BoerSlim/Smart Farming programme, where the team assists farmers to embrace advancements in agricultural machinery. Through this initiative, we offer sustainable solutions that focus on effective food production, the correct use of suitable equipment for specific tasks and the efficient application of the latest technologies.

“What’s important for BMG at Nampo this year was the successful completion of the two-phase upgrade of our in-house BTC bearing block unit (BBU) and housing range of products, which is manufactured exclusively for BMG, to stringent quality and safety specifications.”

Originally the BTC range was developed for light to medium rotating equipment applications, including packhouses and small conveyors in the agricultural sector and general industry. However, with the recent manufacturing processes and material upgrades, BTC bearings and components are perfectly suited for heavy-duty farming applications, for hammer mills, crushers and spreaders.

BMG specialists emphasise that design improvements and quality enhancements of BTC BBUs require selection of the correct lubrication solutions, to ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life of the system. A top-quality EP2 grease is compatible with most local greases and will ensure a longer operating lifespan.

BMG’s extensive range of agricultural products includes the recently launched BTC Lemken harrow discs and hub bearing units, that conform with OEM quality specifications. The company has also launched the Liqui Moly Guntec range, bakkie oil and fuel additives, as well as new solar panel operated Variable Speed Drive (VSD) units that were on display. Also on show were bearings and oil seals, power transmission components, light industry conveyors, tools and equipment, hydraulics and fluid technology, as well as all electronic equipment.

All BMG agricultural products are available from the company’s national branch network, as well as through BMG’s online shopping platform.

BMG’s online shopping portal adds value to the company’s service offering and makes shopping for engineering components even more convenient – especially with rising fuel costs. This digital procurement platform enhances convenience for farmers, who can still rely on technical support and personal care from BMG specialists.

Over 75 000 BMG products are available on this platform, including bearings, seals, fasteners and power transmission components, as well as hand and power tools, abrasives, brushware, spanners, wrenches and sockets. Added to this are agricultural-specific components, including PTO shafts, planter and coulter bearings.

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