BMG has been authorised to provide engineering components and support services to essential service providers during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown period.
Apart from the supply of necessary engineering consumables and components, industry requires ongoing maintenance and refurbishment services to ensure efficient productivity, particularly as lockdown levels start to shift towards level 1.
“The BMG team remains committed to making sure industry is able to continue operating as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely critical while we are all vulnerable that extra care is taken by companies to maintain pristine hygiene standards during food and beverage manufacture, storage, packaging and transportation,” says group product and sales manager, Mark Barbour. “According to authorities, this virus is going to be with us for a very long time, so we all need to be prepared for new, stricter operating conditions. Even small faults in design, operation and maintenance can have huge negative impacts on the quality and safety of food products.”
BMG’s solutions for the food and beverage sector extend from processing, where raw ingredients are transformed, to packaging, where products are enclosed and protected for safe distribution. The company’s engineering solution services help customers deliver on food safety and environmental and energy-efficient initiatives, through the supply and support of components for light materials handling, belting products, gearboxes, motors and variable speed drives, bearings, seals and gaskets, power transmission components, valves, tools and equipment, as well as fasteners, food-grade lubricants and maintenance chemicals.
Added to this, BMG, through its ‘Boer Slim/Smart Farming’ initiative, offers local farmers sustainability solutions that focus on effective food production to ensure there are adequate supplies of fresh foods during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This agricultural programme, which involves assisting farmers with the correct use of quality-branded equipment and the importance of investing in advanced technologies, has never been more important.
BMG’s distribution centre in Droste Park, Johannesburg, is operational and fully stocked during the lockdown period to help and support customers around the country and into Africa. A comprehensive range of equipment and components comprises bearings, seals and gaskets; power transmission; hydraulics and pneumatics; fluid technology and filtration; drives, motors and controllers; materials handling; fasteners; and tools.
Assessment of equipment and plant procedures
A cornerstone of BMG’s service to the food and beverage sector is reliability engineering, starting with an assessment of a plant’s operating processes and budgetary parameters. BMG’s initial design concept is enhanced by technical expertise for product specification, custom-design capabilities for improved productivity, timeous delivery of components, installation and commissioning, as well as support and maintenance of equipment. BMG also offers extensive customer training.
Selection of the appropriate FDA-compliant equipment
Through BMG’s assistance with careful and accurate product selection, correct installation methods and appropriate care of equipment, substantial savings can be made in reduced maintenance costs and minimal downtime. The BMG team is also currently assisting customers in other sectors, including water and waste water treatment facilities, coal mines and petrochemical plants. The company also works closely with service providers to power generation and pharmaceutical plants, as well as in ports, rail and road facilities.
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