National manager at JSG Industrial NZ, Brendon Ladewig, said the company offers a level of technical expertise which makes it attractive to the Australian industry. Food & Beverage Industry News reports.
JSG Industrial Systems provides the food and beverage industry with specialist lubrication systems that help limit production downtime, increase health and safety, and reduce wastage.
John Sample Group, through its JSG Industrial Systems business, holds the distribution rights to SKF Lincoln Lubrication Systems in Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia Pacific region.
Brendon Ladewig, the company’s national manager for JSG Industrial NZ, has spent years helping apply the company’s range of lubrication systems and applications to the New Zealand food and beverage industry.
“In terms of the food and beverage industry, we supply mostly lubrication products relating to automated greasing and oil systems,” said Ladewig.
One important application that is used across the food and beverage industry is chain and conveyor lubrication.
Among JSG’s offering is an automated application that is coupled with a proximity switch that counts the rotors as the chain comes past and as it counts it activates the nozzle and drops the required oil onto the chain.
“In New Zealand we’ve supplied many different solutions for various food and beverage companies, systems include automatic greasing systems in a prominent bottling plant, a cheese processing factory, a soup packaging production line, chain lubrication systems at a bakery and multiple systems within the dairy processing industry,” said Ladewig.
One of the key benefits of applying JSG systems to a food or beverage production line could lie in the company’s primary focus – health and safety.
“We try looking at it from that perspective because these machines can be dangerous, and you are not supposed to lubricate a machine while it is operating in most cases. Some lubrication points are hard to get to so the machine must be stopped to reach them,” said Ladewig.
“That means you lose production time, but with an automated system, it lubricates the machine while it’s running, and production can continue. From a health and safety perspective, it avoids situations where operators are in a risky environment.”
For example, in recent years many of the lubrication systems being employed across the industry are caged off, limiting when operators can access the system for maintenance purposes.
For JSG, the solution to this new problem was a simple one, and it aligned with automation.
The company supplies a system with an external controller on the outside of the cage so operators can monitor it from a safe distance.
“The controller will notify the operator if there are any faults with the system and can be monitored in real time from a safe location. It helps both ways, increases productivity and keeps the operator safe,” said Ladewig.
One of the questions Ladewig is frequently asked when it comes to automated lubrication is, “does this mean some staff will lose their jobs due to the automation of the task?”
“The answer to that question is no,” he said. “What you are actually doing is repurposing your labour. Instead of them doing a menial task you can have that employee do more effective maintenance tasks like planning the next shutdown or planning the next machine overhaul.”
It’s not uncommon for some sites to have up to 3,000 lubrication points that need to be lubricated on a weekly basis, so being able to repurpose that labour has a positive flow-on effect.
Automated lubrication can also limit wastage on a level that is hard to achieve manually because of issues that arise from overlubricating, including grease dropping on the floor or contaminating other areas of production and the environment.
“And those are things you don’t want to see happening,” said Ladewig.
“The purpose of such an automated system is the right amount of lubrication at the right time and more frequently.”
JSG Industrial’s lubrication systems can be applied to almost all areas of food and beverage production including the dairy industry, which the company will put extra focus on in the 2022.
“Dairy is quiet a large industry and we will be looking to get into that one more,” said Ladewig.
Everything from fruit and vegetable sorting and cutting machines to food mixers, blenders and large industrial bake ovens all require some level of lubrication system that can be supplied by JSG.
Ladewig said a renewed push in the New Zealand market for increased health and safety, which the company already meets, indicates its ability to stay ahead of the curve.
The same thing applies when it comes to the Australian food and beverage industry’s requirements and standards.
“We don’t need to tweak anything in terms of our offerings. Our products use an engineered plastic that is fine for the food industry, and we make sure we use Stainless Steel Grade 314, a food safe material, for our hoses and fittings,” said Ladewig.
“We can fill the pumps with any lubricant we want or need. The site will usually already have a food-grade lubricant and make some cartridges available to us and we just put it into the pump,” Ladewig said.
Working as the SKF Lincoln Master Distributor for the New Zealand region, JSG Industrial NZ works exclusively with selected distribution partners to offer a complete package to their respective industries.
One such partner is Applied Industrial Technologies, a market leader in the supply of bearings and power transmission products, this affords their network with a wealth of knowledge and relationships within the region.
The alignment between Applied Industrial Technologies and JSG NZ offers a unique approach to providing engineered solutions such as Automatic Lubrication Systems to the Food and Beverage industry.
Applied will utilise their relationships within the market to confidently speak about how SKF Lincoln lubrication systems can solve their maintenance problems and include JSG when the task requires the technical expertise with system design, project management and service and repairs.
An example of such collaboration was a recent system installation at a Cheese Processing factory. The site utilised an expensive food-grade grease and required the pump and controller to be housed in a full stainless-steel cabinet.
The company will also help a customer work out the return of investment on JSG Industrial systems and applications by calculating a range of factors including bearing turnover.
“We look at how many bearings the company is buying, which indicates how often they have bearing failure,” said Ladewig.
“We also look at how much the labour to fix a machine would cost and we look at the loss of production for the times the machines are down. We also look at the cost of labour for a person to run around with a grease gun and manually lubricate these points.”
On top of this, JSG also calculates the amount of grease a customer buys each year and then from these figures the company gives the customer a ballpark idea of how long it will be until the machine had paid for itself through the reduction in these costs.