ITW and BSC partnership a winning formula for recycling sector

The recycling sector may not have been a core focus for ITW Polymers & Fluids in previous years, but it certainly is now as the industry experiences significant growth. With that growth, comes the need for plant and equipment reliability and uptime.

“We work with the BSC team to support the recycling sector, particularly with our wear and abrasion compounds which keep the equipment typically used in recycling plants working efficiently,” says Jason Richards, ITW Polymers & Fluids’ National Sales Manager for Heavy Industry.

Guided by continuous improvement and sustainable growth – and empowered as a best-option provider of engineered products and related services for industry – the BSC value proposition is as strong as ever. Their partnership with ITW Polymers & Fluids spans many years and is set up for mutual gain.

Combining the creative freedom of a small company with the resources of an international corporation, ITW Polymers & Fluids manufactures quality branded consumable products used in the industrial market segments of Australia and New Zealand.

Steve Keown, National Product Manager Lubricants & Lubrication Equipment at BSC, has

been working with ITW Polymers & Fluids since 2014, providing sales and technical product support, promotional builds, supplier liaison and interaction, brand-to-market processes through BSC business units as well as product and market development. He sees a number of shared benefits in the BSC and ITW Polymers & Fluids trading partnership.

“BSC business units have a close working relationship with the brands sold by ITW Polymers & Fluids, including innovative solutions that level and stabilise valuable vibrating plant and equipment, as well as a full suite of solutions that help maintain longevity and protect these assets from wear and break-down. The Epirez and Devcon products are perfectly suited to recycling plants and provide high quality solutions for our customers,” Steve says.

“Our teams also work closely with ITW Polymer & Fluids staff to provide site surveys, inventory consolidation and problem solving.”

Steve enthuses that the ITW Polymer & Fluids have such a respected name in the industrial space – and are fast-growing in the recycling sector – because their products are high quality, dependable and provide long-term value to plant, equipment and maintenance managers. This complements BSC’s commitment to customers, as the business at its core thrives on adding value to industry.

“BSC services are personalised to satisfy individual customer requirements and project scope. The ITW products meet and exceed expectations, which fits in with our promise to deliver successful solutions to the recycling industry,” says Steve, who adds that BSC have national and regional account managers that leverage the significant branch network for customer benefit.

“Our national accounts product managers, sales representatives, and branch managers support the sales and promotion of products that help ITW Polymer & Fluids excel in the marketplace.”

Jason Richards is currently ITW Polymers & Fluids’ National Sales Manager – Heavy Industry and has previously held various sales and team leadership roles across the business.

“I’ve been with ITW Polymers & Fluids for 14 years,” he says. “Predominantly in the capacity of sales leadership for the account management and channel management teams.”

Supporting customers in the recycling sector, Jason defers to Steve’s expertise to source high-quality solutions.

This involves incorporating products such as ITW Polymers & Fluids’ vibrating machinery stabilising compounds, non-slip floor coatings, concrete repair epoxies and cement systems (Epirez); commonly used in industrial plant facilities. Wear and abrasion epoxies and rubber belt repair urethanes (Devcon) are ideal for material handling equipment.

“Our relationship with BSC started many years ago,” Jason says. “We are a keen supporter of the BSC business and the value they bring to our brands in the market. Our account managers work closely with BSC’s field support personnel to assist, where possible, with the application of specific products.”

Steve says the perks of choosing BSC over other suppliers and service partners comes down to access to an extensive network of sales, engineering and distribution centres and branches Australia-wide.

“BSC provide onsite and shop front presence for our end user customers in the recycling sector to access our wide range of industrial Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) products,” he says.

“Ultimately, BSC has the technical capability to demonstrate the value proposition of our suite of products. ITW Polymers & Fluids values the partnership with SBC as we strive to grow together moving forward.”

With specialised engineering and scientific expertise, bolstered by BSC’s access to quality wear and abrasion products and a national support network, ITW Polymers & Fluids is set to continue growing as a leading manufacturer of quality branded consumable products in the recycling market segment.

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An indestructible lubricant purpose-built for recycling operations

Gulf Western Oil (GWO) has been supplying lubricant solutions to recycling plants for over 30 years, and as such have been able to develop purpose-built products for various applications within the sector.

A major emphasis of the solutions GWO provides for recycling plants has been on reducing the downtime of machinery by creating longer lasting, higher load bearing products. The intention is to enable the services Australia’s recycling plants are now expected to provide, protecting machinery life at the plants, as well as saving clients their money over the course of the year.

The Gulf Western Biodraulic range is a series of hydraulic fluids designed to operate best under high operating temperatures and extended service applications, according to GWO’s Queensland State Manager, Christopher Bright.

The fluids are intended to replace anti-wear, mineral oil-based hydraulic fluids used in hazardous and environmentally sensitive hydraulic applications, offering high performance levels. They enhance the overall hydraulic system operation due to the inherent high level of thermal stability and resistance to oxidation.

The range provides superior oxidation resistance, allowing longer service life, and a high natural viscosity index that ensures “stay in grade viscosity” due to increased resistance to shear down in high-stress applications.

The range also has fire resistant properties, which means if a combustible situation occurs and there is a hydraulic leak, the chance of potential damage to machinery is reduced.

“Imagine a car being crushed, there’s fuel in the line constantly triggering small flames. If you have a line blow on a hydraulic system, a flame could ultimately cause a fire,” explains Bright.

Top Dog Indestructible, is a heavy-duty diesel engine oil containing what Bright describes as “an indestructible additive technology designed to protect high-powered, turbo-charged heavy-duty diesel engines.”

The unique formulation contains performance enhancing and superior wear protection technology that exceeds the requirements of the current lubricant specifications. This allows improved efficiencies, while reducing downtimes within their mixed fleets.

Bright explains that Top Dog Indestructible was designed specifically to alleviate downtime for machinery. “It has the capabilities to last significantly longer so you’re not needing to stop the machine to change the oil so much,” he says.

“It allows for the kind of longevity that saves you from having to change the oil out every 250 hours like standard market offerings,” Inenco Group’s National Product Manager for Lubricants, Steve Keown comments.

“GWO’s longer lasting hydraulic fluids really reduce machinery downtime which, it cannot be emphasised enough, is crucial in this industry.”

In fact, GWO have a specific product within the range, which is designed to last 6000 hours of hydraulic fluid life and, like Top Dog Indestructible, is three times longer than standard offerings on the market in its range.

The product range, Superdraulic Indestructible, is the first of its kind within the Australian market to offer a 6,000-hour oil life. Formulated with full synthetic base oil technology, the latest ultra-sheer stable viscosity modifiers and enhanced levels of anti-wear and antioxidants, Superdraulic Indestructible offers protection for hydraulic systems operating in severe conditions.

Superdraulic Hi Temp is another range of premium grade, high viscosity index, anti-wear hydraulic oils. The range has been formulated specifically for use in hydraulic power or control systems, either mobile or stationary, which are subject to temperature extremes, or are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature.

Due to the superior wear and corrosion protection of the range, it will improve the equipment life of plant machinery. Fluid life is also longer than standard, due to enhanced chemical and thermal stability.

Another feature of the range which Bright says makes recycling plant operators happy is the excellent filterability of the range even when contaminated, thereby preventing filter blockages. This eliminates the need for filter replacement costs and down time.

One of the most important features of GWO products for recycling plants is that they are environmentally sound.

“If you’ve got a machine that blows a hydraulic hose and the oil ends up on the ground, well if its GWO’s biodegradable hydraulic fluid, you don’t end up contaminating that area,” says Bright.

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An environmentally sound oil company?

An environmentally sound oil company? It’s achievable, says Gulf Western Oil.

As with all industries, the wastewater sector relies on the healthy functioning of its machinery, and that requires lubrication.

Oil-based lubricants, however, are generally considered a hindrance to the environment – but Gulf Western Oil (GWO) are working hard to prove this doesn’t have to be the case.

“If you told someone ten years ago that you work for an oil company, well they thought, you don’t look after the environment,” says GWO National Account Manager, Chris Bright.

“But we offset every litre of carbon through our partnership with solar companies and are continually striving to improve our business practices to ensure they are environmentally sound.”

Another initiative that GWO has implemented to mitigate the impact of oil in the environment, is the collection of water from their own facilities to separate contaminants.

“What we do in our own business is we harvest all the water runoffs from the rain from our roofs, and we put it into a separator which removes any contaminants and we keep it in a pit internally. It then gets drained out and taken off to a facility where it will be treated for us.”

GWO are a privately-owned Australian company based in Sydney. Their wastewater collection facility was built in November 2013, in conjunction with the Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

“We built it to the EPA recommendations, so now we’re licensed and tested annually by the EPA to ensure it is environmentally sound.”

This is important, Bright explains, in case there is an incident wherein an oil leak occurs and then its rains.

“We actually have a system in place that if we ever ended up in a scenario where there was an incident, our team is trained to shut off any lines or any material that could potentially  go into the storm water drains around us so that there’d be no chance of contaminating leaks going out onto the roads or anything like that, you’d get no contamination from us in the event of an incident.”

“We’ve been working with the EPA every step of the process and were given the greenlight. Also, our facility gets tested by them annually to make sure we’re still compliant.”

Beyond these internal initiatives, GWO also make environmentally sound products, says Bright.

“We have a large range of hydraulic fluid that is now biodegradable. So, if you have an oil leak, for example, the oil will disperse before it actually becomes bad for the environment.”

CBC’s National Product Manager for Lubricants, Steve Keown, explains further why lubricants are such a critical part of the wastewater treatment process.

“With an array of equipment including gearboxes, pumps, chains, blowers, compressors, slides and guides, as well as the key components of these which includes bearings, it’s important to get the lubrication right so that they function well – especially in severely corrosive environments such as those common to the wastewater industry,” says Keown.

“Reliable lubrication is essential to keeping your plant online and operating efficiently to meet current regulations and budgets.”

“Yet, lubricants are often first off the mark when budget cuts are made,” Keown says, “which is a mistake.”

“Lubricant replenishment costs are relatively minor when compared to the initial infrastructure cost, and the expense and consequences of unplanned equipment failure will not only be inconvenient but can lead to a greater environmental footprint and increased energy usage.”

Keown recommends choosing a lubricants supplier that offers a quality product range but also factors in their environmental impact.

“GWO are renowned as a quality lubricants supplier. They’re also operating in an environmentally-conscious manner, not only with their products but in their practices as a company. It’s commendable.”

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