Monday, May 15, 2017

Keeping Up-to-Date with the Latest Trends in Material Handling

Material handling equipment represents an integral part of the supply chain of diverse industries for storage, control and movement of items, from the raw material stage to the distribution of finished products. The rising need for global production companies to automate operations, and foster flow of goods in an efficient manner is the key force driving growth in the material handling equipment market. According to a report from Global Industry Analysts, the global market for material handling equipment is projected to reach $134.8 billion by 2020, driven by the growing emphasis on production automation.

As technology continues to evolve in leaps and bounds, the integration of some of the latest tech is becoming a major part of our everyday lives. In the material handling industry, there is a constant push to be faster, more accurate, and more efficient.

Wearable Technology

While not a new idea in material handling, the evolution of wearable tech in recent years now allows the worker and warehouse to be more agile and functional than ever before. Wearable computers and headsets for voice picking have been in use for decades. However, the next-generation wearables, including smart watches and smart glasses, offer even greater agility.

Instead of a worker needing to scan material using a wrist or hand scanner, the glasses could scan a barcode when the worker looks at it, removing steps from the process. They can also be used to display items and quantities needed, removing the need for checklists while at the same time scanning items picked to ensure they are the correct item. Smart watches could talk to RFID tags in pallets, logging what is being moved. Instead of a worker needing multiple devices, these watches and glasses also incorporate microphones and earpieces, allowing the user to communicate or receive verbal communications while on the move.

The Internet of Things

Visibility and trackability has always been an area where retailers have aimed to improve, and as the Internet of Things grows, it provides incredible promise as far as improving these aspects. RFID tags allow improved tracking and monitoring, as well as improving the efficiency of picking and packing at the warehouse level. Real-time data can be analyzed to improve operations on the fly, instead of waiting for reports and summaries later.

We invite you to look at these and other trends, and to take in the latest in packaging and processing technology for Latin America and the world at Expo Pack Guadalajara 2017, running from June 13 through June 15. One of the largest expos of its kind, it will feature manufacturers focused on the material handling industry from around the world. Our team from PEER Bearing will be in attendance as well – come visit us at Booth 2530!

One of the major industries we serve at PEER Bearing is the material handling industry, producing ball and roller bearing systems that are reliable, efficient, and adaptable. Contact us to see how we can help meet your material handling needs, and make sure to connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest goings-on.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Recent Accomplishments: An Update from PEER Bearing

We are excited to share our recent honor as recipients of the John Deer Supplier Excellence Award, as well as achieving ISO 9001:2015 Certification to match the newest industry standards. As a leading manufacturer and supplier worldwide of ball and roller bearings to target sectors, we realize the benefits that these updates have for our customers, in addition to our company.

The John Deere Supplier Excellence Award recognizes PEER Bearing for providing exceptional product and service quality, as well as committing to continual improvements, as a Partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The accolade is for the agricultural bearings we provide to John Deere’s operations in Des Moines, Ottumwa, and Moline.

This is our 13th year in a row to receive the John Deere Award, and we are proud to be selected year after year for this designation.

We also recently attained ISO 9001:2015 Certification to meet the updated requirements for quality management systems and quality assurance. The new standard takes into account the significant modifications in technology, diversity in the area of business, and commerce worldwide. 

What This Means for PEER Bearing and Our Clients

These updates have advantageous results for all involved. For our team, receiving the award tells us that we are on track in our efforts to provide the best bearings and services possible to customers. We take the same wholehearted approach with John Deere as we do with all other clients.

As for the higher certification, it keeps us accountable to the highest industry standards. As a result, our customers can count on receiving only top-quality products and services from us every time, regardless of the project size. Both updates demonstrate PEER Bearing’s commitment to excellence and reliability, as well as our dedication to improving ourselves.

At PEER Bearing, we look forward to continuing to manufacture and supply a diverse line of bearings for various industries, including agricultural, electrical, industrial transmission, material handling and off-highway. Contact us today for dependable ball and roller bearing solutions for your next project.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Introducing New PEER Bearing Mower Deck Spindle

Having reliable and durable equipment is necessary in lawn and garden maintenance. Any number of factors can damage equipment, so it’s important for manufacturers to create components that can stand up to pressure and environmental hazards. For this reason, PEER Bearing took an in-depth look at mower deck spindle assemblies to see how they could be improved upon. In the end, we came up with a robust solution that will increase the life of a mower deck spindle.

Our first task was to identify factors that would impact the functionality of the spindles. We determined that harshly contaminated agricultural environments and debris were a major concern. To combat the issue of contamination, we applied our TURFXTREME seal technology, coupled with specially designed shaft and housing components to block contamination. We also used high-strength ductile iron instead of aluminum for better protection against the impact of debris. The iron provides 60% greater strength than the previous aluminum housings.

In addition, we optimized the load distribution with an increased bearing spread, which should increase the lifespan of the bearings. By making these changes, we’ve designed a mower deck spindle assembly that can withstand tough environmental factors with minimal maintenance. This is a sound investment for equipment buyers, and will greatly improve functionality for workers using this landscaping gear.

For more information about this updated mower deck spindle assembly, check out the information page we have online. To learn more about our products and availability, feel free to contact us or call 1-800-433-7337.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

PEER Bearing Unveils New FLEXWORKS Center

For many companies, it’s common to need a custom bearing solution unlike what’s already available on the market. And because an entirely new product is needed, a short production run is often requested to ensure the right selection was made for the application. Unfortunately, finding a provider that has the flexibility to run smaller, customized jobs can be difficult.
For this reason, PEER Bearing has launched our new FLEXWORKS Center so that customers can request modifications to products that are already in stock. This allows for unmatched speed and flexibility in production. Customers also benefit from our expert engineering team that can walk them through product selection and customization options that are available. And because we don’t require large minimum orders, customers can order the amount that they need without getting stuck with excess inventory taking up shop space.
As far as customization options, customers can choose to modify the addition or removal of grease, shields, seals, and machining snap ring grooves. We can also add lubrication holes, bolt holes and cap mounting, in addition to laser etching, boxing, and labeling bulk items for simplicity. The goal of the FLEXWORKS Center is to make bearing selection a more streamlined process no matter what our customers’ needs are. With these new capabilities, we feel that we are achieving that goal.

To learn more about the FLEXWORKS Center for bearing customization, feel free to call us at 1-800-433-7337, or check out our information page online.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gearing Up for World Ag Expo 2017

From February 14-16, 2017, agricultural enthusiasts and suppliers from around the world will gather for the 50th installment of World Ag Expo. The annual event brings together thousands of farmers looking for the latest products, and manufacturers showing off their wares. This is PEER Bearing’s 4th year in attendance, and we look forward to bringing our products to a different market on the West Coast.

For attendees, the show is a great opportunity to learn from the more than 1,500 exhibitors who will be educating the audience about new farm equipment and technology. There will also be a number of educational seminars that appeal to all agribusiness professionals, including many that are devoted to women in agriculture, since this is a growing group in the industry. There will even be marketing seminars to help farmers understand the increasing significance of having an online presence. And because this is a milestone year for the show, there will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration Event with a free concert and fireworks to mark the occasion.

As for equipment, PEER Bearing will be showcasing our full range of AGXTREME products, which include TILLXTREME and SEEDXTREME. These products were designed to accommodate continuous operation and keep up with the toughest demands. They also aim to make things a bit easier on the end-user – as TILLXTREME eliminates the need for relubrication, which reduces downtime and keeps fields cleaner, too. Overall, our products were designed to provide better solutions for manufacturers, and for the end-users who will be buying the finished farm equipment. We’ll be demonstrating the product range at Booth 4500-4501 at World Ag, and look forward to answering any questions visitors may have. If you’d like to get in touch before, during, or after the show, feel free to reach out on Twitter!

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Actionable Winterization Checklist for Farmers

If you are a farm owner or maintain your own homestead, it is essential that you get to work “winterizing” your property and livestock if you haven’t already. Winter is here, and if you’re new to this industry, there are a number of steps you’ll need to complete to keep things running smoothly.

Here is an actionable checklist to follow.

Items to Prepare Your Garden:

ü  Pick up all equipment from the garden, including those needed for irrigation, clean them up and store them away. If you do not do this, odd parts may get stuck in the snow blower.

ü  Construct snow fences in the areas that you want to protect from the worst of the drifts.

ü  Go ahead and sow “cover crops” like oats to ensure that the soil is not exposed to the onslaught of ice.

ü  It is also a good idea to get your soil tested for necessary minerals and trace elements so that you can add the compounds needed to regain nutrient balance for the busy seasons ahead.

Items to Prepare Your Equipment:

ü  Have the shovels and salt ready.

ü  Winterize your tractors by checking the battery, the filters and the level of anti-freeze.

ü  Check and change tires as needed. You don’t want to stay stuck with a flat during precarious and unpredictable winters.

Items to Prepare Livestock:

ü  Clean drinking water for your livestock is essential. This is one of the first things to handle. Maintain a supply that will not require frequent replenishment.

ü  Ensure that your livestock is fully immunized.

ü  Buy enough bedding and feed taking into account adjusted rations for the winter months.

ü  Conduct repairs in the barns. Change the curtains; plug in any gaps from where the chill can creep in, clean fan blades and set-up adequate ventilation.

ü  Buy and stock calf coats and calf supplies, especially if you are expecting births in the cold.

Though it is late in the season to get started, it’s always a good idea to double check your own process and make sure you’re not forgetting any steps. Now’s the time to make any last adjustments before the big freeze sets in.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Why the Manufacturing Sector Needs More Than One Month of Recognition

This October brought the latest installment of Manufacturing Month, kicked off by a very successful Manufacturing Day  on October 7th. The aim of this month-long celebration is to drive awareness to the manufacturing sector by highlighting companies and jobs that many people might not even be aware of otherwise. It also initiates conversations about the challenges facing this sector, and what we can do to solve them.

As a manufacturer and global supplier of bearing products, we are very familiar with the challenges facing not only our own industry, but also those of our customers. The agricultural community in particular is facing an issue felt by manufacturers – an aging workforce and an uninterested generation of potential workers. Farming, like manufacturing, is seen as a dirty, dangerous job that’s reserved for people with little education or other options. What they don’t see, is how far both of these industries have come thanks to new technologies.

Newer, more adaptable robots are being introduced on the shop floor each day. But these robots need highly skilled programmers to guide them. With so many lower level jobs now being automated, the manufacturing sector needs skilled workers to keep the process moving, and to design the next generation of machinery. Similarly, agriculture is seeing a shift as more farms are taking advantage of technology to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. Drones can track livestock and keep an eye on crops, while mobile apps can analyze data and track trends that can influence production. And, of course, there’s the introduction of a self-driving tractor to take some of the burden off farmers.

But how can we get more people interested in these fields? Promoting new innovations and research during Manufacturing Month in October is one way to get the word out. Hosting student groups and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives is another great way to get kids excited about different career opportunities at a young age. Most importantly, we all need to make an effort to draw attention to our work all year round.