Baldor Dodge’s Best Products

Baldor Dodge’s Best Products

More than one hundred years and three generations after its founding, family owned and operated Bush Brothers & Company is the largest manufacturer of prepared beans in the country.

Their Chestnut Hill, Tenn. plant produces millions of cans per week in a state-of-the-art facility that underwent a complete overhaul in 2004.

Michael Rife, the plant’s maintenance planner and buyer, helped plan and implement the plant expansion “We had the opportunity to travel around the country, visiting the best plants in all types of industries,” says Rife. “After our research, it was clear to us that if we wanted our plant to be among the best, we needed to specify Baldor, Reliance and Dodge products.

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Rife says that you’ll find a variety of Baldor Reliance motors throughout the plant, from standard washdown duty, to paint-free and all-stainless steel motors. “We wanted Baldor, Reliance and Dodge products because we knew these products would provide long term performance despite the demanding high speed applications and the harsh washdown conditions.”

As the plant continues to expand production to meet the growing demand for Bush’s Best, the motors, gear reducers and bearings are still performing. “We chose products based on what we felt was a good TCO strategy,” explains Rife. “It’s a nice feeling to be able to look back and know that we made the right choices.

“When it comes to motors we get the performance and long life we want in all these designs,” says Rife. “I have always been strong on Baldor Reliance motors, I like them and I’m very happy with all of the units we have in the facility. Both inside and out, it’s just a better motor, it lasts and that’s exactly what we are looking for.”

Maintenance free is another reason why Rife is satisfied with the product choices they have made. “I like the Dodge TIGEAR-2TM reducers because I don’t need to change the oil – the product comes with the oil already in it and all I have to do is take it out of the box and put it on,” explains Rife. “They’ll run forever and the lack of required maintenance on this product saves me a lot of time.”

In addition to no maintenance, Rife also says that TIGEAR-2 reducers can handle the harsh working conditions.

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“These units run in a corrosive environment,” says Rife. “There is the bean juice, the cleaning chemicals, and the high pressure washdown – it’s all very tough on these products. But we have very good luck with them.” The bearing of choice in the plant is the Dodge E-Z KLEENTM. “We chose the polymer-housed ball bearings because they can take the washdown and still perform and look good,” comments Rife. “We do try to take care of them with a good vibration analysis program, but this is a very good product and we just don’t lose bearings.

“I feel really good about the motors and mechanical products that we use and I plan on sticking with them,” says Rife. They are easy to install, easy to maintain and they last. I’ve been doing this a long time and have seen these products perform – I’ve got no problem recommending these products to anyone else.”

Even if you don’t know beans about food production, IBT can help you select the right bearings, gearing and electric motors for your plant. Ask your IBT sales rep or write to us.


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