Weldco-Beales Mfg. Embraces the Future of Bluetooth® Smart-Tag Technology

Since 1945, Weldco has been your trusted partner in heavy steel industrial product design, manufacturing, service, and support. We have attributed our success to our unwavering commitment to our customers and our dedicated efforts and investments in product innovation and technology. We are proud to share an exciting new product announcement:

Weldco Tech, the newest division of the Weldco-Beales Mfg. (WBM), is excited to introduce their newly patent-pending product, the Weldco Smart-Tag: the future of Bluetooth® attachment tracking.

Customer satisfaction is paramount to Weldco, and we have recognized the many value-added capabilities that this Bluetooth® technology can bring to the table.

  • Smart-Tags are pre-loaded with key WBM attachment information: Serial Tag Data, Parts Books, Installation & Maintenance Guides and Pre-Ship images.
  • Beyond static embedded attachment information, customers can also track their attachment’s movement, current location with secure & encrypted access via Weldco Smart-Tag App. Automated shipping notifications can also be enabled with those participating customers who wish to take advantage of the technologies interface with our manufacturing facilities.
  • In addition to asset tracking, the Smart-Tag brings real-time condition monitoring data to track your mining equipment and components. By strategic placement of the Smart-Tag we can collect key data such as temperature, G-Force impact, and cycle times.

All attachments manufactured by WBM are now equipped with Smart-Tags.  For more information, visit www.weldcotech.com or ask your WBM representative for more information about Weldco Smart-Tags and the Smart-Tag App.


COVID-19 Communication

July 5, 2021 Update:

Provincial health authorities have started to relax Covid-19 restrictions. Despite this, we will continue to follow the established protocols Weldco put in place until (at minimum) September 3, 2021. This includes the wearing of masks within the workplace, completing the pre-work health screening questionnaire, limiting gatherings, and maintaining social distancing where possible.

As we start to welcome back more administrative team members into the office environment, we are committed to minimizing the potential risk of a Covid-19 infection. We prefer to err of the side of caution over the next couple of months rather than take any unnecessary risks.

Optimism is growing that a return to “normal” is very close. As an organization we have adapted extremely well to the disruptions of the pandemic. We have embraced some new best practices that will likely get adopted as our new go forward standard operating procedure. These will be formalized over the next few weeks before being implemented.

Once again, thank you for your commitment to keep yourself and our staff safe.

March 20, 2020 Update:

To our Valued Dealers and Partners, 

We, like you, are quickly adapting to the changing pandemic environment. During this time we are committed to communicating regularly with you the actions we are taking to respond.

The current effort to flatten the infection curve to minimize the impact on our healthcare system is critical. We all play a role in this, and we are taking it very seriously.

To this end, Weldco has implemented the following steps to ensure the well-being of those we work with:

  • We implemented a return to work policy for all employees who travelled outside of Canada that requires self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Employees are to stay home if they experience any sign of illness.
  • Social distancing practices are implemented in the office, shop and common areas.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of our workplace is being conducted.
  • Visitor screening protocols is being enforced.
  • Our Outside Account Managers are not visiting our customers in person, but are committed to support them by phone, e-mail, text or video conference.
  • Office and admin staff able to work remote have been deployed to work from home.

All our Weldco-Beales Manufacturing facilities are operating at the current time, which includes Edmonton (Alberta), Langley (British Columbia) and Barrie (Ontario).  Our Oil Sand repair and refurbishment shop in Fort McKay (Alberta) is also fully operational.

We will pull through this by working together and following the directions mandated by our health experts. Let’s all continue to:

  • Practice Social Distancing
  • Self-isolate if feeling sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching the face

Take care,

Darren Lunt,
President, Weldco Companies


Product Improvement: Wheel Loader Mat Grapple

WBM is committed to continuous growth and new opportunities, not only through best practices and processes, but through our dedication to ongoing product improvement.

The improved “Max-View” WBM Mat Grapple for wheel loaders is used to remove and place mats, which protect the environment and extend the construction season. This enables safe access for crews and heavy equipment.

This Mat Grapple has enhanced visibility for the operator, with increased structural strength, holding capacity and improved stability. Hoses are routed under the cylinders to minimize damage, and the bolt-on cover provides extra protection to hoses and jump hose connections.

Check out our website for a full listing of the new features »


Weldco Companies celebrates 75 Years

In 1945, Gordon Reelie founded Weldco in post-war Vancouver, on a prime downtown spot on 2nd Avenue. From a humble welding shop whose name said it all (welding + company = Weldco) came the impressive corporation we know today that designs and manufactures specialized heavy equipment attachments for OEMs and their Dealers.

Weldco expanded to Edmonton in the early 1970s, and in the 1980s, officially named Edmonton as its head office and merged with Beales Steel Products. The Vancouver operation eventually moved to Langley in 1991, and the next expansion was in Barrie, Ontario in 2006.

Although our roots were set in the growing forestry sector of British Columbia, we began to offer heavy equipment dealers specialized attachments in the construction, resource, mining, scrap recycling and road maintenance industries, spanning across North American, Europe, Asia and South America. Additionally, we are the only Canadian manufacturer of truck-mounted cranes, competing with some of the largest crane manufacturers in the world while earning market share leadership in Western Canada.

Product Innovation

A high level of engineering and design goes into our product mix. Tolerances have become significantly tighter as the equipment our attachments work with has evolved over the years, which works well for us, as we have built our reputation on providing in-house, engineered solutions. Our dedicated engineering teams at all manufacturing facilities ensures that we continue to meet and exceed regional design expectations.

We are in the business of making our customers more successful. We appreciate and respect the trust of our customers who depend on our products, services and technology to add value to their business. The significant investments we’ve made in smart technology, manufacturing processes, raw material sourcing, engineering and new product development have allowed us to stay competitive in a very demanding industry.

Weldco has also been extremely fortunate to work with such amazing suppliers and service providers; they play an integral role in the daily operations of all our branches. Not only have we seen the long-term benefits of investing in partnerships with key suppliers, but we owe much of our continued success to maintaining these important relationships.

Community Focused

Weldco continues to make a difference in the communities we serve and we support many organizations including but never limited to: the United Way, NAIT, the Canadian Centre for Welding & Joining, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, CURE Foundation, Prostate Cancer Canada, Children’s Aid Society, local Food Banks, and The Terry Fox Foundation.

Weldco Companies is also a proud member of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC). This organization represents the Inuvialuit of the North West Arctic and is a 100% Inuvialuit-owned for-profit holding company. IDC has cultivated a diversified, growth-oriented portfolio as the business arm of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). Weldco is committed to giving the Inuvialuit beneficiaries access to employment opportunities.

Future Focused

In addition to being ISO 9001:2015 certified in the Edmonton branch, which speaks to the commitment we have made to quality and safety across our brands, our management team is committed to best practices to protect our staff and our customers.

We work together to build a culture that empowers our team and focuses on results. This strong culture is rooted in safety and is the backbone to our success. Our famous quote: “We will conduct our business on the principle that our work is never so urgent or important that we cannot take time to do it safety,” speaks volumes in our continuous commitment to our employees.

Each team member trusts in one another and everyone challenges each other to be better, knowing that everyone plays a critical role in the future success of Weldco regardless of position or title. Understanding the needs of customers and the values of the team have been the key to Weldco’s 75 years of success.


Weldco’s Edmonton Facility Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Weldco-Beales Manufacturing (WBM) recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for its Edmonton facility, proving the company’s ongoing commitment to quality.

 

 

 

 

 

ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which is comprised of a team of experts who develop various standards to ensure the safety, reliability, and quality of products and services. ISO 9001:2015 is the most recent standard that refers to quality management. This certification signifies that WBM’s quality management system meets the specified requirements with effective processes in order to continuously meet and enhance customer satisfaction.

ISO Standards are recognized and requested by customers worldwide. Although it is not required in the attachment manufacturing industry, certification is required in other industries such as automotive manufacturing. Maintaining certification requires evolving procedures to consistently meet customer, statutory, and regulatory requirements in all products and services provided.

This certification further reinforces the Weldco Companies Quality Policy:

Our most important measure of quality is the satisfaction of our customers.

We will maintain their full confidence in Weldco Companies as the premier manufacturer and repairer of heavy equipment attachments and cranes.

The achievement of the quality objectives will be determined by our resources, our organization and above all our attitude towards quality.

Our quality objectives are designed to challenge our organization through continual improvement, innovative ideas in consultation with our customers and suppliers, while maintaining high quality

standards in a safe and healthy work environment.

Going forward, Weldco looks forward to certifying its other branches in Langley, Barrie, and Fort McKay, while maintaining certification at the Edmonton branch. The company will always strive for unparalleled excellence in providing safe, high quality manufactured solutions to the industry and its customers.

Click here for more information on the International Organization for Standardization.


2018 Leaders Award Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Business in Edmonton 2018 Leaders Award Winners, including Darren Lunt, President of Weldco Companies!

Each winning leader was assessed on various criteria and selected by an independent panel of judges. This award especially recognizes Darren’s determination to constantly enhance business, contribute to the community, and provide guidance to young professionals.

Anybody who has worked with Lunt would unanimously agree that this award is very well-deserved. He is actively involved in supporting the Weldco team to ensure continuous improvement in customer, employee, and community satisfaction. His clear vision is what guides employees and his proactive encouragement is what keeps them going.

Click here to learn about each 2018 Leaders Award Winner and see Darren’s feature on page 32.

Click here to view Darren’s Business in Edmonton video.

 


Tough Attachments Built for Tough Environments

This WBM Cable Reeler is ready to ship back to the customer after being given a second life. Often, when a WBM attachment outlives its original carrier, our team can make any necessary adjustments to fit-up to the next one. 

Not only have WBM attachments been known to live through more than one carrier at times, but there have also been cases when a WBM attachment survives (with barely a scratch) a machine-destroying crash or roll over. At Weldco-Beales Manufacturing, customers can be confident that they will always receive the highest quality product, built tough to endure even the harshest conditions. Each attachment is designed and manufactured to provide enhanced durability and performance so you get the best long-lasting return from your product.