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Continuously monitoring medical compressed air

21 August, 2015

With a system that was specifically developed for monitoring the compressed-air quality in the medical field, the compressed-air system company Beko Technologies extends its Metpoint measuring equipment family. The new device for the continuous quality assurance of breathing air monitoring includes state-of-the-art features such as a daily auto calibration and measuring-gas humidification for the increased operational reliability and long-term stability of the measuring cells.

Boge helps Eden Project bring dinosaurs to life

21 August, 2015

Boge Compressors, the supplier of industrial compressed air systems, is helping dinosaurs at the Eden Project roar this summer thanks to its frequency controlled C30F screw compressor.

Atlas Copco aims to boost on-site nitrogen generation with NGP+

17 June, 2015

Atlas Copco has launched the NGP+ on-site nitrogen generator. According to the company, NGP+ can be simply plugged into an existing compressed air network to produce nitrogen of up to 99.999 per cent purity. Atlas Copco adds that when combined with its latest energy efficient compressors, an on-site nitrogen installation including the NGP+ generator can offer significant benefits compared with reliance on nitrogen from cylinders.

Beverage firm slashes compressed air consumption by 45 per cent

17 June, 2015

Air blowing activities consume almost half of all compressed air used in plants, an often unrecognised burden on a business’s resources. However, Hangzhou Hongsheng Beverage Group has seen a substantial 45 per cent reduction in compressed air consumption due to a new air saving solution.

Gast Group launches rocking piston-based Jun-Air systems

29 April, 2015

Gast Group – the designer and manufacturer of precision air products and member of IDEX Corporation’s Health & Science Technologies division – has launched 86/87R Series Systems, a brand new Jun-Air range of oil-less rocking piston-based compressed air systems.

A bright future

29 April, 2015

Trevor Davison, chairman of TFG Group, Gardner Denver’s largest, independent distributor and the biggest distributor of compressed air products in the UK, explores what the future holds for today’s engineering product distributors and shares his thoughts on how investing in skills and training now, will pay dividends in the long term.

Thermo Kit aimed at boosting compressor energy recovery

29 April, 2015

Atlas Copco is aiming to rapidly increase the adoption of compressor energy recovery with the launch of an all-in-one kit that simplifies integration with a building’s central heating and hot water system. The revolutionary Thermo Kit is a complete package of energy recovery components that can be installed quickly and easily to provide the user with a highly efficient source of supplementary hot water at no additional cost.

Towable compressors are compact, powerful and energy efficient

02 April, 2015

Providing a dependable, efficient and environmentally-friendly source of quality compressed air in a compact, towable unit are the important benefits of two new portable compressors introduced by HPC Kaeser. Compact and simple to operate, the M114 and M115 portable compressors are both powered by 85kW engines and deliver similar free air deliveries up to 9.7 m³/min (342 cfm) at 10 bar.

Boge saves €60k for leading packaging provider

02 April, 2015

A world-leading paper-based packaging company has made significant cuts in costs by installing a Boge SLF 125 compressor. The company has estimated that at least €60k per annum is being saved in energy consumption and maintenance since installation.

Training with Beko Technologies

02 April, 2015

Beko Technologies is offering training days to give people an opportunity to increase their knowledge on a variety of topics including oil-free air, measurement technology, air treatment, condensate management – plus up and coming new products from Beko.

CompAir compressors ensure maximum productivity for TT Solutions & Interiors

02 April, 2015

TT Solutions & Interiors Ltd., a manufacturer of bespoke and modular furniture, is experiencing greater production reliability thanks to a compressed air system supplied by Gardner Denver (CompAir) distributor, BCAS Limited.

Holroyd at China Refrigeration 2015

06 March, 2015

Holroyd Precision Components will be showcasing its screw and compressor rotor design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities at China Refrigeration 2015 – the International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning, Heating and Ventilation – to be held from 8th – 10th April at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

Chicago Pneumatic launches new portable compressors in Europe

06 March, 2015

International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic has introduced new versions of its CPS 11.0 (7 bar) and CPS 11-12 (12 bar) portable compressors for the European market. The powerful compressors feature EU compliant Stage 3B engines and a new electronic control panel which is said to make them easy for users to operate, monitor and service.

Metpoint OCV makes the quality of compressed air visible

24 February, 2015
Metpoint OCV offers precision measurement technology for all industrial sectors, where compressed air plays an important part in the production process and real-time monitoring of compressed air quality is process critical. Even ‘oil-free’ components are no guarantor for ‘oil-free’ compressed air, ambient air/ intake air have a big impact on achieving oil free air. In most cases, a certain residual oil content cannot be entirely avoided in standard applications. Therefore, more precise monitoring of the oil vapour content, which is possible at any time is important. Crucial factor Especially in critical production processes of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, in food production and surface engineering, the analysis, validation and control of compressed-air quality is a crucial factor. The Metpoint OCV continuously monitors and documents the residual oil content of the flowing compressed air. Even the smallest amounts of oil in the compressed-air will be detected and reliably determined. Time-intensive sampling and costly laboratory analyses are no longer required. The provided data gives early notice on the possible contamination of pipework and products. When critical points are reached in the system, the user is will be able to react immediately to deviations in a proactive manner. The Metpoint OCV thus helps prevent damage to machines and plant, avoids high repair and reject costs and, not least, damage to products and therefore consumer confidence. Key advantages According to Beko Technologies, key advantages of Metpoint OCV include: • Measurement of the residual oil content down to ranges of mere thousandths of mg/m³. • TÜV-certified system in accordance with ISO 8573. • Continuous monitoring, 24/7 process reliability. • High data precision. • Direct indication of deviations, short reaction times. • Network-compatible, with touchscreen display. • Pay back usually within the first year. www.beko-technologies.co.uk

Mark MSM compressor aids disabled engineering solutions unit

22 February, 2015
MERU produces a range of disability equipment solutions to meet individual needs. There are many ‘off the shelf’ items in the catalogue, however MERU specialises in the design and build of bespoke equipment for children. While upgrading its production facility, the organisation required an improved compressed air set-up, which led it to Mark Compressors’ Full Feature unit. The installation of a new CNC machine at MERU’s Epsom design offices and workshops, replacing the existing lathes for the milling of metal parts, meant that the quality of air supplied by the old, struggling, piston compressor was just not good enough for the new demands. “The CNC machine needs pure, dry air to operate it,” said Gary Scarlett, chief design engineer and facilities manager. “Therefore, we looked for a compressor and dryer combination which could provide that need.” At the same time it was decided to completely re-spec the compressor to fulfil a number of new requirements. The air-output capacity needed to be increased because there would now be occasions when the CNC machine would be running at the same time as a sandblaster and other air tools. Certain plastic-moulded parts require that there is no moisture contamination and so, once again, the need for dry air was paramount. While 7-8 bar is the constant pressure needed, it was decided to go for a machine with a capacity of 10 bar to cover any contingency situations. The arrival of the CNC machine meant a need for continuous air supply, so reliability became a key issue, since any interruption to the air supply would mean a complete re-set of the task programmed into the CNC. All these points were coupled with a need for a quieter machine, while still retaining a small footprint to suit the area where it was to be located. After looking into a number of options, Scarlett and his team opted for a Mark MSM 4kW DX compressor, including a dryer, integrated as a receiver-mounted combination. This fulfilled all the requirements, giving 100 per cent dry air and a noise level as low as 62 dB(A). As one member of the team remarked, “Compared to the old banging piston machine, we hardly know the Mark compressor is running. It’s a real joy not to have that thumping sound in the corner of our otherwise quiet workshops.” In addition to the specialist design engineering team, the workforce at Epsom is supplemented by both engineering students on work-experience placements and a number of volunteers. MERU was founded in 1973 as a charity by William Bond, a senior lecturer in design engineering, and Trefor Llewelyn- Bowen, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, who were both concerned at the lack of clinical facilities that could provide equipment for disabled children. They saw that some children have disabilities so complex that no available ‘off-the-shelf’ equipment met their needs. Working towards providing answers to these problems is still the driving vision at MERU and the organisation works closely in consultation with medical teams, considering individual cases and providing products to meet each specific brief. The result has seen some extremely innovative solutions, among them a powered indoor chair called Bugzi. This allows the severely disabled to move themselves around at an early age, substituting the equivalent of movement that a child would normally have at the crawling or early walking stages of development. Bugzi is one of the main products in evidence when touring the production facility, and it was to meet the demand for increased numbers of chairs that led to the installing of this new range of equipment. However, many other important items have been developed by the team, including travel seats for use on aircraft, arm guards, grab bars and flexible gadget stands, which allow perfect positioning of a device, such as a phone or iPad. www.markcompressors.com

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