30 March, 2017

Measure to improve energy efficiency

22 March, 2017

Compressed air accounts for 10% of an industrial company’s electricity bill and for some can be far more. Knowing the system’s actual cost will help you justify targeted action to make your system more efficient, states Marion Beaver, technical officer, BCAS.


BCAS appoints new president

15 February, 2017

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has appointed James Maziak, managing director of Maziak Compressor Services, as its 56th president. He takes over the role from Andy Jones, managing director of Mattei Compressors, who has held the position for the past two years. Maziak will continue to ensure that the society evolves to meet the needs of both its members and compressed air end-users.


Who is competent?

15 February, 2017

Exactly what is meant by a ‘competent person’ when referring to the drawing up and certifying of written schemes of examinations under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000?


Pressure and Leak Testing Guide

15 February, 2017

BCAS has produced its new ‘Pressure and Leak Testing from Compressed Air Systems’ guides, which can be downloaded from www.bcas.org.uk.


Whitepaper to reduce energy consumption

09 December, 2016

BCAS has launched a 16-page whitepaper ‘Reducing Energy Consumption from Compressed Air Usage’ for energy and plant managers responsible for the performance of a compressed air system.


Free Food Guide

09 December, 2016

BCAS has made its ‘Food and Beverage Grade Compressed Air – Best Practice Guideline’ a free download from its website www.bcas.org.uk. It would previously have cost £50.00.


Inspiring children to be an engineer

09 December, 2016

The Rogers Knight Award to recognise engineers who work with teachers to inspire pupils about a future in industry has been won by Angus MacRae, senior engineer at Unity Partnership. The award was created by the Primary Engineer organisation in partnership with BCAS to commemorate the life and work of Rogers Knight, a past president of BCAS.


ISO11011 – correctly serviced

25 October, 2016

By Marion Beaver, technical officer, BCAS. (pictured)


Brexit opportunities

22 September, 2016

Now that business is settling down following the EU Referendum, it is time to turn our attention to the future so that the compressed air industry can make the most of any opportunities.


Work safe

22 September, 2016

Used responsibly compressed air is a vital commodity to industry, but used incorrectly it can pose a serious health and safety hazard.


Train to gain

22 September, 2016

With compressed air used in many thousands of applications across the globe, it is essential that operators have a thorough understanding of its uses and risks to ensure that they operate it properly and safely.


Survey to improve standards

18 August, 2016

If you are an end user of compressed air, how important to you is it that your maintenance provider uses genuine parts or that your equipment supplier outlines your health and safety and legal considerations?


New technical officer

18 August, 2016

BCAS has appointed Marion Beaver as its new technical officer. The role is key to BCAS’s work with the UK government, European and other overseas institutions in representing the industry on proposed energy and environmental legislation and Beaver brings a wealth of experience, gained over more than 30 years in production, engineering technology and energy consultancy roles.


Brexit – what’s next?

18 August, 2016

Following the Brexit outcome, what is next for compressed air users? BCAS reports that its members are already reporting a more cautious approach to business. The Society adds that what is clear is end users and suppliers of compressed air need to come together if they are to make the most of any opportunities.


Standardising energy audits for compressed air

10 June, 2016

Until recently there was no process-specific standard for assessing the energy efficiency of compressed air systems. Here Dean Abbott, technical officer for BCAS argues that the application of ISO 11011 could save you a lot of money on your bottom line.


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