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BCAS update (March 2013)

24 March, 2013

Ecodesign study on air compressors

Sustainable industrial policy aims in particular at developing a policy to foster environmental and energy efficient products in the internal market. The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC is the cornerstone of this approach.
The product group Compressors was identified as priority group in the first iteration of the Ecodesign Working Plan (period 2009-2011). In order to investigate the appropriateness of measures a study (preparatory study) is undertaken that proves the viability, feasibility and effectiveness of such measures. Throughout this process stakeholder consultation is ensured.
The preparatory study for Compressors followed from a call for tenders ENER/C3/413-2010, in which the scope of this preparatory study is described as: Lot 31 – Products in motor systems outside the scope of the Lot 30 and the Regulation 640/209 on electric motors, in particular compressors, including small compressors, and their possible drives.
The first Stakeholder Meeting will be held on 14 March 2013 at the DIAMANT Building, Brussels (the home of Pneurop)
After a welcome and introduction by Pneurop, host of the meeting, the following presentations will be given:
·         Task 1 (Product Definition) and Task 2 (Economics and Market) by study author.
·         Work progress for Task 3 (Consumer Behaviour and Local Infrastructure).
·         Presentation of Task 4 (Technical Analysis of Existing Products).
The meeting will then hold a discussion of key issues and next tasks. BCAS is actively involved as a Stakeholder and presents the views of its members to the meeting. For further information or if you wish to attend the meeting, email technical@bcas.org.uk
Essential Management Skills for Engineers Conference
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has organised the next Essential Management Skills for Engineers conference – co-sponsored by BCAS – for 24 to 26 April 2013 at Keele University, Staffordshire. The conference is designed by developing engineers to meet the day-to-day demands of fellow professionals.
This three-day conference enables delegates to develop the skills to further their careers through a combination of:
·         Keynote lectures.
·         Interactive skills workshops.
·         Business management exercise.
·         Technical visits.
AS BCAS is a co-sponsor of this event, all BCAS members benefit by discounted rates – entry charged at IMechE member price. If you have any queries contact:
Emma Fox
Events Executive Assistant
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ
T: +44 (0)20 7973 1291
F: +44 (0)20 7222 9881
Spring Conference
The BCAS Spring conference will be held on Tuesday 21 May 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, so please put the date in your diary. The event is free for all BCAS Members, although non-members are welcome to attend and see BCAS in action. The delegate fee for non-members is £75, this is refunded if they apply for membership after the conference and their application is accepted.
The Spring conference will follow the format that has proved popular with delegates, starting with a networking breakfast from 8:30am before expert guest speakers take to the floor and present a range of topics requested by members. The conference finishes at 1pm with lunch.
Competent Examiner Course
A unique five-day course, run on demand throughout the year in Sheffield. The course is for compressed air engineers leading to a BCAS certificate in compressed air system testing and examination. It provides both knowledge-based and practical ‘hands on’ non-destructive testing techniques required for those who conduct examinations under the Written Scheme of Examination, required by the Pressure Systems Regulations 2000:128 - Compressed Air Systems.
The Competent Examiner course fees are: BCAS Members £1250 and for non-members £2145 and VAT applies at the current rate to all fees. If you have any questions or would like to enrol anyone for this course contact technical officer Greg Bordiak at the BCAS office.

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