The full 2021 agenda
Times & sessions are preliminary and subject to change.
Registration, teas & coffees, table-top exhibition opens
Welcome & Opening Address
An introduction to AirUser live delivered by the IP&E portfolio editorial team.
Compressed air energy best practice
Often referred to as the fourth utility, manufacturers and processors rely on compressed air to power mission critical processes 24/7. However, it is not free and generating compressed air can be very energy intensive, representing between 5-30% of a site’s total electricity bill. this presentation will look at relevant legislation and identify several measures that can be taken to reduce compressed air energy consumption.
The behavioural aspects of using compressed air in removing swarf/chips and metal working fluids
The presentation will outline a recent study summarising the attitudes and feedback of metal machinists towards the use of compressed air guns. Why and when do they use them and what do they understand about the effect on their health and the health of those around them? In addition to this, how do they feel about potential alternatives and what is required for these to be introduced to the workshops?
Achieving oil free compressed air
There is growing demand for higher-quality oil free compressed air, particularly in chemical and process engineering applications. Addressing this, BEKO's prevention will look at what constitutes oil free compressed air and the type of applications that require it.
The session will also provide advice on how oil free compressed air can best be achieved and guidance how to on measure and monitor your compressed air to ensure the required quality is being met.
Tea & Coffee Break, Exhibition
Best practice for the design and installation of a pressure system
BCGA completed (in 2020) a major review of Code of Practice 4, which sets out industry best practice for the design and installation of a pressure system.
Presentation will cover:
- An overview of BCGA
- An understanding of BCGA Code of Practice 4, Gas supply and distribution systems (excluding acetylene)
- Roles and responsibilities for those involved in pressure system design and installation
- Pressure system testing, commissioning and handover to the User.
Compressed air training - Do you know what is available?
Whether you would like to increase your knowledge on compressed air or ensure that you are complying with the latest legislation, the correct training is invaluable in ensuring a safe and efficient operation. This presentation will provide an over-view of the types of training required and how to gain access. Training courses examples will be detailed, along with the benefits to be gained by both the employer and employee.
Energy Conservation: Utilising Ultrasound to reflect the true value of Compressed Air Leaks
In average, industrial facilities lose 30% of the generated compressed air into leaks, causing a huge amount of energy waste. Thus, detecting and repairing compressed air leaks is fundamental in any energy conservation program. Ultrasound technology is the most effective way of finding those leaks, also allowing inspectors to generate extensive Leak Survey reports demonstrating how much those leaks cost and how much can be saved by repairing them.
Delegate Lunch & Table-top Exhibition
Paving the way for energy management for small blowers and vacuum pumps
Vacuum pumps and small air blowers are important components of many manufacturing processes yet it is considered as a dark art. The presentation explores ways to optimally size vacuum pump and how to use set point control. With the drive to reduce and save energy, variable speed drives have opened the way for further process optimisation. The session will provide a simple guide to best practise for selection and installation of vacuum pumps with VSD drives
Selecting compressed air purification to ISO Quality Standards
ISO 8573.1 2010 is the primary documentation from the international standards organisation (ISO, which established the compressed air quality standard to facilitate compressed air systems component selection, design and performance measures.
The presentation will outline the requirements of the Standard and look at the three major compressed air contaminants identified – Particulate, Water and Oil – and categorisation of air quality classes.
Hi-line Industries and other members have worked closely with BCAS to produce a Best Practise Guide ( 216-1),which is available from the BCAS website www.bcas.org.uk
Tea & Coffee Break
Women In Industry
Meltem Middleton-Duff the UK director of Hertz Kompressoren UK will be talking with James Snodgrass, editor of Industrial Plant & Equipment, about the advancement of women in the compressed air industry, and industry in general.
Compressed air heat recovery
Around 10% of all electricity used in industry is accounted for by compressed air systems; more than 90% of this energy is converted to heat, which wasted to the atmosphere through the system’s motor and cooling system, with the majority lost through the compressor’s oil cooler. Recovering this heat can prove invaluable for businesses looking to make efficiency gains. The presentation will look at the various ways heat recovery can be achieved and how to choose the best method for your facility.
Under Pressure? Understanding the PSSR
The aim of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (S.I. 2000 No 128) (PSSR). is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts. The presentation will outline the legal responsibilities for air users and provide guidance on how businesses can ensure a safe and compliant working environment.