The full 2021 agenda

Times & sessions are preliminary and subject to change.

08:30 - 09:25

Registration, teas & coffees, table-top exhibition opens

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome & Opening Address

An introduction to AirUser live delivered by the IP&E portfolio editorial team.

09:30 - 10:00

Compressed air energy best practice

Vanda Jones, Executive Director, British Compressed Air Society

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.

10:00 - 10:30

The behavioural aspects of using compressed air in removing swarf/chips and metal working fluids

Claire Bailey MSc | Higher Scientist (Microbiology), HSE Science and Research Centre

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?

10:30 - 11:15

Achieving oil free compressed air

Martin Potter - Managing Director, Beko Technologies
Matthew Harrison (Sales Manager UK & Ireland, Beko Technologies

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.

11:15 - 11:30

Tea & Coffee Break, Exhibition

11:30 - 12:00

Best practice for the design and installation of a pressure system

Jake Lake - Technical Manager, British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA)

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.
12:00 - 12:30

Compressed air training - Do you know what is available?

Roy Brooks, Technical Development Officer, British Compressed Air Society

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.

12:30 - 13:00

Energy Conservation: Utilising Ultrasound to reflect the true value of Compressed Air Leaks

Christopher Hallum, UE Systems’ Regional Manager for the UK & Ireland

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.

13:00 - 14:00

Delegate Lunch & Table-top Exhibition

14:00 - 14:30

Paving the way for energy management for small blowers and vacuum pumps

Dr Adrienne Houston, Company Director, Eurovacuum Products

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

14:30 - 15:00

Selecting compressed air purification to ISO Quality Standards

Steven Smith, Director, Hi-line Industries

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

15:00 - 15:15

Tea & Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45

Women In Industry

Meltem Middleton-Duff, UK director of Hertz Kompressoren UK

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.

15:45 - 16:15

Compressed air heat recovery

Michael Pingram, product specialist, oil free air compressors, Atlas Copco UK

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.

16:15 - 16:45

Under Pressure? Understanding the PSSR

Roy Brooks, Technical Development Officer, British Compressed Air Society

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.



"CS Instruments provides measuring technology to produce compressed air more energy efficiently, and to control the quality according to ISO 8573. We want to introduce our self, connect and exchange with each other regarding to the topic of compressed air. We believe AirUser Live will provide a valuable platform in helping us accomplish this." Florian Buchner – Product Manager, CS Instruments

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