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Air of expectation

28 February 2014

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) will be at Air-Tech 2014 (8th – 10th April 2014, NEC, Birmingham) and will be using to event to promote its services, including its range of training courses.


BCAS sees the event as an opportunity for its members to network with each other and as a platform for the society to promote its expertise and range of services, both to compressed air suppliers and end users.


The main theme for the society’s stand this year is ‘Insist on BCAS – Be Compliant And Safe.’


Mission 

BCAS actively represents the interests of the compressed air industry to the UK government as well as to many European and other overseas institutions. The society and its members have an active input into all proposed UK and European compressed air systems’ energy and environmental legislation and standards through its membership of the European body PNEUROP, and by its association with the prime voice of the EU engineering industry, ORGALIME.


The society’s mission is for everyone involved in the industry, from manufacturers and distributors through to end-users to ‘insist on BCAS’, to ensure they are compliant and safe in the use of compressed air.


To achieve this, BCAS aims to be the united voice of the UK compressed air industry, serving as the unbiased authority on technical, educational, promotional and other matters that affect the compressed air industry and its customers.


On hand

Chris Dee, BCAS executive director and Greg Bordiak, BCAS technical officer will be on hand to answer questions around the benefits of BCAS membership, and how this extends beyond technical support and training, to wider value-added areas such as the peer review system and AirSAFE registration scheme.


Supplier scheme

When it comes to choosing a compressed air supplier, increasing numbers of end users are looking for the security and expertise that comes with using a BCAS member. One area where this expertise can be demonstrated is in the AirSAFE registration scheme. Using the online system, customers can read reviews on BCAS members’ performance from their industry peers and find a recommended compressed air distributor local to their business.


The system enables customers to make an informed decision on which compressed air supplier to select, based not just on locality or price, but on important factors such as reliability of service, technical expertise, helpfulness and environmental diligence.


In addition to helping consumers make an informed decision on which compressed air supplier to use, feedback also allows BCAS to view the performance of its members and will help to further improve the types and levels of service that the society offers.


Training

The society will also be promoting its range of training courses. These provide the underpinning knowledge needed to ensure that users have the most cost effective and efficient compressed air system. From 'Compressed Air System Technology' to ‘Diploma in Compressed Air Management’ and 'Safe Use of Compressed Air’ to 'Competent Examiner', BCAS handles a wide range of courses, and can tailor its approach to suit individual needs. 


Courses can be conducted online, face-to-face or through distance learning so that users can choose the format that best fits in to their work schedule. 


A selection of literature and training material, including the society’s fact sheets will also on display for visitors to browse and take away.


BCAS conference

BCAS will also be hosting its 2014 Spring Conference at the show. Delegates will be able to enjoy a networking breakfast on arrival, followed by the chance to listen to a range of expert speakers and share views and opinions.


Previous conferences held at the show have often proved to be standing room only, as BCAS members take in presentations on a range of topics covering compressed air legislation, standards, an accredited supplier scheme, marketing opportunities, and plans for the BCAS distributor sector.


For more information, visit www.bcas.org.uk

 
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