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BMTA NEWSLETTER – AUTUMN 2019

BMTA Newsletter Autumn 2019

Welcome to the Autumn issue of the BMTA Newsletter

This is the first of our quarterly BMTA newsletters, aimed at providing a greater depth of information and richer insight into a specific area of interest.

This issue focuses on various features centred on standards at work, covering the genesis, purpose and application of standards within industry and their roles in the production, movement and the sale of goods and services.

To help us provide our BMTA members with useful information we would like your help to:

  • identify and share relevant topics;
  • provide research on new technologies or techniques;
  • let us know industry news;
  • promote events and training sessions;
  • inform us of publications you think may be of interest to your fellow BMTA members. 

Contact us at editor@bmta.co.uk

Laura Vallis
Editor – BMTA Newsletter
editor@bmta.co.uk

THE FEATURES INCLUDE:

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PAGE 2 – EDITOR’S NOTE

PAGE 3 – MEET OUR NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS

PAGE 4 – NEWS

PAGE 18 – HELIUM SHORTAGES – HOW ANALYTICAL LABORATORIES CAN PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Fluctuating global helium levels are causing problems, such as difficulty sourcing helium and increasing costs for the many industries that rely on it. Dr Elinor Hughes, Technical Copywriter at Markes International, discusses how Markes International and SepSolve Analytical have addressed the issue.

PAGE 22 – UPGRADED FACILITY ENHANCES UK FLOW MEASUREMENT STANDARDS

Dr Carl Wordsworth, Head of Water Sector for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory tells us how the upgrade of its water flow testing facility as part of the UK’s national Flow Programme is part of the organisation’s strategy to deliver more effective, economic and sustainable water management. 

PAGE 26 – SUSTAINABILITY AT 3M

In recent years, 3M has committed to sustainability in ever-increasing amounts. David Gurden-Williams of 3M United Kingdom PLC describes how 3M’s sustainability goals have now been aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

PAGE 30 – DEMYSTIFYING NET ZERO

Most manufacturers are aware of the Government’s net-zero target. But being aware is one thing and achieving it is another. Make UK explores the key considerations for manufacturers as they either start or accelerate their net-zero journey.

PAGE 34 – A “BEHIND THE SCENES” LOOK AT FOOD SAFETY CONTROLS

Marta Vaquero, UKAS Accreditation Specialist – Food and Farm Certification, asks how well informed are we about the food safety controls that are applied in each step of the food chain? 

PAGE 36 – ACCREDITED AND NON-ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION 

ABCB looks at certification offered by conformity assessment, or certification, bodies (CABs) which may or may not be accredited by national accreditation bodies (NABs). 

PAGE 38 – HELP SHAPE THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF NPL

As industry adopts increasingly digital technologies, the UK’s National Measurement Institute must continue to develop to support that evolution. Daniel Povey – Higher Research Scientist, Manufacturing Metrology group, at NPL is actively seeking feedback and guidance on how we can best shape our development in the context of industrial digitalisation

PAGE 40 – UNDERSTANDING UKAS DAY RATES – WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CHARGEABLE OFFICE TIME? 

Paul Greenwood, Operations Director, UKAS clarifies the activities included in the UKAS ‘Office time’ invoice category. 

PAGE 44 – BMTA COUNCIL MEMBER PROFILE

Andy Morris MBE, BSc(Open), FInstMC

PAGE 47 – MEMBER NOTICES

To help us provide our BMTA members with useful information we would like your help to:

  • identify and share relevant topics;
  • provide research on new technologies or techniques;
  • let us know industry news;
  • promote events and training sessions;
  • inform us of publications you think may be of interest to your fellow BMTA members.

If you would like to contribute to the next issue of the BMTA Newsletter please contact editor@bmta.co.uk with a brief synopsis.

Equally, should your business produce any information, white papers or interviews that you would like to share, please submit this to enquiries@bmta.co.uk.

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