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BMTA NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2021

Welcome to the Winter issue of the BMTA Newsletter

In this issue, we have features from David Gurden-Williams at 3M on how 3M’s sustainability goals have been aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Make UK explores the key considerations for manufacturers as they either start or accelerate their net-zero journey and Carl Wordsworth at TÜV SÜD 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

Fluctuating global helium levels are causing problems, such as difficulty sourcing helium and increasing costs for the many industries that rely on it. Elinor Hughes, Technical Copywriter at Markes International looks at how analytical laboratories can prepare for the future with reduced helium use. 

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 at NPL seeks feedback and guidance on how we can best shape our development in the context of industrial digitalisation.

Marta Vaquero, UKAS Accreditation Specialist, asks how well informed are we about the food safety controls that are applied in each step of the food chain. Wayne Terry, Chief Executive, ABCB, looks at certification offered by conformity assessment, or certification, bodies (CABs) which may or may not be accredited by national accreditation bodies (NABs) and Paul Greenwood, Operations Director, UKAS clarifies the activities included in the UKAS ‘Office time’ invoice category.

Our BMTA Council Member profile this issue is on Andy Morris MBE. Find out what being a Council member means to him.

Our theme for the Spring 2022 issue is:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

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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