From the editor D

ear readers, you might notice that in this issue I’ve actually given myself a little more space to write to you all, and that’s for good reason.

Earlier this month my wonderful team were awarded Publication of the Year and Online Sales of the Year at our internal

publication awards, and I just wanted to congratulate them on all the hard work that goes into bringing this magazine to life every month. With this I have some exciting news to share with you all. As of our October issue, we will have a new name and a fresh

look. Factory Equipment magazine and Materials Handling & Logistics magazine are combining under the new name, Factory & Handling Solutions. To celebrate this, along side our 70th anniversary, we’re bringing the magazine forward into the modern age with a fresh design, new features and monthly regulars, and a bumper launch issue that we hope you’ll love. We have a new features list available, so please get in touch with myself or Charlie if you’d like to see this and be part of the launch.

I also want to thank you, the readers, for following us along our journey, and we will see you for our next exciting chapter. For now, I hope you enjoy reading this issue, and look forward to seeing you at the PPMA Total Show.

Rachel Tucker - Editor

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he British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) is seeking feedback on its draft

occupational apprenticeship standard for a Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician (CAVT); and is asking businesses to get involved to ensure the standard meets the needs of the wider industry. As part of the due diligence process, any new

apprenticeship must go out to consultation. BCAS has compiled a proposed occupations profile, which should be read first and can be accessed at consultation.aspx before completing a short, online questionnaire which can be accessed at The consultation is open until 1st September 2019, after which time, the Group will review feedback and consider where amendments should be made. The occupational standard will then be

submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to seek approval prior to drafting the apprenticeship

end-point assessment plan. Vanda Jones, BCAS executive director explains:

“BCAS is the only UK trade association with responsibility for the compressed air and vacuum industry and its business sectors. We recognised that there has been no dedicated apprenticeship available for the future development of engineering technicians into our industry. Recognising the need to fill this skills gap, a Trailblazer group was formed and working with our members and the IfATE, we have developed a draft occupational standard for a Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician (CAVT). “As a trade body, we are ideally placed to form

the working groups to develop the apprenticeship but we also recognise that in this instance we are not creating an apprenticeship for our members alone but for the wider industry. As such we need to consult and ensure that the apprenticeship is fit for purpose and are asking our peers and colleagues to get involved. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and in doing so, the feedback will help ensure that this



aintec, the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to the maintenance and reliability industry, has seen a significant growth in global

manufacturers and solution providers sign up to exhibit to the next edition of its event. Global businesses including Fluke Corporation, Petro-Canada Lubricants,

Noria Corporation, Valuekeep Lda, MENZEL, SDT International and Mobility Work are just some of the organisations who will be exhibiting at the show which returns to The NEC, Birmingham on the 30 – 31 October 2019. Ultimo Software Solutions, who exhibited for the first time in 2018 to official

launch their UK office have confirmed they will be returning for Maintec 2019 and describe their previous Maintec experience as 'very productive'. Freddy Voss, VP international sales, Ultimo explains: "Maintenance Software is our core Business and we saw Maintec as one of the best known


apprenticeship standard meets the training needs of the occupation, and that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported. And finally, the development of a wider

industry apprenticeship will help to release the funding available from the apprenticeship levy, supporting all businesses in developing the engineers of the future that our industry, like so many others, needs urgently.” The Trailblazer group would be grateful for

feedback on the draft CAVT occupational profile. In particular, if there are any suggestions on the overall apprenticeship requirements, the duties and the skills required which may improve the recommendations further. The occupations profile can be viewed at consultation.aspx

To complete the consultation survey, please

go to:

and prestigious maintenance events in the UK for all things maintenance. It has broad appeal amongst many different verticals, so we felt was a great platform for us to engage with the UK for the first time." This is the third edition of Maintec since its acquisition by Western

Business Exhibitions, part of the Nineteen Group, who have invested significant time and resources into redeveloping the event to become the home of maintenance and reliability engineering in the UK. Jos Diamond, event and business development manager at Maintec

comments: “Since acquiring Maintec, our focus has been to provide a platform for the UK’s maintenance and reliability industry to meet and do business. “Despite the ongoing political challenges facing the UK, we are thrilled to

have seen a significant increase in international companies taking part in Maintec 2019. For us, this is a very positive sign for the future of the maintenance industry in the UK moving forward.”

Visitor registration for Maintec is now open. For exhibiting options and availability contact Jos Diamond, event manager, jdiamond@western- and 07818574303


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