The British Standards Institution (BSI) has installed AIRnet piping system as part of a £4million upgrade of its test facility in Hemel Hempstead. The upgrade involved replacing the old galvanised steel piping with Atlas Copco’s modular aluminium AIRnet system, which was fitted quickly to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of compressed air to users within the facility.
BSI offers a full range of testing and certification services including pre-assessment, gap analysis, batch testing and full compliance testing. It has one of the widest testing and certification capabilities in the world. Awarded a Royal Charter in 1929, its clients are located in 150 countries at more than 90,000 sites. BSI’s partners include international standards bodies, such as ISO, and external consultants who help their clients and professional affiliations. This was the fourth major upgrade that the BSI has undertaken at its Hemel Hempstead site since 1959.
For the BSI site, an important consideration was that the installation was achieved with the minimum of interruption to test procedures as well as to the activities within administration areas through which the compressed air pipework passed. The visual appeal of the pipework and fittings was an added bonus to the system’s design flexibility and potential for energy savings. Additionally, the system is future-proofed by a 10-year guarantee against any damages resulting from material defects.
As a result of intelligent design and lightweight materials, AIRnet can be installed and fixed to walls and ceilings 70% faster than conventional systems and, for many industrial applications, AIRnet pipes and fittings can be assembled in just a few steps by a single installer without the need for heavy machinery. All components are easily adjustable and reusable to facilitate future network extensions.