Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Third Way - Update

BEKO TECHNOLOGIES launched the BEKOKAT Catalytic Converter in 2008 realising that there would not be a flood of sales but none the less expecting to see a slow take up of the product notably by companies who had a need for 100% oil free or better than ISO 8573 Class 1 quality. The reason for this expectation was the growing realisation that however good an oil free compressor can be, the quality of air entering the compressor is variable. BEKO using their METPOINT OCV device have measured Class 3 remaining oil content after an oil free compressor with the unit working perfectly and not adding any hydrocarbon to the system.

Three years down the line and over 100 units sold. BEKO are optimistic that the success of the existing units in the field together with the increasing requirement to audit the quality of compressed air will accelerate the growth in sales. Chris Norris Service Manager at BEKO UK comments “As a service person I shouldn’t be happy because I have had no service revenue from the installed base this year and only a little last year but it is really pleasing to know that on at least one case, serious contamination was prevented in a food factory when an oil separator dump occurred. We expect this product to be very low service costs on average. There will be the replacement of the catalyst every 20,000 hours but annually virtually nothing apart from checking safety systems and valve operation “.

The product sales are helped by the fact that BEKOKAT is certified to produce amicrobic compressed air by the German GFPS (which translates as the Society for Production Hygiene and Sterility). Two units have already been sold in the UK just for this reason and the units are working well. The other applications are in the food, beverage, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries. Norris says “The BEKOKAT is not meant as any kind of competition to the oil free compressor it will be installed where it is critical that the air shall always be of the highest quality regardless of the condition of the inlet air”.

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