Setting the Bar for the Highest Quality in Product Fabrication: How Important Is It to Comply with the ASME Standards?

Most competent engineering firms specify required fabrication tolerance written in contract documents. However, some of these companies often failed to meet so, most especially if it is the standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards.


Morelos, Mexico -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/27/2014 -- ASME fabrication tolerance sets the bar for the highest quality in product fabrication. Pressure vessel, a container for the containment of pressure either internal or external, in particular, has mandatory requirements, specific prohibitions, and non- mandatory guidance for pressure vessel materials, design, fabrication, inspection, testing, certification, and pressure relief.

In an old yet significant research, bulk transporter reported that the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors recorded the increase number of accidents involving pressure vessels with 24% over the course of a year 1999 to 2000. Aside from unfired pressure vessels, it includes power boilers, steam heating boilers and water heating boilers.

According to The International Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, the construction – relating to pressure integrity only has its own established rules to govern the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components.

But do you know what the pressure vessel dimension inspection requirement is? Some of these have not yet been addressed in ASME standards. The inspection includes mill undertolerance of plates and pipes, out of roundness of shell, nozzles and attachments (orientation, projection, elevation and levelness), weld mismatch and weld reinforcement.

After completing the general requirements as included in subsection A of Division 1, the requirements pertaining to methods of fabrication of pressure vessels are the following. In part UW-Requirements for Pressure Vessels Fabricated by Welding, the general is UW-1 through to UW-3, materials-UW-5, design- UW-8 through to UW-21, fabrication- UW-26 through to UW-54, marking and reports- UW-60 and pressure relief devices- UW-65.

Meanwhile, in part UF- Requirements for Pressure Vessels Fabricated by Forging, the general is UF-1, materials- UF-5 through to UF-7, design- UF-12 through to UF-7, design- UF-12 through UF-25, fabrication- UF-26 through to UF-43, inspection and tests- UF-45 through to UF-55, marking and reports- UF-115, pressure relief devices-UF-115 and pressure relief devices- UF-125.

In part UB-Requirements for Pressure Vessels Fabricated by Brazing, the general is UB-1 through to UB-3, materials-UB-5 though to UB-7, design-UB-9 though to UB-22, fabrication- UB-30 through to UB-37, inspection and tests- UB-40 through to UB-50, marking and reports- UB-55 and pressure relief devices- UB-60

Having a pressure component designed and fabricated in accordance with high standards would indeed guarantee a long, useful service life, and provide the protection of human life and property. This is why companies of pressure vessel were encouraged to consider the ASME standards.

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MPGIA SA de CV is professional services company providing qualified personnel, technical consulting and advising on the implementation of quality systems for the development and installation of projects in the metal mechanic field, both in the industrial and in the commercial sectors. MPGIA SA de CV, is located in Cuernavaca city, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. MPGIA SA de CV’s objective is to guarantee their clients the highest quality in product fabrication and technical services assistance, supported by the experience and expertise their personnel, in order to satisfy the needs of the metal mechanic industry.