ASME Codes and Their Importance for Pressure Vessels
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Pressure vessels are extremely important to hold elements (semi-solids, liquids, gases) at specific pressure levels. These strategically designed cylindrical closed containers must be built according to exact features and specifications and extreme care should be taken to ensure that there isn’t any kind of loophole in features or construction that can cause leakage and explosion, leading to fatal accidents.
This is why engineering authorities regulate different aspects of pressure vessels like design, manufacture, feature and operation.
Legislation backs up these authorities to ensure that specific standards are maintained in the fabrication of pressure vessels.
Why ASME Codes are Important?
Pressure vessel fabrication is not a simple task and safety is always important because the enormous energy stored inside of pressure vessels can lead to catastrophic accidents, if not handled carefully.
These vessels are essential for maintaining the pressure of gases and volatile liquids within them. Hence, it is mandatory that the quality, operational ability and functionality of these vessels is regulated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ASME has set specific rules and guidelines to ensure that manufacturing of pressure vessels meets the industry standards in United States. This means that the vessel that does not meet the ASME standards is not legal for use within United States. ASME code doesn’t just indicate the accuracy, performance and efficiency of pressure vessels, it also ensures that during production of pressure vessels in industries, high level of caution and safety is followed to protect the workers from any kind of dangerous situation.
ASME codes were developed in 1900 and enlisted essential rules, regulations and guidelines that provide a direction to all the pressure vessel fabricators. According to these codes, all pressure vessels must be fabricated by following the enlisted regulations and guidelines to ensure accuracy, safety and protection in the usage and reading of the vessel. If a manufacturer fails to follow the ASME code, the pressure vessels will not be ASME certified and their use will be considered illegal.
The ASME code and rules came into being as a number of industrial facilities and factories faced catastrophic accidents due to inconsistent and faulty fabrication of pressure vessels. Pressure vessel fabricators are not only required to follow the guidelines of ASME, but they must also comply with regulations that pertain to the regular inspections of the pressure vessels as it can help in avoiding accidents because of an unidentified fault.
It is the responsibility of manufactures to ensure that the pressure vessels aid in storing elements for better productivity, rather than lead to loss of property and life as a result of malfunction. By following ASME code, manufacturers can make sure that their pressure vessels meet the recommended standards and are safe for use in all types of settings.
At Buckeye Fabricating, we realize the importance of ASME code; therefore, we always follow ASME rules and regulations in producing pressure vessels.
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