IIA Field services now has techs certified for the EU’s Pressure Equipment Directive. With this, we have become the only company in Texas north of Houston (that we are aware of) able to perform the following NDT testing on pressure equipment in compliance with the strict guidelines contained in 2014/68/EU:
Let’s explore what the standards involve and what this means to companies doing business with countries in the European Union.
In 2002, the European Union adopted a set of standards for the design, manufacture, and inspection (conformity assessment) of equipment subject to pressure loading of fluids, vapors or gasses at some point in their operating cycle. Originally known as 97/23/EC, the directive casts a wide net, placing most components with a max pressure above 0.5 bar under its purview. It was updated by 2014/68/EU, and its standards are mandatory for all European nations and those exporting equipment thereto. Its purpose is to increase safety while allowing free movement of products across the EU.
Covered items include:
The PED sets the requirements for a pressure vessel to receive the CE or “Conformite Europeene” stamp. Each component is assessed a grade from I to IV depending on their degree of risk, calculated by the volume, maximum pressure, and the fluid or gas being handled (hazardous or non-hazardous). Based on the grade, the design review, quality control, and personnel certification requirements change.
Category III and IV vessels, for instance, require that the qualifications for those performing NDT on them be approved by a Notified Body (equivalent to an Authorized Inspector in ASME). There are two primary ways to accomplish this:
What about the ASME code?
Our version of the PED in the States is the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. However, an ASME U-stamped vessel will not automatically qualify for a CE marking at the present time, even though the two standards are compatible in many ways. The PED has additional documentation and weld process, welder certification, and NDT certification requirements.
The good thing is that most ASME code inspectors are also qualified as Notified Bodies and can therefore advise on PED requirements, approve the issue of a CE stamp, and approve NDT qualifications and procedures.
In summary, if you want to do business in the European market, its important to work with firms which are conversant with the PED standards and certified.
IIA Field Services, with over 30 years’ experience in the industrial radiography business, now has PED certifications in RT and phased array NDT testing. Our techs are trained and are ready to serve your EU market needs. It’s part of our commitment to best-in-class service and a progressive view of technology and expanding opportunities in the power industry.
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