June 12, 2020
Pressure equipment, in itself is a technicality most people don't want to associate with. For them, it is an extremely complicated matter best left for experts. In simpler terms, pressure equipment are made to contain high-pressure liquids and state-changing chemicals. In order to do this efficiently, pressure equipment must have high-temperature exchangers that operates and adheres to certain standards. As such, these details must be thoroughly inspected and quite frankly would not necessarily suffice. Luckily, there are in-service inspections and AICIP pressure vessel inspectors that would come to your aid.
Function of Pressure Equipment Inspection
The Australian Institute for Certification of Inspection Personnel (AICIP) abide by the AS/NZS codes of practice. The AS/NZS 3788 states that owners and inspectors must work together to establish a schedule for an in-service inspection program. The inspections are solely for redundancy-checking mechanism since they already went through post-fabrication inspections. Because a littlest oversight could be a recipe for disaster, an in-service inspection is of absolute necessity. Perhaps a flaw was missed during the factory inspection. Even if the tank is flawless, the processing system it's part of might be exerting unusual transient stresses. Since the pressure equipment is on the field for operations, you need to make sure that it will not be susceptible for leakage as such would cause a catastrophic damage for anyone in the premises.
Role of AICIP Vessel Inspector
AICIP vessel inspectors are expected to anticipate the worst-case scenarios brought by caustic or explosive fluids present in the pressure vessels. They also highly consider the possibility of environmental factors and operational hazards contributing to any danger within the vicinity of the pressure vessel. Owners and operators must not be worried about the AICIP vessel inspection because AICIP vessel inspectors are guaranteed to utilise a non-destructive technology to ensure that the inspection won't damage nor deform the pressure vessels. If there is even the slightest possibility of disfiguration and pressure vessel malfunction, then AICIP vessel inspectors are obligated to make use of a destructive test models.
AICIP vessel inspectors are trained to always assume a forward-looking inspection approach. Their approval would indicate explicitly that the certain pressure vessel they inspected is certified for continued operation. Of course, it is not always rainbows and butterflies at all times. It could also go the opposite direction. The good thing about this is that the AICIP vessel inspector would examine the vessel again so that he can note which parts are malfunctioning and which details to be added. If you fail the inspection for your pressure vessel, you could modify the specified parts and take the inspection again to make sure your pressure vessel is adhering to the necessary and proper regulations.
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1865 Frankston Flinders Road,
Hastings, VIC 3915
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