Why Ignoring ASME Tank Manufacturing Guidelines Will Cost You

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/11/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

ASME Code tanks are known by many names, such as autoclave, retort, vulcanizer, pressure tank, pressure vessel, pneumatic tank, economizer, condenser, or accumulator.  They can hold hazardous chemicals, steam, or water that are under enormous pressure.

A lapse in following safety protocols can spell disaster, putting your employees’ safety at risk, your facility, and the surrounding environment including your nearby neighbors.

Downtime will cost you lost revenue, too.

In order to maintain safety, a universal standard was established for all boiler and pressure vessels.

Originally created in 1914, the ASME code is now used in all 50 states and different municipalities and territories around the world.

This same tank code has also been used in the nuclear industry since its inception.

Here’s a look at the history of ASME tank codes and why following them is so important.

A century of safety

Gathering in New York City in 1880, prominent engineers such as Henry R. Worthington, Alexander Holley, and John Sweet discussed the standardization of industrial tools as the industrial age came to a fever pitch.

In order to maintain the reliable nature of these machines alongside safety protocol, they agreed an ASME tank code would need to be established.

The first code – “Rules for Construction of Stationary Boilers and Allowable Working Pressure” – was established in 1884.

This document would continue to grow over the decades to include 28 books and 16,000 pages.

It continues to be a pioneering force in the standards of ASME tank code.

Following ASME tank manufacturing guidelines

Today, ASME is maintained by a community of over one thousand technical experts.

These committees meet regularly to make changes to the code in order to adapt to our fast-paced, technology-oriented world.

ASME Code tanks manufactured to ASME tank code are extremely safe and reliable.

To view these specific communities and learn more about their operations, view the ASME’s committee central page.

Why following ASME safety code matters

ASME safety codes were originally established due to a string of accidents that led to numerous fatalities.

Keeping employees and the environment safe is the #1 reason that the guidelines should be followed.

But it’s not the only reason.

Following the ASME tank manufacturing guidelines also ensures that your tanks are working efficiently.

This increases your rate of production which increases your revenue.

In addition, satisfied customers are a source of repeat business, returning when they need to replace or repair equipment.

Your needs are one of our of top priorities

Learning details and listening to your needs are two of our company’s top priorities.

A one-size-tank doesn’t fit all.

You know your pain (issues) the best. Understanding those pains and obtaining details is the only way to deliver an ASME Code tank that fits your precise needs.

Using these needs and details allows us to implement the ASME tank manufacturing guidelines to design and manufacture a tank that will ensure a highly efficient process production, while maximizing the tank’s life with a minimum amount of downtime.

Does your organization require an ASME tank manufacturer that learns your business’ details and needs?

Author: Jeffrey Lippincott

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