Custom and pressure vessel manufacturers must have accreditation for ASME certification. Compliance with the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel code is required. Pressure vessel manufacturers must also manufacture to ASME material specifications, certificates, and welding qualifications.
Other accreditations are also crucial in the pharmaceutical, life science, and health industries. Confirm all industry compliance standards, including:
• ASME UM
• ASME U
Quality Assurance & Compliance
Verify that the manufacturer has a dedicated quality assurance team. There are significant testing, certifications, and documentation requirements for all global accreditation programs. In-house inspection services are a benefit to ASME projects. Review services that should include:
• Pneumatic testing
• Hydrostatic testing
• Liquid Penetrant (Dye Penetrant) testing
• Saline testing and certificate
• Riboflavin/CIP (clean-in-place) coverage test
• Material Test Reports
• Base metal thickness certificate
• Material trace
• Welder trace
• Ferroxyl test and certificate
• Positive material identification (PMI) and certificate
• Ferrite levels and certificate
• Radiography and analysis
• UT weld testing and certificate
• Turn Over Packet (TOP) as required
The pressure vessel manufacturer must have expertise in the type of vessel and industry experience for the use of the vessel. Critical staff, fabricators, and welders must be ASME certified. All welders must be approved for the weld procedures required to make custom pressure vessels.
Experience and reputation are also significant when developing relationships with inspectors, agencies, and governing officials to keep the compliance process moving forward smoothly.
Service & Support
Above all, assess the service and support provided by the manufacturer. The vessel manufacturer should be able to articulate technical discussions and be open and honest with timelines, cost, and compliance-related issues. Consider other research and questions, such as:
• Is the proposal easy to understand and compare solutions?
• Do you have direct access to the engineer for questions?
• Does the company provide timely and accurate documentation?
• Does the company offer after-market parts and field service?
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The Small / Portable Vessel group produces specialized ASME vessels that customers need for their extremely regulated processes. Apache manufactures custom mix tanks, storage tanks, jacketed vessels, heat exchange surfaces, extraction equipment.
Apache offers engineering and 3D modeling to the customer's design conditions and ASME requirements for each vessel project. We have a dedicated quality and compliance team that focuses on verification, testing, and compliance documentation.
Visit APACHE at INTERPHEX 2019, April 2-4 at the Javits Center in New York City!
Download the custom story of Apache's Small Vessel Group.
Apache's large tank and small vessel team will exhibit at Interphex 2017 - booth 3942. Interphex is a large pharmaceutical and biotechnology trade show and conference event. The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) sponsors this long running expo. The show focuses on technology, innovation and education to include all product development cycles. It is held in New York City with 10,000 professionals and 600 vendors in attendance.
Mike Peterson will be at the show representing the large tank group. Mike has served the pharmaceutical and bio-pharma industry form 20 years in technical sales and customer service of ASME vessels and tanks.
David Foulkes will also be at Apache's booth representing the small portable vessel group. David has supported the sales of both standard and custom sanitary design vessels for 30 years. The core of vessels manufactured in the small vessel group is for biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications.
From precise quality control to documentation requirements, Apache is committed to bio-pharma processors to help with their processing and manufacturing goals. We manufacture our own components including dimple sheet or half pipe exchange surfaces, man ways, flanged and dished heads, leaders, platforms, support structures and custom vessel internals. Apache offers in-house polishing, passivation, electropolishing, riboflavin and saline testing.
The ISPE South Carolina chapter is a non-profit society of technical professionals and engineers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. This chapter is one of several chapters throughout the United States.
The ISPE-CaSA 24th Annual Life Sciences Technology Conference is Tuesday, March 14th. It is a one day show with vendor exhibits, speakers, seminars, product demonstrations and networking. Nick Buchda will representing Apache Stainless at Booth #322.
Apache custom designs and fabricates regulatory compliant tanks and ASME vessels for the pharmaceutical, bio-technology, food and beverage and water filtration industries. Apache manufactures vessels from a capacity of 1 gallon to 160,000 gallons.
We manufacture many types of speciality sanitary design tanks, including: pressure vessels, dryers, evaporators, holding tanks and mixing vessels. We also manufacture our own components from heads and supports to vessel internals to give greater control over the production process.
Apache has dedicated in-house vessel finishing capabilities including mechanical and robotic polishing, passivation and electropolishing.
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