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Process Industry Practices


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PIP VECQ1001
Pressure Vessel Shop Qualification Procedure

PURPOSE AND USE OF PROCESS INDUSTRY PRACTICES


In an effort to minimize the cost of process industry facilities, this Practice has
been prepared from the technical requirements in the existing standards of major
industrial users, contractors, or standards organizations. By harmonizing these technical
requirements into a single set of Practices, administrative, application, and engineering
costs to both the purchaser and the manufacturer should be reduced. While this Practice
is expected to incorporate the majority of requirements of most users, individual
applications may involve requirements that will be appended to and take precedence
over this Practice. Determinations concerning fitness for purpose and particular matters
or application of the Practice to particular project or engineering situations should not
be made solely on information contained in these materials. The use of trade names
from time to time should not be viewed as an expression of preference but rather
recognized as normal usage in the trade. Other brands having the same specifications
are equally correct and may be substituted for those named. All Practices or guidelines
are intended to be consistent with applicable laws and regulations including OSHA
requirements. To the extent these Practices or guidelines should conflict with OSHA or
other applicable laws or regulations, such laws or regulations must be followed.
Consult an appropriate professional before applying or acting on any material
contained in or suggested by the Practice.

This Practice is subject to revision at any time.

Process Industry Practices (PIP), Construction Industry Institute, The


University of Texas at Austin, 3925 West Braker Lane (R4500), Austin,
Texas 78759. PIP member companies and subscribers may copy this Practice
for their internal use. Changes, overlays, addenda, or modifications of any
kind are not permitted within any PIP Practice without the express written
authorization of PIP.

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PIP VECQ1001
Pressure Vessel Shop Qualification Procedure
Table of Contents
1. Introduction................................. 2
1.1 Purpose ............................................ 2
1.2 Scope ............................................... 2

2. References .................................. 2
2.1 Process Industry Practices .............. 2
2.2 Industry Codes and Standards ........ 2

3. Definitions ................................... 3
4. Requirements.............................. 3
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5

General ............................................ 3
Initial Commercial Prescreening ...... 4
Request for Information ................... 4
On-Site Technical Evaluation........... 5
Post Evaluation Activities ................. 9

Data Forms
PIP VECQ1001-F1 Commercial Information
Form
PIP VECQ1001-F2 Engineering and
Fabricating Capabilities Form
PIP VECQ1001-F3 QA, QC Inspection Form
PIP VECQ1001-F4 Supplier List of
Equipment Form
PIP VECQ1001-F5 On-Site Technical
Qualification Audit Form
PIP VECQ1001-F6 North American
Pressure Vessel Capability Matrix Form

Appendix A
Shop Classification
Criteria..10

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1.

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Introduction
1.1

Purpose
This Practice provides procedures for shop qualification of manufacturers of pressure
vessels, tanks and heat exchangers by Users of the equipment.

1.2

Scope
This Practice describes procedures for shop qualification of manufacturers of shop
built pressure vessels, tanks and heat exchangers in general accordance with the ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII. This Practice may be used to qualify
manufacturers of equipment to be provided in accordance with PIP VESV1002,
VESST001, VESSM001, VESLP001 and VESHP001. This Practice may also be used to
qualify shops in accordance with foreign or other US codes but the references given in
this Practice are intended for ASME Code construction. This Practice does not include
qualification of field erected tank manufacturers.

2.

References
Applicable parts of the following Practices and industry codes and standards shall be
considered an integral part of this Practice. The edition in effect on the date of contract award
shall be used, except as otherwise noted. Short titles are used herein where appropriate.
2.1

Process Industry Practices (PIP)


PIP VESV1002 Vessel Fabrication Specification, ASME Code Section VIII,
Divisions 1 and 2
PIP VESSM001 Specification for Small Pressure Vessels and Heat
Exchangers with Limited Design Conditions
PIP VESLP001 Specification for Low-Pressure, Welded, Shop-Fabricated
Vessels
PIP VESST001 Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Specification
PIP VESHP001 Hairpin Heat Exchanger Specification

2.2

Industry Codes and Standards


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
Section II Materials, Parts A, B, C & D
Section V Nondestructive Examination
Section VIII Pressure Vessels, Division 1 and 2
Section IX Welding and Brazing Qualifications
American Petroleum Institute (API)
API RP 582 Recommended Practice and Supplementary Welding Guidelines
for Chemical, Oil and Gas Industries

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API 620 Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage


Tanks
API 650 Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage
API 660 Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
API 661 Air Cooled Heat Exchangers
National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
NB 23 National Board Inspection Code

3.

Definitions
Code: ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII, Division 1 or 2, and any Code
Cases approved by the User
Manufacturer: The party entering into a contract with the Purchaser to construct a vessel in
accordance with the contract documents. In accordance with the Code definition, the
Manufacturer is the party that possesses a valid Certificate of Authorization to manufacturer
pressure vessels with the ASME Mark.
National Board: The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, an organization
comprised of chief inspectors of various governmental jurisdictions in the US and Canada
Purchaser: The party actually placing the order for the vessel or vessel components. This may
be the User or the Users authorized agent.
User: The party responsible for establishing construction criteria consistent with the Code
philosophy and service hazards. User refers to the operator of the equipment. The User is
responsible for performing the procedures specified in this Practice.

4.

Requirements
4.1

General
4.1.1

The procedure for qualification of a vessel, tank or heat exchanger


manufacturing shop shall consist of the following sequential steps:
a. Initial Commercial Prescreening After selecting a Manufacturer for
evaluation, an initial commercial prescreening procedure shall be
performed to determine if the shop is a suitable candidate for future work.
See Section 4.2 for the activities to be performed.
b. Request for Information When the initial commercial information has
been received and reviewed and a determination made that the
Manufacturer is commercially stable enough to be considered for
performance of contract work, a formal request for information shall be
sent to the Manufacturer. See Section 4.3 for the minimum contents of the
request for information.
c. On-Site Technical Evaluation When the information requested in
accordance with Section 4.3 has been received the information shall be
evaluated by an audit team comprised of personnel in accordance with

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Section 4.4.1. The audit team shall decide whether to make an on-site
technical evaluation of the Manufacturers facility. In advance of an onsite technical evaluation meeting, the Manufacturer shall be given a list of
the personnel, facilities and documentation that is to be reviewed by the
audit team during the technical evaluation meeting (see Section 4.4.2),
and a suggested evaluation meeting agenda (see Section 4.4.3).
d. Post Evaluation Activities After the on-site technical evaluation has
been completed, the Manufacturer shop shall be classified (see Section
4.5.1) and informed of the results of the evaluation (see Section 4.5.2).
Post audit follow-ups shall be performed in accordance with Section 4.5.3.
4.1.2
4.2

Qualification of manufacturing shops to foreign codes and standards can


require additional documents which shall be determined by the User.

Initial Commercial Prescreening


4.2.1

The financial stability, solvency, and commercial turnover of the


Manufacturer shall be checked by using the following sources if available:
a. Internet tools
b. Commercial financial reference services (e.g., Dun and Bradstreet)
c. Data provided in advance by the Manufacturer
Comment: For some privately held Manufacturers and state-owned
Manufacturers (e.g., those in China), financial information
can be difficult to obtain and local resources should be
employed to obtain the information.

4.2.2

The history of the Manufacturer regarding ability to meet schedules, meet


quality standards, and provide competitive pricing shall be reviewed.
Comment: References from known contacts in user companies are the
preferred source of this information.

4.2.3

The Manufacturer shall be contacted to determine the following:


a. Interest in becoming qualified
b. Willingness and eagerness to participate in the qualification process
c. Present shop capacity
d. Work backlog
e. Verification of commercial terms of sale

4.3

Request for Information


4.3.1

Shop Information Form


4.3.1.1 PIP VECQ1001-F1 through PIP VECQ1001-F4, Shop Information
Forms shall be furnished to the Manufacturer.
4.3.1.2 The Manufacturer shall provide the requested information and return
the completed form to the User.

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4.3.1.3 The completed form shall be evaluated to determine if an on-site


technical evaluation is warranted.
4.3.1.4 The completed form shall be used as a reference during the on-site
technical evaluation.
4.3.2

Commercial Terms
4.3.2.1 The Users contract commercial terms including a description of
future bidding procedures (i.e., paper sealed bid, electronic bid,
reverse auction, etc.) shall be furnished to the Manufacturer.
4.3.2.2 The Manufacturer shall provide comments regarding any
disagreements with the terms and conditions which may hinder a
future contract.
4.3.2.3 The Manufacturers comments shall be returned to the User with the
completed PIP VECQ1001-F1 through PIP VECQ1001-F4, Shop
Information Forms.

4.4

On-Site Technical Evaluation


4.4.1

Audit Team Members


4.4.1.1 An audit team consisting of one or more of the following members
shall be assembled to conduct the on-site technical evaluation:
a. Procurement department representative
b. Pressure vessel design engineer
c. Materials engineer, welding engineer or an experienced inspector
knowledgeable regarding welding, nondestructive examinations
(NDE), and fabrication procedures.
4.4.1.2 If a more thorough evaluation of shops with advanced fabrication and
NDE capabilities is required, both a materials/welding engineer and
an inspector/NDE specialist can be included on the audit team.
4.4.1.3 If a User employee is not available to participate in one or more of the
minimum positions on the team, qualified outside consultants and
inspectors shall be included as team members.
4.4.1.4 Although one person may be capable of filling more than one position
on the team, an on-site audit shall not be performed solely by a
purchasing agent and a project engineer.
4.4.1.5 If the Manufacturer is located in a country where the native language
is different from that of the members of the audit team, at a minimum
one qualified local technical interpreter shall be included as a team
member.
Comment: Preferably, dual language technical members of the
audit team should provide interpreting services.

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4.4.2

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Manufacturer Information Review


4.4.2.1 General

1. In addition to the information requested on Forms


PIP VECQ1001-F1 through -F4, the Manufacturer shall be
requested to collect the information specified in this Section in
advance of the on-site technical evaluation, and provide the
information for review by the audit team at the on-site evaluation
meeting.
2. A PIP VECQ1001-F5, On-Site Technical Qualification Audit
Form, shall be used by the audit team to record the
Manufacturers capabilities as determined during the on-site
evaluation.
4.4.2.2 Engineering and Design

The following information shall be reviewed by the pressure vessel


design engineer:
a. Numbers of staff engineers and draftsman and their qualifications
and experience
b. List of engineering software used for vessel and heat exchanger
calculations and drawings
c. List of any other engineering software used
d. Typical drawings and calculations for vessels and heat
exchangers, reactors, columns, preferably to ASME standards
e. Certificates of Authorization - ASME, Chinese, EU, India,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, etc.
f.

Code books including Section VIII, Div 1, Section II, Section V,


Section IX and Section VIII, Div 2, if shop has U2 Stamp. Code
books and Stamps shall be checked for currency.

g. Documents confirming experience fabricating Code vessels


4.4.2.3 Welding and Fabrication

The following information and procedures shall be reviewed by the


materials/welding engineer and/or quality assurance inspector:
a. Welding qualification sheets including Welders Performance
Qualification (WPQ) documents
b. Procedures for keeping each welder current on Code
qualifications
c. Procedures for storage and handling of welding consumables
d. Plate rolling procedures
e. Heat treatment procedures
f.

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Procedures for segregation, storage and handling of materials and


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g. Code Section IX book


h. Fabrication control procedures
i.

Shop cleanliness and tidiness

j.

Other records and documents that provide evidence of


certification of the shop by local jurisdictional authorities as
required

4.4.2.4 Non-Destructive Examination

1. The following information and procedures shall be reviewed by


the NDE specialist and/or quality assurance inspector:
a. Written practice for personnel certification
b. Certification files for one Level III individual and another
Level II individual
c. Procedures for radiography, ultrasonic testing, dye penetrant
testing, and magnetic particle testing
d. Procedures for visual, leak testing, and/or other testing
methods
e. Quality Control Manual
f.

Code Section V book

g. Samples of recent radiographs shot in accordance with Code


if available
2. If the Manufacturer subcontracts NDE, the NDE subcontractor
representative shall be present during the evaluation.
4.4.2.5 Commercial and Safety

The following information shall be reviewed by the procurement


representative:
a. Commercial terms and conditions of the Manufacturer
b. Typical schedule for engineering and manufacturing
c. Shop capacity and backlog
d. Worker turnover rates
e. Organization chart
f.

Written safety procedures

g. Total recordable frequency rate


h. Records of last OSHA or government inspection

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4.4.2.6 Subcontracted Services

1. The audit team shall review the list of subcontractors used by the
Manufacturer, and the activities of each. Subcontractors are
subject to audit by the audit team.
2. The Manufacturer shall be notified in advance regarding requests
for subcontractors representatives to attend the on-site evaluation
meeting.
4.4.3

On-Site Evaluation Agenda


Comment: A typical on-site technical evaluation meeting may require
four hours, a full day, or more depending upon the size of
the shop, the completeness of the advance preparation by
the Manufacturer, and requirements for language
interpretation.
The following agenda shall be provided to the Manufacturer for review,
comments, and agreement before the on-site evaluation meeting:
a. Introduction of audit team members and Manufacturers personnel
b. Brief presentation by Users procurement representative outlining the
reason for and goals of the technical evaluation.
c. Presentation by Manufacturer describing their ownership, organization,
facilities, capabilities, and past significant projects
d. General tour of the Manufacturers shop and facilities by the entire audit
team. After requesting and receiving permission from the Manufacturer,
the shop facilities shall be photographed for future reference.
e. Divide into audit sub-teams as follows:
1) Procurement representative with the Manufacturers sales and
management personnel
2) Design engineer with the Manufacturers engineering personnel
3) Materials/welding engineer and/or inspector with the Manufacturers
shop welding and production engineer
4) NDE specialist or inspector with the Manufacturers shop quality
assurance and inspection personnel
f.

Brief, on-site, and private meeting of the audit team to review the results
of the evaluation

g. General meeting of the audit team with the Manufacturers management


and production/engineering/quality assurance personnel to review the
results. Each audit team member should provide individual feedback.
h. Summary remarks by the Users procurement representative including any
follow-up steps and suggestions for improvement. The meeting shall then
be adjourned.

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4.5

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Post Evaluation Activities


4.5.1

Shop Classification
4.5.1.1 After the on-site evaluation has been completed the audit team
members shall complete the PIP VECQ1001-F5, On-Site Technical
Qualification Audit Form, and classify the shop based on observed
capabilities.
4.5.1.2 The score given on the On-Site Technical Qualification Audit Form
and the judgment of the audit team members shall be used to give a
final classification to the shop.
Comment: A suggested shop classification criteria is shown in
Appendix A, but this criteria can be modified to suit the
purposes of the User. In general, basic shops can fabricate
carbon and stainless steel vessels; mid-range shops can
fabricate low alloy and/or Code Section VIII Div.2
vessels, large vessels, and vessels of higher alloys (e.g.,
duplex stainless steels); and advanced shops can fabricate
high nickel alloys (e.g., C-276). Niche shops fabricate
using reactive metals (e.g., titanium, zirconium, and
tantalum, etc.) and higher alloys and no carbon steel.
Some shops can be given more than one classification.

4.5.2

Final Documentation and Notification


4.5.2.1 The completed PIP VECQ1001-F5, On-Site Technical Qualification
Audit Form, and final shop classification shall be reviewed with the
commercial evaluation prepared by the procurement representative.
Based upon this information, the audit team shall decide the
suitability of the shop for future equipment procurement.
4.5.2.2 A PIP VECQ1001-F6, Shop Capability Matrix Form, shall be
completed by the audit team.
4.5.2.3 A formal letter shall be sent by the procurement representative to
notify the Manufacturer of the classification and suitability of the
shop for future work.
4.5.2.4 The completed PIP VECQ1001-F1 through PIP VECQ1001-F6
forms, the commercial evaluation, and a summary of the entire
evaluation activities and results shall be assembled by the audit team
and kept on file in the Users procurement department for use by
project teams.

4.5.3

Post Qualification Follow-up


4.5.3.1 After the Manufacturer has been approved and orders have been
placed, the Manufacturers performance shall be monitored.
4.5.3.2 Based on subsequent performance, a Manufacturer may be reevaluated to upgrade their classification based on good performance
or added capability or to downgrade or remove approval based on
poor performance.

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Appendix A - Shop Classification Matrix


Classification
Materials
of
Construction
or
Alloy

Advanced A

Mid Range - M

Duplex SS vessels
> 1 thick
-Alloy 2205
-Alloy 2507

Low alloy steels


-ASME P-No. >3
300 SS clad carbon
steel > 1.5 thick
Duplex SS vessels
< 1 thick
-Alloy 2205
-Alloy 2507
Duplex SS tube HX
-Alloy 2205/2507
-Duplex tube-totubesheet welds
w/CS or SS shell
6 Moly alloys
<1 thick
-AL6XN
-Inco 26-6Mo
Copper alloy tube
HX
-Copper clad
Tubesheet w/CS or
SS shell
Aluminum alloy
vessels
Incoloy 800/825

Carbon Steel

6 Moly alloy
vessels >1 thick
-AL6XN
-Inco 26-6 Mo
High nickel alloy
vessels
-Hastelloy alloys
-Inconel alloys

Basic - B

Niche - N
N1 Solid Titanium
or Zirconium

300 Stainless Steel


-304/304L
-316/316L

N2 Tantalum
N3 Titanium or
Zirconium clad CS

300 SS clad carbon


steel < 1.5 thick
Duplex SS
2205/2507 tubed HX
-Rolled only joint
-300 SS tubesheet
-Carbon steel
tubesheet

> 1.5 thick CS


> 1.5 thick 300 SS

< 1.5 thick CS


< 1.5 thick 300 SS

Process Safety

PSM Critical

PSM Critical

Not PSM Critical

Business Critical

Business Critical

Not Business Critical

Design or
Operating
Temperature

Greater than 650F


Less than -40F

Greater than 650F


Less than -40F

Less than 650F


Greater than -40F

ASME Code
Basis

Section VIII, Div. 1,


2, and 3

Section VIII, Div. 1


or 2

Section VIII, Div. 1

-Thermal analysis
-Stress/Fatigue
Analysis
-FEA or fracture
mechanics

-Fatigue analysis
-Thermal analysis

No thermal or
advanced analysis
capability

-Specialized
welding
-Extremely complex
design
-Extremely large or
heavy
-Complex
machining

Specialized Welding
-Hardfacing
-Weld overlay of
vessel ID
-Narrow gap welding
-Controlled heat
input

No specialized weld
procedures

Fabrication

N6 Back bore
welding of
tubesheet

N8 Special
aluminum
construction

> 5 thick wall


Multi layer vessels

Design

N5 ASME Div 3
vessels

N7 Polished or
sanitary vessels

Wall Thickness

Business

N4 Solid Copper
alloy or copper clad
on carbon steel

Notes:
1. If the shop overlaps the criteria in more than one classification, the shop should
be given the higher of the two classifications.
2. If the shop meets both a regular classification and a niche classification, the shop
may be classified with all classifications applicable.

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PIP VECQ1001-F1
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PRESSURE VESSEL SHOP


INFORMATION FORM PIP VECQ1001-F1
COMMERCIAL INFORMATION
Requesting Company:
Street Address:
City:
Region / State:
Postal (Zip) Code:

Telephone:
Fax:
Contact Name:
Job Title:
e-mail:

Company Name:
Street Address:
City:
Region / State:
Postal (Zip) Code:
Country:

Telephone:
Fax:
Mobile:
Main Contact Name:
Job Title:
e-mail:
Corporate web site:
Company Contacts

President/CEO

Sales

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Expediting/Contact Person

Production Manager

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Engineering Manager

Quality Assurance Manager

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Name:
Telephone:
Fax:
e-mail:
Language(s):

Name and title of person filling out this form:


Date:
Note: This form is for all size shops. Please fill out only the information that applies
to your facility.

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COMPANY PROFILE
Financial Status or Dun & Bradstreet Rating:
Affiliates, Divisions, and Subsidiaries:
Fabrication Facility(ies):
Average Annual Billable Volume (Last 5 years):
Peak Manpower in Last Three Years:
Lowest Manpower in Last Three Years:
Current Shop Backlog:
Union Affiliation:
Contract Expiration:
Bonding Limitation on Work Accepted:
Bonding Company:
Banking:
Year Founded:
Type of Business
Manufacturing:
Engineering:
Distributer:
Service:
Other:
Type of Company
Privately Owned:
Government Owned:
Publically Owned:
Joint Venture:
Other:
Has your company name changed in the last 3 years? (Yes/No):
If yes, state previous company name:
Is your company a subsidiary of a larger parent? (Yes/No):
If yes, state name of ultimate parent company:
Personnel
Total number of full-time employees:
Number of employees involved in fabrication
Fitters:
Welders:
Machine Operators:
Forging/Forming Operators:
Number of employees not directly involved in fabrication
General management, Finance, Administrative:
Estimating, Sales, & Export:
Planning & Production Control:
Procurement & Import:
Engineering & Design:
Technology (Welding, Machining, Metalurgy):
Quality Assurance, Control & Inspection:
Maintenance:
Other (eg. Warehousing, Transport, etc.):
Plant Capacity
Tons/year
% Vessels/Columns/Reactors:
% Heat Exchangers:
% Tanks:
% Carbon Steel:
% Stainless Steel & Alloys:
Approximately what % capacity is your facility operating currently?
Industries Served:

Nearest Barge Terminal:


Nearest Ocean Terminal:
Nearest Air Cargo Terminal:
Nearest Rail Terminal:

Shipping & Field Services


Distance:
Distance:
Distance:
Distance:

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Yes/No

Description

Skidding Methods:

Moisture Proof Packaging:


Field Services:

Other Capabilities:

Health and Safety


Do you have a written safety policy?
Is there a safety manual?
What personal protective equipment is required in the workplace?
Safety Shoes:
Safety Glasses:
Safety Helmet:
Are incidents & injuries recorded and fully investigated?
How many injuries (>1 day out of work) have there been in
the last 3 years?
How many fatalities have there been in the last 3 years?
Environment
Are you certified to DIN, ISO EN ISO 14001?
Is there an environmental policy?
What environmental permits do you hold?
Are environmental incidents recorded and formally
investigated?
Have there been any environmental incidents in the last 3
years?
What waste do you generate?
What is your means of waste disposal?

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INFORMATION FORM PIP VECQ1001-F2
ENGINEERING & FABRICATING
CAPABILITIES
Number of Engineers with University Degrees
Chemical/Process Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering Disciplines
Average years experience of all Engineers
Number of Designers/Draftsmen
Total number of Designers/Draftsmen
Average years experience of all Designers/Draftsmen
Is there a qualification/certification process for Designer/Draftmen?
Pressure Vessel Calculations
Software used for Pressure Vessel Design
Software used for Thermal Design
What are your capabilities for Wind and Seismic calculations?
What is your procedure for design of Saddles and Lugs?

Stress Analysis
Do you have capabilities for
Fatigue Analysis?
Finite Element Analysis?
Fracture Mechanics?
Vibration Analysis?
Which software do you use?
Fabrication Drawings
Do you produce comprehensive fabrication drawings?
Which software do you use?
Can the drawings incorporate (select any/all which apply)
Dimension profiles
Surface requirements
Material types
Inspection and testing requirements
English language
English (Imperial) units
Metric units
Computer-Aided Design / Drafting Capabilities
List any CAD/modelling capabilities

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External Engineering Services


Which (if any) external engineering services do you use?

Other
List any other engineering capabilities or comments not already addressed

Accreditations and Certifications


Certifying Body
DIN EN ISO 9001
ISO 9001 Issue Date
DIN EN 729-3
DIN EN 729-2
ASME U stamp
ASME U2 stamp
ASME U3 stamp
ASME PP stamp
ASME S stamp
National Board R stamp
National Board NB Certification
AD Merkblatt HP0
Directive 97/23/EC (CE Mark)
API 650/620/660/661
Chinese Manfacturing License
Others (list below)

Expiry Date
(dd/mm/yy)

Module

Materials Suppliers
What or who are your main suppliers of plate, including clad plate? List alloys used.

What or who are your main suppliers of heat exchanger tubing? List alloys used.

What or who are your main suppliers of fittings, flanges and forgings? List alloys used.

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What or who are your main suppliers of formed heads? List alloys used.

General Fabrication Capability


Average number of years experience of Operators
Is training documented? (Yes/No)
Can you machine vessel body flanges (Yes/No)?
If yes, maximum flange size
Types of Heat Exchangers manufacturered
Can you machine heat exchanger tube sheets (Yes/No)?
If yes, maximum dimensions?
Do you have Deep Hole drilling capability for tube sheets (Yes/No)?
If yes, maximum hole depth?
Do you have experience with Dimple Jacket fabrication (Yes/No)?
Do you have experience with half-pipe jacket fabrication (Yes/No)?
Do you fabricate flanged and flued expansion joints (Yes/No)?
Do you fabricate multi-shell layered vessels (Yes/No)?
If yes, maximum number of layers?
Do you have the ability to polish the ID of vessels (Yes/No)?
If yes, do you polish by hand, electropolish or automatic machine?
Do you fabricate vessel heads in your shop (Yes/No)?
If yes, types of heads and fabrication-cold press, hot press, or spin?
Do you fabricate flanges and fittings in your shop (Yes/No)?
Do you have a separate, isolated climate controlled clean room or
area for fabrication (Yes/No)?
Is the welding area protected from the weather, fumes, paint spray,
etc. (Yes/No)?
What method is used to expand heat exchanger tubes?
Hydraulic
Roller
Explosion
Types of welded tube-to-tubesheet joints
Minimum
Maximum
Tube Diameter (in, mm)
Minimum
Maximum
Tube Thickness (in, mm)
Special heat exchanger baffle licenses
Do you fabricate fin type heat exchanger tubes?
Which of the following Machining/Fabrication capabilities apply?
General machining - to tolerances of 0.001" (0.025mm)?
Precision machining - to tolerences of 0.0005" (0.012mm)?
Ultra-Precision machining - to tolerences of <0.0005" (0.012mm)?
Gear teeth cutting?
Controlled temperature machining area?
Sheet metal fabrication?
Plate fabrication?
Lining?
Plating?
Machine assembly?
Structural fabrication?
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PIP VECQ1001-F2
June 2009

Process Industry Practices

Workspace
Indoor Production Area (ft^2, m^2)
Indoor Storage Area (ft^2, m^2)
Outdoor Area (ft^2, m^2)
Climate controlled clean room (ft^2, m^2)
Production / Fabrication Bay Size
Length (ft, m)
Width (ft, m)
Crane Capacity (tons)
Underhook height (ft, m)
Machines
Drilling
Horizontal Lathes
Vertical Lathes
Horizontal Boring
Vertical Boring
Planing
Cylidrical Grinding
Surface Grinding
Jig Boring
Lapping
Superfinishing
Roll Grinding/Finishing

Number

Maximum Capability (dimensions)

Plate Rolling and Forming


Thickness Ranges (in, mm)
Carbon Steel
Stainless Steel
Duplex Steel
Nickel Alloy
Titanium/Zirconium
Press Capacity for Shaping Complex Forms (Tonne Force)?
Maximum Vessel Capability
Maximum Vessel Diameter (ft, m)
Maximum Vessel length (ft, m)
Maximum Vessel Weight (ton)
Maximum Thickness Actually Fabricated (in, mm)
Welding Qualifications & Procedures
Welder Qualifications (state number qualified according to each standard)
ASME Sec. IX
AWS
DIN EN 287-1 & AD HP-3
DIN EN 1418 & AD HP-3
Other
Average years experience of all welders
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PIP VECQ1001-F2
June 2009

Process Industry Practices

Material Welding Capabilities


List procedures for full penetration groove welds for pressure vessel plate
as shown in the picture below.

Maximum
Thickness

Welding Processes Qualified


(i.e. SMAW, GMAW, GTAW etc.)

Carbon Steel
Chrome-Moly Steel
Vanadium Modified Low Alloys
300 Series Stainless Steel (P-8)
Ferritic Stainless Steel (410)
Precipitation Hardening SST (15-5PH)
Duplex Stainless Steel (2207, P10H)
6 Moly SST (AL6XN, 254SMO)
Nickel Alloy (C-276, 400, 600, 800)
Stainless Steel Clad on Carbon Steel
Nickel Alloy Clad on Carbon Steel
Solid Wall Titanium
Solid Wall Zirconium
Zirc. Or Ti. Clad on Carbon Steel
Dissimilar metal welds
Copper
Aluminum
Tantalum
Wear Resistant Alloys (ie. Stellite,
Colmonoy, etc.)
API RP 582 Guidelines Used
Special Qualified Procedures
Tube/Pipe Coils
If yes, do you have pipe bending equipment
Structural steel fabrication
Skid Mounted Units
Flame Spray Metalizing (i.e. HVOF, D-gun, Jetkote)
Automated Tube to Tube-Sheet Welding
Sheet Steels
Weld Metal Overlay
Strip Overlay
Wire Overlay
Automated Equipment
Brazing
Refractory Lining
Others (please describe)

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PIP VECQ1001-F2
June 2009

Process Industry Practices

Quality Assurance
Quality Program Basis
Number of QA/QC and Inspection Personnel
Average years of experience
Additional Comments

Heat Treatment Capability


Heat Treatment Subcontractor

Furnace Size

Maximum Temp.

Temp. Control

Atmosphere

Type of furnace firing-natural gas, electicity, oil


Furnace atmosphere sulfur free for heat treatment of nickel alloys?
Quenching Facilities

Painting and Surface Coating


Indicate Capabilities Available
Grit Blasting?
Pickling?
Chemical Coating?
Black Oxide?
Galvanizing?
Tumbling?
Painting?
Chrome Plating?
Size of Grit Used
Level of Surface Preparation
Others (Please describe)?

(SSPC No)

Hydrotesting
Source of hydrotest water
Water Organic Content, ppm
Total Chloride Content, ppm

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PIP VECQ1001-F3
June 2009

Process Industry Practices

PRESSURE VESSEL SHOP


INFORMATION FORM PIP VECQ1001-F3
QA, QC INSPECTION
Application of Quality Program?
All orders? (Yes/No)
Only when specified? (Yes/No)
Number of Certified NDT Employees
Level I
Level II
Level III

NDE Certifications

NDT Subcontractor

Testing Capabilities (Put X in box on left if self-performed or SC if subcontracted)


Hydrostatic Pressure
Maximum Pressure
Pneumatic Pressure
Maximum Pressure
Safety Measures for Pneumatic Tests (e.g. PCC-2)
Vacuum Test
Minimum Pressure
Helium Mass Spectrometer
Manufacturer
X-Ray
Rated Energy (kv/Mev)
Radioactive Source
Type
Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT)
Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
Eddy Current Testing (ET)
Acoustic Emission Testing (AET)
Hardness Test
Type
Ferrite Testing
Type
Alloy Analyzer
Type
Positive Metal Identification (Texas Nuclear or Equivalent)
Other Chemical Test Kits
Heat Chemistry Test Equipment
Instrumentation Test Equipment
Type
Temperature Controlled Inspection Room
Coordinate Measuring Machine
Optical Tooling
Type
Stylus Type Roughness Measurement
Plating Thickness Test
Make
Coating Thickness Test
Make

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PIP VECQ1001-F4
June 2009

Process Industry Practices

PRESSURE VESSEL SHOP


INFORMATION FORM PIP VECQ1001-F4
SUPPLIER LIST OF EQUIPMENT

List of Stainless Steel, Nickel Alloy (such as Hastelloy C276) , Titanium and Zirconium
Pressure Vessels and Heat Exchangers Fabricated in the Past 2 Years
Equipment Type
(vessel, reactor, column,
heat exchanger)

Size
Diameter x
Length
(ft or mm)

Materials of Construction for


shell, and tubes for heat
exchanger
(ASTM or common name)

Weight
(tons or
tonnes)

Year
Fabricated

Country of
Delivery

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