Pressure equipment inspectors verify whether installations, repairs, alterations or maintenance service for pressure equipment are performed in line with the set operational standards, indicating where deficiencies exist, if any. These professionals can inspect all types of pressure equipment ranging from simple air compressing units to sophisticated chemical reaction vessels.
Besides ensuring that pressure equipment are inspected, equipment owners can do more to make sure that their equipment work efficiently and safely, including:
Fitting pressure-limiting devices
Every piece of equipment that hasn’t been built to withstand the high pressure that may be produced within the system can be kept safe, whenever in use, by fitting pressure-relieving valves. These safety valves should have the capacity to handle the extreme conditions and work best when fitted close to the equipment they are expected to protect.
Pressure-reducing valves should also be installed at the pipework outlets of your pressure equipment system to make sure that the pressures within the system do not go beyond the safe operating limits. With well-fitted pressure-relieving valves, the contents of your equipment will be discharged in as safe a way in the event of very high pressure occurring within the equipment.
Integrating warning systems
In some pressure equipment such as steam boilers, a low water level could result in hazardous conditions. Therefore, these types of equipment should have an appropriate water level indicator such as a fusible plug, which sounds an alarm when the water level goes below a predetermined limit.
Fusible plugs must be fixed at the points where temperatures are first likely to rise if the water level reduces. Most importantly, make sure that the plugs and the pressure equipment are directly connected so that the alarm can go off immediately water levels start to decline inside the equipment.
Using proper measuring aids to monitor key operational indicators
You should have proper measuring tools to obtain accurate indications of the relevant operating conditions related to your pressure equipment. The measuring equipment should clearly display pressures, temperatures, and liquid levels taking place in your equipment. This way, you’ll ascertain if the equipment is operating within safe operating limits.
Appropriate moisture filters and drains must also be provided in cases where moisture can deleteriously affect the proper functioning of the operation of the measuring devices or the system as a whole.
When pressure equipment experience operational failure, they can lead to devastating outcomes; they can cause severe bodily injuries and, at worst, even loss of lives. Implementing the three precautionary measures discussed above can help you significantly boost the operational safety and integrity of your equipment. For more tips, contact companies like Adept Engineering Australia.Read More