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Hydratight: one year on from ASME-PCC-1-2013

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Oilfield Technology,

The entire workforce of international bolting company Hydratight has been certified to the highest joint integrity standards in the world, after following a dedicated training programme implemented a year ago.

Hydratight became the first qualified organisation of the American Society of Mechnical Engineers (ASME) Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly, known as ASME-PCC-1-2013, and remains the only company in the world permitted to qualify employees to these standards.

A core of more than 800 technicians now meets the ASME requirements for training and qualification for bolted joint assembly.  Hydratight strengthened its position further by commissioning an independent audit from Lloyd’s Register, which confirmed staff met the exacting standards.

Doug Sangster, Commercial Leader, Hydratight, said:  “ASME has always defined the competency of manpower as an employer’s responsibility. We take this seriously and implemented measures over and above requirements, while encouraging regulatory authorities to strengthen certification standards.

“Hydratight qualifies for the only system to train, monitor and verify its personnel.  Having people who are continually trained, assessed and verified through exacting standards provides the highest level of assurance to the customer.  The ASME-PCC-1-2013 is about ongoing competency verification as compared to one time certifications.”

Mr Sangster added:  “We’re proud to know we adhere to legislation on the level of training expected in the safe use of high pressure hydraulic equipment.  Accredited training provides candidates with an understanding of the dynamics of bolts, gaskets and flanged joints.  It means resultant pipe integrity problems are minimised and rework costs reduced.”

Hydratight has training centres in 14 countries worldwide.  It also delivers the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) mechanical joint integrity approved courses, the Step Change in Safety mechanical joint integrity route to competence guidance, European standards EN 1591-4:2013 and Energy Institute guidelines for the management of the integrity of bolted joints for pressurised systems.

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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