Helander Earns New ASME Certification

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

At Helander, we have provided custom metal forming services for over 80 years. In addition to our high-quality and versatile manufacturing capabilities, much of our success can be credited to our numerous industry certifications.

asmelogoIncreasingly demanding applications must have appropriate components and tooling; standards for these applications are set by organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Each year, ASME awards certifications to truly exceptional companies.

Certifications inform customers that a company is aware of, and complies with, major industry standards. Helander is already ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev C. certified—we are proud to announce that we have just received certification for ASME’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC).

What is the BPVC?

First issued in 1914, the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is a pioneering set of standards used to enhance both the safety and technology of boiler systems. The BPVC has long since been considered a necessity to industries such as power generation, petrochemical, manufacturing, and many others.

The BPVC provides requirements for construction, maintenance, inspection, and operation of boiler systems. Even after 100 years, these standards are still widely recognized and utilized. In fact, many products must adhere to the BPVC standard, or risk their market availability.

Choose Quality Every Time

At Helander Company, each of our customer specified pressure vessels are held to ASME’s BPVC, and can be “U” stamped in house.   With our Section VIII Certification, we can fabricate seamless or welded vessels up to 72” in length and 36” in diameter.  Our pressure vessels are used as hydraulic accumulators, gas storage vessels, and pneumatic reservoirs—these are all demanding applications that require precision manufacturing.

Helander is more than happy to provide any information regarding our ASME certified pressure vessels. Visit our Quality Page to obtain free, downloadable copies of our certificates.

If you have questions about our certifications and qualifications, please contact us today.

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Tags: ASME Safety Standards

Safety Under Pressure: Pressure Vessel Shape Matters

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

pressure vesselThe American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) first published the Boiler & Pressure Code (BPVC) in 1915 in response to the need for safety measures in the production and use of boilers and pressure vessels. In the early 1900s, boilers and pressure vessels – closed containers designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially different from the ambient pressure – were new innovations. These innovations promoted and advanced industrial activity in the U.S., specifically for companies that utilized machines for long-range transportation and heavy lifting.

Safety, however, was an issue. Accidents and fatal disasters were caused by cheap production practices in the early 1900s, careless operations, and temperamental machinery. Because of these issues, the ASME’s BPVC was born and it has played a vital role in manufacturing and industry for almost a century.

Today, the BPVC has been adopted in some form by all 50 states in the U.S. and all provinces of Canada. Additionally, translations and copies of the code are used around the world, promoting pressure vessel safety on an international level. An article posted on the ASME website addresses the importance of pressure vessel safety: “Going by its definition, it is actually very important as the vessel, which comes in the shape of a closed container, is designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially different from the ambient pressure. If it doesn't, the consequences can be fatal.”

Pressure vessels come in all shapes and sizes, each of which can affect the strength andvarious pressure vessels function of the vessel. Common pressure vessel shapes include sections of spheres, cylinders, and cones, with the most common design being a cylinder with end caps called “heads.” The heads of most pressure vessels are often shaped liked dishes, a round/circular design. According to the previously cited ASME article, “More complicated shapes have been more difficult to analyze for safe operation and are usually far more difficult to construct.” Shape can also affect the strength of a pressure vessel, with spherical pressure vessels having twice the strength of cylindrical pressure vessels.

While the shape of a pressure vessel may present production and safety challenges for some manufacturers, that’s not the case for Helander Company. Helander manufactures pressure vessels of varying shapes and sizes, fabricating seamless custom pressure vessel shells through a special hot spinning process that creates vessels made from stainless steel, mild steel, or aluminum. The pressure vessels can be manufactured with or without bottlenecks depending on a customer’s specifications, and all pressure vessels manufactured by Helander meet ASME safety standards. For more information about custom pressure vessels, specifications, and manufacturing capabilities, visit Helander’s website.



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