Designing an ASME tank to code:
Designing a tank to code using ASME standards is essential for ensuring its safety and code compliance with many of today’s regulations. Not all ASME code tanks are the same. Differences in pressure and what the vessel will be holding mean you should only choose to work with an organization that’s familiar with a wide variety of tanks and the ASME code.
It should be your motto when you’re in the market for a process tank.
Originally created in 1914, the ASME code is now used in all 50 states, as well as different municipalities and territories around the world.
This same tank code has also been used in the nuclear industry since its inception.
If you’re looking for a new or replacement ASME tank code, here are a few things you should know.
Not all ASME Code tanks are the same.
There are literally hundreds of different options for which a tank can be designed.
Here are some considerations:
- How much pressure does your tank need to work at during its process? In the ASME Code, working pressure and Maximum Allowable Working Pressure are two different things. Be sure you know which one you need to in your tank specifications.
- Does your tank also need to work in a negative pressure, also known as vacuum condition? This will make a critical difference in the materials used to manufacture your ASME Code tank.
- Will you tank contain a lethal substance? If so, the tank must be designed, manufactured, and tested to additional ASME Code requirements.
Not all ASME Code Tank manufacturers can make your tank.
Any vendor that manufactures tanks complies with the ASME Code. But that vendor may not be able to manufacture the tank YOU need.
The code specifies that the manufacture defines what types of tanks it can design and/or manufacture and where the work can be performed.
For example, our company is only qualified to manufacture tanks made of either carbon steel or stainless steel.
We are only allowed to manufacture tanks up to 1” in material thickness.
We are qualified to manufacture tanks at our manufacturing facility or in the field, for example, at your facility.
A Code tank that meets your needs
When we receive a project, we first review your design to ensure it meets the ASME Code requirements.
If any part of your specification does not meet the Code requirements, we will notify you of the deficiency and work with you to obtain a solution that meet both you and the code’s requirements.
To gain more insight into the systems we've created with this code, please visit our ASME Code Tank Page for more information.
Commitment to designing ASME tanks to code
We care about the safety and satisfaction of our clients.
Adhering to ASME standards is our top priority, from the design through the implementation.
You can trust that you’re getting a product that is safe, dependable and will serve you for many years to come.
Are you working with tanks that are up to ASME standards?
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 12/6/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.