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Process Piping CE certification detail etc. ?????? 4 years 3 months ago #8897

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So I have been asked to help out the guy on site who is doing the CE self certification on the factory machines. He wants me to do the assessments on the interconnecting pipe systems.

Here is my problem. I haven't seen this done before and either has he so we aren't sure what format or detail I need to go in to.
The "Pressure Equipment Directive" isn't any help as it only really deals with the responsibility of the pipe/fitting vendors to certify their items and says a little on adequate support etc. It doesn't deal with the safety of an installation.

So do I need to check the process design is safe and correct? Do I only need to check the fittings have the pressure rating on them? Do I need to find the data sheets on PRV's, pressure switches, valves etc. to prove they are CE marked and correctly rated for the design?

Has anyone ever done this or have any experience at all with it.? We are looking at low pressure systems here (transport of liquid chocolate at either 30 deg C or 42 deg C)
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Process Piping CE certification detail etc. ?????? 4 years 3 months ago #8901

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Food service ...alittle out of my line, but I have alittle pharmaceutical experience ...semi close. So I'm guessing this piping is stainless steel, so the first thing I'd check and get record of is if they did a "pickling" of the pipe to eliminate any carbon steel tool contamination. Next I'd look at how/when any leak tests were done on this piping plus record of it. I'd get the Process Flow Diagram and look at operating pressures/temp.s and verify that all in-line valving, Instrumentation, & etc. can operate inside the parameters set in the PDF. And lastly see if the piping construction followed any piping spec.s that were apart of the design. ...Good Luck!

Process Piping CE certification detail etc. ?????? 4 years 3 months ago #8903

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Thanks for that but unfortunately nearly all that information is missing or hugely out of date. That's the main reason they need to go though this CE process. Newer installs would have all the information and be most likely CE compliant from design stage.

Process Piping CE certification detail etc. ?????? 4 years 3 months ago #8904

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To be honest, this is not something I've ever been asked to look at before.
This is self certification?
So does the client have a standard to which they are certifying?
Also, is this certifying the design or the installation?
I'm going to guess that there are some design / construction docs (pids at least) available ... although that's a wild assumption.

You mentioned PED - Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC)
Under the Community regime of the Directive, pressure equipment and assemblies above specified pressure and/or volume thresholds must:
  • be safe;
  • meet essential safety requirements covering design, manufacture and testing;
  • satisfy appropriate conformity assessment procedures; and
  • carry the CE marking and other information.
Pressure equipment and assemblies below the specified pressure / volume thresholds must:
  • be safe;
  • be designed and manufactured in accordance with the sound engineering practice of a Member State; and
  • bear specified markings (but not the CE marking).

Anyone else have any thoughts?
I too would be interested in any response from anyone who has done this before ... because I guess it's not as simple of checking valves and fittings for CE stamps.
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