Client: Hydratight Limited
Client background: For more than 100 years, Hydratight has provided world-class bolted joint solutions, including torque wrenches, tensioners and mechanical connectors for many industries. Today, it continues to set international standards in joint integrity management to ensure leak-free start-ups and operation. Hydratight offers service teams on a global scale, including customer training and software development. The company also designs and manufactures quality tools and equipment for bolted joint solutions to the highest standards.
Project scope: Certification of Hydratight's bolted joint integrity training system to ASME PCC-1-2013 Appendix A
Pressure equipment worldwide relies on either bolted or welded joint connections. While both are used under the same types of pressure scenarios, welded joints historically have been subject to several mandated procedures and competency requirements due to potentially catastrophic results in the case of failure.
For more than 20 years, Hydratight has championed a similar approach for bolted flange joints, calling for higher standards globally for both bolted flange joint production and the training of bolting technicians.
Hydratight has grown its training program to include 19 training centers and 45 specialized joint integrity training instructors. At the same time, Hydratight was seeking external certification of its training programs from an international awarding body.
In 2013, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) updated their 2010 PCC-1 “Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly” to include an appendix addressing the training of bolted joint personnel. The new guidelines validated and supported the training programs that Hydratight developed.
The new PCC-1-2013 Appendix A not only provided guidelines for training personnel, but also for third-party review and certification of a company’s training program.
As leaders in the industry, Hydratight was eager to have its training program certified, but no third-party organization had attempted to review and certify such a training program before.
Hydratight also wanted to align itself with a single review organization that could conduct an ongoing review of all training programs on a regular basis.
How Lloyd's Register Energy helped
Presenting the ASME PCC-1-2013 Appendix A Qualifying Organization certificate (L to R): Andrew Pitts, LRE ASME Team Leader; Jason Barnard, Hydratight Technical Competency Leader, and Sasha Gallagher, LRE Team Leader - UK South.
Hydratight uses Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to conduct annual reviews of its training programs and management systems as part of its ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations. Lloyd’s Register Energy (LRE) has extensive ASME code inspection service experience, delivering Authorised Inspection Agency services for more than 40 years worldwide.*
Hydratight’s decision to choose LRE as the third-party certifying authority was based on that track record. LRE also has ASME Authorised Inspectors with relevant bolted joint assembly experience that could review Hydratight’s training program to the ASME guidelines.
Over the course of several months, LRE examined Hydratight’s comprehensive operational procedures, training and qualifications programs. The results of the audit showed that Hydratight’s policies and procedures conform to the guidelines in ASME PCC-1-2013 Appendix A.
It is believed that Hydratight is the first organization to both seek and gain third-party certification to this new aspect of ASME PCC-1.
“Lloyd’s Register Energy proved to be the ideal choice for this certification project,” said Wayne Dennis, Hydratight’s Director of Growth & Innovation. “Because of LRE’s extensive industry experience with the ASME code combined with its reputation as an independent, safety-driven organization, we can now add another layer of confidence for our customers and stakeholders, continuing our role as an innovator in the industry.”
ASME PCC-1-2013 Appendix A: Training Program Requirements
Each organisation seeking certification to PCC-1-2013 Appendix A must have a training program that contains five main components:
*All ASME Authorised Inspection Agency activities are performed under the accreditation held by Lloyd’s Register Verification Limited.