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Security under pressure

Whether it is separating the required element in a complex chemical process or lifting huge loads, pressure is a basic physic phenomenon as simple to comprehend as it is difficult to dominate and control precisely. From a pressure cooker or a simple fire extinguisher to gigantic industrial tanks used to contain explosive fluids, through vessels designed for membrane filtration processes and a myriad of varied applications, pressure containers utilities are present in almost every aspect of our daily life.

Due to their special characteristics, risk assessment and security forecast for pressure vessels or equipments are critical aspects in pressure vessel manufacturing processes. Every parameter is crucial when it comes to ensuring security for any kind of application: the choice of materials and production techniques, determined by the design and final function of the pressure vessel, are essential issues. Each container must be designed for its own purpose. For example, champagne bottles are different to the rest of wine bottles: their thickness and shape are specially designed to preserve the bubbles over time.

Pressure is a complex phenomenon where control involves studying all imaginable quality standards, and a mistake at any point of the procedure can lead to devastating accidents, in accordance with the latent danger of the application concerned. As is to be expected, a crack in an oxygen bottle is not equally hazardous as a fissure in a nuclear reactor device.

It is virtually impossible to entirely eliminate risks when operating or manipulating these types of equipments and devices; therefore it is only natural that a large part of the investment in this sector seeks to reduce risks to a minimum, trying to confine potential consequences and protect people, assets and the environment.

Safety certifications and unified norms have become increasingly important key aspects when regulating the long list of characteristics in security and standard matters. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is possibly the most renowned organization in this area. Founded in 1880 as an engineering company focused on mechanical engineering in the United States in response to a huge number of steam boiler pressure vessel failures, ASME is now a multidisciplinary and global association that gathers over 130,000 members worldwide: their codes and standards make up the core guidelines in terms of security and product classification for a great part of domestic and industrial systems.

Protec Arisawa is a company specialized in the production of high-tech pressure vessels for desalination plants. At Protec, 100% of the vessel production is designed and manufactured following the ASME Code, the most widely spread and applied International Safety Standard Regulation upon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Pressure Elements, drawn up specially for fiber reinforced plastic pressure vessels. Before delivery and upon customer’s request, we can affix an ASME Code stamp on Protec pressure vessels and assign each of them a National Board Registration number. When selecting Protec, the customer is choosing the best Reverse Osmosis vessels in the market.