Pressure Vessel Manufacturing, Engineering, Fabrication and Operations Industry News

Read news about the pressure vessel manufacturing, engineering, fabrication and operations industry, including the 2018 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference (PVP)FABTECH 20182018 PVMA Fall Business Meeting, the steel processing and fabrication industry, the metal forming industry and the Halvorsen Company. Listed below are very informative articles and stories about pressure vessel industry current events published online, by international standards organizations, in newspapers, through Internet reports and in pressure vessel industry trade journals. Included below are summaries and links to press releases, YouTube videos, editorial commentary, blogs and standards specifications that further the education of professionals in the field of manufacturing, engineering and operating pressure vessels, industrial process equipment and storage tanks. Watch our video titled pressure vessel manufacturing on YouTube.

ABEC Expands Vessel Supply and Service Capability for Global Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers
ABEC Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland, becomes the first biopharmaceutical vessel manufacturer in Ireland to secure American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Certificate of Authorization for pressure vessel manufacture and repair.

BETHLEHEM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ABEC, a leading global provider of integrated solutions and services for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, today announced its manufacturing facility in Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland has received ASME Certificate of Authorization to manufacture and service pressure vessels. ABEC Kells is the first biopharmaceutical equipment manufacturer in Ireland to receive ASME’s Certificate of Authorization. A Certificate of Authorization from ASME confirms ABEC complies with the stringent ASME VIII design codes and fabrication process, and is authorized to apply the ASME “U” stamp to new equipment, and “R” stamp to service repair work to ASME certified vessels. ABEC Kells is the second of ABEC’s facilities to obtain ASME authorization. ABEC, Springfield, MO, USA facility has held ASME Certification since 2003. Both ABEC facilities also have full capability to deliver vessels per the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED). This enables customers to more easily transfer and repair vessels amongst their worldwide operations since vessels and repairs can be dual certified to ASME code and the PED. ABEC Kells has also applied for its China Manufacturing License (ML) to manufacture pressure equipment for the Chinese market. This is in addition to ABEC Springfield which already has its ML in place. “The biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry is global and dynamic. A reliable supply of high quality vessels and certified services is critical for our customers,” said Scott Pickering, ABEC President and CEO. “ABEC is leading the industry in code compliance at our manufacturing facilities, bringing customers maximum flexibility and responsiveness to address their global vessel needs.”

About ABEC
Since 1974, ABEC has been a global leader in delivering integrated process solutions and services for manufacturing in the biopharmaceutical industry. A majority of the world’s pharmaceutical and biotech companies are ABEC customers; with many of today’s leading therapies manufactured by processes and equipment engineered, manufactured, installed and serviced by ABEC. Whether adding capacity or improving existing facilities, ABEC’s turn-key solutions and support services reduce overall cost and time to market while delivering maximum productivity.

Carbon Steel Plates for Pressure Vessels
Masteel supplies superior quality carbon steel plate for boiler and pressure vessel fabrication which is perfectly suited to the high standards set by the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors, which is why they stock a wide range of carbon plates according to ASTM A516 Grade 70 and ASME SA516 Grade 70.

Tenney Environmental Ships Vacuum Space Simulator to Aerospace Industry
Tenney Environmental, announced the shipment of a vacuum space simulation system. This system is designed to test ionic thruster chips for space vehicle systems. Tenney Environmental, announced the shipment of a vacuum space simulation system. This system is designed to test ionic thruster chips for space vehicle systems. The simulator will allow the customer to test their products in house, while replicating outer space conditions. The customer manufactures equipment for space. The dual cryopump vacuum system is sized specifically to maintain the high vacuum while the thrusters are firing inside the vessel. The Tenney space simulation chamber design considers the OSHA, NEC, and ASME Code for Unfired Pressure Vessels. The vacuum chamber is a horizontal cylindrical vessel constructed entirely of Type 304 stainless steel with a #4 interior and exterior finish. The overall internal dimensions of the vessel are 48” in diameter and 60” in depth. The vessel also includes multiple specialty access ports and an internal stainless steel removable grating shelf system, so the customer can place his products inside as needed. “Tenney designed the cryopump control system to allow the customer the flexibility to automatically run one or both of cryopumps independent of each other using proprietary control logic for the gate valves. This provides the customer more gas load testing capabilities.” – Rick Powell, Vacuum Products Manager Unique features of this Tenney space simulation chamber include:

  • 1.0 x10-7 torr vacuum range
  • 10SCFM at 80PSIG GN2 requirement
  • Single chamber access door
  • Dry screw style roughing pump
  • 5 channel UHV Vacuum Gauge Controller
  • Cold Cathode UHV Sensor
  • 1,000,000 duty cycle rated stainless steel high vacuum gate valves
  • Cryopump UHV system
  • A programmable logic relay system that fully automates the high vacuum operation
  • Designed for approx. 20,000l/s water vapor pumping speed.
  • Customer product placement stainless steel grate system

About Tenney Environmental
Tenney boasts the most comprehensive line of standard and custom environmental test chambers and rooms in the industry. Known for innovative engineering design, robust construction, and superior performance, the Tenney line of test chambers is designed to meet all your temperature, humidity, altitude, vibration, and vacuum-testing requirements.

About Thermal Product Solutions, LLC (TPS)
Thermal Product Solutions, LLC (“TPS”), is a leading American manufacturer of industrial ovens, furnaces, pharmaceutical sterilizers, laboratory ovens, environmental temperature chambers, and stability test chambers. TPS provides thermal processing and test solutions for a range of industries. TPS brands include Baker Furnace, Blue M, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, Lunaire, MPH, and Wisconsin Oven. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at

Vitalis Extraction Technology Adds Ten New Hires in Ten Days, Doubles Production Capacity, Expands FootprintHelps ‘Future-Proof’ Cannabis Companies
KELOWNA, British Columbia, July 30, 2018 – Vitalis Extraction Technology today announced a rapid expansion plan solidifying its position as the largest supercritical CO2 extraction equipment company serving the cannabis industry in North America. Vitalis Extraction Technology works with some of the largest and most award-winning names in cannabis – both extract and edible companies – all over the world. “Our expansion will keep us one step ahead in a fast-growing industry,” said Joel Sherlock, co-founder and chairman of Vitalis Extraction Technology. “Global market increase brings new and returning customers, meaning we have to increase capacity and productivity on every level. We’re adding to headcount and growing our workspace, which will empower us to double our daily system output while driving new research and development.”

Founded in 2016, Vitalis Extraction Technology produces the most sophisticated high-flowing, industrial-scale, supercritical CO2 extraction systems for the cannabis industry. Voted Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 Lift Canadian Cannabis Awards, Vitalis is on the forefront of emerging Canadian and global markets. Expanding its team of 40 employees, Vitalis’ 10 new hires will include warehouse managers, equipment fabricators and assemblers as well as service technicians across North and South America. The company will almost double its footprint by adding 10,000 square feet of workspace in Kelowna, BC. “Extraction equipment is one of the most expensive and critical components of cannabis production and distribution, and we understand the gravity of a purchase this size for a growing company,” said Sherlock. “Oftentimes a customer will purchase a machine, and shortly thereafter need a system with greater capacity. Instead of buying a whole new machine, the Vitalis Q and R series systems are ‘future-proofing’ our clients’ businesses, meaning they’re designed to expand for increased output and volume. So when it’s time to scale and expand, no matter the company size, the Vitalis machines will be able to meet those growth needs without a complete replacement.” Leading the extraction equipment field, Vitalis systems are renowned for their reliability, scalability, and continuous operation. All Vitalis systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME and CSA Standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code, and stamped with a CRN and NB registration number confirming that the vessels meet code and have been designed and examined by professional engineers and Authorized Inspectors. “As the cannabis industry grows, so do our clients,” said Sherlock. “Their success is our success. Expanding our space and hiring new talent will empower us to continue to provide the best product and support in the most aggressive timeframes in the industry.” Vitalis currently has 40 employees and is set to hire 10 more in August and employ a total of 75 people by the close of 2018. On track for a 105% increase in sales this fiscal year, Vitalis is set to remain the largest commercial supercritical CO2 extraction equipment company in the cannabis space in North America.

About Vitalis Extraction Technology
Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc.© (Vitalis) is a privately-owned, Kelowna-based engineering and manufacturing company, producing the highest-flowing industrial supercritical CO2 extraction system for the cannabis industry. The company’s core focus on innovation and design has vaulted it to the forefront of the market. Renowned for their reliability, scalability, and continuous operation, Vitalis systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME and CSA Standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code. The vessels are stamped with a CRN and NB registration number confirming that the vessels meet code and have been examined by an Authorized Inspector. With systems on three continents, Vitalis has the most deployments of industrial CO2 supercritical extractors into the cannabis industry. Vitalis was recently voted Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 Lift Canadian Cannabis Awards. For more information, visit their website at

ASME Experts Helping Companies Large And Small
The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) is an internationally recognised standard for the design, manufacture, inspection and testing of all kinds of pressure vessels. Inside of North America, the ASME Code is generally required for many types of pressure vessels and equipment. Outside North America, the ASME Code is recognised as a leading global standard. In order for a manufacturer to be able to apply the ASME stamp to a piece of equipment, it has to be approved by ASME to perform the work. This is done along with an Authorised Inspection Agency. Click here to learn more about this process. ASME Code symbol stamps are applied to item nameplates by ASME approved manufacturers. ASME Data Reports are generated to identify that an approved manufacturer has carried out the work. An Authorised Inspector carries out inspection during the manufacturing process and countersigns these Data Reports. Lloyd’s Register is a globally recognized ASME Authorised Inspection Agency. Outside of North America, we are the leading provider of ASME code services. We provide accreditation services* to all parts of the ASME BPVC including Sections I, III, Divisions 1,2 & 3, IV, VIII Divisions 1, 2 & 3, X, XI, and XII.

ASME Offers All-Expenses-Paid Oil and Gas Career Tour
Attention mechanical engineering students: a unit of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) wants to inform you about career options in the oil and gas industry and pay for the privilege of doing so. Each year, ASME’s Petroleum Division (PD) invites two groups of 20 to 40 mechanical engineering students from universities throughout North America to participate in its Collegiate Council (CC) program. Each CC member – selected based on an online application, a personal essay and a faculty advisor’s recommendation – travels to two intensive, 3 ½-day working meetings in a city with a strong oil and gas industry presence. PD sponsors the meetings to build awareness of oil and gas career opportunities for mechanical engineers. The crash courses in the oil and gas industry include facility tours, presentations, a group project, one-on-one meetings with industry pros and networking opportunities. Dena Demboski, Houston-based vice president of drilling and completions with UpCurve Energy and a PD volunteer who helps to run CC, describes the program as a “fully funded opportunity to bridge the gap between school and the oil and gas industry.” “Students gain exposure to some of the newest technology and learn about types of jobs within the different oil and gas divisions – upstream, downstream and midstream – and gain insight on various career paths for engineers that help them make more educated decisions about job selection after school,” said Demboski. “In addition they have opportunities to network with other engineers in industry and students wanting to get involved with industry, ask questions and make life-long contacts that could help lead them to their next job.” Another Houston-based CC volunteer, retired subsea engineer Don Wells, said practicality is a hallmark of the program. “It’s a real introduction to the opportunities provided in the petroleum industry,” said Wells, whose nearly four-decade career included positions with ConocoPhillips and Hess Corp.

Moving Forward with New Pedestrian Bridge
The Tulsa River Parks Authority approved an agreement today that would allow the City of Tulsa, River Parks and the Gathering Place to move forward in partnership with the construction of an iconic pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River. Beginning in March 2017, the City initiated a public process to collect conceptual bridge designs for a new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge as the original bridge could not be salvaged due to structural deficiencies. The City received 234 responses through the public process and The Gateway, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates emerged as the winner. With an elegant and timeless design, The Gateway will serve as an iconic centerpiece along the Arkansas River and complement the neighboring Gathering Place. The arched bridge will be built with a steel plate fabrication system, which will make it the first bridge of its kind in the United States. The agreement reached today ensures The Gateway will be constructed at a level that meets and exceeds the care and excellence that has been provided in the Gathering Place, while also providing clear mechanisms to fund additional amenities, including shade and seating, which Tulsans requested during the public feedback phase. “The decision confirmed by the River Parks Authority today establishes the partnership that will build a world-class bridge spanning the Arkansas River to Tulsa’s very own riverfront park, the Gathering Place, for generations to come,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.

2018 Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA) Fall Business Meeting
September 10 – 11, 2018: Crowne Plaza Columbus North Worthington in Columbus, OH
For further information on upcoming meetings, please contact the association headquarters in Chicago. (630) 942-6590 or

FABTECH 2018 is November 6-8, 2018 in Atlanta
FABTECH is where the industry comes together to see what’s now, what’s new and what’s next. It’s where connections are made and where deals get done. See cutting-edge exhibits, learn from expert-led education, network with peers and more, Nov. 6-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in 2018. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference (PVP) July 15-20, 2018 And Exhibition July 16-18, 2018
Promoting Excellence in the Global Pressure Vessel and Piping Industry – Join us in Prague, Czech Republic for a the ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference (PVP). More than 180 paper and panel sessions are planned, as well as tutorials, a Technology Demonstration Forum, and the 25th Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Symposium and Competition. The ASME 2018 PVP Conference promises to be the outstanding international technical forum for participants to further their knowledge-base by being exposed to diverse topics, and exchange opinions and ideas both from industry and academia in a variety of topics related to Pressure Vessel and Piping technologies for the Power and Process Industries. The PVP Conference is a great place to exchange ideas and to meet colleagues as we all work to create and advance Pressure Vessels and Piping technologies for our global community of practice. The PVP Conference is a recognized forum for fruitful exchange of ideas with participants from over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and the Oceania islands. The ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Division is the primary sponsor of the PVP-2018 Conference, with additional participation by the ASME Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnosis and Prognosis Division (NDPD).


  • Codes & Standards
  • Computer Technology & Bolted Joints
  • Design & Analysis
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • High Pressure Technology
  • Materials & Fabrication
  • Operations, Applications, & Components
  • Seismic Engineering
  • Non-Destructive Examination
  • Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Competition and Symposium

Pressure Vessel Market worth 184.87 Billion USD by 2021
The report “Pressure Vessel Market by End-User Industry (Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Power, & Others), by Type (Boilers, Nuclear Reactors, Separators, & Others), by Material (Steel Alloys, Other Alloys, & Composites), & by Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and South America) – Global Forecast to 2021”, The pressure vessel market is expected to reach USD 184.87 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.38% from 2016 to 2021. This growth is attributed to growing demand for electricity and power generation capacity additions. Increasing upstream & downstream activities in the oil & gas industry is the major factor expected to drive the pressure vessel market.

New Bucket Technology Could Slash Offshore Wind Costs
Siemens Gamesa is working with Universal Foundation to test an offshore wind foundation suction bucket concept that could cut installation costs by 40 percent. The consortium including Siemens Gamesa, Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and has been awarded $4.4 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. The partnership aims to complete an offshore trial installation after having built and eight meter by eight meter prototype. The new concept merges the noise free installation advantages of suction buckets with industrialized fabrication methods using coil steel instead of classical plate steel. The fabrication method was originally developed between Siemens Gamesa and the Danish steel specialist Ib Andresen Industries for application in onshore towers. “By applying this innovative fabrication method to suction bucket technology in offshore wind, the steel plate thickness can be reduced to below 20mm, compared to today’s typical thickness of 30-40mm for this type of foundation, said Finn Daugaard Madsen, Project Manager, SiemensGamesa. “This means use of lower costs steel with higher supply availability. The assembly process is much more suitable for high volume manufacturing, and hence supply bottlenecks can be eliminated and costs reduced. A key element is to ensure the structural integrity of the foundation both during installation and operation.” The aim is to mature the concept towards full commercial scale. In March this year, Universal Foundation and Hitachi Zosen teamed up to push competitive offshore wind in Japan. The cooperation is focused on a feasibility study to assess the application of bucket technology for a Japanese offshore wind power generation project. Hitachi Zosen is executing the works in partnership with Kyoto University (comprising of Kyoto City, Kyoto University, Kyoto University) and Toyo Construction. The decision to engage Universal Foundation in the feasibility study was based on a comparative assessment of various foundation types for a wind farm of 15 wind turbines.

Chemicals end-user industry to register the highest growth

The chemicals industry requires pressure vessels to store industrial liquids and other materials that are required in the production of their final products; sometimes they are also used to store the final product until shipped. Additionally, the chemicals industry utilizes pressure vessels to convert raw materials by mixing, blending, and heating to produce the final product. The chemicals segment is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to increased annual production growth in the global chemicals industry. This in turn would require deployment of pressure vessels.

Boilers segment within the pressure vessel market is expected to lead the market

Boilers are primarily employed in power plants for generating high pressure steam to produce electricity. It is estimated to be the largest segment, by type, for the pressure vessel market in 2016. Increasing demand for electricity in Asia-Pacific requires integrated equipment for power generation, which in turn, is likely to drive the pressure vessel market. With majority of applications in power generation, this segment has a prospective market in Asia-Pacific.

Asia-Pacific is the largest market for pressure vessel

Asia-Pacific is the largest pressure vessel market. China and India are the largest markets in the region, due to increasing demand for electricity and power generation capacity additions. Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest rate from 2016 to 2021. Countries such as South Korea, Japan, and Malaysia also have high-growth prospects in the Asia-Pacific pressure vessel market. Increasing focus on renewable power generation and modernization of existing power infrastructure is likely to further boost the demand for pressure vessels in the Asian region.

To provide an in-depth understanding of the competitive landscape, the report includes profiles of some of the leading players in the pressure vessel market, namely, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan), Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (U.S.), Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (India), and Larsen & Toubro Limited (India). These companies have been the most active in terms of strategic developments from January 2014 to April 2016. Most of these market players are present in Asia-Pacific and the U.S. and have been actively participating in competitive developments.

“Pressure Vessel Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024” Research Report Available
April 27, 2017
The research report titled “Pressure Vessel Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024” is available from Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE). This study provides a comprehensive overview of factors driving the global pressure vessel market in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Companies like Halvorsen in Cleveland, Ohio and Larsen & Toubro Limited headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra are benefiting from an increase in demand for pressure vessel construction from chemical, gas and oil industries because of the rising need for more energy and power generation.  Click here to request a sample of the report.

St. Louis has its own way of ensuring boiler safety. Is it good enough?
April 6, 2017
A one-ton high-pressure boiler (water tank) exploded at the Loy-Lange Box Co. business in St. Louis, Missouri killing and injuring a number of people on April 3, 2017.  Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.  St. Louis Fire Department officials say a van-sized high-pressure water tank associated with the boiler system is what launched into the air, crashed through the roof of the Loy Lange building and eventually landed on the Faultless Healthcare Linens building.

GasTech Engineering is Expanding
January 19, 2016
Because the company outgrew their facility in Tulsa they moved their headquarters to a new facility in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. GasTech carries out process engineering, design and fabrication for the natural gas, oil production, refining, petrochemical and industrial gas markets. They design and manufacturer separation equipment such as gas scrubbers, knockouts and coalescers. They also produce dehydration equipment, dryers, process heaters, liquid recovery units and gas filtration equipment.

China Successfully 3D Printed Pressure Vessel Cylinder Prototype For Nuclear Reactor
December 6, 2016
The 3D printed cylinder prototype marks an important step for the companies towards realizing a small pressure reactor made entirely from 3D printed parts.  The ability to 3D print parts such as a pressure vessel cylinder prototype has pushed forward the “Made in China 2025” initiative, which seeks to transform and upgrade Chinese industries, especially the manufacturing industries.

Pressure Vessels Designed As Per Design Safety Standards Can Avoid Catastrophic Damages
December 6, 2016
Engineers and designers make sure that the pressure vessel design conforms to the strict safety standards and guidelines as per ASME, BPVC – Boiler and pressure vessel code, or BS – British Standards.  Almost, everywhere across the globe, pressure vessels designed are based on ASME standards. This is either by ‘Design by Rule’ or ‘Design by Analysis’ approach of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 or ASME Section VIII, Division 2.  Some commonly known pressure vessels in the industry are diving cylinders, recompression chambers, distillation towers, pressure reactors. According to the classification of pressure vessels into thick and thin walled category, their design procedure also differs.  To abide by the standards, the designers and engineers need to pay extra attention to pressure vessel design, as a minor glitch may lead to fatal accidents. Hi-Tech is one of the leading companies, providing quality assistance for pressure vessel design, right from 3D modeling to layout drawings, fabrication drawings, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and installation documentation for custom pressure vessel and storage tank designs as per ASME standards.

High Pressure Processing Equipment Market by Orientation Type, Vessel Volume, Application, End User Category, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022
December 6, 2016
The high pressure processing equipment market, estimated at USD 238.9 million in 2015, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 11.26%, to reach USD 500.3 million by 2022. The market is primarily driven by factors such as increased production use of different sizes of vessels, widening applicability of high pressure processing equipment, and increased expenditure in R&D by manufacturers. The primary restraining factor for this market is the high cost of installation and maintenance of the equipment, which is unaffordable to many food manufacturers. The high growth potential in the North America region and untapped regions of Asia-Pacific provides new growth opportunities for the market players.

Murphy Co. Attains New ASME Certifications
October 31, 2016
Murphy Co., a mechanical/industrial construction and engineering company, has announced the addition of the following American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code stamps for its Colorado office: R stamp – repairs and/or alterations of boilers and pressure vessels; U stamp – manufacture of pressure vessels; and PP stamp – fabrication and assembly of pressure piping.  The company also performs inspection services for boilers and pressure vessels in addition to repairing and altering existing boilers and pressure vessels, complying with The National Board.

AT&F Advanced Metals Completes 1000th National Board Certified Vessel
October 31, 2016
AT&F Advanced Metals, located in Orrville, Ohio, has completed its 1000th vessel certified by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI). AT&F Advanced Metals is a division of the world class steel fabricating enterprise, AT&F specializing in corrosion resistant materials for a variety of industries.

Robinson Metal, Inc. Specializes in Custom Pressure Vessels Turnkey Packages
October 31, 2016
Industrial customers throughout the United States are leveraging the turnkey manufacturing capabilities of Robinson Pipe and Vessel for custom pressure vessels and piping systems. Robinson Pipe and Vessel goes beyond the typical delivery expectation for custom pressure vessels by providing services ranging from equipment design all the way to installation and testing of the controls and instrumentation.  Robinson Pipe and Vessel manufactures custom pressure vessels ranging in size from 6 inches in diameter and 1 foot long to 10 feet in diameter by 40 feet long. The company’s customers include those in the oil and gas, water treatment, and other industries that require dependable custom pressure vessels for safety and performance.

Omax Engineer Receives Fellowship from American Society of Mechanical Engineers
October 31, 2016
Darren L. Stang received the fellowship award for his leadership in the area of high-pressure technology in ASME’s Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Division.  The fellowship was awarded for Mr. Stang’s leadership in, dedication to and promotion of high-pressure technology in the Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Division of ASME, and through his work in the ASME Section VIII, Division 3 codes and standards committee.  Mr. Stang has over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and high-pressure equipment, and serves as the subject matter expert for Omax in the areas of fatigue, fracture mechanics, damage tolerance and fatigue mitigation.

Halvorsen Listed As Key Manufacturer in Global Pressure Vessel Market Analysis Published By Grand View Research

September 15, 2016
The Halvorsen Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio was listed as a key manufacturer of pressure vessels in the global pressure vessel market analysis published by Grand View Research in August, 2016. Other companies listed include Abbott & Co., Bharat Heavy Electricals, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Samuel Pressure Vessel Group, Barton Firtop Enginnering Company Limited, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc., Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD., Dongfang Electric (Guangzhou) Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd., IHI Corporation, General Electric and Westinghouse Electric Company LLC.

The contents of the report include an analysis by material, product, application and segment forecasts.  Also covered in the report are industry insights, material insights, product insights, end-use insights, regional insights and competive insights.  Click here to view a summary of the report or click here to purchase the report titled “Pressure Vessel Market Analysis By Material (Steel Alloy, Other Alloys, Composite), By Product (Boiler, Nuclear Reactor, Separator), By Application (Oil & Gas, Chemical, Power Generation) And Segment Forecasts To 2024.”

Ignored Since Katrina, Big Boilers Back in City’s Focus
September 13, 2016
In New Orleans there are more than four times as many buildings in the city that run large boilers or pressure vessels than there are licensed engineers to maintain them, according to a WWL-TV review of city records.

Welding and Hygiene in the Food and Beverage Industry
September 1, 2016
The hygienic requirements of the food and beverage industry place high demands on the welds that hold tanks, pipes and vessels together. The requirements for a high-quality weld and weld surface finish are paramount in the dairy and other food and beverage industries, as the consequences of poor surface and weld quality can be costly and dangerous.  Recent contamination scares in the dairy sector provide some examples of the consequence of not getting things right. In effect, every metre of weld inside a storage or process tank or vessel represents a risk to be managed. Fabricators must make significant efforts to ensure that both the weld integrity is adequate and that the surface finish meets the specified requirement for hygiene.

Global Oil and Gas Separator Market 2015-2019 Report
September 1, 2016
Separators used in the oil and gas industry are pressure vessels that segregate well streams into respective liquid and gaseous components. The applications of separators range from on-site primary separation to refinery process separations. Horizontal, vertical, and spherical are the main types of oil and gas separators. Separators can be divided into two groups: oil or gas or water three-phase separator and liquid or gas two-phase separator. Separators can also be classified as degassers, deliquizers, primary-phase, test, low-pressure, and high-pressure separators based on their application. They are usually designed in three stages, namely, preliminary stage, second stage, and third stage to meet the requirements of a project. Gravitational and centrifugal technologies are used to achieve the required efficiency of separation. In addition, the degree of separation is determined based on factors such as separator operating pressure, fluid flow regime (turbulent or laminar), and residence time of the fluid mixture.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global oil and gas separator market to grow at a CAGR of 5.52% over the period 2014-2019. The report includes the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global oil and gas separator market for the period 2015-2019. The market can be segmented into four divisions: technology, vessel configuration, fluids to be separated, and application.  The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

‘First light’ Experiments at NSLS-II Study Radiation’s Effect on Reactor Pressure Vessels
September 1, 2016
Among the first experiments at the National Synchrotron Light Source II—NSLS-II, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory—were studies of irradiated steels similar to those used in nuclear reactor pressure vessels (RPVs). The purpose of these experiments was to determine the structural properties of nanoscale features that lead to embrittlement in RPVs, and the findings will help regulatory agencies determine safe operating lifetimes for the nation’s existing fleet of nuclear reactors.  Results of the experiments are detailed in the March 2016 issue of the journal Scripta Materialia.

Art’s Way Manufacturing (ARTW) to Cease Vessels Operations
September 1, 2016
Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTW) announced that it intends to discontinue the operations of its Art’s Way Vessels segment in the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year.  Art’s Way Vessels, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc., specializes in ASME code and non-code pressurized vessels and storage tanks for water treatment, petroleum, agriculture, food & beverage, marine and mining industries.

Volume IV: ASME Pressure Vessels
August 11, 2016
The scope of this presentation is to present basic information and understanding of the ASME code for the design of pressure vessels for the chemical and process industry as applicable in the United States and most of North and South America.

PVMA 2016 Fall Meeting – September 12 -13, 2016: Crowne Plaza Columbus North – Worthington in Columbus, OH
August 10, 2016
The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA) is the national organization representing manufacturers of pressure vessels made in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2, and suppliers of materials and services to the pressure vessel fabricating industry. PVMA member companies produce the major share of ASME-Code, Section VIII pressure vessels manufactured in the United States.

PED (Pressure Equipment Directive) Pressure Vessels Manufactured by BEPeterson
August 9, 2016
BEPeterson announced the shipment of multiple PED Pressure Vessels with CE certification issued by Bureau Veritas UK Ltd. The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) of the EU establishes the standards for the design and fabrication of pressure equipment.  The PED pressure vessels manufactured by BEPeterson are used as Helium Separators as part of a compressor assembly. They consist of carbon steel shells with weld caps on each end and couplings welded to the shell and weld caps. The Vessels were pressure rated from 2000 psi up to 8400 PSI. BEPeterson is ISO 9001:2008 certified. All PED vessels are supplied with full documentation including material test reports (MTRs), Hydrotest reports, RT (x-ray) test results, and full dimensional reports.  The PED pressure vessels were fabricated and ASME stamped by the National Board. BEPeterson is a PED pressure vessel manufacturer and has supplied a variety of PED pressure vessels for the European market.  BEP manufactures Pressure Vessels, Tanks, ASME pressure vessels & tanks, ASME code and non-code vacuum chambers and vacuum furnaces, filter vessels, filter housings, skid assemblies, Co-gen ducting and a variety of industrial metal fabrications.  BEPeterson provides comprehensive ASME engineering design for ASME code and non-code tank fabrication and pressure vessels. BEP, located in Avon, MA is a leading ASME pressure vessel manufacturer specializing in designing and engineering pressure vessels and tanks from the following metals; stainless steel, nickel, hastelloy alloys, high alloy materials – 200 and 300 series SS, 2205 & 2207 Duplex SS, aluminum and carbon steels.

Vessel Lighting Measurement
August 9th, 2016
The lighting used to illuminate the interiors of process vessels has been dominated by halogen luminaires for decades. In recent years brighter LED luminaires have emerged that are causing process experts to re-assess their vessel lighting needs.

Research and Markets – Global Three-Phase Separator Market in Oil and Gas Industry 2016-2020
June 14, 2016
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Three-Phase Separator Market in Oil and Gas Industry 2016-2020” report to their offering. The global three-phase separator market in the oil and gas industry to grow at a CAGR of 1.25% during the period 2016-2020.  The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global three-phase separator market in the oil and gas industry for 2016-2020.

Morganton Pressure Vessels To Locate Manufacturing Center In Bay Minette, Alabama
Morganton Pressure Vessels LLC, based in Marion, North Carolina is a compressed-air system manufacturer and North American subsidiary of Italy-based Baglioni Group SPA. Morganton Pressure Vessels LLC is a manufacturer of air receivers and products for air treatment. Their product range includes oil separators, filtration vessels, desiccant dryer vessels and mist eliminators. The firm will establish a new manufacturing facility in Bay Minette, Alabama. Baglioni Group is active in the production of four major product divisions, including vessels, special pressure equipment, cryogenics, and oil and gas. Its products are certified to meet all pressure-containing vessel regulatory standards, both domestic and international. The new Morganton Pressure Vessels Bay Minette facility will produce standard and customized pressure vessels that will serve North American consumers in the compressed air and oil and gas industries.

Global Pressure Vessel Market Growing at 5.38% CAGR to 2021 Dominated by Steel Alloys Segment
May 17, 2016
The pressure vessel market is expected to reach $184.87 billion by 2021 with power generation capacity addition and change in energy trends being major reasons behind the boost in its demand and overall market growth.  The steel alloys segment within the pressure vessel market is estimated to be have the largest size in 2016.  Asia-Pacific is estimated to account for the largest market share, by value, in the pressure vessel market in 2016.  End-user industries are deploying pressure vessels for power generation and processing raw materials to produce the final product, primarily in the chemicals & petrochemicals industry.

NOW, Inc. to Acquire Power Service, a Fabricator of ASME Code Vessels
Power Service Inc. distributes OEM parts including pumps, generator sets, air compressors and blowers, and fabricates custom Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) units, Vapor Recovery Units, ASME Code Vessels and Water Production skids serving the Upstream, Midstream & Downstream oil and gas markets as well as the Mining, Power Generation and General Industrial industries.  Power Service, Inc., is a fabricator of ASME pressure vessels and holds a “U” Certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an “R” Certification from The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.  NOW Inc. is one of the largest distributors to energy and industrial markets on a worldwide basis. The firm operates primarily under the DistributionNOW and Wilson Export brands.

HOLLOWAY AMERICA to Address Custom Pressure Vessel Fabrication Capabilities at INTERPHEX 2016 in New York City
April 18, 2016
HOLLOWAY AMERICA, a leader in custom stainless steel fabrication of ASME tanks and pressure vessels, announced that it will host a booth at the 2016 INTERPHEX exhibition at the Javits Center in New York City, April 26 to April 28, 2016.  Engineers from HOLLOWAY AMERICA will share expertise about their custom-fabricated, pharmaceutical-grade processing equipment, stainless steel tanks and vessels, which range from bioreactors to fermentation vessels to recovery and WFI tanks.

BONDTECH Delivers 113,000-Pound Autoclave to IMS Fabrication For Customization for Aerospace Industry Customer
March 18, 2016
BONDTECH, located in Somerset, Kentucky, is a full service company designing, engineering and manufacturing autoclave systems. IMS Fabrication, located in Salisbury, North Carolina, manufactures and customizes aerospace autoclaves and earth mover retreading equipment. BONDTECH is the parent company of IMS Fabrication. An autoclave is a type of pressure vessel. It is a strong, heated container used for chemical reactions and other processes using high pressures and temperatures.  IMS Fabrication will customize the carbon steel pressure vessel manufactured by BONDTECH by adding electrical controls, a fan motor, warm and cool air systems and plumbing to let air in and out to the pressure vessel.  This fabrication work will make the autoclave operational for a customer in the aerospace industry. The 50-foot-long industrial autoclave with a 13 foot inside diameter will use pressure and heat to fuse (bond) materials together.  The manufacture of high-performance lightweight components and materials from advanced composites for the aerospace industry often requires autoclave processing. Autoclave systems are used in the aerospace industry to cure lightweight carbon fibre composite materials.

Two Sask. First Nations Buy Into Saskatoon Fabrication Firm
February 15, 2016
The economic development corporations of English River First Nation and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation have each acquired 30 per cent of JNE Welding.  The company manufactures large steel pressure vessels, process tanks and other custom fabrications for mining and oil companies. JNE Welding Ltd., a full-service fabricator founded in 1980, is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The company serves international producers of uranium, potash, petrochemicals, wood, pulp/paper, food processing, as well as original equipment manufacturers.

Welding Prep In Pressure Vessel Fabrication
February 15, 2016
This article written by Tony Hufford for The Fabricator was published on October 28, 2015. Information is provided on 3 simple welding preparation techniques that can eliminate rework costs which can be very high. Fabrication of pressure vessels can involve several feet of welds and, as a result, a lot of surface preparation work. Good weld prep and welding technique are critical to achieving profitable projects and repeat customers. Good cleaning procedures results in good weld reliability. If a weld fails to meet the requirements of a nondestructive test, costs escalate. The weld must be removed, and the area must be appropriately patched. This is an expensive process that can cause a project to miss its expected outcomes for cost and deadline.

Alternative Design Rules for Pressure Vessels & Why You Need Them
February 8, 2016, Written By Dave Bhaumik, Sr. FEA consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services
Pressure vessel manufacturers such as The Halvorsen Company are now using alternative rules framed by ASME that permits the use of simulation tools to validate the design by analysis. The Design by Analysis (DBA) was introduced later in Division 2 within the ASME BPVC Codes to allow better design, which optimizes manufacturing process and decreases production costs. Piotr Stepien presented a detailed comparison of both the design methods i.e. Div.1 & Div.2 through simple calculations, pointing out how the FEA Elasto-Plastic Analysis is the most accurate and useful method to save material without compromising the PV design.

Worldwide Pressure Vessel Market Overview, Major Region, Key Companies Analysis and Forecast 2021
February 2, 2016
The market research report company, has announced the availability of a new report titled “Worldwide Pressure Vessel Market Overview, Major Region, Key Companies Analysis and Forecast 2021.” The report contains information about manufacturing cost structure analysis of pressure vessels, technical data, industry chain analysis of pressure vessels, sale price analysis and more.

ASME BPVC: A Code That Allows Engineers to Sleep at Night; But For How Long?
February 2, 2016
Gaurang Trivedi, a senior engineering consultant at TrueCADD talks about ASME BPVC (Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code) with an emphasis on Division 1 and 2 of Section VIII. He suggests that the ASME take another look at these codes because computational technologies are becoming reliable and cost-effective. TrueCADD helps their engineering clients in evaluating their pressure vessel designs through Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations to help reduce prototyping test trials.

Microsoft Research Project Puts Cloud in Ocean for the First Time
February 2, 2016
Microsoft’s Project Natick 8,000-pound pressure vessel with a datacenter inside was deployed in the Pacific Ocean.

Engineers Mark Completion of Orion’s Pressure Vessel
January 28, 2016

Improving Level Measurement In Tall Vessels
January 19, 2016
The latest digital differential pressure level technology solves problems traditionally experienced when using differential pressure measurements to monitor levels in tall pressure vessels, towers, distillation columns, chemical storage tanks and pulping vessels. To optimise process efficiency and ensure plant safety, it is essential to equip tanks and vessels with reliable and accurate instrumentation.

Pressurized Steel Evaporator Tanks Will Be Used at Paper Manufacturing Facility
December 21st, 2015
Riggers moved nine oversized specialty tanks through the port of Jacksonville’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. The new pressurized steel evaporator tanks, which arrived at JAXPORT from Zhangjiagang, China, are 45-feet in length, 20-feet in diameter, and weigh 220,000 pounds each. Barges transported the tanks along the St. Johns River from Jacksonville to Palatka, Fla., where they will be used at a paper product manufacturing facility.

Latest Bulletin from Pressure Vessel Research Council
Finite Element Analysis of Stress Rupture in Pressure Vessels Exposed to Accidental Fire Loading
The objective of these analyses was to gain a better understanding of the structural failure of pressure vessels exposed to various accidental fire conditions.

VSP Technologies Engineers Recognized at 2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference
October 23, 2015
Jerry Waterland, Vice President of Engineering & Sales at VSP Technologies recieved the 2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference CT/Bolted Joints Technical Committee Outstanding Technical Paper award.

BEPeterson Supplies Godfrey & Wing a Batch System Vacuum Chamber
October 23, 2015
BEPeterson, Inc., based in Avon, Massachusetts, has supplied a batch system vacuum chamber to Godfrey and Wing. Godfrey Wing, based in Aurora, Ohio has 65 years of experience and is recognized as the worldwide authority in vacuum impregnation.  Godfrey & Wing designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative vacuum impregnation equipment and sealants.

Video of Transportation of 2 Million Pound Pressure Vessel on Alberta’s Highway 63
October 16, 2015
Watch the video of a 2 million pound pressure vessel being hauled along a highway in Canada.

Russian Company Completes Production of Reactor Pressure Vessel
October 16, 2015
Heavy machine-building company Atommash completed production of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus.

Westinghouse Electric Company To Dismantle Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel in Germany
September 22nd, 2015
The Westinghouse Electric Company was awarded a contract to dismantle the reactor pressure vessel at the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant  in Unit 1 located in the Karlsruhe district of Germany.  The Westinghouse Electric Company fabricates nuclear reactor vessel internals (RVIs) at the Westinghouse Nuclear Components Manufacturing facility in Newington, New Hampshire.

Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC)
September 18, 2015
The largest annual water quality exhibition in the world is at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., from September 26-30, 2015. Universal Tank & Fabrication, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is an end-to-end tank design, engineering and fabrication provider. They will be exhibiting in Booth 3000.  Universal, founded in 2007, custom fabricates ASME and non-code tanks and pressure vessels.

Premier Steel Fabricator AT&F Acquires HMF
September 18, 2015
AT&F, based in Cleveland, Ohio announced that it has acquired Heavy Metal Fabricators LLC. HMF, located in  Manitowoc, Wisconsin is a manufacturer of large machines and welded components. AT&F, founded in 1940, is a recognized leader in the structural and process design of pressure vessels, vertical columns, tanks, nuclear pressure vessels, towers and shell and tube heat exchangers used in the shale oil, liquid natural gas (LNG), petrochemcial and shale industries. The American Tank and Fabricating Company acquired HMF and it’s 60,000 square foot facility in order to expand its operations into the Midwest. HMF filed for receivership in April of 2015. HMF provides metal fabrications for the marine, paper, crane, foundry, petroleum and construction equipment industries, as well as for the Defense Department.

HOLLOWAY AMERICA Introduces an On-Demand Turn Over Package (TOP) Resources System
September 4, 2015
The company, founded in 1949, is a custom steel, pressure vessel and stainless steel tank fabrication company based in Springfield,  Missouri. The TOP Resources system lets customers access and download password-protected TOP documentation for their custom pressure vessels and engineered equipment. The firm engineers stainless steel fermenters, mixing vessels, automated smart tanks, tank heads and manways.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Certification Program
July 31, 2015
The ASME BPVC Certification Program conforms to the rules governing the design, fabrication, assembly, and inspection of boiler and pressure vessel components during construction. Products manufactured by ASME BPVC Certificate Holders are certified and stamped with the Certification Mark in accordance with the applicable ASME BPVC Section. Certificates offered include Power Boilers Section I, Heating Boilers Section IV, Pressure Vessels Section VIII Division 1, Pressure Vessels Section VIII Division 2, Pressure Vessels Section VIII Division 3, Reinforced Plastic Vessels, Section X and Transports Tank Section XII. Click here to learn how to start a certificate application and to obtain or renew your ASME certificate(s) online using the ASME web application system.

Pressure Vessels Training for Refinery Engineers
July 31, 2015
This 4-day course is offered by The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. Take the course to learn the basics of pressure vessel design and analysis. This course provides the refinery engineer a practical understanding of the basics of pressure vessel design and analysis. Pressure vessel component design, material considerations, fabrication and examination and testing will be covered, with a focus on ASME Section VIII, Division 1 pressure vessels. The course covers General Requirements for Pressure Vessels, Basics of Component Design for Internal Pressure, Cylinders (Heads, Cones, Flat Plates), Reinforcement of Openings, Design for External Pressure, Basics of Pressure Vessel Fabrication, Examination and Testing, Material Requirements and MDMT, Flanges Analysis, Bolting and Gaskets, Non–Circular Pressure Vessels, Process Towers, Horizontal Vessels, Heat Exchangers and Existing Pressure Vessels. Equity Engineering focuses on risk-based inspection, fitness-for-service, materials & corrosion, and process technologies. Keep up with The Equity Engineering Group on Linkedin.

Pressure Vessel & Piping Technologies
July 31, 2015
August 2 – 6, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Led by Industry Experts and Codes & Standards Leaders, the ASME MasterClass Series on Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Piping Technologies examine proven techniques and strategies to explain application of critical design rules and technologies to address issues in today’s industry.

Pressure Vessels: Design by Analysis Methods 3-Day Course
July 31, 2015
This 3-day course is offered by The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. The course provides pressure vessel engineers with an in-depth examination of the techniques used in Design by Analysis pressure vessel design through numerous example problems. The engineers at The Equity Engineering Group have years of experience in the design and analysis of pressure vessels for owner-users as well as in a consulting capacity. Click here to view the Equity Engineering 2015 API Training Schedule.

Pressure Vessel Design Services from Wood Group PSN Limited
July 31, 2015
Wood Group PSN Limited and Bill Gibson, a pressure vessel engineer and technical authority at the company, specialise in pressure vessel design, the specification of pressure vessels, package equipment and pressure systems equipment. Wood Group’s Production Facilities business and Production Services Network (PSN) merged on 20th April 2011 to create Wood Group PSN. The merger created the world’s leading brownfield service provider with annual revenues of around US$3 billion and a 30,000 strong workforce operating in more than 40 countries.

Suppliers of Materials and Services to the Pressure Vessel Fabricating Industry From The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association
July 22, 2015
Includes information about companies that custom design pressure vessels, companies that fabricate carbon steels tanks, firms that manufacture compressors and businesses that make separators. The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA), founded in 1975, is a national organization that represents manufacturers of pressure vessels made in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2. The organization also supports suppliers of materials and services to the pressure vessel fabricating industry. Member companies of the PVMA manufacture and fabricate most of the ASME-Code, Section VIII pressure vessels manufactured in the United States. The PVMA officers and directors have years of pressure vessel industry experience because they also serve as executives for pressure vessel manufacuring and fabricating companies and other producers and suppliers of component parts for pressure vessels.

Information About Pressure Vessels from the American Welding Society
July 22, 2015
Includes information about standard welding procedure specifications, the history of the welding of pressure vessels and the ASME code, the Pressure Vessel Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and more. The American Welding Society, formed in 1919, offers endorsement certifications for ASME Pressure Vessel Section VIII, Div. 1 to all AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWIs) to enhance their credentials.

Pressure Vessel News & Events from Lincoln Electric
July 22, 2015
Includes information about the FABTECH event being held November 9, 2015 through November 12 at McCormick Place in Chicago. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

Pressure Vessel Safety and Health Topics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
July 17, 2015
Pressure vessel hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry.

Pressure Vessels Engineering Topics from ASME
July 17, 2015
Find pressure vessel engineering news, conferences, standards, and more from ASME.

Learn About the Development of New Methods and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing Type IV Pressure Vessels for Low-Cost Hydrogen Storage
July 17, 2015
Information Available From the U.S. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Website

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code 2015 Edition
July 17, 2015

Oil and Gas Industry Directory of Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Provided by
July 17, 2015 is the upstream, exploration and production portal for the oil and gas industry. Rigzone is the leading online resource for news, jobs, data and events for the oil and gas industry.

Fabrication Process for Large Diameter Thin Wall Vessels
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Pressure Vessel Equations
July 17, 2015
Read the exact equations for the stress in the walls pressure vessels on Wikipedia. Learn about pressure vessel design, scaling, scaling of stress in walls of vessel, the equation for the minimum mass of a spherical pressure vessel, equations for cylindrical vessel with hemispherical ends, equations for cylindrical vessel with semi-elliptical ends, shapes of pressure vessels, pressure vessel construction materials, pressure vessel safety features and the history of pressure vessels.

Learn About Mechanical Design of Thin-Walled Pressure Vessels, Axial Stresses, Hoop Stresses and Closed-End Cylindrical Pressure Vessels
July 17, 2015
Read “Pressure Vessels” written by David Roylance, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The North Carolina Department of Labor Explains What is a Pressure Vessel
July 17, 2015
A pressure vessel is defined as a vessel in which the pressure is obtained from an indirect source or by the application of heat from an indirect source or a direct source. Pressure vessels include but are not limited to compressed gas storage tanks (i.e., air, oxygen, nitrogen tanks, etc.), anhydrous ammonia tanks, hydro pneumatic tanks, autoclaves, hot water storage tanks, chemical reactors and refrigerant vessels, designed for a pressure greater than 15 psi and a volume greater than 5 cubic feet in volume or one and one-half cubic feet in volume with a pressure greater than 600 psi.

Davi Delivers Plate Roll to Saudi Arabia Pressure Vessel Builder
July 16, 2015: Posted on
Davi Inc., headquartered in Dallas Texas, has installed a 10-ft. by 2.75-in. plate roll machine in Saudi Arabia. The four-roll machine is used to manufacture tanks and pressure vessels. Davi is the largest manufacturer of plate rolls and angle rolls in the world.  Davi is the largest seller of “giant rolls” to manufacturers of heavy duty pressure vessels, boilers, and energy applications in the nuclear, oil and gas sectors. These machines are designed to roll plates with thicknesses between 45mm up to 400mm or more.

Pressure Vessel Thickness Calculator from
Calculates thickness based on ASME Sec VIII Div 1, Div 2 for a cylindrical pressure vessel for Carbon Steel (CS), Killed Carbon Steel (KCS), Stainless Steel (SS), SS304, SS316 metallurgy.

Alps Welding Leads with Quality and Versatility
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July 15, 2015
Alps Welding has manufactured thousands of registered vessels. The company, headquartered in Woodbridge, Ontario produces a variety of equipment including pressure vessels, piping systems and heat exchangers.

Pressure Vessel News and Technical Articles from OGPE Magazine
July 15, 2015

Pressure Vessel Engineer Jobs on
July 15, 2015

Pressure Vessel Engineer Jobs on LinkedIn
July 15, 2015

Pressure Vessel Engineer Jobs on Glassdoor
July 15, 2015

Pressure Vessel Engineer Jobs on SimplyHired
July 15, 2015

ASME Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Jobs on
July 15, 2015

Information About the ASME International Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code from The Engineering ToolBox
July 15, 2015

NASA OIG Review of NASA’s Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems Program
June 30, 2015
To conduct its space and science operations, NASA uses a variety of pressure vessels and pressurized systems (PVS) such as storage tanks, cylinders, and piping that deliver compressed gas or liquid under significant pressure. Because of the nature of these gasses and liquids and how they are used, PVS may fail and cause harm to people, facilities, and the surrounding environment if not properly operated and maintained. NASA has experienced PVS failures in the past that resulted in loss of mission, injury, and property damage.

Identifying and Reducing Stresses in Pressure Vessels
Written by Mehul Patel, Contributing Writer at Design News
This is a great article for engineers who want to design pressure vessels that withstand stresses effectively without failure. Design News owns the largest trusted community of design engineers in the horizontal engineering space.

Temperature-Controlled Storage Tanks, Pressure Vessels and Reactors
June 22, 2015
Custom fabricator Ross Engineering builds storage tanks, pressure vessels and reactors equipped for accurate temperature control via heating jacket, internal coils, electrical heat tracing, or heat exchanger. Ross Engineering accepts a wide range of fabrication projects, from simple storage vessels to complex reactors and tank farms. Typical materials of construction include carbon steel, 316 and 304 stainless steel, aluminum, Hastelloy, Carpenter Alloy 20 and Inconel. Atmospheric, vacuum and high pressure designs are routinely built in various tank geometries.

Learn About the “Global Pressure Vessels Industry Report 2015”
June 18, 2015
Purchase the “Global and Chinese Pressure Vessels Industry Report 2015” to learn about the current state of the Pressure Vessels industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Pressure Vessels market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. The Halvorsen Company is one of the key manufacturers in the pressure vessel industry. The report focuses on global major leading industry players providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity production, price, cost, production value and contact information.

Market for Pressure Vessels Between 2014 and 2023
April 6, 2015
Due to the demand for alternative fules and high-pressure gas storage vessels, the market for pressure vessels is growing.

Swedish Pressure Vessel Design Company Purchased by American Software Firm
March 20, 2015
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, which itself was acquired by Hexagon AB in 2010, has purchased OhmTech A/S and it’s Visual Vessel Design software. OhmTech A/S, based in Stavanger, Norway is a provider of provider of a pressure vessel design software platform called Visual Vessel Design (VVD). Because of the software’s strong graphical visualization capabilities, pressure vessel engineers and designers use it for pressure vessel, shell and tube exchanger, and boiler design and analysis. Intergraph Corporation, headquartered is in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the largest software companies in the world. Hexagon AB, founded in 1992, is a global technology group headquartered in Stockholm, provides products to design, measure, and position objects. Visual Vessel Design is used by refineries and oil companies and includes a component for ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 codes and standards.

Purchase Report on Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel and Head Market Size
March 20, 2015
The report titled ‘Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel and Head – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2020’ from GlobalData can be purchased at It provides excellent information on the factors affecting demand in the global Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) and Head (RPVH) market. This report is an ideal resource for companies in the nuclear pressure vessel manufacturing and fabrication industry because it identifies opportunities for growth in the market and companies that are highly active in the industry.

2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference
March 18, 2015
Professionals in the process and power industries should consider attending 2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference, July 19-23, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza to increase their understanding of pressure vessel codes and standards along with high pressure technology.

Diode Laser Cladding Reduces Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Time
September 5, 2014
The aerospace, automotive and offshore industries are using diode laser cladding to bond stainless steel, nickel alloys and wear-resistant alloys onto pressure vessel interiors. The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in the United Kingdom recently installed a 15kW Laserline fibre-coupled diode laser. The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), part of the University of Sheffield, is an academic and industrial collaboration located in South Yorkshire, England.   This diode laser quickly coats metal with a layer of alloy material. This pressure vessel manufacturing process is a radical change in pressure vessel fabricating and significantly reduces the time required to manufacture civil nuclear pressure vessels.

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Reactor and Separator Moved From Ohio Port to Refinery
On August 25th, 2014, The Toldeo Blade reported that a reactor and a third stage separator were transported by the Deep South Heavy Lift and Transport Solutions company from the Port of Toledo to the Toledo Refining Company in Oregon, Ohio. The crude oil processing firm is owned by PBF Energy LLC.  In the oil and petroleum production industrys, the term separator often refers to a pressure vessel that separates well fluids produced from oil and gas wells into gaseous and liquid components. To learn more about separators and pressure vessels that are used for oil production, visit Wikipedia.
Click here to read the Toledo Blade story written by staff writer, Mark Reiter

Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Project for Chemical Plant at Fertilizer Company Completed in 2014
August 21, 2014

In the summer of 2014, The Halvorsen Company of Cleveland completed the manufacturing and fabrication of the chemical pressure vessel.  This type of pressure vessel is often called a stripper tower, stripper column, stripping column and decomposer. The pressure vessel had a diameter is 84″ and length of is 331″. The engineers and fabricators at The Halvorsen Company production facility in Cleveland used ASME SA240 T-316L stainless steel plate to manufacture this pressure vessel. Click here to watch a YouTube video showing the pressure vessel loaded on a delivery truck as it leaves the manufacturing facility being delivered and transported to a chemical plant operated by a fertilizer company in Ohio that produces solid and liquid fertilizers for agriculture and other industrial products. For more information about The Halvorsen Company’s pressure vessel design, manufacturing and fabrication capacities and capabilities go to To request pricing, rates, fees, expenses or a cost estimate for pressure vessel manufacturing and fabrication, visit

For Pressure Vessel Engineers and Designers: Using Femap and Fatique Essentials For Pressure Vessel Optimization and ASME Simulation Analysis
August 15, 2014

Get some good pressure vessel engineering and design advice and learn about performing ASME simulation analysis and pressure vessel optimization using Femap, and an application programming interface (API). Femap (Finite Element Modeling And Postprocessing) is a advanced engineering simulation and analysis software program sold by Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. that runs on Microsoft Windows. It is used by engineers such as Adrian Jensen who is a Sr. Staff Mechanical Engineer at Predictive Engineering, a company that focuses on finite element analysis (FEA). Femap is CAD-independent and can access geometry data from CAD systems such as NX, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/Engineer and AutoCAD. Femap also provides CAD import functionality along with modeling and meshing tools. Pressure vessel manufacturing engineers at the Halvorsen Company, such as Justin Frick, use it to conduct complex simulations for pressure vessel transient thermal analysis. Pressure vessel and mechanical engineers use Femap to construct finite element models to solve difficult engineering problems while designing pressure vessels. Click here to learn more about stress and fatigue analysis of ASME pressure vessels using Femap and Fatigue Essentials. Fatigue Essentials is a desktop application used to efficiently conduct structural fatigue analysis. For information on using Femap for pressure vessel optimization and ASME simulation analysis read “ASME Simulation Analysis for Pressure Vessels” Posted on by Shawn Wasserman July 25, 2014.

ASME Simulation Analysis for Pressure Vessels
July 25, 2014: Posted by Shawn Wasserman on
This is a great article to read for mechanical engineer that work with ASME Section VIII, Division 2 pressure vessels.

Reactor Pressure Vessel Transported Across Atlantic Ocean and Up the Tombigibee, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Safely
June 26, 2014

AREVA Inc., the French company specializing in nuclear and renewable energy delivered a reactor pressure vessel closure head to the Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center located in Callaway County, Missouri. Click here to see pictures of the reactor pressure vessel closure head as it cruises up the Missouri River.

Download CoDesign Engineering’s Pressure Vessel Newsletters
June 19, 2014

Pressure vessel engineers at The Halvorsen Company read the PV Newsletter published by CoDesign Engineering headquartered in New Delhi. Their firm provides consulting and training training services to pressure vessel industry professionals including manufacturers, engineers, quality assurance personnel, fabricators, inspectors and companies that own and use pressure vessels, heat exchangers and piping systems at their plants. The company was founded in 2009 and started publishing the PV Newsleter in 2012.

Ross Frick, Justin Frick, Jim Musil and other pressure vessel engineers and designers at The Halvorsen Company are passionate about the safety and reliability of the pressure vessels manufactured at their company in Cleveland, Ohio. The Halvorsen Company manufactures and fabricates thick walled carbon and alloy steel pressure vessels that can weigh up to 100 tons and be 140 feet in length. Halvorsen customers include power generation plants, oil and gas refineries and chemical or petrochemical facilities. The pressure vessel engineers and designers at The Halvorsen Company read the PV Newsletter to help their firm comply with applicable pressure vessel codes and standards, such as the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), which provides rules for the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels.

HSB Honored by ASME for Creation, Adoption, Support and Enforcement Support of National Pressure Vessel Code
Hartford, Connecticut, June 2, 2014

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), founded in 1866, was recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), founded in 1880, for their contribution to the development of pressure vessel and boiler safety standards. The company was founded in Hartford Connecticut based on the idea that combining insurance with boiler inspections would contribute to the safe and reliable operation of pressure vessels, boilers and steam drums. HSB was one of the first companies in the United States to understand and address the destructive potential of boilers and pressure vessels. The largest provider of equipment breakdown insurance and related inspection services in North America was an original contributor to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. ” “The first company in America devoted primarily to industrial safety” was recognized by the ASME for their role in the creation, adoption, support and enforcement of the National Pressure Vessel Code. HSB has been credited with preventing many fatal and  dangerous accidents involving steam drum, fire-tube boiler, water-tube boiler and pressure vessel explosions over the past 100 years, when the code was first issued (1914) and published. The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) provides pressure vessel manufacturers and fabricators like The Halvorsen Company of Cleveland, Ohio with a standard set of guidelines for the design, manufacture, fabrication and inspection of pressure vessels. The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) specifications for boiler and pressure vessel design, manufacture, and maintenance became widely accepted as the “Hartford Standards.” HSB was one of the first specialty insurers to combine pressure vessel inspections with insurance contracts to manufacturers and operators of boilers and pressure vessels. Pressure vessels were invented during the industrial revolution, a significant time in history, and were called boilers, which produced steam which powered one of the most important machines used in the 1800s. The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) is The Halvorsen Company’s Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) for ASME code fabrications.

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International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
The Halvorsen Company executives highly recommend this journal for professionals involved in the developing field of pressure vessel engineering technology.

Pressure Vessel Engineering and Design Services
November, 25th 2014
The Halvorsen Company engineers and designs pressure vessels.  These engineering and design services are frequently provided in conjunction with our pressure vessel fabrication manufacturing and services. Click here to learn more about these pressure vessel engineering and design services.

ASTM Pressure Vessel Standards
Pressure vessel articles and the latest versions of active pressure vessel standards including consensus technical standards for pressure vessel manufacturing materials are published by the international standards organization called the ASTM International formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. Pressure vessel construction project managers at The Halvorsen Company cross reference these standards on the ASTM web site to enhance the product quality and increase the safety components of thick walled and heavy pressure vessels manufactured and fabricated at the company’s two industrial production facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. The pressure vessels built by The Halvorsen Company operate at pressures much higher than 15 p.s.i.g. Halvorsen has built pressure vessels with inside diameters over 14 feet. The longest pressure vessel manufactured by the company was over 140 feet long. The fabricator, which has been producing boilers and pressure vessels since 1955 has even manufactured AND DELIVERED pressure vessels that weigh almost 100 tons. The ASTM web site is an excellent resource for engineers that want to know the precise standard specifications for pressure vessel steel plate as well as quenched and tempered nickel alloy steel plate.  Click here to review over 5,000 reports published by the ASTM related to pressure vessels.

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology
Read the current issue of the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Digital Collection. This publication is available online. The pressure vessel engineers and designers at the Halvorsen Company read this publication to stay current with pressure vessel design materials and to learn better ways to prevent the failure of pressure vessels.

The management staff at The Halvorsen company constantly read the research and interpretive reports in the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology to increase their knowledge of design techniques related to the manufacturing, fabrication and mechanical engineering of heating and power boilers, reaction vessels, heat exchangers and pressurized pipes. The pressure vessel inspectors at The Halvorsen company stay sharp by reading this journal to stay abreast of current technology used for the nondestructive evaluation of the pressure vessels manufactured in the 2 Cleveland, Ohio facilities operated by the firm. The company’s engineers highly recommend the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology as a great resource for people in the pressure vessel industry who want to stay up to date with pressure vessel analysis and design, pressure vessel fabrication materials, how to operate pressure vessels, the applications of pressure vessels and their components as well as pipeline systems.

4th Edition of Dennis Moss’ “Pressure Vessel Design Manual” Published on January 9, 2013, Now Available at

Dennis R. Moss and Michael M. Basic collaborated to write the 4th edition of the Pressure Vessel Design Manual (PVDM). The pressure vessel designers and engineers at The Halvorsen Company originally purchased the third edition of the PVDM in 2004 and have been using it for reference ever since. Ross Frick, a seasoned pressure vessel designer at The Halvorsen Company, considers the 4th edition of this designers manual to be a significant improvement to the third edition. Because Ross Frick is the owner of The Halvorsen Company, and ultimately responsible for the pressure vessels manufactured by the Cleveland, Ohio based company, he considers the 4th edition of the Pressure Vessel Design Manual to be an essential component of a pressure vessel engineer’s reference library. Justin Frick, Ross’s son and also a pressure vessel manufacturing engineer, bought a copy of the 4th edition from Amazon to use to improve the firm’s pressure vessel fabrication techniques and processes in the 2 production and manufacturing facilities operated by the company in Cleveland.

Included in the 4th edition, published by Butterworth-Heinemann in 2013, are up to date code specifications from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Universal Building Code (UBC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Halvorsen Company follows the guidelines and standards of these organizations when they manufacture and fabricate pressure vessels for oil and gas refineries, petrochemical manufacturers and chemical plants and other industrial applications.

The authors of the 4th edition are both experienced pressure vessel designers. Dennis Moss has over 40 years of experience and Michael M. Basic P.E. has over 10 years of experience related to the fabrication and inspection of pressure vessels. Both authors work in California for the Flour Corporation, a multinational pressure vessel engineering and construction firm headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Jim Musil, the Chief Engineer at The Halvorsen Company, keeps a copy of the the 4th edition of the Pressure Vessel Design Manual on his desk at his office in Garfield Heights, Ohio. He uses it to sharpen his knowledge of pressure vessel failure types, flange design, refractory lined vessels, thermal and discontinuity stress analysis, horizontal and vertical pressure vessel support types.

The 4th edition of the Pressure Vessel Design Manual, co-authored by Dennis R. Moss , Michael M. Basic is highly recommended by the manufacturing engineers at The Halvorsen Company. It can be purchased from

Click here to purchase the Pressure Vessel Design Manual, Fourth Edition

Excellent Definition of Pressure Vessel Standards
The pressure vessel manufacturing engineers, fabricators, engineering managers and CAD designers at The Halvorsen Company, such as Ross Frick, Justin Frick, Jim Musil and Rudy Ramic, often reference the OSHA standards standards related to pressure vessels published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and United States Department of Labor web site at

Mechanical Engineering Book Titled “Practical Guide to Pressure Vessel Manufacturing” written by Sunil Kumar Pullarcot and Published in 2002
Topics discussed in this book include the manufacturing and fabrication and pressure vessel and components. Specifics are provided regarding procedures for quality control and nondestructive testing of pressure vessels. Readers of the Practical Guide to Pressure Vessel Manufacturing will learn about pad air and preliminary hydrostatic testing and inspecting of pressure vessels. This guide is an ideal resource for pressure vessel engineers who need information about the methods used to comply with ASME code specifications. The pressure vessel engineers at the Halvorsen Company recommend this book for people involved in the purchase, manufacturing and operation of heavy duty pressure vessel used by oil and gas refineries.

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American Petroleum Institute’s Pressure Vessel Inspector Program
This program is an asset to pressure vessel manufacturing and operations company and the pressure vessel industry as a whole. The program benefits employers and the industry. Click here for information about the API 510 examination.

Information About Lincoln Electric’s Consumable and Welding Equipment for Pressure Vessel Industry
Lincoln Electric provides robust, efficient power sources, specially designed consumables and welding equipment for pressure vessel manufacturers. Featured pressure vessel equipment made by Lincoln Electric includes subarc welders and multi-process welders.

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Sheffield Forgemasters International of England Awarded Permission to Sell Pressure Vessels to China
Forgemasters, the heavy engineering firm located in Sheffield, England, has won permission to sell pressure vessels to the Chinese
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Box-shaped Pressure Vessel for LNG developed by KAIST Research Team
March 21, 2014
Electronic Component News, Online edition of US print magazine ECN.

The Online edition of US print magazine ECN reported on March 21, 2014 that Korean researchers successfully displayed the installation and operation of a box-shaped, high-pressure tank for the storage of liquefied natural gas in Pohang, Republic of Korea. Some pressure vessel industry insiders claim that a pressure vessel that is neither
cylindrical nor spherical is the first one ever successfully built.

Pressure Vessel Suppliers
Pressure Vessel suppliers are listed on the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers Web Site, View company profiles of over 1,000 pressure vessel suppliers on the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers Web Site, ThomasNet is an excellent reference source for professionals in the pressure vessel trade. Click here to view The Halvorsen Company profile on

Vahterus is the Biggest ASME Compliant Pressure Vessel Manufacturer in Finland
February 5, 2014
Vahterus is the biggest manufacturer of ASME compliant pressure equipment in Finland, both in terms of quantity and tonnage. The firm manufactures condensers, evaporators, cascades, heaters and coolers, plate and ring heat exchangers and plate and shell heat exchangers.

Industries Switching from Metallic (Type 1) to Composite Construction (Type IV) Pressure Vessels

The global shift to use of vehicles powered by fuels other than gasoline, like natural gas and hydrogen, has spurred substantial growth in the manufacture of pressure vessels. The Halvorsen Company manufacturers metallic, steel and alloy pressure vessels. Certain industries, such as the space industry are switching from metallic (Type 1) to composite construction (Type IV) pressure vessels. On July 2nd, 2013 announced that it successfully tested at Type IV (Composite Pressure Vessel) a cryogenic fuel tank. NASA and Boeing are manufacturing the 18 foot diameter pressurized composite fuel tank. NASA may be able to lower the cost of pressure vessels and rocket fuel tanks and minimize their weight by using composite materials during the manufacturing process.

For more information on the manufacturing of Type IV pressure vessels read the following articles:

NASA Marshall Kicks Off Game Changing Composite Cryotank Testing
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), March 25, 2014

NASA Tests Game Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), July 2, 2013

The Markets: Pressure vessels (2014)
Soure: CompositesWorld, 1/1/2014

Steeltank Institute, Steel Plate Fabricators Association
The STI/SPFA is a trade association representing fabricators of steel construction products and their suppliers. Member companies produce steel storage tanks, field erected water tanks, pressure vessels and heat exchangers, and pipe and pipelines. Their customers are from the petrochemical, power generation, food, pharmaceutical, fuels, wastewater and water transmission industries. These organizations provide information about the safe storage of petroleum products in factory-fabricated steel above and underground tanks. The STI/SPFA is located at 944 Donata Ct., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 and the phone number is 847-438-8265. The web site is

Washington State Gas Plant Explosion Linked to Ruptured Pressure Vessel
Around 8:20 am on Monday, March 31, 2014 an explosion at a pipeline facility in Washington state created a mushroom cloud of black smoke and fire. According to a company spokeswoman Michele Swaner, a tank for storing liquefied natural gas was punctured. On April 1st, 2014, the Associated Press reporter, Jeff Barnard, reported that a blast rocked the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near Plymouth, Washington. On April 9th, published a report that indicated that a pressure vessel rupture led to explosion at the East Washington gas plant. According to Ed Brewer, the Northwest Pipeline Vice President Ed Brewer, the firm is investigating the cause of the pressure vessel rupture. The pressure vessel rupture and subsequent natural gas explosion injured 5 workers and 400 people evacuated their residences and farms located in the neighborhood near the community of Plymouth in Benton County. The fire at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility was put out in a few hours. A small amount of gas leaked from the tank and evaporated, according to Steven Keane, a Benton County Sheriff. The plant provides supplemental gas for a 4,000-mile pipeline that stretches from the Canadian border to southern Utah.

ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Garden Grove, California
Sunday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The engineers and management staff at The Halvorsen Company are looking forward to the ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Engineers and other technical minded people, from around the globe, who are in the pressure vessel manufacturing and power and process industries, will have the opportunity to enhance their technical knowledge by sharing their thoughts and concepts. This exchange of industry expertise will occur this summer in sunny California. The ASME 2014 PVP Conference is scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 and will end on Thursday, July 24th, 2014. The venue for the workshops, forums, tutorials and symposiums is the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim located near the Disneyland Park and the Anaheim Convention Center.

The address of the Hyatt Regency Orange County is 1999 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840. To contact the hotel, call 714-750-1234 or visit For hotel information provided by the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) visit For more information about the ASME Conference, visit

Pressure Vessel News and Events Published by Lincoln Electric, a Global Manufacturer of Welding Products
The Halvorsen Company fabricators and welders are experts in the use of Lincoln Electric (also based in Cleveland, Ohio) welding products including arc welding equipment and plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment.

November 11-13, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA USA
Get information about FABTECH, which will be conducted at the Gerogia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from November 11th to November 13th, 2014. The FABTECH web site notes that the exposition will host over 27,000 attendees  and 1,400 exhibiting companies. FABTECH is the United States’ largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing trade show. People in the pressure vessel manufacturing and fabrication industry along with folks in the steel processing and fabrication industry who attend FABTECH will learn about metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing products and developments. Click here to learn about induction heating for stress relieving and pressure vessels built of SA516 Grade 70 material >>

Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA)
Visit the PVMA Fall Meeting being conducted on September 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio.
The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA) is the national organization representing manufacturers of pressure vessels made in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2, and suppliers of materials and services to the pressure vessel fabricating industry.

Procedure for the Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Pressure Vessels
Report Written in 1952 H.A. Ohlgren, J.G. Lewis and Marx Weech, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
This historic report from 1952 explains requirements relative to all pressure vessels and specifically stainless, steel vessels, nickel, Monel, Inconel , aluminum, aluminum alloy and rubber lines vessels. The report addresses fabricating, rolling of plate, welding, the alignment of sheet stock, nozzle flanges, overall dimensions, radiographing, spot radiographing, chemical and corrosion tests, equipment identification and marking, factory inspections and preparations for shipment.

Pressure Vessel Fatigue
Article Written by Francis Brown, Senior Staff Engineer, National Board and was originally published in the Fall 2010 National Board BULLETIN. This article explains metal fatigue including testing for fatigue, conditions affecting fatigue life of a pressure vessel, and examining vessels for signs of fatigue.

Without Safeguards, Pressure Vessels Can Be Deadly
YouTube Safety Message Video Uploaded on Nov 9, 2009 by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Improperly installed or modified pressure vessels have led to a number of serious chemical accidents. Eleven states still don’t require adherence to the ASME pressure vessel code. All states and localities should adopt this code and related boiler standards; lives will be saved as a result. That’s the CSB chairman’s safety message for Monday, November 9, 2009.

Vessel Design and Fabrication Technology for Stationary High Pressure Hydrogen Storage
Zhili Feng (PI), John Jy, An Wang, and Wei Zhang (Presenter), Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The project addresses the significant safety and cost challenges of the current industry standard steel pressure vessel technology. IDemonstrate the high pressure storage vessel technology for CGH2 that can meet or exceed the relevant DOE cost target.

Acoustic Emission Examination of Metal Pressure Vessels
Acoustic emission (AE) is a meticulous nondestructive examination (NDE) method that exposes deficient areas in pressure vessel integrity. It is the only NDE method capable of assessing volumetric integrity during a vessel pressure test period. When AE is used as a primary examination method during hydrostatic testing, it supports all other NDE methods.

Finite Element Analysis of Pressure Vessels
The use of finite element methods to design and analyze pressure vessels is a relatively recent development in the overall historical perspective of the ASME Code. The finite element method first became a useful tool for the designer in the early 1960s. The advent of the ASME Nuclear Code, Section III, which first appeared in about 1964, provided for a “design by analysis” procedure. Up until this time, the pressure vessel design codes all used the “design by formula” approach, which is essentially that now used in Section VIII, Division 1 of the ASME Code. The design by formula method provides explicit rules for calculating wall thicknesses of heads, shells, reinforcement around openings, and other details of a vessel.

Identifying Pressure Vessel Nozzle Problems From the Cracking Pattern
Pressure vessels of “thin” shell construction that are fabricated from 1/2” thick or less steel plate material are routinely used in the power generation, chemical, petroleum, and food processing industries. Some of these vessels are subjected to relatively severe operating conditions that include chemical attack, rapid pressure and temperature fluctuations, and steam/water hammer. As a consequence, many owners or operators perform scheduled nondestructive testing of the units to determine a vessel’s mechanical integrity.

Polymer Use for Boilers and Pressure Vessels
Polymers (plastics) have advantages over metals in the construction of vessels.

Pressure Vessels: Analyzing Change
Vessel owners routinely expand and revise their plant layouts or change vessel content and production levels in order to adjust to changing market conditions. While controls exist in the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) for the repair and alteration of pressure vessels, there is less industry recognition regarding changes in vessel location, service conditions, or contents where there is no physical change to the vessel itself.

Repair or Alteration of Pressure Vessels
This article identifies some of the special requirements applicable to the repair or alteration of pressure vessels fabricated of quenched and tempered (UHT) materials and, in particular, the additional rules that should be utilized when repairs or alterations are made to these items.

The Trend of Boiler/Pressure Vessel Incidents: On the Decline?
Boiler and pressure vessel-related deaths in North America decreased in 1996, perpetuating the cyclical trend of the past five years.

Pressure Vessel Blog
This blog provides useful information to help people define and recognize pressure vessels and understand the hazards posed by pressure vessels and the controls necessary to manage the risks. This pressure vessel blog also includes very good reference materials and information on pressure vessels regulations from DOT, MNDOLI, OSHA, ANSI, ASME and API.

Pressure Vessels Field Manual: Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions
By Maurice Stewart, Oran T. Lewis

Vessel Checks for More Swedish Reactors
Published by the World Nuclear News on Feb 24, 2014
Sweden’s nuclear regulator, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, has requested that the operators of 2 nuclear reactors to review and analyse documentation from the manufacture of the units’ pressure vessels to see whether similar flaws to those discovered in 2 flawed Belgian reactor pressure vessels used in Belgian nuclear plants. In 2013 the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA) recommended that standardized reviews should be carried out at all European reactor pressure vessels, regardless of manufacturer, to verify materials quality and structural integrity.

Paying a Heavy Price for Purchasing Only on Price
As fabricators become more selective about jobs they accept, OEMs need to rethink purchasing procedures.
The FABRICATOR®, March 2014

Halvorsen Boiler and Engineering Renamed The Halvorsen Company
Press Release Announced by PRNewswire-iReach on February 24th, 2014

In December of 2013, The Halvorsen Boiler and Engineering Company announced that the business has been renamed The Halvorsen Company.

Pressure Vessel Testing in SolidWorks Simulation [Webcast]
YouTube Video Published on Jun 15, 2012 by Innova Systems, a SolidWorks reseller in the UK.
Join Applications Engineer, Matthew Fordham for an overview of the Pressure Vessel analysis tool in SolidWorks. Pressure vessel testing is conducted in accordance with numerous, strict criteria which can depend on the use of the vessel and even the location of use. The boiler and pressure vessel codes are extensive but very specific. Designing to these codes is a complex task.

ArcelorMittal Galati Supplies Turkey’s Largest Producer of High Pressure Vessels
September 2013
For Isısan, Turkey’s leading maker of pressure storage and transport vessels, quality is just one of the reasons why they choose ArcelorMittal’s heavy plate grades for their products.

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