Despite its quite simple exterior shape, a pressure vessel is a piece of equipment with a very important and delicate task. It has to contain, under pressure, substances that are often hazardous, allowing them to flow in and out, while several chemical reactions occur inside. In addition, pressure vessels often need to operate in extremely severe climatic conditions.
Given the potential risk of its use, a pressure vessel requires specific characteristics and very high safety standards. In this respect, certifications are an essential reference. As far as pressure vessels are concerned, Cividac obtained the two most important ones.
The first is the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), in effect since 2002, with the purpose of harmonizing standards among EU members. The second one is issued by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), whose first version dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century. The European law harks back to the ASME principles.
ASME and PED standards regulate both the design and production of pressure vessels, and also apply to the other components that are meant to operate under pressure, like pipes, containers, and valves.
For a company like Cividac, not only are such certifications mandatory by law, but they truly are a commercial passport to operating in the Italian and foreign markets.