MARKET: Pharmaceutical | Biotech | Life Sciences
SERVICES: • Inspection & Test • Engineering Services • Project Management & Administration
VALUE CLASS: <$200K
ABOUT: Client manufactures pharmaceutical chemicals and antibiotics for humans.
The Client’s maintenance plan included required inspections of their facilities to maintain a safe operating environment and continue operations with minimal disruptions.
TAI performed 60 pressure vessel and storage tank inspections and piping inspections consisting of over 30 P&IDs which include over 70 individual piping lines, as well as project management and administration services over 12-month time span to satisfy the requirements of the client’s equipment mechanical integrity plan. External API inspections were performed on all (60) pieces of equipment. The inspections consisted primarily of visual inspection (VT) and ultrasonic thickness testing (UTT) but a combination of external and internal (requiring vessel entry) inspections was deployed to meet equipment inspection requirements. Remote visual inspection was completed on (20) Glass lined vessels and equipment entry consisting of visual inspection and UTT was performed on (13) non-glass lined tanks/vessel.
Additionally, a Risk-Based inspection was performed on one vessel, an On-stream inspection was performed on three vessels, and Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection inspections was performed on two tanks.
Piping inspections focused of glycol and caustic piping as well as other process piping as directed by the Client’s engineering team. Piping associated with approximately 30 P&IDs were inspected. TAI coordinated the inspection and test schedule with the Client’s personnel including planning with operations and maintenance to ensure vessels were available and obtained all required confined space and hot work permits. Inspections were performed in accordance with the Client’s Plant Ml Program procedures and were documented on the established formal final reports.
TAI engineering group performed fitness for service (FFS) analysis based on the inspection results to verify the acceptability of the test results and establish appropriate inspection intervals based on the equipment design data and the baseline results. TAI provided project oversight required to coordinate the inspection schedule with the Client’s site Operations schedule. Coordination for both the vessel and piping inspections was established to ensure equipment availability, scaffolding access when needed, confined space support, and inspector safety training. Further, TAI provided administrative support to collect equipment documentation and perform equipment evaluations to determine the most efficient inspection methods. Also provided were inspection reports for archival purposes and inspection summary reports.
TAI’s qualified, experienced inspectors executed exterior and interior inspections of 60 pressure vessels/storage tanks and 30 piping assemblies in a timespan of 12 months to accommodate the client’s schedule and ensure the facilities were operating at optimal performance and adhering to industry safety standards.
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