Issue 10 - Winter 2013

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What’s New 

ASME Issues First Bioprocessing Equipment Program Certificate

The recently launched ASME Bioprocessing Equipment Certification program offers certification services for organizations manufacturing or supplying tubing and fittings falling under the scope of the ASME BPE Standard for Bioprocessing Equipment. United Industries, headquartered in Beloit, WI, was the first organization to successfully complete the ASME BPE certification audit and was presented with the first ASME BPE certificate on January 15, 2013.

For more information visit the BPE Certification webite or contact Joseph Pang, P.E. (+1.212.591.8525).

ASME Issues Guidance Document on Mobile Crane Standards

In an effort to assist manufacturers, owners, users, and safety officials involved with mobile cranes, ASME has developed a guidance document to help determine which standards should be invoked for a particular application or facility. The guide identifies various U.S. federal, state and local laws, national and industry consensus standards, international standards, and other documents with provisions specific to mobile cranes.

For more information visit the ASME website or contact Kate Hyam, P.E. (+1.646.957.1358).

New ASME Standard on Lift Planning Out for Public Review

As load handling activities grow in complexity, there is an increased need to develop a set of recognized planning guidelines. While some guidance for planning of load handling activities (also referred to as lift planning) is contained in literature from equipment manufacturers and in-house procedures of various organizations, the absence of uniform considerations or comprehensive practices has created an uneven range of planning activities.

ASME's P30 Standard Committee, Planning for the Use of Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Cableways, Aerial Devices and Lifting Accessories held its inaugural meeting in September 2010 with the intent to develop a standard that provides guidance on general planning considerations and practices for load handling operations occurring in all industries, so that users could apply the standard as a template and adapt it to the needs of their specific industry or situations.

The committee-approved P30.1 Planning for Load Handling Activities standard is currently out for public review and comment until February 26, 2013; for information on submitting comments visit the Public Review page on the ASME website.

ASME Elevator Code to Address Wind Turbine Tower Elevators

Responding to an increased need for guidance on elevators used in enclosed wind turbine towers, ASME has developed prescriptive criteria for elevators used to service, maintain, and inspect wind turbine equipment. While ASME's previously established performance- based approach for the design of wind turbine tower elevators will remain in place, the new prescriptive provisions may better serve designers, manufacturers, contractors, and operators of wind turbine tower elevators by providing added confidence and consistency in the design and operation of such equipment.

It is anticipated the new provisions will be included with the next edition of the A17.1/B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, currently scheduled to be published in November 2013.

For more information contact Geraldine Burdeshaw (+1.212.591.8523).

Dates and Venue Set for 2nd Annual ASME Verification and Validation Symposium

Building off the success of its first symposium, the second large-scale symposium dedicated entirely to the emerging field of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer simulations will be held on May 22-24, 2013 in Las Vegas. Over 170 subject matter experts will provide their perspectives on 13 different technical tracks.

The ASME V&V Symposium presents an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with engineers and scientists from all disciplines that use computational modeling and simulation, methods for verification of codes and solutions, simulation validation, and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data.

Several ASME V&V standards development committees will also hold meetings on May 20-21, and all are invited to attend.

For more information visit the symposium website or contact Ryan Crane, P.E. (+1.212.591.7004).

ASME Presents 2012 Standards & Testing Dedicated Service Award

On October 9, 2012, the Standardization & Testing Dedicated Service Award was presented to John L. Wright during a meeting of the B29 Standards Committee on Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets for Power Transmission and Conveying in Atlanta. Mr. Wright was recognized for his service as chair and member of the B29 Standards Committee, the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 100 on Chains and Sprockets for Power Transmission and Conveyors, and for his leadership in the development of numerous B29 standards mostly recently Precision Power Transmission Roller Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets (B29.1 - 2011) and Double-Pitch Roller Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets (B29.100 - 2011).

RIGHT: John L. Wright (r.) is presented with the 2012 ASME Standardization & Testing Dedicated Service Award. Presenting the award is B29 Committee Chair Chuck Springman.

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New and Revised Publications 

New and Revised Standards:

A112.18.1-2011/CSA 125.1-11 Plumbing Supply Fittings

B16.25-2012 Buttwelding Ends

B30.16-2012 Overhead Hoists (Underhung)

B30.29-2012 Self-Erecting Tower Cranes

B31.3-2012 Process Piping

B31.4-2012 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries (Revision and consolidation of B31.4-2009 and B31.11-2002)

B31.8S-2012 Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines

BPE-2012 Bioprocessing Equipment

TDP-2-2012 Prevention of Water Damage to Steam Turbines Used for Electric Power Generation: Nuclear-Fueled Plants

Y14.37-2012 Composite Part Drawings

Y14.41-2012 Digital Product Definition Data Practices

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

New Standards Technology LLC Publications

STP-NU-035 Extend Allowable Stress Values for Alloy 800H

STP-NU-040 Update / Improve Subsection NH-Simplified Elastic & Inelastic Design Analysis Methods

STP-NU-051-1 Code Comparison Report for Class 1 Nuclear Power Plant Components

STP-PT-054 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Codes and Standards Gap Analysis

STP-SA-055 Guide to Mobile Crane Standards

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

ASME Standards Open For ANSI Public Review

Public comments may be submitted on proposed new ASME Standards drafts and on proposals to revise, reaffirm, or withdraw approval of existing ASME Standards.

B18.2.5M - 20XX Metric Flanged 12-Point Head Screws

B30.24 Container Cranes

B89.1.13 Micrometers

B89.3.7 Granite Surface Plates

BPVC Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Various Sections)

See full listing of ASME Standards Open for ANSI Public Review

New Standards Projects

New Standards Projects are either first time editions or revisions of existing standards.

B89.3.1 Measurement of Out-of-Roundness

NM-2 Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Piping Systems

NM-3 Standard on Nonmetallic Materials

PCC-1 Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly

Y14.35 Revision of Engineering Drawings and Associated Documents

See full listing of New Standards Projects and Staff Contacts

Global Outreach 

ASME to Co-sponsor 2013 China International Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference (CIPC)

In partnership with the PetroChina Pipeline Company (PPC) and the Petroleum Storage & Transportation Committee of the Chinese Petroleum Society (PSTC), ASME will serve as a co-sponsor of the 2013 China International Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference. To be held in Langfang, China from September 2-5, the 2013 conference will allow the organizations to continue to collaborate on a broad range of topics including oil & gas pipeline transportation technology, pipeline integrity management, leakage monitoring and safety early-warning technology, detection and assessment technology of pipeline defects, evaluation and prevention technology of geological hazards, energy conservation and environmental protection technology, and construction safety management technology.

For more information visit the conference website or contact Robert Lettieri (+1.212.591.8573).

ASME Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA)

In October of 2012, ASME and the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing areas of potential cooperation including information exchange, support of standards development (particularly those pertaining to commercial nuclear power), participation on ASME Standards & Certification committees, training, and workshops and seminars.

The MOU with CNEA adds to the growing list of formal agreements ASME has established with technical associations in order to promote global collaboration in the area of standardization and conformity assessment.

For more information contact Robert Lettieri (+1.212.591.8573).

China International Working Group (IWG) on ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section II (Materials) Convenes First Meeting

Jeffrey F. Henry, Chair of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Section II (Materials) Standards Committee; Shou Binan, Vice Chairman & Secretary-General, China Standardization Committee on Boilers and Pressure Vessels (CSCBPV); and Minister LU Yansun, Honorary President of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society and Senior Advisor to the China Machinery Industry Association and Chinese Society of Power Engineering respond to a comment at the inaugural meeting of the ASME BPV Section II China International Working Group on Materials held on December 4, 2012 in Hangzhou, China

In December 2012, the ASME China International Working Group (IWG) for BPV Section II (Materials) held its inaugural meeting in Hangzhou, China. The meeting was co-located with an ASME/ Chinese Society for Power Engineering (CSPE) joint workshop on elevated temperature materials.

Section II of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides ferrous and nonferrous material specifications; specifications for welding rods, electrodes and filler metals; and properties of materials used to manufacture boilers and pressure vessels in accordance with ASME requirements.

For more information, contact Noel Lobo (+1.581.8540).

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Energy Spotlight  

ASME Publishes Concentrating Solar Power Standards Gap Analysis

Concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities have been in successful commercial operation for the past 25 years. Recently, however, government incentives and advances in cost reduction have brought many new players into the field and opportunities for accelerated deployment are being seen worldwide.

Since many of the developing technologies in CSP have failure modes and effects different from those treated by existing boiler and pressure vessel standards, a study was needed to identify differences and gaps between the safety regulation needs of emerging CSP technologies and existing ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel codes. The gap analysis looks at six leading CSP technologies, identifies safety-related failure modes for each, and compares them with existing code rules to identify gaps and recommend actions to close them.

For more information, visit the ASME website or contact Gita Sheth (+1.212.591.7865).

Energy Forum to Explore State of Energy Sources and Related Technologies

ASME Energy Forum is a new, year-long multi-media series that explores the technical aspects of a renewable and alternative energy sources and related technologies — including relevant standards. From solar to wave, from wind farms to waste, from hydrogen fuel cells to hydraulic fracturing, the Energy Forum series provides engineers, industry professionals, and policymakers with information on what they need to know today — how energy sources work; technical issues and challenges; and the economic implications. The Energy Forum series offers insight and perspective from top energy experts in an engaging, multi-media approach that includes live webinars, articles, profiles, podcasts and interactive schematics. This year-long campaign kicked off in February 2013 with an initial spotlight on Hydrokinetics. In March, the spotlight webinar will be on Concentrated Solar Power. There is no cost to participate in the webinar, however, registration is required.

For more information, visit the ASME website or contact Gita Sheth (+1.212.591.7865).

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Training and Development  

ASME to Host Free Webinar on B46.1 Standard on Surface Texture

ASME is offering a free two-part webinar on its B46.1 Standard on Surface Texture. The webinars, to be presented by Dr. Suresh Ramasamy, will focus on coherence scanning interferometry. Each 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute question & answer session.

Part 1 of the webinar will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (ET) and will briefly discuss various areal surface topography measurement technologies and then detail the basics of coherence scanning interferometry.

Part 2 of the webinar will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET) and will cover basic error sources involved in an areal topography measurement and address the three categories — Z, X/Y, and part-based errors.

The course is limited to the first 300 registrants.

For more information, visit the ASME website or contact Fredric Constantino (+1.212.591 8684).

See more ASME Training & Development opportunities

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Calendar of Events  

All meetings of ASME standards developing committees are free and open to the public.

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee Code Week; February 10 - 15, 2013
Feb 08 2013 - Feb 15 2013 | Los Angeles, California, United States

B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping System Committee Meeting, February 12-14, 2013
Feb 12 2013 08:00 AM - Feb 14 2013 12:00 PM | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

PCC SC R&T Subgroup on Nonmetallic Repair February 2013
Feb 20 2013 - Feb 21 2013 | Tucson, Arizona, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Mar 05 2013 08:30 AM - Mar 08 2013 05:00 PM | Miami, Florida, United States

ASME B16 Code Week
Mar 18 2013 08:00 AM - Mar 21 2013 05:00 PM | Tampa, Florida, United States

B31.4 Committee on Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids
Mar 26 2013 - Mar 27 2013 | San Antonio, Texas, United States

B31.5 Refrigeration Piping Section Committee Meeting
Apr 16 2013, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM | Baltimore, Maryland, United States

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Committee, and Subcommittee on FRP Piping - April 2013
Apr 22 2013 08:00 AM - Apr 25 2013 05:00 PM | Tampa, Florida, United States

Y14 Committee Meetings on Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Apr 22 2013 08:00 AM - Apr 26 2013 05:00 PM | San Antonio, Texas, United States

Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers - CSD-1 April 2013 Meetings
Apr 23 2013 08:30 AM - Apr 24 2013 04:30 PM | Denver, Colorado, United States

MFC Standards Committee
Apr 23 2013 07:45 AM - Apr 25 2013 01:00 PM | Bloomington, Minnesota, United States

Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) - Spring 2013 Meeting
Apr 23 2013 08:00 AM - Apr 25 2013 05:00 PM | San Antonio, Texas, United States

PTC 18 Hydraulic Prime Movers
Apr 24 2013 09:00 AM - Apr 26 2013 12:00 PM | Savannah, Georgia, United States

B1 Standards Committee on Screw Threads and Subcommittee Meetings_Spring 2013
Apr 30 2013 08:00 AM - May 02 2013 12:00 PM | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B30 and BTH Committee Meetings
May 13 2013 08:00 AM - May 17 2013 02:00 PM | Denver, Colorado, United States

B46 Surface Quality and B89 Dimensional Metrology Meetings
May 13 2013 09:00 AM - May 17 2013 05:00 PM | Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States

B31.1 Power Piping Committee Meeting, May 2013
May 20 2013 - May 22 2013 | Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

B18 Standards Committee on Fasteners and Subcommittee Meetings
May 22 2013 01:00 PM - May 23 2013 12:00 PM | Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Jun 11 2013 08:30 AM - Dec 12 2012 05:00 PM | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Committee on Cranes for Nuclear Facilities - June 2013
Jun 11 2013 08:00 AM - Jun 14 2013 12:00 PM | Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk Committee Meeting
Jun 12 2013, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM | Providence, Rhode Island, United States

2013 ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics (ECCOMAS)
Jul 01 2013 - Jul 04 2013 | Zagreb, Croatia

Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment - July 2013 Meeting
Jul 09 2013 08:00 AM - Jul 11 2013 05:00 PM | Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

B73 Standards Committee on Chemical Standard Pumps
Aug 27 2013 09:00 AM - Aug 28 2013 12:00 PM | Nashville, Tennessee, United States

B31 Code Week - September 16-20, 2013
Sep 16 2013 - Sep 20 2013 | S. Portland, Maine, United States


Y14 Committee Meetings on Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Oct 07 2013 08:00 AM - Oct 11 2013 05:00 PM | Denver, Colorado, United States


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