Guidelines & Legislation
In 2010, ASME Standards & Certification published a much expanded edition of the standard reference. PCC-1-2010 ‘Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Joint Assembly’ replaces the first, 2000 edition. The new publication reflects advances in gasket technology, bolting assembly procedures, and calculation methods.
These guidelines are unique in the world for addressing issues with the assembly of pressure vessel and piping bolted joints from a standards perspective. They address subsequent advances in gasket technology, bolting assembly procedures, and calculation methods that have enabled the improvement of both the integrity and efficiency of bolted-joint assembly.
The lack of standardized qualifications for bolted joint assemblers has been identified as an issue by many in industry and is a leading cause of joint leakage due to poor assembly practices. To improve the status quo, a significant revision to the existing PCC-1 Appendix A was drafted and is under consideration. The proposed new Appendix A outlines requirements for creation and administration of training and assessment programs for certifying bolted joint assemblers, and suggests minimum course content for that certification.
ASME PCC-1-2010 represents a step change in the level of detail provided for guidance on bolted joint assembly and guide continued improvement in the integrity of bolted flanged joints.
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