The Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU – Implementation in practice

Reference title: PED

Who should attend
Manufacturers of pressure equipment and assemblies, manufacturers of equipment parts and components, materials manufacturers, commissioners, experts in charge of engineering , equipment design, inspection and procurement, project managers, supervisors, pilot run personnel, subcontractors, distributors.

On the subject

The PED sets out the legally binding safety standards for pressure equipment in the EU. Only pressure equipment and assemblies meeting the safety requirements and certification and inspection procedures of the PED may be placed on the Community market. The implementation of the PED presumes that manufacturers, customers, third-party bodies and other economic operators as well share a consistent level of knowledge. In practice, some of the provisions of the PED need further interpretation provided by European guidelines. By subcontracting manufacture of equipment and components to subcontractor chains the responsibility and liability risks of the manufacturer will increase. An advanced understanding of the manufacturer’s degrees of freedom and the functioning of the PED is therefore needed. As from 1 June 2015 the fluid groups definitions have been aligned to the Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (CLP-Regulation), with impact on the assignment of risk-categories and conformity assessment procedures to be applied.
The new PED 2014/68/EU implying significant changes as well as extended obligations of the parties involved – manufacturers, conformity assessment bodies, distributors and supply chains, national authorities – is applicable from 19 July 2016.

– EC-harmonisation, “New legal framework”
– Scope, definitions: pressure equipment and assemblies
– Classification into risk-categories, “Sound engineering practice”
– Conformity assessment: basic approach, procedures, third-party bodies
– EU-declaration of conformity, CE-marking
– Manufacturer according to the PED, obligations and liability

Essential safety requirements
– Hazard and risk analysis, documentation in practice
– Basics of design and construction
– Materials: suitability for use, inspection certificates, special requirements for steel
– Permanent joining: qualification of personnel and procedures
– Final assessment: final inspection, proof test, inspection of safety devices
– Labelling, fabrication plate
– Operating instructions

Alignment to CLP-Regulation
– New definitions of fluid groups
– Impact on classification into risk-categories

Guidelines to the PED
– Legal status, current state
– Impact in practice

Technical specifications
– Leading harmonized European Standards
– Adapted national codes: AD 2000, ASME
– Consequences for safe operation, periodic inspection intervals

Borderline and delimitation problems
– PED / Machinery Directive / ATEX
– Pressure equipment in machinery
– Machinery integrated in process plants

Operation of pressure equipment – what the manufacturer should know
– National legislation on equipment subjected to authorities’ surveillance
– Periodic inspection intervals.

Workshops (by choice): Classification of equipment and assemblies / Requirements for “sound engineering practice” /  Subcontracting and procurement of components / Determination of hydrostatic test pressure / Prevention of brittle fracture – use of steels at low temperatures / CE-marking of piping systems / Hydraulic and pneumatic systems in machinery / Impact of fatigue design specifications on inspection intervals.

Dr.-Ing. Tiberius Schulz