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What costs more, preventing a bolting flange leak or repairing it?

Repairing a bolting flange leak is more costly than preventing it.

If you saw the title of this article and answered, “Repairing it” then you’re correct! But, do you know why that is the case?

Preventing a bolting flange leak in joint connections is one of the most effective ways to improve safety, plant reliability, eliminate unplanned maintenance and maximize asset utilization. Understanding the key components, knowing how to inspect, assemble and disassemble bolted joint connections are keys to a leak-free assembly.

Fortunately, now there is a program and facility that provides the formal training a bolting technician should have to equip them with an understanding of both the functions and limits of bolts, gaskets and flanges -- and especially the importance of following formal tightening procedures.

asme_Logo.jpgASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has launched a new training program, the ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program

Developed by a group of bolting industry experts with more than 193 collective years of bolting experience, the program’s chief motivation is preventing bolted flange connection gasket leaks.

iStock-860766976_RT.jpgThe ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program consists of four online modules and a one-day hands-on training session (also see 3 Steps to completing the Program) that helps participants understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of safe bolted joint assembly as outlined in Appendix A of ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly.

The online training portion of the program is designed to improve bolters’ knowledge of the principles and procedures of safe and effective bolting, as assessed by an online test following each module.

Maxpro Corporation is an Authorized Training Provider for the hands-on tool demonstration and assessment. This one-day session allows candidates to demonstrate and operate various bolting tools including; manual torque wrenches, pneumatic & battery-operated torque guns, hydraulic low clearance & square drive torque wrenches and hydraulic & mechanically operated tensioners.

Candidates will demonstrate proper assembly and disassembly of functioning joints along with proper hardware and gasket identification.

Candidates will receive the ASME Certificate for the Qualified Bolting Specialist upon the successful completion of the online courses, the online final examination, and the hands-on training.

While the program is intended to enhance participants’ familiarization with the general principles and best practices of bolted joint assembly, it is not a certification program. The determination of an individual’s competency for assigned tasks and work remains the responsibility of his or her employer.

If you’re involved in the assembly, disassembly or quality assurance of bolted joint connections - Maxpro can help you with preventing the leaks before they start!

For more information about the program or how to apply, visit the ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program FAQ or contact Maxpro Corporation’s Authorized Training Instructor, Alex Ricciardi toll-free at 888-315-0175 or via email at BoltingTraining@maxprocorp.com

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