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Mechanical Engineering 136(11), 40 (Nov 01, 2014) (1 page) Paper No: ME-14-NOV5; doi: 10.1115/1.2014-Nov-5

This article discusses how Harbin Boiler Co. Ltd (HBC) has incorporated the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code to ensure that the research, manufacturing, and servicing behind its products are in line with the international standard. HBC got to know ASME Codes in the early 1980s. In 1987, HBC became the first manufacturer of utility boilers in China to obtain ASME Authorization Certificates and Code stamps S (power boilers), U (pressure vessels), and Ш (alternative rules for pressure vessels). HBC obtained the National Board Authorization Certificate and Code stamp R (repair and alteration of boilers) in 1996. In 2004, HBC completed manufacturing the first product project with the U stamp – 24 oil tanks and gas tanks for the Three Gorges Zuoan Power Plant. During the course of obtaining ASME certificates and Code stamps, HBC also enhanced its design capability and manufacturing level, promoted its technology and management levels, further improved its quality and management system, and greatly strengthened its comprehensive competitiveness in the market.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code reflects the latest technology and research results to guide manufacturers of boilers and pressure equipment. The Code is recognized around the world.

As a leading supplier of utility boilers and pressure vessels, Harbin Boiler Co. Ltd. must assure its customers that the R&D, manufacturing, and servicing behind its products are in line with the international standard and can be marketed to the world. Application of the ASME Code is the only solution.

HBC got to know ASME Codes in the early 1980s. In 1987 HBC became the first manufacturer of utility boilers in China to obtain ASME Authorization Certificates and Code stamps S (power boilers), U (pressure vessels), and U2 (alternative rules for pressure vessels). HBC obtained the National Board Authorization Certificate and Code stamp R (repair and alteration of boilers) in 1996.

In 2004, HBC completed manufacturing the first product project with the U stamp—24 oil tanks and gas tanks for the Three Gorges Zuoan Power Plant. In 2007, HBC obtained Authorization Certificates and Code stamps N and NPT, confirming competence in construction of a wide range of equipment for nuclear power plants, and NS accreditation certification for supports.

A new Language 2008

The Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute, working in agreement with ASME, translates Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections II and XI into the Chinese language.

During the course of obtaining ASME certificates and Code stamps, HBC enhanced its design capability and manufacturing level, promoted its technology and management levels, further improved its quality and management system, and greatly strengthened its comprehensive competitiveness in the market.

After HBC obtained the ASME accreditation, the ASME Codes have been applied in the design, manufacture, and inspection of 300 to 1,000 MW subcritical, supercritical, ultra-supercritical, and circulating fluidized bed boilers. HBC has also adopted the Code in the design and manufacturing of petrochemical vessels and power plant auxiliary equipment In addition, ASME codes provided great help for our products in entering the field of nuclear power equipment.

At present, domestic and international customers generally specify that the equipment is to be designed and manufactured according the appropriate technical codes and the ASME codes for design, manufacture, and inspection. Thus it can be seen that ASME codes have been deeply recognized by users.

Going Ultra-supercritical

Herbin built China’s first domestic 1,000 MW ultra-supercritical boiler for the Yuhuan Power Plant.

Grahic Jump LocationGoing Ultra-supercriticalHerbin built China’s first domestic 1,000 MW ultra-supercritical boiler for the Yuhuan Power Plant.

By conforming to the ASME Code, HBC’s products can better integrate with the world market, and meet the requirements of the market and owners with widely recognized authority. HBC’s products get more trust from owners at home and abroad, and HBC will continue to keep its domestic leading position in technology. HBC’s products have successfully entered the international market and are exported to more than ten countries, including India, Turkey, and Brazil.

ASME codes have enhanced HBC’s market share and reputation in China, and sped up development of overseas business, by lending credibility to its boiler and pressure vessel equipment in the global market. The choice to implement ASME codes was a strategic move for HBC in carrying out its plans for long-term development.

“During the course of obtaining ASME certificates and Code stamps, HBC enhanced its design capability and manufacturing level, ... improved its quality and management system, and greatly strengthened its comprehensive competitiveness in the market”

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