Relief Valves & Maintaining OSHA Regulations

We’ve recently seen an uptick in the number of clients asking for support to complete the PSM (process safety management) documentation and calculations for relief valves. Although the reasons for the recent compliance efforts vary, we thought it would be worthwhile to review the regulations and requirements OHSA has established for process vessels.

Read more ...

Choosing Used vs. New Process Equipment, Part 2

To help you determine if used equipment is right for your budget and process, here are some important items which need to be considered.

Read more ...

What you should expect from your equipment /instrument vendor

At SPEC process engineering we buy a lot of parts, pieces and specialty equipment.

Over the years we have found some reps/distributors to provide not only good prices, but also thorough documentation.

A high quality vendor should be able to provide the following WITH QUOTE:

1.       Cut Sheet, in PDF format
2.       Autocad Drawing of Equipment
3.       Link to Website with Full instruction manual
4.       Price with actual delivery (not “standard quoted delivery”).
5.       Price with Delivery, Full model number.
Read more ...

Choosing Used vs. New Process Equipment, Part 1

What, if any, is the real benefit of buying used equipment for your project? Many people believe that they can save money by buying used equipment for their capital projects, and depending on the age and condition of the equipment they can save between 50% and 75% of the original cost.

Read more ...

Good Manufacturing Practices: Complexities in Clean Room Standards

The United States and European Union both attempt to control the safe testing and manufacture of medical devices and pharmaceutical products through Good Manufacturing Practices or GMPs. In general, these practices adhere to two primary ideas:

  • Manufacturing processes should be clearly defined and controlled. All critical processes are validated to ensure consistency and compliance with specifications that the manufacturer has developed for the product.
  • Manufacturing processes are controlled, and any changes to the process are evaluated before they are changed. Changes that have an impact on the quality of the product (the drug, or medical device) are carefully evaluated.

However, these GMPs are not nearly as helpful or as straightforward as they seem.

Read more ...

The Importance of Developing A Building Program

The core design work for most of SPEC projects involves manufacturing process engineering. The first and most important step is establishing the client’s manufacturing scope.  The space that houses the manufacturing process is only one of the many spaces required in any manufacturing facility.  Space must be planned for utility rooms, laboratories, warehousing, shipping, offices, meeting spaces and corridors.  This planning begins with the building program. 

Read more ...