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Crossover Applications for the ASME-Bioprocessing Equipment Standard

By William M. Huitt, W.M. Huitt Co. |

Because the global chemical process industries (CPI) encompass so many varied industry segments — including the conversion of raw materials and intermediates into chemicals and petrochemicals, fats and oils, paints and coatings, food and beverages, the refining of petroleum, the production of pharmaceuticals and others — there is considerable overlap in terms of the types of equipment, instrumentation, pipe, tubing and design elements, as well as industry codes (mandatory) and standards (voluntary) that are used during the design, construction and operation of CPI facilities. In many cases, a given set of codes and standards created for one industry segment will, quite possibly, contain content that is meaningful and relevant to facilities operating in other sectors. For instance, the ASME-Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Standard was created for the pharmaceutical industry but can be useful in the biofuel and chemical industries, too. Across the spectrum of the more than 200 American National Standard (ANS) developers (organizations accredited by the American National Standards Institute, ANSI) to develop industry standards, and the more than 10,000 American National Standards that are published by ANS developers, there is…
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