Mechanical Integrity (MI) can be defined as the management of critical process equipment to ensure it is designed and installed correctly and that it is operated and maintained properly. MI includes equipment such as pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems and associated hardware (valves, fittings, etc.), relief devices, and emergency control systems. MI encompasses the activities necessary to ensure that equipment is designed, fabricated, installed, operated and maintained in a way that provides the desired performance in a safe, environmentally protected, and reliable fashion.
MI should be considered on ASME and API equipment or any other type equipment where it is important to maintain personnel and environmental safety. A typical MI Inspection might include any/all of the following:
- Visual Inspection
- Certification Verification (match name plates to equipment documents, etc.)
- NDE (Non Destructive Examination)
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) (thickness mapping)
- Liquid Penetrant Testing (LPT)
- Magnetic Particle Testing (MPT)
- Positive Material Identification (PMI)
- Calculations based on findings during MI Inspection
- Detailed reports with all testing results and any suggested repairs or further inspections
- Calculations of corrosion rates, remaining life, and recommended inspection intervals to maintain MI for each piece of equipment
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to see how our Field Service Group can help with your Mechanical Integrity needs!