Flange Joint Integrity Tag
Obviously, it’s very important to ensure that after any installation of PTFE lined piping that the bolts are correctly torqued and then checked to ensure the integrity of the flange joint. When an existing flange joint has been disturbed, then again this needs to be correctly remade and its status known and recorded.
With both planned shutdowns and new installations having potentially many flange joints to check this task can become quite difficult to coordinate and control. The recording of these tasks and inspections becomes complex and difficult to manage.
CRP have a solution to help with this process, which with a tag fitted immediately shows the status of any joint which has been broken or yet to be assembled.The Joint Integrity Tags are multicolour plastic which should be marked with a waterproof marker pen. Each tag has a unique number which should be recorded against the isometric line drawing, P&ID or database indicating the details of the flange joint and building up a history of the work conducted on the joint.
As work is carried out on the joint, the related stage tag is marked by the fitter and then parted from the others and returned to the central person(s) responsible for the overall integrity of the works being conducted. This person can collate all of the tags and quickly ascertain which joints still need to have work on them before the plant can be returned to service. The tag information is recorded and builds a maintenance record for that joint and the pipe run.