Mueller Environmental Designs recently achieved a significant milestone by receiving its U2 Certification to fabricate equipment under the Section VIII Division 2 standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. According to ASME, “in comparison to Division 1, Division 2 requirements on materials, design, and nondestructive examination are more rigorous, however, higher design stress intensity levels are allowed.” Employing these “industry-best practices achieves operational, cost, and safety benefits.”
“This represented a major transformation,” commented Mueller’s Quality Control Manager Victor Rangel, who led the Div. 2 project team. “While we had been successfully creating Div. 1 vessels for years, virtually everything changes under Div. 2. The standards, the calculations, even the testing requirements are significantly different. However, our entire staff was well prepared and we’ve been told our certification process was unusually issue-free. It’s very exciting to see our company take this professional step forward,” he added.
Vice President of Manufacturing Tommy Tamayo explained one of the major advantages of the upgraded certification. “By being qualified to produce our high pressure separators and deodorizers under the more stringent Div. 2 guidelines we can utilize less thick steel which results in substantial savings without affecting performance or safety. It’s an attractive option for our clients.”
In the accompanying photo the Mueller crew displays the ASME U2 Certificate. From left to right CEO Fred Mueller, Quality Control Manager Victor Rangel, President Janice Mueller, VP of Manufacturing Tommy Tamayo, and Chief Technology Officer Randy Millier.