Certifications involving the manufacture of LPG semi-trailers
February 11, 2021 Market & Products
Each country has its own norms regarding safety in the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons. For instance, LPG semi-trailers must be examined thoroughly to rule out any leakage or internal damage that could pose a latent danger for everyone involved; this can be prevented by following a set of national and international norms, which will be explained below.
Nowadays, there are organizations in charge of verifying and certifying the production processes of companies dedicated to the manufacture of semi-trailers, tanks, and bobtails. In the case of Mexico, all pressure vessels and pipes must be designed, manufactured, evaluated, and tested under the NOM-009-SESH-2011 published in the Federal Official Gazette where it states all the norms and minimum manufacturing and design requirements for the production and testing of LPG pressure vessels.
Internationally speaking, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is one of the most recognized organizations for certifying and ensuring good manufacturing practices for LPG containers of all types. This is a certification that all companies that fabricate LPG semi-trailers, ammonia, or propane tanks must hold to sell them and used them. Moreover, another essential certification is the one issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), which regulates and monitors the good manufacturing practice, use, and maintenance of these products.
At Arcosa, we follow the most strict national and international norms to offer our clients high-quality products; for instance, our semi-trailers approved by ASME and DOT may come equipped with: an anti-rollover and anti-lock braking system, retractable axle, pneumatic and spring suspensions when needed, and 2, 3, or 4 axles configurations depending on the final weight, taking also into consideration the client’s needs and country.
Given the quality of the products that Arcosa offers, our ongoing demand for semi-trailers ranging from 38,000 to 55,000 liters and the full version in SA612 steel from 38,000 to 41,500 liters keeps increasing, as well as our semi-trailers with a capacity of 11,596 gallons in hardened, tempered and high strength SA517 steel.
During the first semester of 2020, our international presence in the market has been constantly growing thanks to the export of semi-trailers to several countries in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America ranging from 8,600 to 14,700 gallons in capacity.
Throughout our 65 years of experience, we have been striving to become a renowned world-class company by innovating and developing high-tech products for the LPG industry, as well as having highly trained and certificated workers in different areas such as engineering, welding and coating.
We know how important it is for our clients to have semi-trailers that follow all the norms dictated by national and international organizations. Are you aware of the normative for LPG tanks and its maximum capacity allowed in your country?
In case you have any questions, you can contact us to learn more about our semi-trailers and get a personalized quote for your projects and advise from our experts.