As one of ASME’s over 500 codes and standards, the ASME BioProcessing Equipment (BPE) Standard was launched in 1997.
A core concern of ASME BPE Tube Fitting standards is the consistency of weldability using orbital welding. We designed straight lengths of fittings such as Bends and Tees specifically taking into account the clamping requirements in orbital welding machines. Weld ends can be made more sulphur-free by introducing controlled levels of sulphur (between 0.005-0.017). The standard has also addressed the issue of weld beads that are consistent.
In addition to electro-polished and mechanical polished options, ASME BPE tube fitting standard extends flexibility for end-users in specifying internal finishes based on specific applications.
Several component and equipment manufacturers were unable to manufacture fittings, tubing, and process components or equipment to the same critical dimensions or standards, which led to the ASME-BPE Standard. It was not a widely accepted standard in the early eighties when this issue was addressed by the bioprocessing industry. A common problem in field installations was that fittings, tubing, and process components could not be welded.
The ASME Winter Meeting (WAM) in San Francisco in 1988 brought together manufacturers and end users to discuss the development of meaningful bioprocessing standards. Several subcommittee meetings were conducted in 1990, leading to the publication of the first BPE Standard in 1997.
Additionally, the BPE Standard evolved to meet the needs of the biopharm industry. In addition to defining dimensions and tolerances for fittings, tubing and process components; the standard also addresses: the design of fittings, components, and equipment, material joining, surface finishing, seals, metallic materials of construction, and polymer-based materials.
There are now over 30 countries that recognize the ASME BPE 20009 Standard that is on par with international standards for bioprocessing, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products.
The ASME BPE system has made it possible for end users to choose from a variety of suppliers to find fittings and tubing of consistent quality for their projects and be assured that there will be no problems with welding, interchangeability, or intermixing since the fittings are all designed to one standard.
We are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ASME BPE tubes & fittings. They have a state-of-the-art facility with the latest manufacturing technology, quality management, and related documentation. Creating better standards for hygienic applications is Kinglai’s responsibility as a member of the ASME BPE committee.
In addition to its worldwide sales operations, RatnaExporter.com has an impressive customer list that contains most of the major international pharma companies. The distributor of RatnaExporter.com in India is Inline Technologies, Bangalore.
As a result of Inline Technologies’ large local stock of ASME BPE tube and fitting products, all immediate and project needs of pharma companies can be met.
Among other applications with relatively high levels of hygienic requirements, this ASME Standard provides requirements for the design of equipment used in bioprocessing, pharmaceutical, and personal care products industries. Material, design, fabrication, inspections, testing, and certification are all covered.
The ASME-BPE standard is unique in the world, having been developed in response to widespread industry requests for standardization. The standard specifies how equipment and systems for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals should be designed and built. Current best practices are incorporated to improve the purity and safety of the product. By applying ASME-BPE rigorously, companies are often able to improve production efficiency, decrease development and manufacturing costs, increase quality and safety, and remain in compliance with regulations.
The following topics have been added since the last revision:
Certification of static seals and gaskets made from polymeric materials
Seal requirements outlined by seal manufacturers
Testing requirements for compendial water systems using static seals
Evaluation of seal performance post-exposure entrapment
Choosing the right conductivity sensor
Flowmeters for turbines
A comparison between a multi-use and a single-use device
Mechanical seals are either “double” or “dual” in terms of nomenclature; “pressurized” or “unpressurized” in terms of pressure
ASME’s B31.3 Code on Process Piping references ASME-BPE.
Weld discoloration acceptance criteria color charts, ASME BPE MP-2012 and EP-2012, are also available separately. As a result, they can help you ensure optimum safety and code compliance by matching acceptable discoloration levels perfectly.It is intended for regulatory agencies, multinational corporations, plant owners, pressure-equipment fabricators, designers, constructors, materials suppliers, inspection organizations, and others.In industries requiring a defined level of purity and bioburden control, ASME BPE Standard standardizes specifications for the design and construction of fluid processing equipment.