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The EC conformity process for various products is the tool of the European Union to ensure that only products which comply with the essential health and safety requirements are placed on the market and put into service within the European Economic Agreement (EEA) area. The visual symbol of this conformity is the CE marking on the product. The EEA area extends to include the continental shelves of Member States, but seagoing vessels and mobile offshore units are exempt.
The CE marking process has recently attained new attention due to various circumstances. On permanently located installations in the North Sea, where the EU Directives are applicable, so-called “silent deviations” will no longer be tolerated by the authorities. On seagoing drilling vessels and mobile offshore drilling vessels, the owners may claim conformity to EU Directives as contractual requirements, as this will ease the “Acknowledge of Compliance” (SUT) if entering European Continental Shelf waters to drill or execute well interventions.
To prepare for an increasing demand of projects that require CE marking, Kapwell is required to establish the correct procedures and guidelines for CE marking in the future. The New Approach Directives require CE marking on a number of products, and place the sole responsibility for this with the manufacturer. The complete CE conformity assessment and CE marking process is handled directly by Kapwell.
All products supplied by Kapwell are designed in accordance with EN ISO 12100:2010 and have an “EC Declaration of Conformity” with respect to Machinery directive 2006/42/EC (now implementing 2014) and shall be CE marked. For Equipment such as skids containing: pumps, pressure vessels, valves, instruments, etc. where several other directives can be applicable, such as PED, ATEX, LV and EMC all applicable directives shall be listed on the “EC Declaration of Conformity”.
All pressurised equipment including piping systems fulfil the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) No. 2014/68/EU. Kapwell are also happy to meet any additional requirements specific to individual projects, in addition to the PED. All pressure equipment (with the exception of piping and valves) are classified into one of five conformity assessment categories: “Sound Engineering Practice” (SEP) or categories I, II, III and IV according to charts in annex B of PED. Piping and valves are classified into one of four categories; “SEP”, I, II or III. CE marking is not required on SEP equipment.
All piping components procured for systems affected by PED, shall be procured to fulfil certification requirements to category III. The material manufacturer shall have a quality system certified by a “Competent body established within the community”, and having undergone a specific assessment for materials. A lower category can be used if the system involved is confined or limited to within the package.
All components from Piping Class Sheet including valves, procured with CE marking shall generally be procured in category III.
All equipment having the capability to ignite flammable atmosphere, placed within hazardous areas (or in areas classified as such in an emergency situation) shall conform to EU Directive ATEX 2014/34/EU. This includes both electrical and non-electrical equipment (i.e. rotating mechanical machines).
Typically static mechanical equipment such as skids are not ATEX certified by Kapwell as the equipment does not have its own potential source of ignition, although generally process stream equipment including manual valves is not subjected to ATEX 2014/34/EU. For all equipment covered by ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, we supply following:
- An “EC Declaration of Conformity” with respect to this directive
- All EC Type Examination Certificates (from Notified Body)
- All Product QA Notifications (available upon request)
- Kapwell also provide an ATEX Schedule in addition to the Electrical Index, Instrument Index etc.
Kapwell has implemented a quality management system in conformance with the specified requirements in ISO 9001 (latest edition) or equal. This requirement is further detailed in the section “Quality Management” in the Purchase Order, Appendix D. Please contact for Kapwell for further information. Kapwell also work with a Quality Plan in accordance with ISO 10005; “Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Quality Plans” and ISO 10006 “Quality management systems – Guidelines for quality management in projects”.
Kapwell has a strong and clear commitment towards HSE and take their responsibility very seriously. We ensure that the relevant health risks are systematically assessed and identified and that effective measures are implemented at all times.