U, R and S stamps … what sounds like alphabet soup to many of us makes perfect sense to those in the industrial process industries. They know that “stamps” refer to a contractor’s certification in specialized areas of code work and industrial construction, and clients seek out those contractors because they have the knowledge, skill sets and systems required for large, complex projects.
The stamps are issued by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors’ Inspection Code (NBIC) – and they’re not easy to achieve. Sundt holds ASME’s “U” stamp (for the design and manufacture of pressure vessels), and NBIC’s “R” stamp (which allows repairs and alterations to power piping, pressure vessels and boilers). Recently we acquired one of the hardest stamps to obtain: ASME’s “S” stamp, which speaks to a contractor’s ability to perform work as a manufacturer or assembler via administrative and fabrication processes as written by its Quality Control System and ASME Quality Control Manual.
“Adding the “S” stamp to Sundt’s certifications expands the work we can perform for our clients, both in terms of scope and complexity,” said Rich Keil, Sundt’s division manager for industrial construction. “It puts us in a small, select category of contractors that have worked to obtain this certification.”
Earning the “S” stamp came at the end of a lengthy verification process in which Sundt demonstrated its Quality Control System and fabrication abilities to ASME and National Board team members by designing, purchasing, receiving, and issuance of the proper materials and personnel to build an air receiver pressure vessel. The first step was to write an ASME Quality Control Manual that covered all requirements outlined in the ASME/NBIC codes, followed by the administration and in-process demonstration in accordance with the manual.
“This was the fourth time I took part in the code stamp issuance and renewal process, and my first with Sundt,” said Robert Sanchez, Sundt’s Industrial Division Quality Manager. “This review went extremely well as evidenced by the fact the review team had no findings – meaning our ASME Quality Control Manual and demonstrated ability to perform the work was perfect.”