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PMI for the Petrochemical Industry/Refinery Safety

In the petrochemical industry, using the right alloys in components, fasteners, and pipes could not be more important. In the refinery environment, the correct alloy composition can make the difference between a profitable, efficient process and a costly, embarrassing, potentially deadly disaster. In a refinery, parts made of the wrong alloy-or an alloy whose composition is off-can severely impair or damage plant operations, because the wrong alloy can mean that a component may be unable to withstand physical stress or heat, or may corrode faster than the correct alloy would in the same situation, causing sudden and unexpected failures. For this reason, materials testing, alloy grade verification, and 100% PMI (positive material identification) are not only essential-but required as described in API RP 578-in any petrochemical refinery operation. Message us now for more information on Bruker’s handheld xrf analyzer for API RP 578!

Positive Material Identification with Bruker Handheld XRF

S1 TITAN Handheld XRF gun sorting scrap metalPositive Material Identification (PMI) in a petrochemical context is the process of ensuring that all materials that are intended to be in use in the refinery have been verified to be the correct material or alloy. PMI requires that alloy grade identification and verification are performed at various stages, including incoming parts and stock, and immediately before being put into active use; spot-checks of in-use components are also performed in a robust 100% PMI program. A rigorous PMI program ensures that the alloys used in the refinery are the ones specified for maximum safety and performance.

A rigorous PMI program is essential to minimizing the possibility of a catastrophic failure, and fast, accurate, easy-to-use alloy grade identification tools are essential to a rigorous PMI program. The Bruker S1 TITAN is the state-of-the-art in PMI equipment for the petrochemical industry, providing many distinct advantages:

  • Analyze and positively identify parts of any shape including fasteners, flanges, pipes, plates, welds, and other components.
  • Complete alloy library is pre-programmed with all common alloy grades, while also being fully customizable in case a specific grade you require is not included in the pre-programmed library. Even a novice user can easily identify alloy grades by name.
  • Laboratory-quality alloy chemistry, with all compositional details
  • Easy reporting and data storage for total traceability and regulatory compliance. You’ll have all the records you need for API 578 compliance and total peace of mind.


Contact Bruker today for a free demonstration of the Bruker S1 TITAN at your worksite or a price quote.

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