SIL 2 CERTIFICATION
SMNPO-Engineering JSC is the first domestic manufacturer to receive international SIL 2 safety integrity certificates for ball valve actuators. For the first time in Ukraine, an assessment of compliance with the SIL 2 safety integrity level was carried out for actuators of ball valves of different diameters – from DN50 to DN1400, and a positive result was obtained, which is confirmed by certificates.
Customers of modern complex equipment have recently been paying more and more attention to assessing the risk of failures and accidents that can cause the losses and losses caused by downtime and wear and tear of equipment, as well as the likelihood of situations that can pose a threat to human life and the environment. Therefore, the requirement to confirm the reliability of the developers and manufacturers of products is quite common. Certification of equipment for compliance with one of the safety integrity levels SIL and its provision to the consumer is a guarantee of quality.
SIL (Safety Integrity Level) certification is one of the guarantors of the safety of equipment usage. The availability of such a certificate was one of the tender requirements for the gas pipeline valves purchase for the Ukrainian customer (JSC “Ukrtransgaz”, compressor station “Yagotin”). As Mr. Valery Avkhutskiy, head of the standardization and certification department of SMNPO-Engineering JSC, says, this work was new even for experienced specialists, because it includes complex standards, new reliability calculations. In the course of work, calculation methods confirmed the permissible number of failures during the operation of ball valve actuator no more than 1 per 1 million hours, which corresponds to the second level of safety.
Earlier, the company purchased ball valves actuators components from other manufacturers. Now the enterprise strives to produce actuators and other components using its own resources. This allows to save money, create new jobs and make it possible to fulfill orders faster and better. And the availability of SIL2 certificate opens up new opportunities – it will allow the enterprise to successfully compete with the main suppliers of ball valves not only in Ukraine, but also in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, to find customers in Europe, CIS and overseas countries as well.