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Pressure Vessel Inspection Checklist

Proactively using digital checklists for testing the vessel helps to identify issues ahead of time and save costs.

Checklist on testing the vessel

A pressure vessel inspection helps to ensure that pressure vessels hold liquids or gases under pressure safely. Engineers, safety officers or boiler inspectors use a checklist for testing a pressure vessel to maintain its good working condition and that of the safety accessories that help keep liquid and gas pressure under control.

A regular pressure vessel inspection prevents failures that can cause costly damage to property, company reputation or loss of life. It is important to comply with applicable industry standards for the inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, which at the same time helps the company comply with applicable health and safety legislation.

This article will briefly inform you about:

1. Significance of testing the vessel

2. What to consider when testing pressure vessels

3. Typical problems with pressure vessels

4. Digital technology for proactive pressure vessel testing

Significance of testing the vessel

According to the German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, every operator is obliged to have his pressure vessels checked regularly. In addition to the general hazards caused by an unmaintained unit, you risk that your entire compressed air station will be put out of operation. There are several reasons why pressure vessels fail during operation. Routine inspections can identify and eliminate risks and hazards at an early stage.

What has to be considered for the pressure vessel test?

The following aspects will help you to carry out and assess your pressure vessel inspection:

1. Risk assessment

Based on the risk assessment prepared by the safety officer, inspection dates for your pressure vessel inspection will be determined.

2. Before commissioning

A pressure vessel inspection must be carried out during the initial installation, as well as each time the pressure vessel is changed.

3. Internal test

Legally, internal inspections should be carried out at intervals of 5 years and recorded in a pressure vessel documentation.

4. Strength test

The strength test of pressure vessels must be carried out every ten years.

Typical problems with pressure vessel maintenance

You should consider the following reasons why pressure vessels become unusable during any routine inspection:

1. Problems with the hardware

Cracks and erosion on boilers and pressure vessels can be caused by errors in construction, plate material, design or installation. These erros can lead to leakage or fractures. This fact makes it all the more important as a company to comply with industry standards for the manufacture of boilers and pressure vessels to avoid failures and other hardware problems.

2. Error during repair

All pressure vessel repairs that do not comply with the standards, such as improper welding, coating or similar, do not solve problems properly and make the vessel unsafe for use. Regular pressure vessel inspections should be carried out by engineers or boiler inspectors to proactively determine whether everything is in good working order or whether some of it already needs to be repaired or replaced.

3. Lack of supervision

Prolonged use of pressure vessels without regular maintenance or routine inspections can result in catastrophic accidents. Regardless of whether a pressure vessel inspection is performed every 4 hours or annually, it helps to keep the vessels in optimum condition and prevent accidents. It is important to make sure that each inspection is carried out by competent personnel.

Technology for proactive pressure vessel testing

Lumiform, the mobile and powerful inspection application, helps engineers and inspectors to perform external and internal inspections of pressure vessels and boilers to test their pressure resistance when exposed to liquids or gases. With Lumiform you can do the following digital an mobil:

Individual digital forms

The flexible form construction kit makes it possible to create new individual checklists at any time and to adapt them again and again.

First class customer service

Lumiform’s excellent 24/5 support will reliably answer all your questions about the app when you need assistance using the tool.

Scheduling and notifications

The Lumiform App ensures that the schedule is kept. All employees receive notifications about the procedure and due dates. Managers automatically receive notifications when assignments are overdue and problems have occurred.

Time-defined work steps

Keep an eye on your schedule and use the information to identify opportunities to increase your efficiency.

Faster identification and resolution of problems

The data you collect from inspections is collected under the Analysis Tab. Here you can access all data and view your performance reports broken down by time, location and department. This helps you quickly identify causes and problems so you can fix them as quickly as possible.

Track inspections in facilities over time

The Lumiform Dashboard allows you to monitor your team’s inspection performance and identify opportunities to improve your operation’s processes and efficiency.


Connect Lumiform’s Software to your enterprise software systems.

Time-defined targets

Keep an eye on what’s happening and identify insights from the information gained to increase your efficiency.

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