Customising to Australian standards: CAPS process vessels

Process vessels can be used in a wide variety of applications in manufacturing and often operators have specific technical requirements that need to be met – this is where a supplier such as CAPS can offer tailored services.

“No matter the application, we can supply almost any request,” says CAPS’ Victorian branch manager, Peter Zenonos. It may sound like a sweeping statement, but CAPS can and do deliver on it.

With applications from all types of industry, CAPS have the local engineering capabilities to provide end-to-end custom-built process vessels. Vessel volumes can range from 10 litres to 50,000 litres and pressures from full vacuum up to 5000 kPa or higher. Importantly, all CAPS custom-built process vessels are designed to meet Australian compliance standards.

“For example, we had a request from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chocolate and confectionary to design a specialised non-standard vessel,” explained Peter. “They had a requirement for a food-grade corrosion lining. After assessing their needs and specifications, we recommended a stainless steel product instead of coating or lining the receiver.”

Once the customer agreed to the recommendation, they then provided CAPS with a technical data sheet and a team of CAPS engineers tailor-designed the vessel to meet all of their requirements.

“They were very satisfied with the outcome. In that particular scenario, having a team of engineers on staff who were able to design a vessel to meet their specific operation conditions was a real point of difference,” Peter said.

Customer confidence also plays a role in the selection process. As Peter pointed out, CAPS is a renowned supplier of compressed air systems and the company has built a positive reputation for being reliable and customer-service oriented.

“One of our advantages, is that all the work is performed locally. Our engineers are all Australian-based and have a thorough understanding of Australian standards requirements. This extends to state-based design and plant registration authorities such as WorkSafe and Workcover OHS requirements,” Peter explained. “We stay close to the customer throughout the process, including after-sales. We’ve got nine branches across the country and always strive to provide our services in a timely manner.”

Depending on the needs of the client, CAPS can provide a complete ‘end-to-end’ service to clients. This usually entails a site visit from one of CAPS specialists where they will work with the customer to get an understanding of the application and requirements for the custom-build. They will then send this information to the engineering team who will provide drawings of the vessel. Once the design has been agreed to, CAPS will continue the build and then provide installation.

CAPS also work with independent third-party design and quality assurance inspection bodies such as ICD, Bureau Veritas or LRQA where required. They have expertise in AS1200, AS1210, AS3920, AS 3788, AS4037, AS4458, AS4343, AS3992, AS2791, ASME VIII, ASME IX, EN286-1 and more.

Moreover, CAPS can carry out periodic statutory vessel inspections and plant registrations on behalf of clients, and have the ability to conduct hydrostatic testing in-house, meaning they can repair and recertify any damaged process vessels.

“We can customise any specialised vessel. Whether that be in the design, the material or for a specific type of environment, we have the capability,” Peter clarified.

Readers can learn more by visiting the CAPS custom process vessels web page here.