In Jan. 22nd 2008, CFHI successfully passed the final survey of the ASME Commission and gained the certificates, ASME "N", "NPT" for CFHI Group and ASME "NPT" for the CFHI Stock Holding Company. The certification and accreditation lasted more than one year since the end of 2006.
The ASME (abbreviation for American Society of Mechanical Engineering) standards are world's most authoritative standards in the field of nuclear and pressure vessel products manufacturing. This success indicates that CFHI is capable of manufacturing nuclear products according to the ASME standards and its quality system and the capability is granted worldwide. It has a strategic implication for CFHI to become a competitive supplier of nuclear products and take a greater share in the respective market.
The scope of “N” certificate acquired by China First Heavy Industries contains N Construction of Class 1, 2, 3, and MC Vessels; Class 1, 2, and 3 piping Systems; Class 2 and 3 Storage Tanks; Class 1, 2, and 3 Shop Assembly with design responsibility; The scope of “NPT” certificate contains NPT Class 1, 2, 3, MC Fabrication without Design Responsibility. As A Material Organization supplying nonferrous and ferrous Material, including qualification of non-authorized material organization, using of non-qualified source material, and approval and control of sub-supplier.
The scope of “NPT” certificate acquired by Heilongjiang First Heavy Stock-Holding Co. Ltd. contains Class 1, 2, 3, MC and CS fabrication without design responsibility; And as a Material Organization manufacturing nonferrous casting & forging and supplying nonferrous and ferrous material.
CFHI’s high management level attached importance to ASME certification and accreditation activity and set forth important instruction time after time to ensure final successes of the ASME certification. The QA Department of CFHI is assigned as a head in charge of this work, and the certification is passed through the collaboration and co-hard work of every person from each relevant department.
In order to accomplish this certification activity in a satisfactory way, all participating members gave up all national holidays and two day weekend, and often overtime until midnight. Especially during the three months prior to the survey, everybody worked day and night. Spiriting towards the finish line, some comrades worked continuously for more than 50 hours. It became unattainable dream to sleep one or two hour(s) within a day.
During the whole certification, CFHI prepared its own ASME Nuclear Quality Assurance Manual both in Chinese and English, as well as 39 copies of Nuclear Power Quality Procedure documents numbering to 310,000 words, and manufactured one piece of demonstration component; Heilongjiang First Heavy Stock-Holding Co. Ltd. prepared its own ASME Nuclear Quality Assurance Manual both in Chinese and English and 43 copies of Nuclear Power Quality Procedure documents numbering 340,000 words, and manufactured three pieces of demonstration components including forging, casting and welding parts