Summary

The new SPV directive (2014/29/EU) has been published and came into force on 20/04/16 to replace directive 87/404/EEC.

  • Simple pressure vessels are intended to contain air or nitrogen at a gauge pressure greater than 0.5 bar but less than or equal to 30 bar, and not intended to be exposed to heat.
  • Simple pressure vessels must be manufactured in series production and be of welded steel or aluminum construction with a total pressure.volume (PS.V) product not exceeding 10,000 bar.litres.
  • All Category A vessels must meet the essential safety requirements outlined in Annex 1 of the Directive. They must have safety clearance, the CE mark and the other specified information shown on the vessel and be issued with appropriate instructions.
  • All Category B vessels must be manufactured in accordance with engineering practice recognized as sound in an EEA State and bear the specified inscriptions (but not the CE mark).

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