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NATIONAL BOARD ISSUES SPECIAL REPORT ON INVESTIGATION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IMPORTED CHINESE FLANGES

 NATIONAL BOARD ISSUES SPECIAL REPORT ON INVESTIGATION
 OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IMPORTED CHINESE FLANGES
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors has issued a Special Report on its investigation involving the manufacture and distribution of flanges from China that may pose a dangerous threat to both lives and property in the U.S. and Canada.
 A flange is a protruding metal collar used to strengthen, hold in place and/or attach pressure piping, boilers and pressure vessels.
 According to Acting Executive Director A.M. Matthews, Jr., the suspect flanges from China are of inferior metallurgical construction even though some exterior markings indicate correct material composition and construction under standards developed by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Testing and Materials. Matthews emphasized that use of these flanges -- which are subject to stress from high pressure -- may create an extreme hazard.
 "At this time, we do not know specifically how many flanges are involved," Matthews explained, "but we suspect it could be tens of thousands." He indicated that the flanges may have also been distributed as far away as Central and South America.
 The National Board official pointed out that the suspect flanges are not unique to industrial operations. "They may be found anywhere pressure piping, boilers and pressure vessels are employed, including many public institutions."
 The 56-page Special Report is the result of a one-year investigation conducted by the Columbus, Ohio-based National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. Published in the interest of public safety, this technical publication is comprised of a series of lab and mill reports, photos, illustrations and a letter of response from the China Centre of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspection & Research of The Ministry of Labour, P.R.C.
 Created in 1919, The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors is a not-for-profit safety organization representing the agencies empowered to assure adherence to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Construction Code and the National Board Inspection Code. It is the Board's objective to promote greater safety to life and property through uniformity in the construction, installation, repair, maintenance and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: For a free copy of the Special Report, contact the National Board Communications Department at 1055 Crupper Ave., Columbus, OH 43229, or call 614-888-8320/
 /CONTACT: Paul Brennan, APR, National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, 614-888-8320/ CO: National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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