API RP 578 Material Verification Program

Positive Material Identification has its origins in petrochemical refiners, who recognized that a majority of the incidents and outages were caused by failures of components made of an incorrect alloy in a critical location.  It should be no surprise that one of the main procedures for PMI has been published by the American Petroleum Institute (API). API RP 578, Material Verification Program for New and Existing Alloy Piping Systems is one of the best known PMI programs.  Handheld XRF guns can easily be qualified for use in this procedure and can be used for almost all of the measurements required by this procedure.

Please contact our experts to understand how to use handheld XRF guns in an API 578 inspection program. 

In recent years, OSHA implemented a National Emphasis Program to inspect all refineries in the US. API RP 578 is one of the steps used to demonstrate that the refinery understands PMI and has implemented the necessary steps to ensure proper alloys are used in construction and turn arounds at the refinery, and XRF is standard equipment in API RP 578 compliance.

Bruker handheld XRF guns are used by many refineries and inspection companies to perform PMI at refineries. The alloy library (grade identification library) contains all of the grades commonly used in refineries and petrochemical plants, providing a very easy-to-use XRF analyzer to incorporate into the PMI program. With a few hours of training and qualification, anyone can easily perform qualified inspections.