EN 10204:2004 Type 3.2 certification
EN 10204:2004 is a European standard for material certificates. Originally based on a German standard, today there are four types of certificates under EN 10204.
Type 3.2 certificates provide independent assurance of a material's properties. It declares the products or material supplied by a manufacturer meet the requirements of the buyer's order.
While type 3.2 material certificates have traditionally been required in the pressure equipment manufacturing sector in Europe, other geographies and industries are recognising the value of type 3.2 certification. Many oil and gas equipment end users, for example, are now requiring type 3.2 certification of material so they can be sure of the material's integrity.
Type 3.2 certification helps give companies a new level of confidence as they cope with complex global supply chains.
What is "intent-of" Type 3.2 certification?
If buyers purchase material from stockists or material suppliers, only type 3.1 certification may be available. If this is the case, true type 3.2 certification is not possible.
In this situation, LRQA has a solution to address concerns around the independent assurance of the material. We can provide "intent-of" type 3.2 certification, where this is acceptable to the purchaser. This can involve a visit to the material handler for material examination, as well as a visit to the test house to witness all additional testing of the material. Every situation is different.
Need help with type 3.2 certification?
As the manufacturer's independent third-party, we prepare the certificate. This means an LRQA surveyor verifies the material's identification and traceability through objective evidence, such as witnessing test results.
LRQA has a three-stage inspection process to prepare for a type 3.2 certificate endorsement:
- Check material's identity and stamp piece/area to be used for mechanical testing.
- Witness/review mechanical and metallurgical testing.
- Review all client's documentation against "product specification," then endorse paperwork and inspect/stamp material for release.
It's important to note that companies are different and many scenarios can come up. Additional inspection or witnessing can be done in line with customer requirements. LRQA has the experience and flexibility to work with clients to make sure traceability is the end result.
We can now deliver our Type 3.2 inspection and witnessing activities remotely. By removing travel costs and increasing efficiency, we can deliver these services at a competitive, fixed modular price.
The remote option provides a flexible and efficient solution that reduces your planning and preparation time. This gives you access to our world-class inspectors from any location, while maintaining the high standards of an on-site inspection.
Where is it required?
While EN 10204 Type 3.2 material certificates have traditionally been required in the pressure equipment manufacturing sector in Europe, other geographies and industries are recognising the value of Type 3.2 certification. Many oil and gas equipment end users, for example, are now requiring Type 3.2 certification of material so they can be sure of the material's integrity.
Type 3.2 certification also helps give companies a new level of confidence as they cope with complex global supply chains.
What we do.
As the manufacturer's independent third-party, we prepare the certificate. This means an LRQA surveyor is able to verify the material's identification and traceability through objective evidence, such as witnessing test results.
We have a long history of independently verifying the properties of materials such as steel, going back now more than 100 years. LRQA stands for independence and integrity, with an eye toward the safety of society. As a result, manufacturers and end users around the world know they can trust a Type 3.2 certificate we've endorsed.
What are the benefits of EN 10204 certification?
Full material verification
EN 10204 certification ensures metal materials are verified and of expected quality, guaranteeing the validity of the manufacturer and the products supplied to the buyer. It gives you a clear sight of the history of the material and means it can be used with confidence.
Increase customer confidence
Customers have more confidence in your products once they have been certified as safe. This places your business as a brand to be trusted, encouraging new business and the expansion of existing customer relationships.
Once you have achieved certification your organisation is in a better place to streamline productivity and augment existing resource procurement processes. In turn, this can foster innovation and growth, while also giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Our team of experts use objective evidence and provide a clear and traceable pathway back to the ladle chemical analysis and ensure its properties meet specification requirements.
Using a three-stage inspection process our inspectors:
- Check the material's identity and stamp piece/area to be used for mechanical testing.
- Witness/review mechanical and metallurgical testing.
- Review all documentation against the product specification, endorsing paperwork and inspecting/stamping material for release.
While a set criteria is applied to ensure full traceability, we remain flexible to adapt to the specific needs of your organisation. Our inspectors work closely with each customer to develop plans that result in detailed and accurate results.
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