Recent Advances in the API Quality Program
- F.R. Gollhofer (API)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling Engineering
- Publication Date
- March 1991
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 71 - 73
- 1991. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 2.2.2 Perforating, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating
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The API now has more than 3 years' operating experience in licensing manufacturers under the API Quality Program. The API evaluation procedures, described in this paper, provide consistency in evaluation and procedures, described in this paper, provide consistency in evaluation and should allow fun participation of petroleum equipment suppliers in the worldwide market during the 1990's and into the 21st century. The program's flexibility will allow it to cope with significant changes program's flexibility will allow it to cope with significant changes resulting from the planned European Common Market's "Global Approach to Certification and Testing" scheduled to occur in 1992.
API Quality Program Overview
In June 1983, the API Production Dept., through its Operating Committee, approved changes in policy to strengthen API standards. Key changes included that (1) new standards be developed where needed, (2) additional quality-control requirements be included in API specifications, (3) on-site surveys of manufacturers be required for licensing, and (4) the monogram licensing requirements be separated from the product specifications. A more complete description of the changes is presented in Ref. 1. To assist in the implementation of the changes, the Executive Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials appointed a Committee on Quality in March 1984. The charge to the committee was to develop a "quality document" applicable to all API product specifications and to develop recommendations of a survey program for API staff administration. The first edition of API Spec. Q1 was effective Jan. 1, 1985. The third edition was published June 1, 1990. Evaluation and licensing of manufacturers of products under API Spec. 6A began in April 1986. By the end of 1990, licensing under 33 of the 48 API Production Dept. specifications was included in the API Quality Program. Licensing under the remaining specifications will be added to the program this year.
API Monogram Program Overview
The goal of the API Monogram Program is to identify consistently, objectively, and reliably manufacturers who are capable of producing products t consistently comply with API specifications. products t consistently comply with API specifications. API Bull. S1 provides the foundation for API licensing. It requires a manufacturer to have the following to use an API monogram on its products: (1) a separate license for each manufacturing site where the products: (1) a separate license for each manufacturing site where the monogram is to be applied, (2) a separate license for each API specification under which a monogrammed product is produced at that site, and (3) an API-approved and functioning quality program. Also, each license must be renewed every 3 years. Under the quality program, an API- monogrammed product simply represents a warranty by the manufacturer that each individual product bearing the monogram conformed in every detail with the API specification applicable at the time of manufacture and that the manufacturer's quality program used to produce that monogrammed item has been evaluated by API according to specific API standards. Therefore, API does not endorse any manufacturer, does not approve a manufacturers' design, and does not endorse a manufacturer's product. The API monogram is a service mark and cannot be used legally by a manufacturer unless licensed by API. The API monogram is no longer a requirement of the API specification. This means a manufacturer can chum that its product meets an API specification without monogramming the product. That product would be outside the scope of API evaluation. Thus, if you want a monogrammed product, you must request it.
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