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EN 10204:2004 - Type 3.

2 Inspection

With the introduction of EC directives, such as the Pressure Equipment Directive

(PED), there is an increasing requirement for product manufacturers to prove the
materials they use meet defined chemical and mechanical properties. This has led to
the authentication of material certification requirements under the standard
EN10204:2004. This factsheet gives more information about achieving certification
under Type 3.2 of that standard.

Background prepared by both the manufacturers Examples of manufacturers are:

authorized inspection representative, steelmakers, foundries, smelters, forgers,
In Germany, inspection documents independent of the manufacturing pipe/plate mills, etc.
(certificate types) were originally specified department and either the purchasers
in standard DIN 50049. These definitions authorized representative or the inspector Therefore, true EN 10204:2004 Type
of material testing and certificate types designated by the official regulations and 3.2 certification is produced by the
were adopted for European standard in which they declare that the products manufacturer, with test results supplied.
EN 10204, first published in 1991 when supplied are in compliance with the The independent third-party inspector
certificate types 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1A, 3.1B, requirements of the order and in which will have witnessed test results and
3.1C and 3.2 were defined, which closely test results are supplied. verified the materials identification and
followed the definitions in the German traceability through objective evidence.
standard. Industry recognises an independent third
party inspection as fulfilling the role of
EN 10204 was revised in 2004 with a purchasers authorized representative or
simplified range of inspection documents the inspector designated by the official
(certificate types). These now only include regulations.
types 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2.
Type 2.3 has been deleted EN 10204:2004 defines the manufacturer
Type 3.1 replaces 3.1B as an organization that manufactures
Type 3.2 replaces 3.1A, 3.1C and 3.2 of the respective products according to the
the previous edition requirements of the order and to the
This reduced range of options was properties specified in the referenced
designed to make the standard easier to product specification.
understand and work with.
A manufacturer will be any party which
What is a true Type 3.2 certification? carries out operations affecting the
material properties of the finished
Inspection certificate Type 3.2 is defined product.
within EN10204:2004 as a Document

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How to achieve Type 3.2 certification and inspect and material that is necessary to confirm
hard stamp, or otherwise indelibly mark compliance with the specification.
certification the material.
Providing all the testing and examinations
Lloyds Register Energy offers an Certification to the Intent of Type 3.2 meet with the specified requirements,
independent third party inspection role to the surveyor would carry out a final visit
manufacturers for Type 3.2 certification. Often in industry, the purchaser (end to the intermediate material handler
This involves visiting the manufacturer user) will order material from an to review documentation (including
where the surveyor will identify the intermediate material handler. The the original manufacturers Type 3.1
material to be verified. This includes a intermediate material handler may select certificate), verify that the material
visual examination, sample dimensional material that has only been certified meets the product specification and the
checks and confirmation that the material by the manufacturer using a Type 3.1 customers purchase order requirements,
is traceable back to the ladle chemical certificate. As defined by EN10204:2004, and inspect and hard stamp the material.
analysis, which may be in the form of an this certification has not been validated The surveyor will then issue a Lloyds
EN 10204:2004 Type 3.1 certificate. The by an independent third party inspector. Register Energy certificate to the intent of
traceable reference may be the cast or However, it is widely accepted that EN10204:2004 Type 3.2, referencing the
heat number, test number or some other material covered by Type3.1 certification laboratory test report and the material
reference clearly traceable back to the can be validated to the intent of Type manufacturers Type 3.1 certificate.
ladle analysis. 3.2 by the intermediate material handler
employing an independent third party Any material inspected to the intent
The traceable reference would normally inspector to validate this material by way of EN 10204:2004 Type 3.2 must not be
be marked on the component by the of verification tests. passed off to customers as being certified
manufacturer via indelible means, i.e. in accordance with true EN 10204:2004
hard stamping, etching, stenciling or Lloyds Register Energy offers an Type 3.2.
other indelible marking. Adequate independent third party inspection
material is identified by the surveyor role to intermediate material handlers The acceptability of any certification
for further testing, with the traceable or processors for intent-of Type 3.2 to the intent of Type 3.2 should be
identity transferred, including test certification. This involves visiting the confirmed with the purchaser, customer
stamp marking of the original piece. intermediate material handler to identify or end user before work starts. In some
Documentation would be reviewed the material to be verified. This includes applications a true EN 10204:2004 Type
against specification for compliance with a visual examination, sample dimensional 3.2 certificate is required and intent
chemical composition, heat treatment checks and confirmation that the material of Type 3.2 certification will not be
and non-destructive examination. is traceable back to the ladle chemical acceptable.
analysis which may be in the form of an
The Lloyds Register Energy surveyor EN 10204 Type 3.1 certificate. In both cases described above, Lloyds
would also visit the test house (either a Register Energy surveyors responsible
department independent of production The traceable reference may be the cast for the third party inspection can, at
within the manufacturer or a sub-contract or heat number, test number or some the clients request, issue inspection
independent nationally or internationally other reference clearly traceable back certificates that detail the scope of
accredited test facility) to witness the to the mill certificate. The traceable inspection carried out and include a
appropriate tests (tensile, impacts, bend reference would normally be marked on statement that the manufacturers
tests, hardness etc.) and review any the component by the original material EN10204:2004 Type 3.2 certificate has
applicable metallurgical tests (corrosion, manufacturer via indelible means, either been endorsed, or stating that the intent
structure etc.) as specified in the standard hard stamping, etching, stenciling or of EN10204:2004 Type 3.2 has been met,
or specification and review the results other indelible marking. Adequate as applicable.
obtained to ensure they meet the material is identified by the surveyor for
requirements. further testing with the traceable identity Benefits of using Lloyds Register
transferred, including test stamp marking Technical expertise
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the surveyor would carry out a final The Lloyds Register Energy surveyor Acceptance by authorities worldwide
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10204:2004, review and countersign their to witness all additional testing of the

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