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RULE §9.129Manufacturer's Nameplate and Markings on ASME Containers

(a) LP-gas shall not be introduced into an ASME container unless the container is equipped with an original nameplate or at least one of the nameplates defined in this subsection permanently attached to the container.

  (1) Commission identification nameplate--A nameplate issued under the procedures specified in §9.130 of this title (relating to Commission Identification Nameplates) and attached by an authorized representative of the Commission for the purpose of identifying an ASME stationary container when the original nameplate is lost or illegible.

  (2) Duplicate nameplate--An additional ASME container nameplate issued by the original manufacturer with duplicate information as the original nameplate and clearly marked as a duplicate nameplate, but installed in a remote location.

  (3) Modification (or alteration) nameplate--A nameplate issued and affixed by an ASME Code facility including only partial information applicable to a modification or alteration performed on that container.

  (4) Replacement nameplate--A nameplate including the identical information as the original nameplate and identified as a replacement nameplate, but issued and affixed by the original manufacturer or its successor company or companies when the original nameplate is lost or illegible.

(b) Nameplate thickness for stainless steel nameplates issued on or after September 1, 1984, shall be sufficient to resist distortion due to the application of markings and fusion welding.

(c) Nameplates shall be attached in a location that will remain visible after installation of the containers.

(d) Nameplates on containers built prior to September 1, 1984, shall include at least the following legible information:

  (1) the name of container manufacturer;

  (2) the manufacturer's serial number;

  (3) the container's working pressure; and

  (4) the container's water capacity.

(e) Nameplates on containers built on or after September 1, 1984, shall be stainless steel and permanently attached to the container by continuous fusion welding around the perimeter of the nameplate, and shall be stamped or etched with the following information in characters at least 5/32 inch high:

  (1) service for which the container is designed (underground, aboveground, or both);

  (2) name and address of container supplier or trade name of container;

  (3) water capacity of container in pounds or U.S. gallons;

  (4) design pressure in pounds per square inch;

  (5) the wording "This container shall not contain a product that has a vapor pressure in excess of _______ psi at 100 degrees F";

  (6) outside surface area in square feet;

  (7) year of manufacture;

  (8) shell thickness and head thickness;

  (9) overall length of the container, the outside diameter of the container, and dish radius of the heads;

  (10) manufacturer's serial number;

  (11) ASME Code symbol;

  (12) minimum design metal temperature _______ F degrees at MAWP _______ psi;

  (13) type of construction "W"; and

  (14) degree of radiography "RT-_______".

(f) Any replacement nameplate issued by an original container manufacturer for containers constructed prior to September 1, 1984, shall be stainless steel and shall be affixed in accordance with ASME Code. The owner or operator of the container shall ensure that a copy of LPG Form 8 is filed with LP-Gas Operations when a replacement nameplate is affixed.

(g) Nameplates on LP-gas motor or mobile fuel tanks shall be permanently attached in a manner which will minimize corrosion of the nameplate or its fastening means and not contribute to corrosion of the container. If the nameplate is not continuously welded to the container, then it shall be raised at least 1/4 inch but no more than 1/2 inch from the container's surface.

(h) In addition to a container nameplate, underground containers shall have a system nameplate permanently attached to the system in a location that will be readily accessible for inspection when the containers are buried. Where the container is buried, mounded, insulated, or otherwise covered so the nameplate is obscured, a duplicate nameplate shall be installed in a clearly visible and accessible location.

(i) LP-Gas Operations may remove a container from LP-gas service or require ASME acceptance of a container at any time if LP-Gas Operations determines that the nameplate, in any form defined in subsection (a)(1) - (4) of this section, is loose, unreadable, or detached, or if it appears to be tampered with or damaged in any way and does not contain at a minimum the items defined in subsection (d) of this section.

Source Note: The provisions of this §9.129 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective February 1, 2008, 33 TexReg 122; amended to be effective December 24, 2012, 37 TexReg 9913

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