7. Product Safety
TOPIC LEAD: VICE PRESIDENT CONTRACTING SYSTEMS DIVISION
Our target for 2027: We want to maintain zero incidents every year related to human health aspects of product safety.
Compressors are a critical equipment in various applications in the process industry and energy provision. System safety and reliability are the most important areas of expertise in our business due to the high pressures, continuous operation, integration in complex industrial processes, and the individual hazard potentials of the compressed gases. By ensuring product safety, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and well-being. The main impacts are in the commissioning and operational phase and extend over the compressors’ decades of life.
We assure safe operation of compressor systems in every phase of their life cycle. Our approach encompasses five main areas of risk mitigation:
International norms and standards
Where available, we use and follow international standards for the development, production, commissioning, and maintenance of compressor systems. This includes the evaluation of safety risks and certification in accordance with mandatory laws and standards.
Simulation, calculation and testing
Our comprehensive knowledge of calculation and simulation allows us to optimize the dimensioning of compressor systems. We also use specific testing and inspection procedures to ensure safety and functionality.
Defined working principles, processes and our ISO 9001-certified quality management system ensure our processes meet the strict requirements.
Control systems and maintenance
Our compressor systems are fitted with a minimum protection system that shuts down the system in the event of a critical disruption. Our PROGNOST®-SILver system for monitoring and diagnosing the condition of reciprocating compressors and our UP! Solutions for long uptime and maximum reliability are further key tools for increasing reliability and safety.
Documentation and training
To ensure the smooth and safe operation of compressor systems, we produce a specific set of operating documents for each system and also offer a wide range of training modules available either online or at our training centers.
Successful launch of new engineering platform
In a period characterized by new product launches, organizational developments, business growth, and regionalization it is of the utmost importance to maintain the Burckhardt Compressions engineering standard. We launched a new engineering platform, providing pre-engineered modules, ranging from pre-configured elements up to whole projects designs. These pre-configurations and the platfrom itself define a technical framework that supports compliance with product safety requirements. New developments for hydrogen applications are already being integrated into this platform, which offers a uniform, globally valid standard.