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Factory acceptance testing (FAT) in the form of conventional pressure testing can be a simple gas test or hydrostatic test with minimal hold period at pressure. Factory acceptance testing may also encompass a series of back-to-back tests to verify each independent sealing system within a final product assembly.

Factory acceptance testing is a common method used after the design and fabrication stage to verify that the product operates properly and helps to identify any problems before the final stages. This type of testing helps assure the manufacturer and end user that there are no anomalies and the product meets all specifications. Manufacturers can save time and money by completing this type of testing before reaching the final stages and have confidence that their product won’t cause any disruptions.

Our factory acceptance testing capabilities, with respect to pressure limits, reach 2,000 Bar using nitrogen and 3,450 Bar for hydrostatic testing. Gas testing is a test sequence regularly performed where adherence to API 6A PSL 2 G and 3G is expected.

Our engineers are experienced in the execution of factory acceptance testing, be it as part of a high volume production run, one-off prototypes of new designs, or as part of periodic service work in order to verify that an already installed product remains fit-for-purpose.

As part of our offering and to facilitate a turnkey service, we hold embedded relationships with various third party certifying authorities should a test sequence require witness testing.

Clients have the opportunity to select our beginning to end, fully project managed testing service or can independently hire the chambers to carry out factory acceptance testing.

Sectors requiring factory acceptance testing (FAT):

  • Oil and gas – valves, actuators, pods, cables, electrical connectors, pipe samples, pigging equipment, pressure vessels, flanges
  • Defence – manifold assemblies
  • Nuclear – pipe spools for reactors
  • Energy – heat exchangers

If factory acceptance testing (FAT) is something you require, speak to a member of our team.

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FAQs

What is factory acceptance testing?

Factory acceptance testing is a common method used after the design and fabrication stage to verify that the product operates properly and helps to identify any problems before the final stages.

How do you perform factory acceptance testing?

Factory acceptance testing (FAT) at Tyne Pressure Testing can be a simple gas test or hydrostatic test with minimal hold period at pressure or can encompass a series of back-to-back tests that will verify each independent sealing system within a final product assembly. We will fill the component with either water or nitrogen and check for any leakage.

Why is factory acceptance testing required?

Factory acceptance testing (FAT) helps assure the manufacturer and end user that there are no anomalies and the product meets all specifications. Manufacturers can save time and money when completing this type of testing before reaching the final stages and can feel confident when the product goes live.

How much does a factory acceptance test cost?

Factory acceptance testing (FAT) is bespoke, and therefore each test differs dependent on what is being tested. Some components require further testing, dependent on what they are being used for. This includes; calibration, equipment sealing and operating functions.

If you are unsure what your factory acceptance test requires, speak to a member of our team!

Why choose us?

Facilities on-site

Opt for either an all-encompassing, fully project managed testing service provided by our experts and in-house engineering team, or, hire our pressure testing facilities to conduct independent testing.

Client Facilities

Our clients travel across the globe to utilise our pressure testing services and hyperbaric testing equipment. We will aim to support your connectivity to provide a comfortable working environment whilst you oversee product testing.

Whilst your product is undergoing the testing process, take advantage of our dedicated client offices, break-out area, Wi-Fi and conferencing facilities. If a client representative cannot travel to our facility, they can remotely log onto our IT system to stream live test data and video footage of their component being tested.

Reduced Lead Times

Working to a tight timescale? We can conduct 24 hour testing at our facility, subject to availability. Clients also have the option to complete testing in multiple chambers.

Our largest chamber, hyperbaric chamber TPT 5, is equipped with automated controls and an interactive system to improve efficiency and reduce loading times meaning this chamber can fill, load and pressurise in just 90 minutes!

Data Reporting

As standard, our clients receive full documentation and product certification after the testing is completed.

The majority of our hyperbaric chambers are fitted with subsea cameras and this video footage can be shared upon request.

Additional Client Services

We can offer additional services to help fulfil project requirements such as; assembly, data reporting, third party verification, logistics and storage and dedicated client facilities.

Third Party Verification

We can arrange for a third party witness to oversee your product testing and verification. We frequently work with leading authorities such as Bureau Veritas and Lloyd’s Register.

Case Studies

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Civil Nuclear

Tyne Pressure Testing has provided on-going, on-site hydrostatic testing and leak testing on fabricated stand pipes for Doosan Babcock.

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Subsea Defence
Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT)

Tyne Pressure Testing partnered with a defence industry manufacturer to carry out leak testing of electronics enclosures installed on a manned underwater craft.

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Subsea Oil & Gas

Tyne Pressure Testing performed collapse testing on multiple pipe samples to support Technip's subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) product lines.

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