While keeping in mind that no two are alike, here is an example to give you a better idea of the inspection points and tests that are used to validate the equipment. This example is for an automated reactor system:
Verify pressure, temperature and material information on the National Board nameplate to be consistent with specifications/P&ID and confirm presence of ASME “U” stamp.
Verify motor manufacturer, model, and serial number. Also confirm motor classification meets specified class and division standards.
Verify lines hold pressure when fully assembled, record pressure at start and stop. This test is generally conducted for 60 minutes to ensure the system meets the acceptance criteria.
Verify lines hold vacuum when fully assembled, record pressure at start and stop. This test is also conducted for 60 minutes to ensure the system meets the acceptance criteria.
(Note: These tests are performed with water in the system; therefore, they cannot be started until all of the vacuum tests have been completed successfully.)
Verify that system documentation is complete.
Each test should yield an acceptable result with no issues. Corrective steps will be taken if a test fails and any retesting will be performed if required. Some tests may require additional testing or clarification of the testing methods. Under these conditions, additional comments will be documented in the deviation section of the FAT. Deviations are red-lined to be captured in final as-built drawings.
A list of remaining follow-up items to note any modifications/adjustments or additional tests that need to be made prior to delivery.
Verify panel component checks, permissives, auto mode controls (agitator), manual mode controls (reactor on-off valves, modulating valves), analog displays, sequences (system purge, pressure/vacuum control, system leak test, charge liquids, reflux/solvent strip, exothermic additions interlocks), reactor light operations
By systematically carrying out all items on the checklist, all FAT participants from both sides can gain the assurance needed feel prepared and ready for start-up.