Trade associations play an important role in setting standards for their industry. A great example is the American Petroleum Institute (API). Just a sampling of important standards we’ve discussed here on the blog includes API 670 – Machinery Protection, API 682 – Pumps—Shaft Sealing Systems for Centrifugal and Rotary Pumps, API 2000 – Venting Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks and API 2350 Overfill Protection standard.
API describes how these committees are organized and who participates:
API’s Standards Committees are made up of subcommittees and task groups made up of industry experts who develop API standards. These groups identify the need, then develop, approve, and revise standards and other technical publications. New projects must be justified by valid business and safety needs. The standards-writing subcommittees and task groups are open to representatives of groups that are materially affected by the standards. These include oil and gas companies, manufacturers and suppliers, contractors and consultants, and representatives of government agencies and academia.
As a supplier to the oil & gas upstream, midstream and downstream industries, numerous Emerson folks participate in these API standards committees and subcommittees.Emerson’s Christian Skaug has been appointed co-chairman of the important API Ch 3.1B Standard Practice for Level Measurement of Liquid Hydrocarbons in Stationary Tanks by Automatic Tank Gauging committee, and chairman of the API Ch 7.2 Temperature Determination, Part 2—Portable Electronic Thermometers committee.
Christian has also served as chairman since 2008 of the API Ch 7.3 Temperature Determination – Fixed Automatic Tank Temperature Systems, which was released in 2011.
He is also a delegate on the OIML [International Organization of Legal Metrology] technical committee TC8/SC1 – Static volume and mass measurement.
Rising to chairman role is true recognition of the high-quality contributions Christian has made to the API standards-setting process. He also brings this industry leadership and application knowledge as a senior product manager and team member in Emerson’s Rosemount Tank Gauging System products.