Hamburg, 4 September 2012 – Today MAN Diesel & Turbo received Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) Certificate for Alternative Product Certification (APC). The certificate applies to engine components manufactured at the company’s Augsburg plant that are approved, accepted and certified based on the latest applicable GL classification and manufacturing regulations. APC makes the certification process more efficient, as the manufacturer is involved in the inspection of its products and in certification documentation in accordance with applicable GL regulations.“Obtaining alternative product certification proves that MAN engine components meet the latest technology standards and GL manufacturing regulations, “ said Dr. Thomas Husse at the GL trade fair stand upon presentation of the certificate. Now MAN will generate inspection certificates using the ‘GL eAPC’ online tool and have these approved by GL. GL testing certificates can be opened as computer files from a GL server and archived there, saving money and time.
“It’s a win-win situation that both parties benefit from. Integrating MAN into the acceptance process makes our production more flexible. This significantly enhances process efficiency while ensuring product quality and reducing work for GL, “ said Dr. Stephan Timmermann, MAN Diesel & Turbo board member, who accepted the GL certificate together with Dr. Christoph Zeppenfeld, Head of Quality Engines & Marine Systems.
For component, part and materials manufacturers, the modular design of the APC inspection procedure affords flexibility in terms of certification detail level, and cuts cost by reducing completion times. Manufacturers are involved in the inspection of their products. Production processes are analysed to uncover optimisation potential in document reviews and quality audits conducted by GL.
Certification is based on compliance with GL regulations for the inspection of mechanically and electrically engineered products. After the first-time approval, adherence with the processes agreed with GL is regularly monitored via audits. The regulations for conducting APC are outlined in section VI-6-2 of the GL classification rules. The regulations govern inspection and labelling requirements and the attendant responsibilities for performing these. Since introduction of the APC in 2008, more than 100 firms in Europe, Japan and Korea have adopted this modular certification system.
About Germanischer Lloyd
Germanischer Lloyd (GL), part of the GL Group, offers classification services of plan approval, inspection and certification of materials and components as well as technical assessments of ships in service. Its “Maritime Solutions” unit supports customers around the world through software solutions, management systems certification and training as well as consulting and engineering services. GL’s experts serve as advisors to governments, the IMO, flag and port states. The group is committed to a smarter, safer and greener future of shipping. www.gl-group.com