API Specifications: What They Are and Why They Are Important

Enerquip’s API-style thermal fluid heaters are designed and manufactured to meet rigorous standards. But what exactly does that mean, and why is it so important?

Here, we’ll delve into some of the details about API specifications, including what they are and why the highest quality industrial heating equipment adheres to them.

What Does API Stand For?

API stands for American Petroleum Institute. The API represents all segments and aspects of the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. They are the only national trade association to do so, and work with 600+ corporate members large and small, including producers, refiners, suppliers, marketers, and others to serve and support all segments of the industry.

The API offers a broad range of programs, including research, advocacy, certifications, standards, and more.

What Are API Standards?

API specifications, or standards, are recommended practices developed based on wisdom and insight gathered from the petroleum and petrochemical industry. Many of these specifications have actually been incorporated into state and federal regulations related to operating practices, equipment standards and more.

API standards are intended to promote and encourage safety in the oil and natural gas industry. They facilitate improvements in operational excellence for the organizations that follow them.

More than 700 API standards have been established, many of which apply to a wide variety of applications in various industries. These standards have been adopted across the world in a widespread effort to enhance safety, protect the environment, and emphasize sustainability.

If you work in an industry that requires the use of high-powered industrial heating equipment, it should come as no surprise that safety should be of the utmost importance. API standards encourage safe operating practices and provide equipment specifications intended to help ensure that your facility operates as safely as possible.

Keep API Standards & Specifications In Mind When Shopping for Industrial Heating Equipment

If you are in the market to upgrade or replace your facility’s industrial heating equipment, it is in your best interest to keep API standards in mind. You’ll want to be sure you’re investing in high quality equipment. By purchasing API-style heating system components, you can feel confident that your equipment has been constructed according to industry safety and operating standards.

Weighing your options when it comes to API-style vs. non-API heating equipment? We compare & contrast the two heater types here so you can make an informed decision regarding what’s best for your plant.

Have questions about API style thermal fluid heating equipment? Give us a call today at (715) 748-5888 or contact us online! We’ve been constructing API-style heaters and heating equipment for decades and would love to put our experience and insight to work for your facility.

Looking for additional insight when it comes to shopping for industrial thermal fluid heating equipment? The following resources are a great place to start:

When to Replace Your Thermal Oil Heating System – Learn which signs indicate that it’s time to replace your thermal fluid heating system instead of making another costly repair.

Factors to Consider When Shopping For An Industrial Heating System – Get our list of the top things to consider as you’re researching your options when shopping for a new heating system for your industrial plant.

Why Replacing Your Thermal Fluid System Might Be Better Than Repairing It – Replacement may be a bit more costly upfront, but in many cases it is the more advantageous choice in the long run. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Complete Industrial Heating System in One Place – You may be tempted to shop around for the various system components you need, but that’s not always in your facility’s best interest. Find out why.

Benefits of Buying American Made Industrial Heating Equipment – Read through 5 reasons why it’s beneficial to purchase heating equipment that’s made right here in the USA.

Interested in learning more about the American Petroleum Institute? You can visit the API website here.