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Transport Dangerous
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330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5
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Equivalency Certificate

(Approval issued by the competent authority of Canada)

Certificate No.: SU 4708 (Ren. 4)

Certificate Holder: FIBA Technologies, Inc.

Mode of Transport: Road, Rail, Marine

Issue Date: October 23, 2015

Expiry Date: December 31, 2020

CONDITIONS

1. This Equivalency Certificate authorizes FIBA Technologies, Inc., to display the marks prescribed for cylinder or tube requalification in a manner that does not comply with section 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, and authorizes any person to handle, offer for transport or transport, by road or railway vehicle, or by ship, cylinders or tubes in a manner that does not comply with subparagraphs 5.10(1)(a)(ii), 5.10(1)(b)(iii), and 5.10(1)(d)(iii) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, for cylinder and tube requalification only, if:

(a) each cylinder and tube requalification is performed by FIBA Technologies, Inc., the certificate holder, in accordance with Appendix A to this certificate and at one of the facility locations listed in Appendix B to this certificate;

(b) each cylinder has one centre opening in each end, has a minimum wall thickness of at least 5,6 mm, has a water capacity of at least 140 L, has a minimum length of at least 3,7 m, has an outside diameter of at least 245 mm, and has been manufactured in accordance with:

(i) specification TC-3AM or TC-3AAM set out in CSA Standard B339-08, "Cylinders, spheres, and tubes for the transportation of dangerous goods", March 2008, cited in the rest of this certificate as CSA B339-08,


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CONDITIONS

(ii) the requirements of the regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods by rail in force before December 5, 1991, and the cylinder has displayed on it the marks, "CRC-3A", "BTC-3A", "CTC-3A", "BTC-3AA", or "CTC-3AA", or

(iii) where the initial test date of the cylinder is December 31, 1992 or earlier, Part 178 of Title 49 of the "Code of Federal Regulations" of the United States, 2006, cited in the rest of this certificate as 49 CFR, and the cylinder has displayed on it the letters "ICC" or "DOT", followed by the specification designation "3A" or "3AA";

(c) each tube has a minimum wall thickness of at least 10,2 mm and has been manufactured in accordance with:

(i) specification TC-3AXM, TC-3AAXM, or TC-3TM set out in CSA B339-08,

(ii) the requirements of the regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods by rail in force before December 5, 1991, and the tube has displayed on it the marks, "CTC-3AX", "CTC-3AAX", "CTC SP 1337", or "CTC/DOT-3T", or

(iii)where the initial test date of the tube is December 31, 1992 or earlier,
49 CFR, and the tube has displayed on it the letters "ICC" or "DOT", followed by the specification designation "3AX", "3AAX", or "3T";

(d) the certificate holder may mark a "+" sign immediately following the requalification date marking on any cylinder manufactured in accordance with condition (b)(ii) or (b)(iii), or tube manufactured in accordance with condition (c)(ii) or (c)(iii), and requalified in accordance with this certificate;

(e) the requalification period for each cylinder or tube requalified in accordance with this certificate is five years;

(f) where the cylinders or tubes are affixed to a trailer chassis, an exterior cylinder or tube on each side as well as the rear cabinet is marked with the letters and numbers "TC-SU 4708" that are of a colour contrasting with the background and at least 50 mm high; and


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CONDITIONS

(g) for each facility, the certificate holder reports to the Director, Regulatory Affairs Branch, Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate, Transport Canada:

(i) the name and qualifications of each qualified tester and qualified inspector as defined in Appendix A to this certificate, and

(ii) once per year, the number of cylinders and tubes tested, their serial numbers and respective owners, and the results of testing.

2. This certificate serves as the registration of FIBA Technologies, Inc., in accordance with Clause 25.3 in CSA B339-08, to requalify cylinders and tubes as specified in this certificate. The registered mark of each of FIBA Technologies, Inc.'s facilities is specified in Appendix B to this certificate.

Note: The issuance of this Equivalency Certificate in no way reduces the certificate holder's responsibility to comply with any other requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and the Canadian Aviation Regulationsnot specifically addressed in this certificate.

Signature of Issuing Authority

___________________________

David Lamarche P. Eng., ing.

Chief

Permits and Approvals Division


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(The following is for information purposes only and is not part of the certificate.)

Contact Person: Christopher R. Adams

Manager - Regulatory Affairs

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

P.O. Box 1306

53 Ayer Road

Littleton, MA 01460

USA

Telephone: 508-887-7121

Facsimile: 508-754-2254

E-mail: chrisadams@fibatech.com

Explanatory Note

FIBA Technologies, Inc., has demonstrated that containers requalified by the acoustic emission test described in Appendix A to this certificate could be used with a level of safety at least equivalent to those requalified by the method required by the regulations. This certificate authorizes continued requalification of containers by FIBA Technologies, Inc., under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Legend for Certificate Number

SH - Road, SR - Rail, SA - Air, SM - Marine

SU - More than one Mode of Transport

Ren. - Renewal


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APPENDIX A

TEST METHOD

Each cylinder or tube shall be visually inspected externally and be subjected to an acoustic emission test and, when required, to a follow-up visual and ultrasonic examination.

1.1 Applicable Standards

CSA Standard B339-08, entitled Cylinders, spheres, and tubes for the transportation of dangerous goods, dated March 2008.

Compressed Gas Association, Inc. publication C-6-2007 entitled, Standards for Visual Inspection of Steel Compressed Gas Cylinders, dated 2007.

CAN/CGSB 48.9712-2006 entitled, Non-destructive Testing - Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel, dated March 2006.

ASTM E650-97(2007) entitled, Standard Guide for Mounting Piezoelectric Acoustic Emission Sensors, dated 2007.

ASTM A388/A388M-10 entitled, Standard Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Steel Forgings, dated 2010.

2. VISUAL EXAMINATION

Each cylinder or tube shall be visually inspected externally in accordance with Compressed Gas Association, Inc. publication C-6 entitled, Standards for Visual Inspection of Steel Compressed Gas Cylinders, dated 2007, hereinafter cited as CGA C-6.

3. ACOUSTIC EMISSION TEST

3.1 Scope of test

The entire container under test shall be monitored using two transducers mounted at its extremities. The transducers shall be at the same angular location and approximately 25 mm from the tangent point at the container shoulder.


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APPENDIX A

3.2 Transducer coupling

Transducers shall be coupled to the container in accordance with ASTM E650-97(2007) using silicon adhesive. The adhesive shall be allowed to cure for at least 15 minutes.

3.3 System Gain and Threshold

The total system gain shall be set at 80 dB or 1 microvolt at the sensing element. The signal processor threshold level shall be set to 32 dB or less.

3.4 Calibration

The system shall be calibrated and checked using a signal generated by a pulser or by breaking a pencil lead on the surface of the container. When done by breaking a pencil lead, a Pentel 2H, 0,3 mm diameter, 3 mm long lead shall be used. When done using a pulser, the ultrasonic pulse intensity at one meter from the pulser shall be equal to that of the pencil lead break. Linear location shall be calibrated on each container as specified by the signal processor manufacturer. The sensitivity of each channel shall be checked by generating a calibration signal in proximity to each sensor and ensuring that the measured peak amplitude is greater than 80 dB.

3.5 Pressurization

A method shall be provided to continuously read the container pressure. Pressure shall be applied monotonically from zero to 110% of usual settled fill pressure or 110% of service pressure, whichever is greater. Acoustic emissions shall be monitored during pressurization by observing the displays of events versus location. Acoustic emissions shall be recorded starting when container pressure reaches 50% of usual settled fill pressure or 6,9 MPa, whichever is less, and continuing until pressurization is complete.

3.6 Interpretation of Results

The distribution of acoustic emission events versus axial location on each container shall be examined. The container shall be subjected to a follow-up examination, as described in article 3.7 of this Appendix, when:


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APPENDIX A

(a) five or more acoustic emission events occur on the cylindrical portion of the container within a 200 mm axial segment; or

(b) five or more acoustic emission events detected at both transducers occur on any container end outboard of the transducers.

3.7 Follow-up Examination

Each axial container segment and end, where the rate of acoustic emission meets the criteria described in article 3.6 of this Appendix, shall be subjected to a follow-up external visual and ultrasonic examination of its entire surface, including an extension of 457 mm beyond either side of the axial container segment (on the cylindrical portion) or the entire end of the container
within 457 mm of the segment, as applicable.

The ultrasonic examination shall be performed in accordance with ASTM A388/A388M-10 by personnel certified to Level II or III in accordance with CAN/CGSB 48.9712-2006, or the equivalent, to detect and characterize the flaw. The container shall be rejected where the flaw is found to have a depth greater than or equal to the values specified in Table 1

Table 1 - Flaw Rejection Criteria

Container Specification *

Outside Diameter

(mm)

Rejection Flaw Depth

(mm)

TC-3AM

TC-3AAM

245

1,7

TC-3AXM

559

2,5

TC-3AAXM

356

1,5

TC-3AAXM

457

559

2,5

2,5

TC-3AAXM with a service pressure range from

12,4 to 16,5 MPa

559

2,3

TC-3TM

559

2,5

TC-3TM with a service pressure range from

12,4 to 16,5 MPa

559

1,8

* The rejection flaw depth shall also apply to the containers referenced in condition (b)(ii), (b)(iii), (c)(ii), and (c)(iii) of this certificate, which are manufactured to a nonmetric specification that has the same designation composed of the same letters except for the letter "M" and are marked with the prefix BTC, CRC, CTC, ICC or DOT.


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APPENDIX A

4. REJECTED CONTAINERS

Rejected containers may be repaired by removal of the defect and verification of container strength by wall thickness measurement. If satisfactory, the container shall then be retested by the full procedure described in this certificate.

5. EXAMINATION RECORDS

A report shall be prepared documenting the test conditions, parameters and results including:

(a) the container's specification or certificate number, its service pressure and usual fill pressure;

(b) container size and shape;

(c) container serial number;

(d) container owner/operator;

(e) test location;

(f) test date;

(g) test parameters, including:

(i) sensor specifications,

(ii) couplant used,

(iii) sensor locations,

(iv) pressurization schedule, and

(v) pressurization medium;

(h) visual examination results;


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(i) acoustic emission test result, including:

(i) measured acoustic emission events as a function of pressure and location,

(ii) location of any areas of emission on containers where the rate of emission exceeds that specified in article 3.6, and

(iii) reports of any visual or ultrasonic examinations carried out at areas of emission on containers where the rate of emission exceeds that specified in article 3.6;

(j) a statement as to whether the container is acceptable for service; and

(k) the name and signature of the qualified inspector who performed or supervised the test.

6. MARKING

6.1 Subject to article 6.2, each cylinder and tube requalified according to this certificate shall be marked in accordance with Clause 24.6 of CSA B339-08. The procedure symbol shall be "AE".

6.2 As an alternative to marking each container in accordance with article 6.1, where the cylinders or tubes are affixed to a trailer chassis and tested as a unit,

(i) a permanent record containing the markings specified in article 6.1, the serial number of each cylinder or tube tested, the signature of the qualified inspector who performed or supervised the tests, and the certificate number shall be carried aboard the vehicle used to transport the cylinders or tubes covered by this certificate; or

(ii) the marking specified in article 6.1, the serial number of each cylinder or tube tested, and the certificate number shall be marked on a dataplate affixed to the vehicle or frame used to transport the cylinders or tubes.


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APPENDIX A

6.3 When a cylinder or tube is required to be condemned, the specification designation and service pressure markings shall be removed (e.g. by peening out or stamping over with a series of Xs), or the word "CONDEMNED" shall be permanently and legibly stamped on the shoulder, top end, or neck.

7. ACOUSTIC EMISSION TEST PERSONNEL

7.1 Testing shall be carried out by a qualified inspector or under the general supervision of a qualified inspector by a qualified tester.

7.2 A qualified inspector shall be a person who:

(a) holds a post-secondary degree in a relevant field of engineering or science;

(b) has at least five years continuous experience in:

(i) design, fabrication, maintenance, testing, and inspection of cylinders, tubes or other pressure containers,

(ii) design, fabrication, and maintenance of acoustic emission test equipment,

(iii) development and formulation of acoustic emission test procedures, or

(iv) metallurgy or nondestructive testing of pressure containers; and

(c) has at least 50 hours experience in acoustic emission testing of steel pressure containers.

7.3 A qualified tester shall be a person who has at least:

(a) 40 hours training or instruction in acoustic emission testing of cylinders, tubes or other pressure containers;

(b) five continuous years experience of a technical nature involving cylinders or tubes or completed at least 10 semester hours of a scientific or technical curriculum and has at least two years continuous experience of a technical nature involving cylinders or tubes; and

(c) 80 hours experience in acoustic emission testing of cylinders and tubes under the direct personal supervision of a qualified inspector.


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APPENDIX B - FIBA Technologies, Inc.'s - Test Facilities

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

53 Ayer Road

Littleton, MA, 01460

(Mail - P.O. Box 1306, Littleton, MA 01460)

TEL: 508-887-7100

Facility Operations Manager: John Finn

NDT Manager: Larry Gill

Registered mark: 686

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

1535 Grafton Road

Millbury, MA 01527

(Mail - P.O. Box 360, Milbury, MA 01527)

TEL: 508-887-7100

Facility Operations Manager: Bruce Chaput

NDT Manager: Larry Gill

Registered mark: 687

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

1120 Industrial Blvd.

Louisville, KY 40219

(Mail - P.O. Box 19165, Louisville, KY 40259)

TEL: 502-969-9353

Facility Operations Manager: Chuck Patterson

Registered mark: 688

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

245 Lexington Drive

Rayne, LA 70578

(Mail - P.O. Box 38, Duson, LA 70529)

TEL: 337-873-4639

Facility Operations Manager: Tom Wright

Registered mark: 689

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

1645 State Street

East Greenville, PA 18041

TEL: 215-679-7823

Facility Operations Manager: Mike Poltorak

Registered mark: 690


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APPENDIX B - FIBA Technologies, Inc.'s - Test Facilities

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

17909 Adelanto Road

Adelanto, CA 92301

TEL: 760-246-3600

Facility Operations Manager: Steve Kentzell

Registered mark: 691

FIBA Technologies, Inc.

3211 Brightwood Road

Midvale, OH 44653

TEL: 330-602-7300

Facility Operations Manager: Clay Carpenter

Registered mark: 692



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