In 2016 at the Vancouver Conference, PVP Division will be celebrating its 50th birthday.

On April 13, 1966, an inspiration dealing with pressure vessels and piping technology was harnessed by a group of volunteers creating a technical division within ASME to be called by its nickname “PVP.” Their vision was to bring the technical community under one roof and to exchange the technology development in the pressure vessels industry. To house and preserve the organized technical presentations, an ASME Technical Journal was established in 1974 under the name “Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology (JPVT).” Its purpose was to be a journal of archival quality that stood as the repository for all outstanding technical papers and was the technical voice of the Division, publishing four times a year, February, May, August, and November.

No one envisioned the rate of growth of the technology dealing with pressure vessels and piping and its impact on international development. As a result, the journal has grown over the years and has achieved a wide distribution to become a truly international journal with contributions from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The journal since its inception has seen only six editors:

Dr. Irwin Berman (1974–1977); Dr. Robert E. Nickell (1977–1980); Dr. Richard H. Gallagher (1980–1982); Dr. G. E. O. Widera (1982–1993); Dr. Sam Y. Zamrik (1993–2005); Dr. G. E. O. Widera (2006–2012); and Dr. Y. W. Kwon (2013–present).

The dedication of the editors is evident by the number of years that each served by maintaining the continuity in the philosophy of the division in promoting a balance between academic research and industrial applications.

JPVT moved from publishing four issues to six times annually. In 2002, the journal began an all-digital publication process using the ASME web tool. In 2007, ASME converted to e-First publishing, based on first in, first out (FIFO). In 2008, an online journal became available, with archived issues beginning with the February issue. By 2010, the entire publication process was completed electronically and became available in both a print and an online edition. The journal encompasses research papers, technical briefs, design innovation papers, technology reviews, and literature reviews on a wide variety of pressure vessel and piping areas of interest, which makes JPVT unique.