Progressive and final inspections ensure your assets like pressure equipment and steel structures are safe, reducing your risk.
Client specifications and codes require strict protocols and can have strict inspection guidelines. Welding is a special process as defined in ASO9001 as the serviceability of an item cannot be verified post construction. While modern science has developed techniques and equipment to inspect welds after they are completed, visual inspection during a welding operation will always be the most effective way to obtain sound quality welds with the required mechanical properties.
What is a Welding Inspection?
Weld inspections are conducted for several reasons, the most common of which is to determine whether the weld is of suitable quality for its intended application.
To evaluate the quality of a weld, you must have criteria to compare the weld’s characteristics. Codes and standards developed specifically for a variety of welding fabrication applications are used during welding inspections to dictate what levels of weld discontinuities are acceptable. It is important to choose a welding standard that is intended for use within your industry or application and having a welding supervisor who is competent should be a top priority.
Why Are Welding Inspections Important?
Welding inspections are an integral part of welding management. Having a welding supervisor on hand will help you eliminate variability during the welding processes, this will benefit your project with increased efficiency and reduced waste ensuring manufacturing costs are reduced as a result. It is important that you consider the value of having a certified welding inspector before you start any project. Their expertise is used to review your project before you even strike the first arc and could save your company time & money. Welding inspectors with a trade background and many years on the shop floor allow your business to be able to draw from their experience and learn how to best approach any projects moving forward.
Types of Welding Inspections:
Is typically controlled by an inspection and test plan to ensure the requirements of your weld testing projects are met. Welding inspectors monitor the work to ensure that the materials being used are traceable, joint preparations are in accordance with the Welding Procedure Specifications/drawings, the project is carried out in accordance with relevant standards and welding is performed within the essential variables of the WPS.
Is required at every stage of the coating process to ensure compliance to the specification. Visual assessment and gauge-based testing can ensure adequate process control. This control ranges from the preparation of the surface that will be coated to the climatic condition monitoring and the dry film thickness verification.
Is necessary because fusion joints can be highly vulnerable to defects due to operator error and the failure to follow the proven bonding procedure specification. Typical deviations or errors include lack of or inaccurate scraping/cleaning, misalignment, not adhering to cool times and contaminated weld faces. Poly pipe inspection ensures that operators are following the proven bonding procedure and are following the BPS to reduce the occurrences of defects and ultimately failures in the field.
Technoweld Is Here To Help
Here at Technoweld, we are the leaders in welding/coating inspection, providing your business with Senior Welding Inspectors and Coating Inspectors, reducing your costs. Technoweld can fulfil your entire inspection service requirements, as we offer visual inspection, detailed document review, surveillance over your welding processes and final inspection and MDR review.
Our welding inspectors want to help you achieve your project demands by developing your Welding Inspection and Weld Test Plan required for inspection. Our inspectors will also make sure your welds conform to Australian Standards and purchaser specifications.
Technoweld offers welding supervision, welding management, process development, consultancy and training. If you would like to learn more about our products and services, please feel free to send us an email or give us a call!