Need AWS quality procedures written up?

If you do contract work that requires American Welding Society (AWS) standards, then it's a matter of time before a welding inspector or engineer asks you for your welding procedures and certifications. The folks over at weldingprocedures.com can help by providing a to-spec procedure document. Your welders can be qualified using the AWS D1.1 Steel Welding Code along with your procedure.

The procedure costs $35 and is accepted on any project worldwide where AWS is specified.

FCAW (Flux cored arc welding) General WPS using E71T-1: Good for all common carbon steels and approved for all joints in the AWS D1.1 Code.

SMAW (Stick Welding) General WPS using E7018: Good for all common carbon steels and approved for all joints in the AWS D1.1 Code.

GMAW (Mig welding) General WPS using ER 70S-6: Good for all common carbon steels and approved for all joints in the AWS D1.1 Code.

Custom WPS For this procedure you must send us all pertinent information including electrode type, material to be welded, joint design, machine settings you use and any special conditions. The only condition is that the procedure complies with processes, electrodes and joint configurations that are pre-qualified by an AWS welding code such as AWS D1.1-2002 Welding Code for Steel.

Check it out over at www.weldingprocedures.com.


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Miller Electric offers an addition to the Big Window Elite Series: the Inferno.

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Industrial welding programs

Thomson offers a good training program for people who work on the periphery of welding in an industrial environment. Here's the description from their site...

Industrial Welding Training helps plant maintenance workers develop a working knowledge of and learn the theory behind gas and arc welding techniques and equipment, and the cutting of iron, steel, pipe, and nonferrous metals.

Trainees receive an overview of basic mathematics, print reading, and safety, followed by the fundamentals of metallurgy, electricity, and weld inspection. Since welding demands repeated hands-on practice, make sure your employees have easy and frequent access to oxyacetylene and shielded metal arc (stick electrode) welding equipment.

Program graduates will develop the expertise to:

  • Select the proper tip for gas welding.
  • Read basic welding prints.
  • Explain the start up procedure for arc welding.
  • Describe the various uses of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
  • Discuss the use of Gas Metal Arc Welding.
  • Select the proper shielding gases for welding.
  • Describe the procedures for the inspection of welds.
  • Discuss the procedures for nondestructive testing of welds.