Need a Professional to Handle Welding Supervision and Inspection for Your Company in Queensland?
Asset Integrity Inspection offers a variety of inspection services to clients. We are one of the few organisations that can provide experienced and qualified Pressure Vessel Inspectors / Welding Supervisors and NDT Technicians as a single combined unit. To book an appointment or discuss your needs, please fill out your details here.
Hiring The Right Team Can Mean The Welding Supervision and Inspection Is Done Professionally and Safely
Our diverse team has the right mix of relevant qualifications and experience. The team is carefully selected and trained and they all have the necessary underpinning knowledge (ie. a trade background) to ensure the services we provide are practical and value add to your project. So whether you are an asset owner, engineer, design, procure and construct contractor or a fabrication company, Asset Integrity Inspections can assist you meet your project quality objectives by undertaking inspection activities on your behalf. We service the Pressure Equipment and Structural manufacturing sectors for the Mining, Power Generation, Petroleum, Chemical, Defence industries.
We can offer you services in:
- Pre inspection meetings
- Pre fabrication Vendor document reviews
- Fabrication and Welding Inspection
- Dimensional Inspection
- Visual welding Inspection
- Final Inspection
- Coating Inspection
- MDR reviews
- Pre-fabrication Vendor document reviews.
So what is welding inspection and why is it important?
Welding inspection can mean different things to different people. There are Australian standards and controlling documents on qualifications of inspection personnel. These standards and documents list functions from contract / drawing review to preparation for dispatch as tasks of a welding inspector.
So welding inspection is more than visually examining a weld to ensure it conforms to the standard with regard to weld discontinuities and AS1554.1-2011 states that ‘Prior to and during welding, the welding inspector shall inspect the set-up of work and ensure that – welds are in accordance with drawings, welding is carried out on specified equipment, correct procedures are maintained and work is performed in accordance with the standard.
Typically Welding Inspection is controlled by an Inspection and Test Plan. Welding Inspection can include drawing review, material control, material cutting and shaping, process and operator qualification, material welding, production process control, dimensional control, NDT coordination, PWHT verification through to coating, dispatch,bolting procedures and preparation of manufacturing documentation (MDR’s).
What is the Role of a Welding Inspector?
A welding inspector is a bit like a police officer that enforces the law, often not too popular. A welding inspector operates as the judicial representative of an organization, whether it be a purchaser, manufacturer, insurance company or regulatory authority like government.
The inspector has the role of monitoring progress which includes examining welds and ensuring all aspects meet the acceptance criteria which is often a mix of Australian standards and purchasers specifications.
The inspector has to interpret the contract document, codes and specifications and apply the intent of the document to construction. Highest quality is the goal, but production cost, time lines are tempering factors. Delays must be avoided at all costs.
A welding Inspector is someone who should have:
- Excellent communications skills
- Good technical knowledge
- Professional attitude.
They must be able to understand:
- The when, how and why of welding inspection?
- A welding inspector is your eyes and ears on the production floor.
Why use Inspection?
The answer lies in the metaphorical statement. “When the cats away the mice will play”.
This suggests while no one is watching what is coming out at the end of the production line, there is no accountability and operators produce what they think is acceptable, and after all if no issues are detected there is no problem, but maybe no one is looking.
But while the cat watches the mice, they are on their toes as they know that someone is monitoring their quality. All it takes is a few components to get rejected due to non conformance and the bar is suddenly raised and they understand that if it is not good enough it goes back to them for repair. We monitor your workshop output identifying issues, defects and marking them for repair, the operators know someone is watching.
Imagine a life without police on our roads, imagine the amount of people speeding, driving under the influence, etc. Same goes for some manufacturing workers, if they are not watched or monitored they think they can slap it together and get away with it!
Of course all of this can be avoided or reduced if you are successful in developing a workplace culture that promotes excellence and pride in workmanship.
So what can we offer?
We offer full time welding quality control or scheduled random site visits to evaluate weld quality at various stages of construction. Additional to this, like may of the sites where we work, we provide condition monitoring of business assets.
Our inspection service to you will consist of confirming that all welders are using qualified WPSs and hold valid qualifications, assuring the proper weld consumables are used, that welding consumables are stored as per manufacturers recommendations, that there is no damage to components through handling and transport, proper torque values at bolted connections are met, weld details as stated in drawings are duplicated in the field, completed welds are the required size and length, and that welds conform to the acceptance criteria.
Additionally we can verify dimensions of components to ensure that components are built as specified.
So whether it is Visual inspection or more detailed review, or Site representative and surveillance, Let Asset Integrity Inspections help you achieve your projects quality needs.