Compliance to welding/brazing industry Codes, specifications and standards can be a burdensome process. Users often get bogged down understanding what has changed between revisions, lost flipping back and forth between sections, have limited experience using the documents or may even get perplexed by the wording, especially if they do not have a background in welding. Understanding how to use these documents is critical for meeting end user/purchaser contractual agreements.
It is these Codes, specifications and standards that frequently govern the design and fabrication of welded/brazed components. Often these documents are adopted by jurisdictions, agencies or organizations whose service or product has a considerable influence on public health and safety. Some of these documents even become law and are often referred to as Regulations. Industry-specific specifications are continually developed and updated by the society/organization/institute and implemented internationally. Sometimes, customers have their own specifications that are intended to address specific requirements that could supersede and/or reference these Codes.
Organizations that remain compliant with Codes, specifications and standards can greatly improve weld quality and process control. Companies attempting to certify an organization to a quality management system (i.e. ISO 9000 family) will see process control elements including process documentation (PQR-procedure qualification records, WPS-welding procedure specifications), workmanship and personnel qualification overlap with these specifications.
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Commonly used Codes and Standards
American Welding Society (AWS) – AWS’ mission is “Advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.” AWS has published several hundred welding specifications, standards and documents. All AWS standards are approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A few common AWS publications:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – ASME publishes the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) and the Code for Pressure Piping, both of which contain information regarding design, construction, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. Common ASME publications:
American Petroleum Institute (API) – API establishes and maintains standards for the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. This institute has published 700+ standards relating to petroleum production
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