Hi everyone and welcome back to this week's blog post! Today's topic is one which I asked for a little input from Code A Weld's team of Inspectors, so keep reading as you may see some familiar faces.
Hi everyone and welcome to the blog's latest Staff Profile. This week, read all about Lee 'Muscles' Rowlands, Code A Weld's Laboratory and N.D.T General Manager...
Hello readers! This week I have a more photo heavy blog to share with you all, so I hope you enjoy!
Whilst at work recently, I was browsing through some older posts on the Code A Weld Facebook page and going quite a while back, I found several posts sharing welding art (who knew?)! Being somebody who is a little more creative, I have to say I really enjoyed seeing the more artistic side to welding after being so used to focusing on the industrial way in which we generally view this.
Hi everyone and welcome back to this week’s blog. Ok, so hands up if you have already decided on your New Year’s Resolutions? If your hand is firmly in the air, then you are doing much better than me! I must admit this is the one tradition I tend to ignore. I think it’s the fact that most people’s traditions tend to be completely unoriginal, opting for the usual: get fit, eat less chocolate, drink less alcohol, etc etc, blah blah blah…
Hello readers and welcome back to my blog and the first of 2018! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year and are gently easing yourselves back to work; I know I am!
If you are anything like me, over the last week or so you have most likely gone through the following stages...
Hello everyone and welcome back to this week's blog. This is my final post before Christmas and in fact, all of 2017 (desperately trying to contain my excitement!!) so, I hope it's a good one.
This week I want to fill you all in on Adam Gould's trip to Berlin where he represented the U.K. on behalf of the BSI Committee...
Hello and welcome back to this blog's second staff profile. This week I have been quizzing Code A Weld's Group Quality Manager, Mrs Nicky Jones - not to be confused with a Mr... read on to find out why!
So now that we are officially in December and we are all fully in the swing of opening our advent calendars, I think even the scrooges out there will agree it is now completely acceptable for me to dedicate an entire blog to Christmas at Code A Weld!
With winter well and truly here and dare I say it the start of Christmas, there is definitely an air of excitement here in the brand-new Code A Weld office. With Christmas tunes starting to become more regular on the radio and our secret Santa's chosen (Shh! It's a secret!), a big priority is of course the Code A Weld Christmas tree.
So you may have seen on social media recently that the SkillWeld Finals 2017 have just taken place, with Code A Weld's Senior Inspector, Clive Slocombe being on the judging panel. The finals are a three-day event in collaboration with Air Products, and is a chance for the young, avid, apprentice welder to show off their skills with their fellow peers.
Hello everyone and welcome to the first official staff profile, which will be a regular feature on the blog! Here, you will get to learn a little more about the names and faces which some of you will already recognise.
First up we have Dan Perry who is our N.D.T Manager...
This week I have some very exciting news to share... Code A Weld has moved both its laboratory and offices! So, look forward to lots of progress pictures in this blog post.
The office move has been in the planning since July with Clive Slocombe heading up the project. You didn't hear this from me, but I do believe he may have grown a few more grey hairs in the process!
This week I am very excited to share my blog with one of our Inspectors, Neil Hitchens. I am delighted to say he is treating us to an exclusive insight into his recent examination day to obtain his CSWIP Welder Examiner qualification.
So, for those of you who follow us on social media, you may have seen some very exciting posts recently! If not, firstly, where have you been?? And, secondly, Code A Weld has been nominated for an award!! How very exciting, didn't I say this weeks' blog was not to be missed?
Before I get into sharing the weekly goings on at Code A Weld, I wanted to write a little post about what we, as a company, have to offer...
Hello everyone and welcome to the first official Code A Weld Blog. What you can find here is a more personal view of this professional business, giving you the inside scoop on a weekly basis written by myself and with the input of my colleagues and even the Managing Director at times!
The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier has docked in its home port.
HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time at about 07:10 BST following extensive preparations at the naval base.
Steel company Tata has formally announced it is to separate its UK pension scheme from the business. It could mean a potential merger between the Indian-owned firm and the German steel producer ThyssenKrupp is more likely to move forward. The £15bn British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) has been a significant barrier to any agreement.
We were delighted to receive some feedback from Simon at Modulift earlier this week.
We are recruiting for a UT Technician, send your CV's to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to showcase our Laboratory turnaround for June. Can your supplier compete with these turnarounds? Why not call us to find out how we can help you.
HS2 reveals winners of building contracts
Today we are at Central Sussex College for another regional semi final of Skillweld.
Good luck to all participants.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Construction Related Occupation (CRO) Cards
New Book-keeping Apprentice Vacancy
BS EN ISO 15614-1 : 2017 is now a current standard superseding BS EN ISO 15614-1 : 2004 +A2 : 2012.
We require a Full-Time Administrator to join our team.
We were delighted to get our new Golf and Fiesta back with the signwriting complete.
Freestyle Designs in Bath have done a fantastic job
Our congratulations go to William Bates, the winner of Wednesday's Skillweld Semi Final held at Doosan Babcock, pictured here with Chris Porter of Air Products
Code A Weld is pleased to announce that a Licence Agreement has been signed with TWI Certification Ltd.
Christmas Opening Hours:
Code A Weld would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, past, present and future a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Clive Slocombe, senior inspector at Code A Weld, will be judging the final round of SkillWeld 2016, the welding competition which is also part of the main Skills Competition event. He has been one of the judges throughout the prestigious welding event.
Some recent good news in the manufacturing industry as reports state that the growth in the sector beats forecast, for the full story click here
With the news on the development of Hinkley C, there are, however, concerns regarding the safety of the nations existing nuclear power stations, for the full story please click here
Britain's biggest military project since the Second World War will cost in the region of £41bn.
The start of this project recently will see the already 2600 strong workforce increase to over 7000 when the project hits full swing in the mid 2020's.
It is anticipated that 85% of the supply chain for this project will be from British companies.
For the full story, please click here
We are pleased to share how our Laboratory performed in September...
SkillWeld 2016 / WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire apprentices and young people to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills excellence to raise productivity.
Code A Weld was invited to attend a conference at EDF Barnwood yesterday for the launch of the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Supplier Quality Requirements Manual. Our Head of Inspection Adam Gould attended the event and came back impressed with what he heard.
The UK has approved the nuclear plant deal...full details are found here:
We are pleased to add this recent feedback to our fantastic collection received from our Customers.
Edf Energy drive forward with Hinkley development plans.
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Have you checked out our Code A Weld YouTube Channel? It gives you an insight in to the UK's leading weld testing company.
Code A Weld staff Lee Rowlands, Adam Gould and Clive Slocombe were invited to make a presentation at a Lloyd’s Register Welding Certification Seminar last week in Leeds.
We are one of the fastest at what we do. We aim to deliver most results within a period of 3-5 working days. See how we did in April.
Code A Weld has been reviewing the way it works and it has become increasingly clear to us that we need an office-based welding inspector to carry out the role of an Office Manager. This will enable us to provide you, our valued customer, with the support you deserve.
We're offering welding qualifications to BS 4872 for as little as £49. Want to avail this offer? Call 01761 410410 today.
Find out how our lab performed last month.
We are proud of the fast turnaround times in which we deliver results to our customers , ie. a standard of 3-5 working days. In February, not even a single job was outside this period.
Applications are now welcome for Skill Weld 2016.
Code A Weld Laboratory Ltd and Lloyd’s Register EMEA have struck a partnership to work together for the provision of welding certification services.
Thousands of British manufacturers risk slipping into stagnation unless the Government and industry does more to help them adapt to the "fourth industrial revolution", a new report warns.
Its tough out there at the minute
The Oil Price has crashed.
Commodities are down.
Demand from China has dropped off a cliff edge.
Here's how we did last month.
Phasing-out of coal and nuclear reactors without alternatives will combine to create a supply crunch in a decade’s time, report predicts
Last month, we delivered over 77.5% of the results within a 4-day period, about 21% within a 5-day period, with only 1.57% of the results delivered outside the 5-day standard period.
George, 22, has worked as a laboratory technician at Code A Weld for the past 11 months, and was recently awarded the employee of the month title. We recently had a little chat with him to find out more about his time at Code A Weld and what he enjoys outside of work.
To assist research into optimal procedures for welding aero engine fan blades, nuclear pressure vessels and other safety-critical fabrications, a new material testing capability has been developed at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.
We need a driver/workshop assistant to join our team at Code A Weld on a permanent basis.
In October, we delivered over 85% of the reports to our customers within a four-day period. If you're looking to become a coded welder or looking for welding inspection services, then check us out for quality and speedy service. http://ow.ly/UKINW
Clive Slocombe, senior inspector at Code A Weld, will be judging the final round of SkillWeld 2015, the welding competition which is also part of the main Skills Competition event. He has been one of the judges throughout the prestigious welding event.
Meet Ceri, our latest member who has joined our highly-skilled team of welding inspectors. Read about what he loves about this job and what challenges he faces.
How many of the these pipes (21.3mm OD x 2.77mm) are required to be welded to satisfy the test piece requirements of BS EN ISO 9606-1?
One of our inspectors spotted this when out and about on his bank holiday travels. What welding defects are visible to you in this photo?
Here is our performance chart for the month of July. Over 97% of the work received by us was completed within four days and the rest within a five day period, with only one job being outside this period.
Question: How many tubes can you see in the picture and what is the material?
Meet the members of the Code A Weld family who are committed to making this company a long-running establishment.
Code A Weld will be attending the Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen this year. The event, held from 8th - 11th September, will see some 1500 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and technologies.
Question: What type of current is being used in the video, and can you guess what material is being welded?
Question: Can you spot the reasons for failure on this Fillet Weld in Plate tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 5817:2014 Category B?
Question: This photo consists of some items that are used by our onsite inspectors when recording data for a WPQR. Can you name at least one piece of calibrated kit that is missing which should be used to verify data captured whilst onsite?
Question: What is the maximum capacity of Code A Weld's newest Tensile machine?
A- 200 kN
B- 300 kN
C- 400 kN
D- 500 kN
Question: Which Material would you most likely carry out a G48 Method A Corrosion Test on?
Question: I’m using a Carbon Steel, En 10025-1 Grade S355 J2 G3 as material for my procedure test piece, a butt weld in 20mm thick plate welded to satisfy the requirements of BS EN ISO 15614-1 : 2004 + A2 : 2012 but I have no intention of using the end product at sub zero temperatures. None of the application standards applicable to the design of the product involve operations sub zero. Can I therefore test my impacts at 0 deg C and still be code compliant?
When carrying out a Hardness Survey in accordance with BS EN ISO 15614-1:2004+A2:2012 on Carbon Steel Group 1.2 Material the Maximum Permit is 380HV.Does the sample in the Video pass?
Last Week I flew to Dubai with Qatar Airways. This was not originally the intention as I am a BA (British Airways) frequent flyer. I was trying to book with them, but through their One World alliance they offered me Qatar Airways.
Question: Which Etchant would you use when etching a Carbon Steel Fillet Weld Macroscopic Examination?
The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation has said that lessons need to be learned from the problems faced by the French reactor which is very similar to the one planned at Hinkley Point, in Somerset.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our YouTube Channel, which will allow us to share videos from every aspect of Code A Weld.
Q: Which Acceptance standard would you use when carrying out Liquid Penetrant Inspection on Aluminium Butt Welds in Plate?
Q: Referencing BS EN ISO 9606-1 : 2013, which one of the following statements is True:
a) Butt welds cover all types of welds including all fillets and all branch connections
b) Butt welds cover butt welds in any type joint including branch connections with an angle equal to or greater than 60 degrees
c) Butt welds may cover fillets if the test piece is welded in the H-L045 position
d) There is no possible way of qualifying any other joint other than a butt off of a butt weld test
Question:- Multi Purpose Welding Gauges can measure which of the below when Visually Inspecting a fully welded Single ‘V’ Butt Weld in Plate?
Q. This macro was assessed to acceptance category BS EN ISO 5817:2014 and failed for which of the following reasons?
We are pleased to announce Peter Turner has won our prize draw and is the winner of 2 Cheltenham Gold Cup tickets for Friday 13th March 2015. We look forward to meeting with you Friday!
Our next draw will be announced soon!
Q: The Maximum Interpass temperature recorded on my BS EN ISO 15614-1 WPQR (S355 Carbon Steel MAG Butt Weld in Plate) is 229°C. Surely the welding Inspector has made a mistake...everyone knows it should be 250°C?
Q: In accordance with the Ultrasonic Testing of Welds Specification BS EN ISO 17640:2010, which of the following statements is true?
A - This Standard does not cover Ultrasonic Testing of Welds.
B - Thickness's ?8mm can only be tested on Welds.
C - Minimum Lighting to be more than 500 Lux.
D - Operators should be qualified to PCN Level 3 as a minimum.
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Q: If you had a Fillet Weld with 20mm Leg Lengths what should your Throat Thickness be?
A: C- 14mm
The conversion to calculate what your Throat Thickness should be is 0.7 X your actual leg length, for example 0.7 x 20mm = 14mm.
Q: I've been told that if I weld a 30mm thick fillet weld for a BS EN 287-1 test I will get a range of approval of 5mm and above, is this the best test to take?
A: Not quite, BS EN 287-1 gives you a range of approval of 3mm and above for any fillet weld test piece thickness over 3mm. It sounds like there is some confusion with another standard that offers a similar range of approval but references welding procedure qualifications, not welder qualifications.
Which of the following Lux Readings comply with the requirements of BS EN ISO 17637:2011 for Visual Examination?
A: 350 Lux
B: 400 Lux
C: 500 Lux
D: All the above
A: D-All of the above
Q: Stray Arcs are not permitted in accordance with which of the categories from BS EN ISO 5817?
Both B & C
Q: In our workshop we use fully mechanized and automatic welding/machinery to complete our welds. I need to get my welders/ operators qualified, is the correct standard for this BS EN 287-1?
A: No. When qualifying welders, the emphasis is placed on the welders ability to manually manipulate the electrode/welding torch/welding blow pipe and thereby producing a weld of acceptable quality.
The welding process referred to in BS EN 287-1 includes those fusion processes which are designated as manual or partly mechanized welding. It does not cover fully mechanized and automated welding operator approvals.
The standard that you should be qualifying welding operators to is BS EN ISO 14732.
We have recently upgraded our Aberdeen Facilities and Capabilities.
You can now claim your free Code A Weld 2015 calendar featuring the Head Office girls.
To claim your calendar simply follow this link and complete the form so we can get one sent out to you.
Which of the following is likely to fail for Excessive Unequal Leg Lengths?
A) Fillet Weld
B) Part/Pen Butt Weld
C) Full/Pen Butt Weld
D) Both A & C
Which defect would be easiest to repair on a full penetration Butt Weld?
A) Cold Lap
B) Lack of Inter-Run Fusion
C) Linear Porosity
D) Lack of Sidewall Fusion
My auditor has just rejected my BS EN 287-1 Butt Weld stating that the standard only allows radiography. Are they correct?
This week our technical Q&A is about standards.
Which of the following is a known Acceptance Standard?
A) BS EN ISO 5817
B) NSSS TH EDITION
C) BS EN ISO 10042
D) ALL OF THE ABOVE
This weeks Technical Q&A comes from our Inspection Team!
Q. I need a welding procedure done and it's the job is going to be over seen by Det Norske Veritas (D.N.V.). Can Code A Weld come and run a WPQR that is D.N.V. approved?
This week's Technical Q&A of the Week!
Multi Purpose Welding Gauges can measure what when Visually Inspecting a Butt Weld?
A. Leg Lengths
B. Weld Reinforcement
C. Toe Angle
D. Throat Thickness
This week our question comes from the Lab.
Q. Which defect would be most visible during Visual Inspection on a Fillet Weld?
A. Lack of Root Fusion
B. Unequal Leg Lengths
C. Excess Penetration
D. Lack of Inter-Run Fusion
An article by the Sunday Times last week has suggested that plans to build a Chinese atomic reactor in Britain are reaching the final stages. Hinkley Point near Bridgwater in Somerset already has two plants and plans for a new development are to receive backing from a combination of French nuclear leaders EDF Energy, China General Nuclear Power Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation. Negotiations are due to continue with expectations for the plans to be given the go ahead in the near future.
This week our Technical Q&A of the Week comes from the Lab.
Q. What is the minimum viewing angle when carrying out visual examination in accordance with BS EN ISO 17637:2011?
We require a Part Time Book-Keeper to join our rapidly expanding team.
This week's Q&A comes from the Inspection Team.
Q. I need my welding operators to gain qualifications to use my Mechanized Sub Arc welding plant. The guys are already qualified to BS EN ISO 9606-1 for TIG and MAG welding, is this the correct standard to use for Sub Arc?
This week's Technical Q & A comes from the NDT team.
Q. What is acoustic impedance a product of?
A) Material density and the velocity of sound through it.
B) Sound velocity through a material and it's elasticity.
C) Material density and elasticity.
D) Material elasticity and specific gravity.
Q. At what thickness do you take side bends for Procedure and Qualification Tests?
We require a dynamic Receptionist to join our rapidly expanding team.
This weeks question has come from the inspection department.
Q. I have gained a coding to BS EN 287-1: 2011 with an employer, and left them on good terms recently. They have provided me with my Certificates, but a potential new employer wishes to use them. Are they correct to do so?
We have had many people join Code A Weld in recent months, and here is the latest update from the Workshop, Laboratory and NDT departments.
This week's Technical Q&A of the Week comes from one of our Laboratory Technicians.
Q.In accordance with BS EN ISO 5817 :2014 Category B, what would be the allowance for the root gap, with a nominal throat thickness of 5.4mm on a fillet weld with 10mm plate thickness be?
1st Prize - David Richards
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3rd Prize - Andy McLellan
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We are pleased to welcome Rachael and Louise, who have both joined us to assist the rapdily expanding Documention Production Team.
Q. I'm looking to do a Butt and a Fillet weld test in plate against BS EN 287-1 : 2011. Is there a minimum size that the test pieces should be?
Q. After an audit for our CE marking, we had a finding that the first page of our WPQR that was carried out in accordance with BS EN ISO 15614-1: 2004 +A2 2012, states Steels group 1 with yield strengths up to 355. Our auditor says we should state the sub groups. i.e. 1.1 & 1.2.
Is this correct?
Q. Thank you for explaining that if our welders did multi-run fillets this would cover them for single run fillets, but I see that you have also quoted for Single run fillets to box in both MMA & MAG (Weld Procedure testing to BSENISO 15613:2004)
Is this required?
We have uploaded photos from Christine's retirement party last week to our Facebook page.
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We are pleased to announce the following winners of our April competition.
Q. When running my recent PQR, I thought the dairy tube was 1.65mm wall thickness - but when measured it is actually 1.5mm wall, will this cover us to weld 2mm wall tubes?
It is with great sadness we have to announce that Christine Cameron has decided to retire from Code A Weld after 15 years of service.
During that time she has been an invaluable member of the team, providing unrivalled support for both us and our customers, and for that we cannot thank her enough.
In designing our brand new website, we first of all wanted to make it different from those of our competitors. That's because we are different.
Q. I have won a mild steel job that falls within PED requirements. My weld procedures and welder approvals are in accordance with ASME Section IX 2013 and they cover the job. Does PED let me use ASME?
We are pleased to announce the following winners of our March competition.
Q. I have written my WPS's off the back of a qualified WPQR using the full range of approval stated. However, my customer has rejected it for the following reason. Are they correct?
"Your 12mm Multi run 135 process Group 1 steel S355J2+N WPQR will not work on 3mm. Please summit another WPS."
We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new website! Please feel free to let us know your thoughts.
Q. I have recently carried out a Butt and Fillet test to BS EN 287-1:2011 but would like it to cover BS EN ISO 9606-1:2013, can it be changed?
We are pleased to announce that Danny Perry joins us today in the role of Head of Non Destructive Testing. With him he brings over 10 years of experience in Non Destructive Testing & Weld Inspection.
We are pleased to announce that Sean Peatfield joined us yesterday, as our latest Welding Inspector. He has moved down to join us from Aberdeen.
Q - I have recently ran a welding procedure in Austenitic Stainless Steel 316 using a 316L consumable. What would be the best -ºC Temperature that I could test the charpy V Notch impacts at?
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