THE Applus+ SOLUTION
Due to statutory and client requirements, it is necessary for manufacturers to verify that welding procedures are suitable for the construction materials chosen and that their welders are capable of performing these welding procedures competently. Therefore, manufacturers should always have their procedures and welders approved and certified. The materials used are also scrutinised to make sure that they conform to the parameters of their chemical and mechanical properties. This has led to a requirement for the authentication of materials certificates.
Applus+ provides important testing and approval certification services for welding procedures and welder competency. We evaluate each welding procedure to ensure that it is suitable and safe. Our welding engineers can also help clients develop their procedures if they lack that capability in-house. When a procedure has been approved, we test the client’s welders against it to make sure that they are capable of conducting the procedure.
We offer materials certification services by conducting source inspection on site during manufacturing, through surveillance inspections or detailed inspections, and providing certification according to BSEN standards. Successful certification results in issuing the 3.2 certificate as defined in EN 10204 ‘Metallic Products - Types of inspection documents’. Our inspectors observe the full testing process to ensure the integrity of the materials.
Traceability is mandatory under statutory requirements; however, Applus+ can assist clients if they have a material that lacks traceability by authenticating it at a recognised laboratory. We are also authorised to supervise and endorse materials transfers and materials certificates.