Are you under ever-increasing compliance pressure such as EN1090, just to remain competitive? Do issues such as weld traceability and maintenance of welder qualifications eat into your working day?

The gathering, storage and access to data about your welding processes are now an important part of your business. You must show you have robust systems to be even considered for some important contracts. However the current manual, paper-based method is not only labour intensive and time consuming but also open to human error. And the pressure on compliance will grow, not decrease, moving forwards.

The good news lies in the word ‘data’ because data can be digitised, making large volumes of information manageable. New systems such as AVANTO™ from BOC can transform the way welding is performed and documented, providing all your information on a PC or mobile device for ease of use on the shop floor. Everything is kept in Cloud storage for convenient retrieval without the hassle of having to manually search through paper-based filing systems.

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So, is it time to digitise your welding management? Here are some points to consider:

 Easy access to welding processes

You can enter your existing Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs) or create new ones on systems such as AVANTO™. These are then applied to specific jobs, stating the materials and resources needed, the machine settings and the level of qualification required by the welder.

When the work is completed and subsequent quality tests performed, the availability of a full digitised record of the procedure will cut the time of compiling document packs for customers. Such a system also supports project management where a supervisor is allocating different jobs to a number of welders.

Keeping welder qualifications up to date

As welder qualifications only last for a limited period, it can be complicated to keep pace with who needs re-testing and when. Yet it is crucial that the welder who undertakes particular work has the right level of qualification and that it is current. By placing your welder qualifications into a digital database, it will keep track of who has what and will stop a welder undertaking a job if they are not suitably qualified.

 Full traceability on all welds

Such digital systems can store a full audit trail of any welding project, from its inception in the factory to its delivery to the customer. This makes the traceability of a weld easier. Paper files and manual searches are replaced by efficient data searches and retrieval. This not only reassures potential customers but also their (and your) insurance companies that your systems are both comprehensive and accurate.

Using data for quality improvements and cost savings

Because your entire individual welding process data is stored in the same digital format, it can be interrogated for company-level analysis to gain insights into weld costs, skills gaps, quality issues and waste reduction. This can be a useful tool in removing unnecessary cost and complexity from your business and implementing future change management. Systems like AVANTO™ will give you the evidence for where change is required and will be effective. The question then is ‘Are you prepared to make the necessary adjustments to benefit from this?’

So, are you ready for digitisation?

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