Certificate of Conformity Package makes EN 1090 audit easier for steel welders
From July 2014, companies that manufacture structural steel components will be required to have certification. This is preceded by an exhaustive internal process culminating in an audit by an external certification body. For a transitional period until this time, both standards will be operative – the national standard or EN 1090. This means that even now, customers may already expect their suppliers to be EN 1090 compliant. The good news: For all owners of a TransSteel welding system, they no longer need go through the time-consuming process of applying for, and creating, welding procedure specifications (WPS).
The EN 1090 family of standards supersedes the various standards which have hitherto been in force in Europe governing the execution of steel structures. Under EN 1090, companies will only be allowed to bring products into circulation if these have valid CE Marking. Manufacturers of metal structural components are obliged to have themselves certified, i.e. audited to prove that they meet the requirements for obtaining a certification number for their CE Marking. This CE conformity assessment requires five preceding steps:
1. Researching information on the Standard and on the relevant execution classes
2. Giving employees the necessary training in the light of this information
3. Introducing a quality assurance system
4. Drawing up welding procedure specifications (WPS)
5. Being audited by a certification body
Step n° 4 – drawing up the welding procedure specification (WPS) – is a time-consuming and costly task which Fronius has taken on itself for its TransSteel family of welding systems. Metalworking firms can thus save themselves from having to do all the work this would involve.
A welding procedure specification (WPS) must contain information on the weld process, the welding-wire diameter, the filler metal, the type of seam and the thicknesses of metal to be welded. The welding procedure specifications (WPS) for TransSteel apply to steel structures of execution classes (EXC) 1 and 2. The specific MAG (metal active gas) process is based on the ‘Steel’ characteristic and is valid for the filler metals and consumables that are commonly used in structural-steel fabrication, as stated in the WPS.
Users can simply order a Certificate of Conformity Package along with their new TransSteel welding system, or upgrade to it later as needed. A sticker placed prominently on the welding system then indicates compliance with the EN 1090-2 Code for steel constructions of execution classes (EXC) 1 and 2.