17 November 2020
This internationally recognized standard defines the quality requirements for fusion welding of steel materials both in the workshop and on the assembly site.
Whilst ISO 9001 certification provides documented evidence of the quality of your quality management systems, it does not in any way demonstrate the ability of your staff or your company to undertake “special processes”, such as welding of pipes or pressure vessels. In fact, ISO 9001 is used to welding quality test but doesn’t provide guidance to correct identified defects. ISO 3834 was developed to identify all factors that could affect the quality of welded product and which need to be controlled at all stages, before, during and after welding. However, ISO 3834 can be used independently of ISO 9001
Compliant manufacturers are more competitive than others thanks to the ISO 384 standard. Therefore, they can introduce themselves to new customers and open up new markets because the standard is accepted in European countries as well as worldwide. Besides, ISO 3834 optimizes the entire welding process, as it helps to reduce cases of non-conformity and therefore their related economic costs. The welding quality management system covered by ISO 3834 adds value to manufacturers’ production, improves the capabilities of welding coordinators and the expiry times of welders’ certifications.
Manufacturers can certify welding quality assurance but do not need to own the ISO 9001 standard. However, we see in the pyramid of norms that ISO 9001 represent the top standard managing all the specifics requirements below.
Although certification is not mandatory, it offers several business advantages over companies that are not certified. It should be of particular interest to companies involved in the welding of heat exchangers, pipelines and other pressure equipment, as well as those wishing to operate in the petrochemical, civil engineering, public infrastructure and defence sectors. ISO 3834 is incorporated into several mandatory product standards. The latest is the standard NF EN 1090 relating to the manufacture of metal structures and mandatory since July 2014. The ISO 3834 standard is also used in the railway sector (NF EN 15085), pressure equipment, boilers and piping as well as the transport of hazardous materials.
Now that we understand the purpose of ISO 3834 and how it fits into the manufacturer’s quality management systems, let’s outline what will be observed during the audit. As far as welding is concerned, it is necessary to know how to qualify these 4 main themes:
All personnel involved in the certification process from the shop-floor to supervisors and higher management will benefit from increased process control, reducing rework and having defined clear instructions.
During the ISO 3834 certification audit, the company must be able to provide evidence of the identification and traceability of welding quality. Below the main headings in ISO 3834 are:
Some relevant Quality records to provide:
As required by contract and product liability, retained for 5 years minimum.
SIRFULL WELDING is a web browser-based software solution that allows you to trace and record the information and processes required by the ISO 3834 standard. Of course, you do not need to be ISO 3834 certified to use SIRFULL Welding. It targets manufacturers from all industries wishing to apply some or all of the ISO 3834 requirements or to undergo a certification process.
“SIRFULL™ WELDING has proven to be suitable for working with both French and international construction codes, in a multi-code and multi-standard approach.” (cf. customer case EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT).
Also, the software can automatically draft qualified WPS using a PQR baseline, identify welds on the construction drawing or manage material and consumable certificates; these are all areas addressed by the ISO 3834 standard.
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