Nobody’s perfect. Mistakes happen. We all understand this fairly well.
The problem is, in the world of pressure vessel design and welding, mistakes can’t happen. Failure to comply with ASME Section IX coding standards can result in costly repercussions. Whether that be through an audit uncovering an error or a vessel failing compliance after being constructed, these mistakes simply can’t happen.
With these two standards in mind -- safety and compliance -- let’s discuss the top five reasons large companies, like yours, should be using specialized welding procedure software.
Top 5 Qualities of Specialized Welding Procedure Software
1. Code Compliance
It’s not uncommon for companies to use basic tools, like Word and Excel, to regulate PQR, WPS, WPQ, and welders’ continuity documentation.
However, the problem is that these solutions weren’t created with the industry or its standards in mind. If engineers make a mistake or fabricate vessels that aren’t up-to-code, there’s a lot at stake. Employing welding procedure software, especially when it’s integrated with your existing ERP software and workflows can push digital documentation directly to your fab shop floor or on-site fabrication operations. An automated documentation trail ensures you get the job done efficiently and with confidence.
In addition, welding software assures the latest versions of ASME, AWS, API, NAVSEA, and BS/EN/ISO welding codes are consistently available across your entire organization.
Countless hours are wasted manually inputting or copying and pasting data from one project to the next. The integration of modern welding procedure software with your existing fabrication operations eliminated these manual input errors that are difficult if not impossible to find.
The customization of welding procedure software can be accomplished by adding special fields for materials with properties that may be unique to your business. Additionally, your ability to autofill values means your entire team can spend more time on fabrication and less time performing data entry.
With cloud-based computing, access to your welding procedure software is available wherever you have an internet connection. This greatly increases your welders’ flexibility and ensures their utmost efficiency, regardless of where they’re located.
Cloud-based access also gives your team the added capability of sharing critical data between employees, so they gain the insight they need to get the job done well. If you have security restrictions, you should evaluate your on-premise options that live behind your firewall.
4. Personnel Tracking
When work is busy, it’s easy to have key employees run into welder continuity issues, purely because your team fell behind on documentation.
Falling out of certification and getting re-qualified is a costly and time-consuming process that sidelines welders. Companies are now starting to integrate their welding procedure software with time tracking, job coding, and HR systems to automatically update welder continuity.
The right welding procedure software can prevent welder expiration and re-qualification costs, and even help you understand which welder is available with the qualifications you need for that next project.
5. Timely Updates
ASME codes and AWS standards change on prescribed schedules. High-performing welding procedure software reflects every critical change you need to ensure compliance and efficiency.
Take advantage of software that allows you to optimize your project’s compliance with the latest updates of the ASME Section IX, AWS D1.1, and numerous other codes.
Get Started Using Specialized Welding Procedure Software
For these reasons (and more) designers and welding fabricators in many industries have turned to CEI for high-performing software.
Our welding procedure software, ProWrite, is leading the welding and fabrication industry in innovative ways to minimize risks and reduce costs. Check with us if you have special requirements, like integrations and custom fields needed to optimize ProWrite to your existing systems and workflows.
Our software engineers are intricately involved with the codes and standards that are important to you, ensuring your company the highest success when you use our software.
Members of our team have authored ASME codes and standards and have been trained by European code authors. Our team also attends API, AWS, and ASME code meetings and we are involved in the local AWS welding chapter. We have a direct understanding of industry-critical codes and that’s reflected in all of our software solutions.
See the expertise for yourself when you watch a free, on-demand demo of our products.