The importance of welding inspection as opposed to machine testing can’t be stressed enough. As a matter of fact, in most instances, the company’s best interest is served by allowing machine testing to take place before a final weld approval has been reached. Why? A welding inspection done by a trained and certified professional not only will verify that the equipment is in good operating condition but it will also help ensure that the equipment is safe for use. By allowing such inspections to occur before an NDE (New Dealing Location) is issued, the company not only is protecting its investments but it is assuring its own employees, the public and the risks involved with the use of the equipment.
As stated earlier, there are many benefits inherent in having your AVRT (American Welding Society) or non-destructive testing equipment (AWS Certified Welding Inspector) inspected before it is approved for use in any production environment. One of these benefits is the “red flag” alert that will be raised if any non-destructive testing is done on the same equipment used for NDE. An AVRT or AWS certified welding inspectors will raise the red flag by raising the red flag warning sign, which clearly states that such testing is not necessary. Such testing will not raise the red flag, however, if NDE is being used. If such tests were done prior to NDE approval the company would still be subject to NDE regulations.
When you go through the AVRT process, the manufacturer’s representatives are present and participate in all of the proceedings. This includes all of the requisite paperwork and examinations. The company also has the opportunity to appeal the NDE certification denial and is legally allowed to do so within nine months of the date of denial. By taking advantage of all of the advantages that come with a nine-month refresher course, it is in the best interest of any company to request that such an examination be re-taken nine months prior to the actual welding operations.