International Weld and Thermal Cutting Process Certification

Efficiency and Savings: The new certification for the Thermal Cutting Process, available starting from April, saves time and resources for companies.                                                                      

Thermal cutting processes such as plasma, laser, and oxyfuel cutting are widely used in the production of construction products and are subject to EN 1090 regulations (e.g., for preparing weld joint fins). This standard requires the initial qualification and annual requalification of these processes, involving a significant investment of time, resources, and money.

However, International Weld proposes an approach in accordance with Appendix D of EN 1090-2.

This alternative method involves conducting a Thermal Cutting Process Qualification Record (CPS), equivalent to a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) in welding processes, and qualifying it with a Certification of Process Qualification Record (CPQR), corresponding to the Welding Procedure Qualification Record (WPQR).

This methodology offers significant advantages for companies: the qualification obtained through CPQR has no expiration and does not require annual requalifications unless significant changes are made to the CPS. This results in considerable time and cost savings for companies involved in thermal cutting processes.

Furthermore, the qualification is valid for a range of operating conditions, including variable thicknesses and different material groups. For instance, tests conducted on minimum and maximum thicknesses confirm the qualification even for intermediate thicknesses, ensuring additional flexibility and convenience.

The Thermal Cutting Process Certification aims to simplify and optimize the certification process, allowing companies to save time, resources, and money while maintaining high standards in the production of construction products compliant with EN 1090 regulations.

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