Weld mapping is the process of assigning information to a weld joint to enable easy identification of its design (WPS), production (welders, their qualifications, date welded), quality (visual inspection, NDT) and traceability (heat numbers of materials joined & welding consumables).
Weld mapping should also incorporate a pictorial identification to represent the weld number on the fabrication drawing, in case the designer does not nominate a weld number. Weld mapping is also another term for weld tracking or welding traceability with the added function of an identification of the location of a weld in a drawing.
Apart from offering the process of weld mapping with data, Smart Welding Manager has a unique annotation tool to create pictorial weld maps. You can annotate the weld number and other details on a fabrication drawing to mark the location of the weld with a easy to use tool. Please watch a short video on pictorial weld mapping with Smart Welding Manager in our YouTube channel.
We have a mobile app (for tablets) that allows the user to mark the location of the weld on a drawing in the field with a finger input without an active internet connection. Imagine how much time you will be able to save with this feature!
Codes such as AWS D1.1 & ASME IX require welders to weld at least one weld every 6 months in a process they are qualified to, to maintain their welder qualifications for that process. If a welder has not welded with a process during a period of 6 months or more, the codes say that his qualifications for that process shall expire. This is referred to within the codes and in the industry as maintaining “welder continuity.”
So, this begs the question as to how a company can demonstrate this welder continuity at a given point in time. Most companies keep some form of record, popularly known as a “Welder’s Log.” A welder’s log has to have an entry made periodically of the process a welder has made a weld to and the date as a minimum and the rest of the record is up to the requirements specified by their own quality system, client specification or certification requirement (ASME shop certification or ISO 3834).
This record keeping process can be quite time consuming, depending on how often a welder’s log needs to be updated and how many welders a company employs. It could be even more difficult to demonstrate that a welder was indeed within the period of continuity when a weld was completed in the past, if such a question arises (e.g. during a client audit or factory certification).
In Smart Welding Manager, we have made the process easier. Each welder’s log is update automatically on a continuous basis from records made within a project. Apart from providing full traceability for all weld data, a detailed log can be generated for each welder at any time. Each welder’s log will have a list of all welds ever done by a welder, listed by project, WPS, process and type.
A sample welder’s log can be viewed through this link – Sample Welder Continuity Log – by the way, the file has fictitious data for demonstration purposes.
Yes. Depending on the NDT options chosen for a project, you would be able to select the types of tests for particular welds and create the test request. The test requests can be printed and emailed to the testing agency. Once the results are received and updated in SWM, the status of the test packs will be automatically updated to show completion of tests.
Your welding supervisor will be able to select certain welds from the list of planned items by either drawing or WPS or welder or weld type. He/she can then group them and create a work pack, print the list and associated drawings and allocate the work. Welders would return the work pack as the work is completed and the system can be updated with any changes (change of welder or material or consumable batch number). A separate workflow management system would not be required.
What is different about Smart Welding Manager and other welding management software in the market?
This is a question that we get asked a lot and rightly so. You can build a welding quality management system in your company around Smart Welding Manager, not just keep some records, which can be done with a well designed Excel file.
The reason why Smart Welding Manager is so different from other products is because of its role based hierarchical design and it is built to leave a trail for audit purposes. You may be familiar with a standard that mentions in detail of what shall be a good welding quality management system and it is ISO 3834-2 – Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials. It is a standard fabricators can get certified to and is quite popular in Europe and some parts of Asia. As it is a standard a company can be audited and certified to, the requirements become mandatory for a company to comply with. Role based record keeping is a requirement in ISO 3834-2.
When certification to ISO 3834-2 becomes a requirement or when a client wants to audit your quality management system, which is increasing becoming prevalent, then some recording keeping tool is essential. Excel is popular, there are home grown software applications many companies use that are built around Access, and there are some online applications that help simplify these tasks.
There is an important aspect of this record keeping that Excel cannot offer and most software applications do not do, which is maintaining a history of who created a record or an entry in a log, and when it was done, what was their role, etc. If an application allows you to simply copy, paste and change records at will, the integrity of such data will be questionable and will not stand ground when it comes to a serious investigation (read litigation after an incident and the like). Let’s say VT record is available in the log, but there is no evidence to see that it was actually entered by a qualified welding inspector, then the credibility of such a record will be questionable. You may want to avoid this at all cost!
Smart Welding Manager incorporates all these aspects of data integrity in an easy to use interface, including Excel like interfaces for quick data entry. Don’t take our word for it. Sign up for a free trial and find out for your yourself and of course we are here to give you an online demo and walk you through it.
You will find Smart Welding Manager to be very economical compared to other welding management software applications. The cost is based on the resources you require and it is based on a pay as you go system of pricing.
We have an Excel file that you can download, enter your requirements and get a quotation instantly. There are no surprises or hidden costs. You will be pleasantly surprised as to how affordable it is. Please note that all the cells highlighted in yellow may be edited.
You may also contact us for a quote with your specific requirements.
Smart Welding Manager is hosted in a secure server in a data center owned by Amazon in the US. Naturally, there is no need to have your own server and there is no expense on IT infrastructure or trained resources to maintain them. All you need is a computer with internet connection and a tablet device to use it in the field.
We have built it with the latest technology for simultaneous access by hundreds, if not thousands of users. So, there is no limitation in using our product as you might find with a desktop or a local server application that may limit users to just a handful.
If you have used Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn or SalesForce, then you are already familiar with using cloud-based applications as theses are all providers of software as a service, SaaS in short.
When we develop additional features, we make it available for all users. It will be then up to you the individual users whether or not to make use of the new feature. There is no extra cost for this and no need to re-install the software for every release as it is cloud-based.
In most projects, especially those projects that involve some pressure piping or vessels, it is essential to have complete traceability of welds. The fabricators need to demonstrate who welded the joints, the welding procedures (WPS) used, how were they qualified (PQR), welders’ qualifications (WPQ), welders’ past performance, visual inspection of welds, welding inspector’s details, non-destructive testing of welds, test results and so on.
Smart Welding Manager makes it easy to do all these in an easy to use cloud-based application that can be used anywhere.
You can store details of materials and welding consumables, including the heat or batch certificates, drawings, test reports, qualifications either in a common library and use them across projects or create project specific repositories, depending on the need.
You can also use our unique pictorial weld mapping utility to mark the location of welds as you go, either using a PC or with a tablet and create the final project documentation in minutes.
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Is a cloud-based software safer to use than a desktop or a local server based application in our own premises?
We have been asked this question repeatedly. We understand the reservations people have on keeping their data in a server in the internet. It is a justifiable concern.
However, try and think of the disasters you may have faced with computers and servers in your lifetime. How many times have you lost data because your computer crashed or your company’s server did. Have you heard the IT department say that **it happens? I have, on more than one occasion.
On the other hand, have you ever lost access to your Gmail account or lost your posts in Facebook or your online bank account showing a $0 balance when there should be a few hundred dollars in your account? Unlikely, right?
Smart Welding Manager is built using cutting edge technology and is hosted in a secure data center owned by Amazon in the US. Frequent back-ups of data and server redundancies mean that your data is perhaps safer online than in your own servers..
The tablet app will allow your staff to use Smart Welding Manager in remote locations where there may not be any power, office space or internet.
Before leaving for the remote location, the tablet app should be synchronised with the online server. In the offline mode all data and linked files (WPS, drawings, test reports, etc) will be available to view. Weld details may be edited, inspection performed, photographs of welds taken and pictorial annotation of weld locations on drawings can be drawn in the offline mode.
Once back in a location where internet is available, the tablet can be once again synched to upload the offline data to the server. The tablet app will be useful even in workshops where there may not be good wifi coverage.
Apart from English, you can use Smart Welding Manager in most major languages. The online help manual is also available in most major languages of the world.
Absolutely! We would like you to test our products thoroughly, before you commit.
We offer a 60-day free trial for you to discover Smart Welding Manager’s browser based application and its tablet apps. The trial account comes populated with some sample data, so you can relate to all the features.
Please note that the tablet apps for the trial accounts are named as Smart Fabrication Manager.
We can provide customization to a reasonable extent, as long as it does not affect the functionality for other users. Should you wish to make major changes, we can develop a customized product especially for you at a reasonable cost.
We can create additional reports for you at no extra cost.