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ECE Global, LLC
Your Global Partner in Engineering, Quality and Safety Compliance
Design - Fabrication - Welding - Inspection - Certification

Welder with sparksWe work with fabricators and weld shops in many countries and within many different industries.In almost all cases, we are selected due to our national and international experience, expertise related to welding, material science, quality management.Our certified welding engineer (European Welding Engineering Degree [IWE, EWE]) and qualified welding examiner are trained to perform process and performance approvals, such as Welding Procedure Qualifications (WPQR) and Specifications (WPS), as well as Performance Qualifications (PQ) for welder and welding operator.

Our customer have different reasons for contracting us. Frequently, we are requested to

  • assess general weld quality and welding performance,
  • evaluate compliance with codes and requirements,
  • support with the implementation of QA/QC systems
  • engage in a project for performance and compliance
  • support with achieving desired certifications
  • supplier audits
  • get involved for other reasons.

Contact us to talk with our welding engineers, IWE, EWE CWI or NDE experts.

EN 15085
AWS D15.1
Welding Services
WE OFFER: SERVICE DESCRIPTION
Weld Management Services Engineering Support; Construction Surveillance (QA;QC); NDE Inspection;
Quality Management System Implementation; Certifications & Approvals
Welding Procedure Approvals ASME Sect. IX; AWS D1.1-1.7; AWS D9.1; AWS D14.1+6; AWS D15.1; ASME B31.1 + B31.3; EN 15611; EN 15613; EN 15614; ; AD-HP2
Welder Qualifications ASME Sect. IX; AWS D1.1-1.7; AWS D9.1; AWS D14.1+6; AWS D15.1; ASME B31.1 + B31.3; EN 1418; ISO 9606 (old: EN 287); AD-HP3
Welder Training Welding Coordination; Procedure Approval Identification; Welder Performance; Weld Management System
Weld Design Review Engineering Assessments; Material Evaluation; Drawing Review & Approval; Defining  Inspection Requirements & Options; Input Definition to Process Engineering and Operations
Weld Drawing / Mapping Fabrication Drawing Review & Approval; Welding Information Assessment;
WPS Validation; Inspection Procedure Assessment & Development; Assessment of Suitability of Welder Qualifications
Pre-Production Test Sample Evaluation Implementation of Interactive Documentation Solutions (Evaluation vs. Need)
In-Process Weld Inspections Process Performance Optimization; CWI Services; Non-Destructive Examination (NDE); Construction Surveillance; Failure Investigations & Analysis
Final Weld Inspection Inspectability Assessments; Design Improvement Assessment; Weld Quality Assessment; Production Process Suitability Assessment; Failure Analysis; Construction Surveillance
Training Welding Coordinator; Welder; Welding Operator; CWI; NDE; Quality Systems

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General Information

We provide the following services:

Weld Procedure Approvals and Welder/Welding Operator Qualifications for:

    • Pressure equipment
    • Boiler
    • Transportable pressure equipment (receptacles, cylinders, tanks)
    • Piping and piping systems
    • Accessories
    • Transportation equipment for Rail and Street (e.g. Propelled equipment, Freight & Passenger Cars, Sub-Assemblies and Components)

General Approval Process for:

    • Review of design information
    • Determination of weld requirements
    • Review of existing welding documentation
    • Determination of approval tasks and scope
    • Development of execution plan
    • Execution of tests and approvals
    • Testing of specimens
    • Evaluation of testing results
    • Issuance of certificates and approvals after passing all requirements

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Welding Inspection and Supervision

ECE Staff is qualified to inspect and supervise the majority of your welding activities. Depending on either your clients’ requirements or as part of the selected CE or Pi Marking assessment and approval procedures, welding activities may require supervision by an external agency (see also construction surveillance). We provide services related to welding activities, keeping in mind the importance of certification and compliance, as well as customer satisfaction.

Welding inspections and supervision are a great opportunity for us to add value to your organization. Many of our clients find our technical expertise invaluable due to our keen understanding of the issues and the balance between customer satisfaction, engineering requirements, and the need to obtain certifications and compliance.

For instance, it is important to realize that welding is a process, which should be considered during design input assessments (e.g. as part of risk assessments and HAZOP studies). We provide support with risk and HAZOP studies, and can effectively support you with such tasks.

Please note that ECE Global is in the position to provide feedback on documentation as we receive it. We consider it to be value-add to your organization. Just let us know if you would like to receive such inputs!

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Welding Requirements and its Principle Impacts

The importance of welding and compliance to the applicable codes and requirements is a quality we take seriously. We realize not every weld must have the quality of a hygienic weld, hence preventing residual product in the piping system after cleaning. Most acceptance criteria for welding depends on design requirements, the service conditions and the scope and frequency of inspections.

Usually, the approval of welding procedures and welder is done on the basis of the manufacturer’s product scope and/or according to project applications. Still, meeting or exceeding the requirements of the code(s) applied to the approval process (e.g. ASME Sect IX, EN 288, ISO 9606-5, etc.) is a fundamental requirement.

If a manufacturer offers products globally, including Europe, often additional requirements or complimentary requirements to the (e.g.) ASME Code are to be considered or even required.

Example:
According to the European Law for Pressure Equipment (Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC), a manufacturer is required to determine and suggest the inspection scope and intervals of their product. The operator of the equipment is required to determine the potential risk of the equipment when operated in their facility (see Compliance & Potential Risk). The risk is evaluated under close consideration of the applicable codes and standards.

The welding procedure and welder approval requirements must be outlined in the CE Technical File and therefore are an essential part of the potential risk assessment. The operator’s local inspection authority will consider the OEM’s suggested inspection scope and intervals for his approval. In the event the product is being operated in a country which is not familiar with the ASME Code, the additional requirements will provide greater support for acceptance of long uninterrupted operating periods without inspections. This leaves the operator in a position to operate equipment with high efficiency and return of investment.

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