A tag can be described as a set of drawings that make up an object e.g. a pipe spool, pressure vessel, a process skid or a structure.
WeldTrace uses tags to organize welds into groupings. It is especially useful when a number of items for the same drawing should be fabricated.
Tags can be used for grouping a set of drawings and thereby welds contained within those drawings for the benefit of creating work packs, test requests or recording dimensions on drawings.
When you need to create multiple quantities of something for which only one set of drawings are available, you can create multiple tags for the same set of drawings. For example, you have received 3 drawings D-001, D-002 and D-003 for a pressure vessel. Your customer has ordered 2 of these vessels that are identical with tag numbers P-1 and P-2.
You can create P-1 and P-2 as tags and both these tags can have all 3 drawings. After you do weld mapping on these 3 drawings, you can have 2 sets of welds created, one each for P-1 and P-2. You can reduce the amount of work needed to create multiple sets of welds.
For example, the first drawing in this screenshot ("SPMT-ENG-P-DRG00311-1") is in 4 tags. You can see the column "Tag #" showing the first tag number "L-01" and "+3" indicating that there are 3 more tags for that drawing. If you click on that "+3" button, you will see the other tags as in this screenshot.
Drawings List showing Tags
In this screenshot of the tags list with the accordion view opened up for the tag "L-01" you can see the drawing "SPMT-ENG-P-DRG00311-1" and a few other drawings.
Tags List showing Drawings
In this screenshot of the tags list you can see the drawing "SPMT-ENG-P-DRG00311-1" showing up in another tag "B2".
Tags List showing Drawings
The benefits are many. The fields "Equipment Number", "Line Number", "Line Class" and the NDE settings are all set in the tags and the welds using that tag number will have these properties. So, in the above example the welds in the combination of tag "L-01" and drawing "SPMT-ENG-P-DRG00311-1" and the welds in the combination of tag "B2" and drawing "SPMT-ENG-P-DRG00311-1" could have different NDE settings even though the drawing is the same. Here's the screenshot of the details page of tag "L-01".
- Details of the tag can be seen here;
- Number of welds that are in this tag (total number of welds in the drawings that are associated with this tag);
- The NDE settings for this tag;
- The NDE settings for the project;
- The drawings that are associated with this tag (the list is only partially visible);
- The buttons to generate the tag control sheet (like traveler), view tag's history and to edit the tag;
- Status of the items in this tag;
- The activity chart for welds in this tag;
You can also fabricate multiples of an item with the same drawing easily, like when a customer orders three numbers of the same vessel or when you need to make structural components that are identical and many of them make up a larger assembly.
When you annotate and produce the weld map of a drawing with 5 welds (W-1, W-2, W-3, W-4 & W-5) that is in say 3 tags (T-1, T-2 and T-3), WeldTrace will create 15 welds, 5 welds for each of the 3 tags. The weld numbers will be the same in each tag.
Check this article on how to edit a tag: Edit a Tag
Each new project will have a default tag (T1) created automatically when the project is created. You can use it and have all the drawings mapped to it. You will find a lot of value in creating a set of tags and managing your project through Work Packs
What are the weld numbers in different columns?
Total will give you the number of welds in the tag. Completed column will show the number of welds that are marked as complete i.e. the date welded field has a date. Inspected column will show the count of welds that have had the post weld inspection completed.
Passed and failed columns are for the welds that are subject to NDE only. These columns will not include welds that have passed or failed visual inspection.
What is progress %?
The progress % is expressed as the percentage of welds completed to the welds planned.
What is R&P?
R&P is an abbreviation used in WeldTrace for "Render & Print." When you markup drawings with dimensions and you need to print them with the marked up data, you can select the checkboxes and click on the printer button to produce high quality PDF files that have the annotations rendered on the drawings.
Note: Render and Print button will be enabled when you select at least one drawing. Rendered drawings will be produced as PDF files and either downloaded or will open in another tab.
When you open a drawing for annotation from within the Tags List page with the pencil and ruler button in the info column as shown in the screenshot above, you will be opening up the dimension annotation interface and not the weld mapping tool. To open the weld mapping interface, click on the notepad icon in the info column in the drawings list page or the tags list page and open the accordion of a tag.
You can view the annotated dimensions as a report in the project reports page. You can also include marked up drawings in the data book.