Welds

Welds

The important ingredients in the production of welds or weld joints are its design (information in the welding procedure for joint design, process, and ranges of thickness, etc), two materials to be joined (with traceable batch numbers and mill test certificates), welders (who are tested, qualified, within continuity), welding consumables (permitted type, traceable) and the product or fabrication drawing.  Once a weld has been produced, the weld has to be inspected, tested (NDE), repaired if it has some defect, reinspected before it is accepted and delivered to the client as a product.

WeldTrace has a built in workflow that makes it easy to manage the entire process from planning of welds through to completion and handover. In the next few articles you can learn how to create and manage welds. Here you can read about the welds list and what you can do with it.

Welds List Page

Welds list page
  1. The number will show how many welds there are in this project;
  2. Click here to create a weld - one at a time;
  3. Click here to create or edit welds using the spreadsheet interface (see note);
  4. Click here to view the weld log (see note);
  5. Import a csv file to create welds in bulk; 
  6. Export the welds list as a csv file that you can open with Excel;
  7. Open the inspection page to add inspection results of welds;
  8. Select welds and print the traveler as a PDF file;
  9. Search for welds using the search criteria (all, drawings, welds);
  10. Click on the weld number to view the weld's details page;
  11. Click on the left arrow button to open the accordion to view more details;
  12. Repair welds created automatically (based on the project configuration) will show "-R1" or "-R2" indicating the first or the second repair weld of a failed weld;
  13. The info column icons are (from L-R): Work pack - if the weld is in a work pack click on this button to navigate to that work pack; Magnifying glass - to open the inspection page of that weld where you can record fit up inspection, in process inspection and post weld inspection details; Instant messages - to send and view messages to other project users about that weld;
  14. Status:
    1. Planned: These welds have been created and no other information, like WPS or welder ID have been added. The welds in the planned stage when viewed in the spreadsheet interfaces (weld log, work pack, test pack, etc) will show the calendar icon. Visual inspection steps pre weld and inspection during welding can be completed for welds in the planned stage. NDE requests can be raised only if the project configuration is set to "NDE for all welds";
    2. Allocated: This is the next stage after planning. In this stage, the welds have WPS and welder IDs and optionally material heat numbers, filler metal batch numbers entered, but the date completed field will be empty. If the date completed or welded on date has been entered, the weld will move to the next stage, which is completed. The welds in the allocated stage when viewed in the spreadsheet interfaces (weld log, work pack, test pack, etc) will show the man icon. Visual inspection steps pre weld and inspection during welding can be completed for welds in the allocated stage. NDE requests can be raised only if the project configuration is set to "NDE for all welds";
    3. Completed: For welds to be moved to this stage, the WPS and welder IDs and the date completed fields need to have been filled. The material heat numbers, filler metal batch numbers can be empty. Once the welds are moved to this stage, they will be locked from further edits. Please read this article on how to edit locked welds. The welds in the completed stage when viewed in the spreadsheet interfaces (weld log, work pack, test pack, etc) will show the padlock icon. Post weld visual inspection can be completed only after welds are moved to the completed stage. NDE requests can be raised for both the project configuration settings "NDE for all welds" and "NDE for completed welds only";
Note: The spreadsheet interface and the weld log are different. Using the spreadsheet interface you can create welds, but you cannot allocate WPS or welders or add material heat numbers. Using the weld log you cannot create welds. It has been done this way to make the task of create and edit separate and make it easier. 

Creating Welds

Welds may be created with any one of the following four methods:

Add a weld

Add a weld form. Add one weld at a time using a simple form style interface.  Click on this link to read the article;

Create welds

Creating multiple welds using a spreadsheet interface. Add a number of welds at a time using an Excel spreadsheet style interface.  Click on this link to read the article;

Import Welds

Import a list of welds using a CSV file - You can add a number of welds at a time by importing a csv file that can be created using Microsoft Excel.  Click on this link to read the article;

Create Welds from Weld Map

Create welds automatically from weld maps. When you markup welds on drawings with our pictorial weld mapping interface, you will get a choice to create welds automatically. Click on this link to read the article;

Edit Welds

Welds may be edited using the weld log. However, to edit welds that are completed (locked welds), please read this article;

Delete Welds

Welds may be deleted by the project administrator only using the advanced search function in the weld log and by editing the locked welds - please read this article;

Read the next article: Add welds

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