Creating code-compliant WPS in WeldTrace


WeldTrace supports these standards for writing code-compliant welding procedures: ASME IX (for all of these methods: Groove & Fillet welds, Corrosion Resistant & Hardfacing Overlay welds, tube to tubesheet joints, Lap & Stud welds), AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.5 (for all of these methods: Maximum Heat Input, Minimum Heat Input, Production Procedure and Fracture Critical welds), AWS D1.6, API 1104 (for all of these methods: Section 5 - with filler metal addition, Section 10 - repairs, Section 12 - mechanized and Appendix B - in-service or hot tapping) and ISO 15614-1 standards for writing code compliant welding procedure specification WPS.

You can create code compliant WPS and PQR in minutes in WeldTrace. Creating a welding procedure in WeldTrace is a 3-step process.
  1. You will have to first create a preliminary WPS (pWPS) - refer this article;
  2. Then you need to create a procedure qualification record (PQR) from that pWPS - refer this article;
  3. Finally you will create a welding procedure specification (WPS) from the PQR - refer this article
When you create a PQR from a pWPS, the data that you enter in the pWPS will be automatically copied to the PQR. You may make changes to the data in the PQR form and add test results. You can create more than one PQR from a pWPS.

When creating a WPS from a PQR, the data will be copied from the PQR to the WPS, and for some fields the WPS range values will be calculated and applied as per the code rules. You will be able to make changes to the data in the WPS subject to the provisions in the code for making changes to the range qualified values. 

Guided through with helpful tips

WeldTrace will guide you through each step of the process when creating a PQR or WPS. Here is a sample screenshot:
Helpful tips to complete the WPS & PQR forms
  1. Multi-process welding procedures can be created. The tab showing the process is highlighted;
  2. Multiple passes for each process. The values for each pass is shown in a tab;
  3. You can copy the values entered in one tab to all the passes using this button;
  4. Information icons such as these can be hovered over to show the message. These can be about the validity of the field or if they are mandatory, such as an essential variable;
  5. Fields that are not applicable based on a previous selection will be disabled and shown crossed out like this;
  6. Values like heat input will be automatically calculated;
  7. This tab will slide out on the right hand side of the screen and will show the range qualified values;

Errors will be highlighted

If you are trying to save a form with incomplete data or with errors, the form will highlight the fields, like in this screenshot:
Form validation with highlighted tabs and warning messages
  1. The tabs for processes containing errors will be highlighted and the number of errors in that tab will be shown;
  2. The tabs for welding data for a particular process will also be highlighted with the error count;
  3. The same applies for passes as well;
  4. The field validation message will show the text in red if a value is required;

Append a WPS with third party certification

If you need to get the WPS PDF file generated in WeldTrace endorsed by a third party agency with their stamp, you can use the "Append" feature. 
Append a WPS
  1. View the approved WPS and you will see the "Append" button. Click on it and upload a PDF file;
  2. Once the process is completed, the PDF file will be added as an attachment to the WPS. If you use the append feature again, the previously added file will be replaced with the new file;
Read the next article: How to create a pWPS

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