Welding inspection typically consists of a series of quality control checks carried out by welding inspectors. It ensures welded joints meet required levels of quality and are fit for purpose. A range of welding inspection techniques may be applied, depending on factors such as joint configuration, specific defects of interest, material type/thickness and whether in shop or on site.
What's the Difference Between Quality Control and Inspection?
Inspection is the application of methods of examination to ensure that quality is controlled to an acceptable level.
A good weld generally exhibits a smooth, uniform and consistent appearance. Penetration (extent of fusion into the parent material) is a significant factor as it determines the cross sectional strength of the weld and therefore its load carrying capability in service.
CSWIP welding inspection certificates are often specified as contractual requirement by employers as it provides assurance of the competence of an inspector, and therefore the quality of the weld.
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