Metal fabrication plays a huge part in the industrial world. The quality of large metal parts must be assured since subpar quality can and will lead to subpar results. After all, these large and sophisticated fabricated metals are used in crucial applications, such as bridges, gigantic valves and aquatic vessel components. These are simply applications where you want to eliminate, or at least minimize, risks.
Metal fabrication involves a number of processes and each of them must be performed with precision. One of the most important processes is welding. This process is the main focus when it comes to steel fabrication. Parts that were formed and machined are later assembled as preparation for welding. After they are welded together, another check is done to ensure accuracy.
The process demands the utmost precision and thus, the skill of the welder will be crucial. As such, it is one of the aspects of the industry that receives highest attention from regulatory bodies. In Ontario, several organizations provide certifications to ensure the skills of practicing welders. When going to a machine shop for metal fabrication, this is one of the most important factors to consider.
How do the organizations grant the certifications?
One of the organizations is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). You might be wondering why an “American” organization regulates the industry in Canada. The “American” in its name simply means it exercises certification for North America, not just the U.S.A.
To be certified by the ASME, an individual or company goes through preparation, application and assessment. In each of these stages, the organization follows strict protocol in order to assure that the applicant conforms to established safety standards. If the applicant passes all the necessary requirements, the certificate will be granted.
Another organization that sets standards in welding is the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Many specifiers, policy makers, regulators and inspectors refer to the CSA’s welding standards because of their technical excellence, which is the result of a consensus process that goes through extensive peer reviews.
When you need large fabrication services, it pays to check for compliance to ASME and CSA standards. Many machine shops, such as Central Machine and Marine, make it a point for all technical staff, including welders, to have the respective certifications to ensure quality work.
(Certification and Accreditation, ASME, undated)
(Welding Standards, CSA, undated)