How did Code A Weld get started? Did they offer the three testing services you have now, or has it expanded since its beginnings?
Code A Weld’s journey started in 1982! Created by 2 ex-welders, Code A Weld was launched as a training centre for welders wishing to better their skills! After completing the training, welders would be presented with a certificate of attendance. In addition to this service, Code A Weld offered non-destructive testing (NDT) to test the integrity of welds.
Developments at Code A Weld were required to provide mechanical testing in a dedicated test laboratory which meant the lab became accredited to Namas. Code A Weld soon gained UKAS accreditation for the witnessing of weld tests in order to serve increasing demand for qualification and procedure testing. As a result, all of our welding and training services were dropped to comply with the requirements of our type A ISO 17020 RTPO approval.
NDT has always been a part of Code A Weld and remains one of the three main services that we offer.
Do many of the companies you work with require multiple types of service testing from you, or is it generally in one area?
Many companies make the most of our UKAS witnessing, UKAS laboratory and onsite UKAS accredited NDT by utilising all of our services and use us as one stop shop for welding certification. We do however have clients who use a selection of our services and we are more than happy to provide as many or as few of our services as they need. Whatever the request we always make sure to tailor our services to meet the needs of our clients.
Have you ever done any work for American companies? Or would your services not be applicable since you operate according to UK weld coding (as opposed to the AWS coding)?
Many of our clients are involved in projects worldwide and our documentation can end up anywhere in the world! We regularly carry out work to many American specifications, most commonly AWS D1.1, AWS D1.6 and ASME IX.
Have you worked with many clients in the maritime industry for offshore welding – oil rigs, ships, or even underwater welds?
Offshore welding is our largest and fastest growing sector, followed closely by the Nuclear and Structural Industries. We service the Oil and Gas industry all over the UK, but our Aberdeen premises is among the hot spots within the UK.
The industry is extremely competitive and confidentiality is one of our highest priorities so specific details cannot be provided regarding companies and projects. However, it is not unusual for some of the “big names” in the industry to be reviewing Code A Weld procedure and qualification documents.
Does your services often require a team of people, or just one inspector?
Our inspectors are, more often than not, able to work individually on site; however, for larger projects, we send out a number of inspectors. The wider services of Code A Weld require a team of people to successfully process the test pieces and complete the journey from welding the test piece on site through to the documentation being issued.
Working in teams on site is more common among our NDT departments where there are time constraints on the projects. Whatever the requirement we are generally able to adapt our services to meet the needs of the client.
How many welding and testing facilities do you have at Code A Weld‘s headquarters?
Our main laboratory is situated at our head office and is supported by a workshop designed specifically for test pieces related to weldments and weldable materials. This, combined with an excellent admin team, means we are able to consistently guarantee industry leading turnaround times for test pieces.
We are always pleased to have any existing or potential customers drop by and visit us at our head office. It’s a great opportunity for them to familiarise themselves with our facilities and employees!
On average, how much welding experience do your welding inspectors have?
All inspectors at Code A Weld have to complete a specifically written UKAS accredited training programme. This contains modules that cover all aspects of our business. Each inspector must attend a series of seminars, undertake examinations, satisfy on site auditing and complete many hours of site visits under assessment by a quality manager.
All of our inspectors are very experienced in what they do and the rigorous training they undertake ensures the quality of service that Code A Weld provides. Additionally, Code A Weld offers a unique collection of services which means our inspectors only ever witness welding related activities. Many other companies spread their workforce across a number of different inspections such as soils, composites and paints to name a few.
How have your case studies helped you improve your methods and succeed in the industry?
Customer confidentiality restricts us from discussing specific companies or projects. However, we are always looking for ways to develop our services. One of the fundamental things we have learnt in our 32 years of trading is that no one client or project is the same. That is why we always tailor our services to the needs of every individual client and every individual project.
We also pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Personal relationships are often lost within business, so we work hard to allow our clients to develop individual relationships with Code A Weld employees. We like to ensure that every one of our client’s experiences is positive and that when working with Code A Weld they know that the individuals within the company care.
Servicing companies across the UK and worldwide, Code A Weld uses its experience in the welding industry to provide thousands of inspections, tests and certifications.