ASME-RELATED ARTICLES AND INFORMATION
ASME Section IX Updates
1998 through 2019 summaries are listed at the end of this page
For my thoughts on addressing QG-106 requirements qualification of those who will supervise and control welding of qualification test coupons, click here.
For the Section IX official paper on complying with QG-106, see:
ASME SECTION IX SEMINAR
Learn how to use ASME Section IX
quickly, competently, completely and cost-effectively.
"How to Use ASME Section IX" sponsored by AWS will be live and face-to-face. A hard copy of Section IX is included in with the course fee.
You will earn 20 PDHs towards your CWI or other certificaions renewal
plus 4 additional hours if you pass the on-line test.
October 3/5, Charlotte, NC (Mooresville)
December 5/7, Denver, CO (LoneTree)
March 12/14, Miami (AWS Headquarters in Doral)
June 4/6, Houston (Woodlands)
Custom in-house seminars in Section IX and B31 codes are available directly from Sperko Engineering
Contact WSperko@bellsouth.net for options
What is the deal with Variables?
Do you really have to describe all the essential and nonessential variables for each process in a WPS?
And what does the Code mean by the term "describe" a variable?"
Find out in the White Paper "Auditing Welding Under ASME Section IX"
This paper was prepared and published by the ASME Standards Committee IX on Welding, Brazing and Fusing as a guide to the industry.
Do you know the difference between
3G (or PG) and the Vertical Position?
Hint: they are not the same. . . .
See the article in The Fabricator
Download this 2MB Powerpoint-based explanation and find out!
Permission to use this presentaion for educational purposes is granted with acknowledgement of the source.
Tired of looking up P-numbers?
How about trade names for UNS Numbers?
For Maximum Efficiency in testing welders, use Supercoupons (i.e., a welder test coupon suitable for small-diameter qualification using two processes with the second process qualified for unlimited thickness), go to:
Thinking about getting a
Sperko Engineering can provide assistance with this. We will visit you to ensure you know the commitment you need to make to have a "Code Stamp" and do ASME Code work. We will prepare a custom QC Program in accordance with current ASME and/or National Board Requirements. We will conduct a day of training with your designated QC Manager and others on yor team who will be part of the QC Program. The ballpark cost to get an ASME Code Stamp, including purchase of Code Books, Stamp fee, preparation of a demonstration vessel or assembly, preliminary review by your Inspection Agency, audit by an ASME Consultant and your Inspection Agency supervisor, your time and the above services by Sperko Engineering is around $30,000. For National Board "R" Stamps, it's more like $20,000. These stamps get renewed every 3 years and the cost of new code books (now every two years) and audit is around $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. Your business plan needs to be able to justify these costs; however, organizations that hold "Code Stamps" are considered a couple of notches better than average, opening the door to new business opportunities. For a listing of those who already hold ASME Certificates, go to https://www.asme.org/codes-standards/publications-information/bpvc-resources or www.nationalboard.org where R-stamp holders are also listed.
ASME BOILER CODE COMMITTEE MEETING DATES AND LOCATIONS
All ASME Technical Committee meetings are open to the public
(Section IX Subgroups meet on Monday of the weeks listed below, and the Standards Committee meets on Tuesday
Some meetings will be in-person (live) and some will be virtual (Zoom)
ASME will not be supportng hybrid meetings; some creative committees (e.g. Sectin IX) have found ways to meet in-person at facilities that have solid internet connections -
Auguast 7/11 Virtual. Section IX will have a rogue live meeting at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland
November 13/17 Live meeting in Houston.
February 4/9 Virtual. Section IX will have a rogue live meeting at a Shell Facility in Houston
See the following link for more information about the meetings:
ASME B31 PIPING CODE WEEK
September 18 - 22, 2023
Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas
Benefits of Participating in
(when committee meetings are face-to-face. . . not so much when they are virtual. . .)
OTHER USEFUL ASME CODE RESOURCES:
Errata, Unpublished Code Cases, as-yet unpublished Interpretations, Procedures for Obtaining approval for new materials and other useful information can be found at:
Standard Welding Procedures
You can buy them at:
on the "Quick Search" box, type "SWPS" and click on "Find it."
This form will make it easy to document the required adoption demonstration test
Previous Commentaries on Changes to ASME Section IX