Putzmeister America, Inc. Develops Specialized Welding Procedure Specification for its Equipment
Putzmeister America, Inc. Develops Specialized Welding Procedure Specification for its EquipmentWelders Must Achieve Certification to Newly Defined Putzmeister Standard
STURTEVANT, WI (January 1, 2007) – Putzmeister America, Inc. has developed a comprehensive Welding Procedure Specification, requiring external welders to be certified to a newly defined standard when performing certain types of weld procedures on the company’s concrete placing equipment. Those achieving the special certification will be qualified to handle structural welding on Putzmeister products in the field.
The goal in implementing this procedure is increasing the number of competent, company-approved welders nationwide to reduce travel and response time to field requests. Additional local sources will enable Putzmeister customers to access high quality structural repairs, when needed.
“We’ve aggressively taken a quantum leap to implement very specific and demanding criteria geared to welding our more specialized products,” says Don Gerou, Product Performance Manager at Putzmeister America. “Welding specifications must be very controlled and explicit, as welded structures are a significant factor in maintaining the safety and reliability of construction equipment.”
The meticulous Putzmeister standard incorporates very precise welding criteria to accommodate the diverse material properties found in the products’ various steel structures. Before applying for certification to Putzmeister's more stringent requirements, a welder must have first earned specific welding certifications per the American Welding Society Structural Welding Code AWS D1.1.
To test and certify welders to the new specification, Putzmeister is conducting certification sessions at its Wisconsin facilities. The programs are professionally administered by Ken Karwowski, a Certified Welding Inspector registered with the American Welding Society. Karwowski was also instrumental in developing the Welding Procedure Specification in conjunction with Chris Bernau, Senior Welder at Putzmeister America.
“Development of the extensive Putzmeister Welding Procedure Specification started over a year ago and required substantial time and effort,” says Gerou. “The program’s first participants successfully completed their certification test during a session held in mid November.”
The next certification session is scheduled to be held in February of 2007. For additional details, contact the Putzmeister Customer Support Department at (800) 890-0269 or visit the company’s web site at www.putzmeister.com.