ASME Code Welding
Universal Steel is an ASME Code weld shop, certified per ASME Section VIII Division 1, Section VIII Division 2, and Section I (U, U2, & S stamps). All code welding is completed on semi-automatic sub-arc weld machines. Universal employs third-party testing services for ASME compliance and other job-specific testing.
Welding is a fabrication process that is used to join two metals together by melting two pieces together and allowing them to fuse by cooling.
- There are four types of welding:
- MIG: Metal Inert Gas Welding
- TIG: Tungsten Inert Gas Welding
- Stick: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Flux-Cored: Flux Cored Arc Welding
When comparing other metal burning processes, soldering and brazing do not melt the base layer of metal. Welding uses enough heat to melt that base layer. This heat also creates a pool of molten metal material that then cools to form the joint, which is typically stronger than the regular material by itself.
Third-party testing options and certifications include, but are not limited to, the following:
- ASME Authorized Inspection (AI)
- Radiographic Testing (RT)
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
- Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
- Die-Penetrant Testing (PT)
- Production Impact Testing (PIT)
- Simulated Post Weld Heat Treat (SPWHT)
Universal has a full-time Quality Control staff dedicated specifically to our rolling and welding operations. The Welding Quality Control department ensures all documentation is accurate and up-to-date. In addition, the QC department monitors and adapts to the ever-evolving requirements of ASME code, modern technologies, and customer-specific requirements.