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Part I: General Questions on the WPSAmerica.com's Online Welding Software Services:

1.0 How the software works? Do I need to download the software on my computer? Can I save my document both online and on my computer? Can I access my account from different computer?

1.1 What makes the WPSAmerica.com unique and superior welding software?

1.2 What are the benefits of joining the WPSAmerica.com? How to join?

1.3 Is the software compatible with any other software?

1.4 Do you have a large number of PQR's with WPS for SMAW process for AWS D1.1 code? Does this software allow me to write my own approved WPS and PQR's? Once the WPS is written, do I need to perform a weld test and send test samples to the lab for inspection and analyzing of weld soundness in according to welding code?

1.5 How to avoid performing costly qualification test (PQR), when permited by a code, by using a proper prequalified Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)?

1.6 Our company is AISC certified.  Their requirements are to have our shop WPS's to be stamped by a CWI.  Does the AISC recognize your software and how could I get this CWI stamp, better yet, would I need them stamped? I am a small business owner that is required to submit WPS and PQR, before the start of a job. Do tests need to be witnessed by a CWI?

1.7 Who should sign and approve my weld documents, based on requirements of the welding code?

1.8 What are the features of WPSAmerica.com's Welding Community? How to collaborate and business network with all users of WPSAmerica.com?

1.9 Does our company need to purchase more than one account? If we decide to have multiple accounts, what would be the cost? If I were to purchase more than one account user name, would I receive any kind of discount on the 2nd or 3rd account user name purchased?

1.10 In regards to user access, can a user be limited to only view documents of the company's account? If we sign up with two user accounts, I would like to have User Account #1 be our welding process administrator to create new documents with full access to the software. User Account #2 would be our supervisors/floor welders. I would like them to NOT have full access to the software, but to print/view existing documents online. Is there some type of administrative security that one user could restrict access to other users, like read only feature?

1.11 What happen when my plan (1-year or 3-year) is near to expire? How to renew my plan? Do you have recurring payment plan (automatic renewal) in place? Do you inform me, in advance, if I want to renew my plan? What is the WPSAmerica.com policy for refund and termination of service?

1.12 After that I buy a one-year plan subscription, what would happen to my document that saved online on WPSAmerica.com site, at the end of the year?

1.13 Is online payment on your website secure? Is my personal information kept private?

Part II: Questions on the WPSAmerica.com Software Features for Weld Document (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR, WPDS, SWPS, Welders Management Report):

2.1 How the software works? Do I need to download the software on my computer? Can I save my document both online and on my computer? Can I access my account from different computer?

2.2 In regards to WPS, PQR and WPQR forms, we are a sheet metal house using AWS D1.3 code only, so use of AWS D1.1 is non-existent; when a different code is "chosen" in WPS, do the unnecessary fields disappear (or become inactive) or is the user expected to know what not to fill in?

2.3 Is the software compatible with any other software?

2.4 As our company are based in South Africa and we require the software data in metric system. Is it possible to get the software package in the metric system?

2.5 Can I store my WPS or PQR forms and data internal to our site, not on WPSAmerica.com, as it is considered sensitive data?

2.6 Is there any welding procedure for aluminum GMAW (MIG) process in your database?

2.7 Does the software provide any suggested weld data, for welding steels, stainless steels and aluminum, for several welding processes [SMAW (Stick), FCAW, GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), SAW]?

2.8 What are the main features of the software? Does the software prevent us from putting illogical or invalid information in any area that would not meet the specification being addressed?

2.9 Does the software guide us for selection of shielding gas? Does the software have the ability to choose between short-circuiting mode of transfer and spray mode of transfer for GMAW (MIG) welding process?

2.10 Does the software offer access to any code? How to order welding code? We want to buy books of ASME and AWS Standard (ASME Section IX, ASME B31.3, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.6), please advise how to order?

2.11 Can I adapt your forms for AWS codes that are not listed on your Product information on your site (i.e. AWS D14.1, AWS D14.3, AWS D1.4 and AWS D1.8)? Can I work with the software to create form for unlisted welding code? Are you planning on adding API 1104 certification forms in the future?

2.12 Does the software provide Standard WPS (SWPS) for the ASME code?

2.13 Does the software provide Welding Procedure Data Sheet (WPDS) for the CSA Standards (CSA W47.1/W59-13, CSA W47.2/W59.2)?

2.14 Do you recommend us for choosing proper procedure, electrode or material that works for our project?

2.15 I need a WPS to weld 304 stainless steel to mild steel which conforms to the AWS requirements. Can your service help? We are a machine shop, which also does welding. We are certified per AWS for carbon steel but don't have the technical resources to develop more complex procedures.

2.16 I am an HVAC and Electrical Engineer and know nothing about welding. Will your software guide me to which standard to follow, type of joint, and welding process for a given pipe size and pressure?

2.17 We do not have a structural engineer in house. We outsource that service. I am the senior engineer and my degree is in Electrical Engineering. While I do know the difference between a fillet and a butt joint, that is about the extent of my welding knowledge. Would I be able to complete an online WPS with a limited understanding of welding? Does your software "ask questions" or will I need to know what I am doing already?

2.18 I need a weld procedure for welding ASTM A234 WP22 to A312 304L. I'm not sure what welding process to use for this weld. Can you provide some instruction in this area?

2.19 We do in house welding with ASTM A36, A572, A514 and SAE 4130. I was curious if your database has prequalified weld procedures for these types of materials?

2.20 For AWS D1.1 code, do you have a WPS for a CJP weld made from one side in base metal thickness up to 5/8 in., root opening to be 3/4 in. Welding procedure does not have to be prequalified, if it has been qualified by testing. Are you able to provide this WPS or do you have other WPS that fit my needs?

2.21 If I test a welder and that test can cover him/her for different codes, do I have to enter the information into the system for each code separately or will the software automatically recognize this?

2.22 I purchased this product under the impression that I would be able to acquire a prequalified or tested ASME section IX WPS. I am not experienced enough to complete all the required info for writing my own WPS. It appears that I will still have to hire an engineer to help me write my WPS; am I missing something?

Part III: Technical Questions about the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 Prequalified WPS's:

3.1 What is the definition of Weld Type (Fillet weld, Partial groove weld, Complete groove weld)?

3.2 What is a prequalified weld joint or prequalified Welding Procedure Specification (pWPS), and what are the benefits of using prequalified WPS's? What is a Non-prequalified weld joint?

3.3 What welding codes allow the use of prequalified weld joints and prequalified WPS's?

3.4 Are you keep the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's) up-to-date with the code updates?

3.5 What types of weld process are used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's?

3.6 Does the software provide prequalified welding procedure specification for GTAW (TIG) process?

3.7 Does your library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's includes WPS with multi-process (like a prequalified welding procedure allowing a SMAW for the root and FCAW (gas shielding) for the rest on a "T" joint)?

3.8 What are the base materials groups used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's?

3.9 What are the generic gas mixtures used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's for FCAW and GMAW (MIG) process?

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Part I: General Questions on the WPSAmerica.com's Online Welding Software Services:

1.0 How the software works? Do I need to download the software on my computer? Can I save my document both online and on my computer? Can I access my account from different computer?

WPSAmerica.com software is online platform. So, you don't need to download the software on your computer and you can access your account from any computer or anywhere online.

It works the same way you check your e-mail online! You can log in to your WPSAmerica.com software with your UserID and Password, which you choose during online registration.

The great thing about the software is that you can manage all your welding documents online. The software supports all major AWS codes (structural steel codes for steels, stainless or aluminum), as well as ASME codes (pressure vessel, piping and boiler).

In addition to save a document on your computer, you can save it online. You can save your documents in PDF format, at your end, as well as save it online on WPSAmerica.com for future use or modifications. Once you need a copy of your document, just log in to your account from any computer online and save time.

Besides the software, there are also over 10,000 prequalified AWS welding procedures for welding steels and stainless steels in our database for SMAW (stick), SAW, FCAW and GMAW (MIG) processes. Other features that make our service unique are providing users with sample specifications, suggested weld data, shielding gas selection guide, expert presentations, articles, educational and technical information, welding community and much more!

We are proud that, since 2006, hundreds of companies, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, Fortune 500 companies, and manufacturers worldwide are using the software.

It is easy to manage all of your weld documents, by using the WPSAmerica.com software, anywhere at anytime.

Please try the WPSAmerica.com Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

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1.1 What makes the WPSAmerica.com unique and superior welding software?

-You are only required to have minimal computer knowledge to use this service.

-No need to download the software on your computer, log in and manage your weld document.

-WPSAmerica.com online software supports more codes than any software company.

-Huge saving when using from over 10,000 AWS prequalified procedures, by take advantage of codes and avoid doing unnecessary costly tests, when allows by a code. WPSAmerica.com's prequalified welding procedures ease the complexity of development of weld procedures for structural steel applications of mild steels, low alloy steels and stainless steels (Plate, Pipe, Sheet, Box), in accordance with the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3 and AWS D1.6 welding codes.

-While other welding software doesn't automatically prepare a single welding procedure, WPSAmerica.com offers over 10,000 procedures for the AWS codes, as our special bonus for you, and a superior software for both the AWS and ASME codes.

-To make a better decision, there are instant code's rules for each essential variables, Guides and Built-in Tables in each forms (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR). The software also provides guides to choose right shielding gases, suggested welding parameters, and educational experts' welding presentations.

-The welding software provides no restriction for the users, plus there is no company license fee or maintenance fee for the services. Our fee includes software upgrades, code updates, and is good for unlimited intra company use, available anywhere online.

-Superior welding software for the AWS structural steels welding codes (steels, stainless steels, aluminum, bridge, and more), as well as the ASME codes (pressure vessel, piping, boiler, power piping, process piping, and more).

-By joining WPSAmerica.com, you can also create your own Webpage, WPSAmerica.com/You, and start business networking, and collaborate with all users in your welding community.

-Option to save your weld documents online (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR and Welder Management Report), plus you can always save it on your computer in PDF format.

-The software and database designed by the code experts, and are continuously updated with latest edition of the welding codes.

-Users also have access to free online resources, plus Highlights of Codes, Learn First!, You Asked We Answered WebPages, samples Specifications with welding techniques for major welding processes, and Experts' Presentations.

-WPSAmerica.com is committed to provide users with the continued value-added services.

-The service fee is very affordable.

Please try the WPSAmerica.com online Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

Join your welding community, create your online Web page profile, and start business networking with Fortune 500 companies, consultant engineers, inspectors, welding experts and fabricators, worldwide. To join, please click here

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1.2 What are the benefits of joining the WPSAmerica.com? How to join?

We are committed to provide users with the continued value-added services.

In simple words, we proud to say about our welding service that:

[] It works.

[] It's fast.

[] It's available online 24/7

[] It's simple.

[] It's professional.

[] It's unique.

[] It's for everyone.

[] It's affordable.

[] It has been prepared by the code experts.

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1.3 Is the software compatible with any other software?

WPSAmerica.com software uses online platform, independently (so no compatibility with any other software). We recommend you to sign up and try it for yourself.

1.4 Do you have a large number of PQR's with WPS for SMAW process for AWS D1.1 code? Does this software allow me to write my own approved WPS and PQR's? Once the WPS is written, do I need to perform a weld test and send test samples to the lab for inspection and analyzing of weld soundness in according to welding code?

PQR is a test report document that you perform in your plant. After successful test results, when an authorized lab finished analyzing your test specimens, then you can document your PQR and WPS by using the software of WPSAmerica.com

The software also includes library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's in according to AWS D1.1, D1.3 and D1.6, that can be used by your company without supporting PQR, if/when your project allow using any of those WPS's.

To learn more about the subject, we explain it in more details in the next Q/A #1.5

1.5 How to avoid performing costly qualification test (PQR), when permited by a code, by using a proper prequalified Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)?

The following are the most common reasons that welding procedure specifications were not getting approval or have been called up for costly qualification testing, PQR(s):

-WPS doesn't comply with the minimum requirements of applicable code

-Lack of knowledge on how to prepare and submit a WPS properly in the first place

-Not recommending a right shielding gas considering the base materials, thicknesses, weld process and mode of metal transfer (short circuit, spray, globular, pulse) for a WPS

-Welding parameters are too high or too low in WPS for that specific application

-Don't know how to take advantage of prequalified welding joints of each welding codes (the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.6)

Regarding to the last item above, there are still some professionals who are not familiar with all aspects of a weld code; for example, many of the welding tests (PQR) for welding of austenitic stainless steels could be avoided, by using and referring of welding procedure specifications to prequalified welding joints of the AWS D1.6 code.

Note: When a procedure WPS needs to be qualified and supported with test reports (PQR), in according to the AWS or ASME codes, here how to do it:

You need to prepare a preliminary WPS for conducting test (s) in your shop, plant or by your manufacturer contractor (note: all tests need to be witnessed by an authorized person (s) defined in code and/or specified in your contract document). Then, if test results have been successful as per requirements of the code, you can write your test reports (PQR), and then update your WPS, in according to actual data for PQR. The software helps you to manage all your documents online and save time!

WPSAmerica.com superior welding software provides a unique and simple solution to prepare your weld documents (WPS, PQR, WPQR, WPQ, and Welders Management Report), for any welding process or material in a few minutes; plus we created over 10,000 prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's) that fully code-checked with the AWS welding codes, literally.

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1.6 Our company is AISC certified.  Their requirements are to have our shop WPS's to be stamped by a CWI.  Does the AISC recognize your software and how could I get this CWI stamp, better yet, would I need them stamped? I am a small business owner that is required to submit WPS and PQR, before the start of a job. Do tests need to be witnessed by a CWI?

You answered your question already that "Their requirements (AISC) are to have your shop WPS's to be stamped by a CWI". However, in regards to who should sign your weld document, we answered it extensively based on the requirements of each code, on the next Q/A # 1.7

1.7 Who should sign and approve my weld documents, based on requirements of the welding code?

Both AWS and ASME codes require that, an authorized persons, Manufacturer or Contractor, should sign the welding documents. Please read scope and responsibility Clauses in Section one of each welding codes.

-For prequalified procedure approval based on the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3 and AWS D1.6 code, an authorized person can be QA/QC manager, owner or owner's representative, welding supervisor or engineer responsible for the product lines oversight. 

-For non-prequalified procedure, final review and signature on your weld document must be done by the Engineer.

Notes from the AWS codes in regards to responsibility of the Engineer *:

-AWS D1.1/ AWS D1.3/ AWS D1.6: All WPS's (except prequalified WPS's) shall qualified and approved by the Engineer

-AWS D1.2: Contractor is responsible; document should sign by the Engineer for Contractor

-AWS D1.5: Contractor is responsible; document should sign by the Engineer for Contractor. Engineer could be State Engineer, Bridge Engineer or owner's representative.

Please note that Contractor can submit WPS to the Engineer for approval, as well as prepare WPS for conducting tests to qualify WPS's.

* Note: The word "Engineer" referenced in a code could be a structural, mechanical, welding or design engineer with solid knowledge of code.

Third party agent representative can also witness, sign or stamp your document, in addition of your authorized person signature, when it is required by your contract document or when it requested by your client.

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1.8 What are the features of WPSAmerica.com's Welding Community? How to collaborate and business network with all users of WPSAmerica.com?

Welding Community is a place that you can collaborate and business networking with 100's of company members, from Fortune 500 companies, consulting engineers, certified inspectors to fabricators worldwide.

To make your communication more efficient, we upgraded welding community by adding instant email notification. When a user send you a message, you will receive an email notification right away.

Note: As we respect your privacy, your e-mail address is protected from view by users; users can communicate with you using your UserID only!

You can create your webpage (WPSAmerica.com/UserID) by adding text, pictures or video (by copy embed video from YouTube.com), and start communicate with all company members.

To start business networking with all members in your welding community, please click here

1.9 Does our company need to purchase more than one account? If we decide to have multiple accounts, what would be the cost? If I were to purchase more than one account user name, would I receive any kind of discount on the 2nd or 3rd account user name purchased?

We recommend multiple user accounts for medium to big Companies, Colleges and Universities.

You can add up to 5 user accounts for the cost of only $600 per additional user! First user account is Free and included to your software package plan.

Note: Each user account includes private log in access (UserID and Password), with internal email for users' collaboration.

Understanding "Users" in WPSAmerica.com

Note: With 1 user account, you can also share the software with your co-worker, if you wish. However, please note that when sharing your account, two persons can't use the software independently at the same time, with the same log in access to WPSAmrica.com. Also, when sharing your software with your colleague, one user is able to review, modify or delete the document that created, by other user. That's why we recommend multiple user accounts for medium to big companies, colleges and Universities.

WPSAmerica.com online welding software provides no restriction for the user, plus there is no company license fee or maintenance fee for the services. Our fee includes software upgrades, code updates, and is good for unlimited intra company use, available anywhere online.

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1.10 In regards to user access, can a user be limited to only view documents of the company's account? If we sign up with two user accounts, I would like to have User Account #1 be our welding process administrator to create new documents with full access to the software. User Account #2 would be our supervisors/floor welders. I would like them to NOT have full access to the software, but to print/view existing documents online. Is there some type of administrative security that one user could restrict access to other users, like read only feature?

The online software works just like an email account, and when someone log in, there is full access to the software without any restrictions. When user log in to the software, he/she can download documents in PDF, and manage (create and save new, modify or delete saved documents) it online. That's why we recommend separate user accounts to keep your documents safe and un-touched by your colleagues.

Each user account is completely separate like a new company and works independently. So even within same company, user #1 can't access or see or share anything of user #2 and vice versa (unless both users are sharing the same account with each other).

The only common thing between all users is possibility for collaboration (sending internal messages among each other).

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1.11 What would happen when my plan (1-year or 3-year) is near to expire? How to renew my plan? Do you have recurring payment plan (automatic renewal) in place? Do you inform me, in advance, if I want to renew my plan? What is the WPSAmerica.com policy for refund and termination of service?

WPSAmerica.com committed to provide you with the continuous value-added services.

In order to provide you with uninterrupted service, we offer automatic renewal service for your software account with WPSAmerica.com, by conveniently billing the credit card on file, before your subscription expires.

Before that your subscription expires and before any new charges to your credit card, you will receive an email notification from us in advance, in regards to upcoming automatic renewal for another term plan (1-year or 3-year). Unless you ask us otherwise, with your consent, and for your conveniences, your membership will be automatically renewed. Just after it processed, you will receive confirmation e-invoice from us for your record.

Note: Your membership is renewed automatically on expiry unless you object (no obligation, no cancellation fee). You will be charged the renewal subscription fee (plus applicable taxes), which we will notify you by e-mail in advance. Payment will be taken using the credit details originally provided by you during your online registration unless you tell us otherwise.

You may cancel your enrollment to Automatic Renewal at any time, by sending us an e-mail!

We hope that you stay with the service as long as you are in business. If you decided to not renew your membership, for any reason, your recurring payment plan will be stopped upon your request.  Following is SUBSCRIPTIONS AND PAYMENT term from the Privacy Policy and Terms:

Your subscription will continue for the specified subscription period and will renew automatically at the end of each period, under the same fee structure, unless terminated by us in accordance with this agreement or until you notify us of your decision to terminate your subscription.

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1.12 After that I buy a one-year plan subscription, what would happen to my document that saved online on WPSAmerica.com site, at the end of the year?

We send notification email in advance to our clients, for upcoming software renewal date. You can renew your service at the end of your plan or ask us to close your account. In regards to documents that you saved online on WPSAmerica.com site, you can delete all or any of your documents from the site, at any time, while you using the software.

1.13 Is online payment on your website secure? Is my personal information kept private?

This website is 100% safe. Ordering online with us is safe and secure. Your credit card information is safe and secure with us. Our secure socket layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.

To learn more about safety of the WPSAmerica.com online payment, please click here.

We hate spam and we don't share or sell your private information with anybody as we like to keep our personal information safe too. As specified in the Privacy Policy and Terms , we are committed to confidentiality, security and privacy of an individual's personal information. We adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to protecting privacy.

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Part II: Questions on the WPSAmerica.com Software Features for Weld Document (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR, WPDS, SWPS, Welders Management Report):

2.1 How the software works? Do I need to download the software on my computer? Can I save my document both online and on my computer? Can I access my account from different computer?

WPSAmerica.com software is online platform. So, you don't need to download the software on your computer and you can access your account from any computer or anywhere online.

It works the same way you check your e-mail online! You can log in to your WPSAmerica.com software with your UserID and Password, which you choose during online registration.

The great thing about the software is that you can manage all your welding documents online. The software supports all major AWS codes (structural steel codes for steels, stainless or aluminum), as well as ASME codes (pressure vessel, piping and boiler).

In addition to save a document on your computer, you can save it online. You can save your documents in PDF format, at your end, as well as save it online on WPSAmerica.com for future use or modifications. Once you need a copy of your document, just log in to your account from any computer online and save time.

Besides the software, there are also over 10,000 prequalified AWS welding procedures for welding steels and stainless steels in our database for SMAW (stick), SAW, FCAW and GMAW (MIG) processes. Other features that make our service unique are providing users with sample specifications, suggested weld data, shielding gas selection guide, expert presentations, articles, educational and technical information, welding community and much more!

We are proud that, since 2006, hundreds of companies, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, Fortune 500 companies, and manufacturers worldwide are using the software.

It is easy to manage all of your weld documents, by using the WPSAmerica.com software, anywhere at anytime.

Please try the WPSAmerica.com Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

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2.2 In regards to WPS, PQR and WPQR forms, we are a sheet metal house using AWS D1.3 code only, so use of AWS D1.1 is non-existent; when a different code is "chosen" in WPS, do the unnecessary fields disappear (or become inactive) or is the user expected to know what not to fill in?

The software supports a dozen of welding codes, as shown in our Product info Web page, and each works separately. So, for example for sheet steel, you will first select AWS D1.3 code and then open your form (WPS, PQR, WPQR), where it is showing all necessary data, guides and code's rules for the AWS D1.3 code only.

2.3 Is the software compatible with any other software?

WPSAmerica.com software uses online platform, independently (so no compatibility with any other software). We recommend you to sign up and try it for yourself.

2.4 As our company are based in South Africa and we require the software data in metric system. Is it possible to get the software package in the metric system?

There is no restriction to use mm or in. on any of the forms (WPS, PQR, WPQR), when using the software. However, in our library of 10,000 AWS prequalified WPS's, WPS data are shown in both mm and in. for the most parts (although wire feed speed and travel speed are shown in IPM or in/min instead, as our prequalified WPS's are in one page format and space is limited, and also IPM used for speed can be set easily on any welding machines).

2.5 Can I store my WPS or PQR forms and data internal to our site, not on WPSAmerica.com, as it is considered sensitive data?

All documents that you create by the software can be saved online on our secure server, in WPSAmerica.com site for future retrieval and possibility to modify or edit it again, when you need it. You can also save a PDF copy of your document on your computer off line.

Great things about online saving feature of WPSAmerica.com software is that you can open any of your saved WPS, PQR or WPQR from anywhere and modify it right away, then save it again as your new weld document.

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2.6 Is there any welding procedure for aluminum GMAW (MIG) process in your database?

Please note that as per AWS D1.2 (Aluminum code) or ASME codes, there is no prequalified procedure for welding aluminum with GTAW (TIG) or GMAW (MIG) process.

Note: When a procedure WPS needs to be qualified and supported with test reports (PQR), in according to the AWS or ASME codes, here how to do it:

You need to prepare a preliminary WPS for conducting test (s) in your shop, plant or by your manufacturer contractor (note: all tests need to be witnessed by an authorized person (s) defined in code and/or specified in your contract document). Then, if test results have been successful as per requirements of the code, you can write your test reports (PQR), and then update your WPS, in according to actual data for PQR. The software helps you to manage all your documents online and save time!

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2.7 Does the software provide any suggested weld data, for welding steels, stainless steels and aluminum, for several welding processes [SMAW (Stick), FCAW, GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), SAW]?

Members have access to suggested weld data, while using the software. Suggested weld data are based on years of extensive research done on many resources, including most of the manufacturers data, and it meets with the requirements of applicable welding code for the purpose of prequalified procedure.

Please note that weld data might vary between electrodes manufacturers (Lincoln Electric, ESAB, Hobart Brothers, etc.), and as stated on all consumable manufacturers' data sheets, it needs to be adjusted at your shop or on the field, to meet with the job situation (i.e. joint type, position, length of cable, etc.).

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2.8 What are the main features of the software? Does the software prevent us from putting illogical or invalid information in any area that would not meet the specification being addressed?

To make a better decision, there are instant codes' qualified range (code's rules), in each forms (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR), plus Guides (in orange color) beside of essential variables for users' quick review to manage your entire documents in compliance with the AWS or ASME Codes.

Note: The software does not replace engineering or professional judgment; however it provides you with the most necessary tools, guides and data to make preparation of your weld documents simple, fast, fun, and headaches FREE

There are 3 field types in any form (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR, Welder Management):

1-Fields that upon your selection from database, the software would automatically add data to your form, type free (like base metal, filler metal, joint type, sketches, heat treatment requirements, qualified ranges, etc.).

2-Fields with a drop-down feature that upon your selection, the software would add selected data to your form, type free.

3-Fields that you need to type text or data by yourself, code related or non-code related data like your name, amperage, voltage, etc. For code related data, the software provides Guides for each code, in every form; please review all the guidelines, before typing any code related data to your form.

Above fields (type 3), capture data exactly as you type on it (i.e. if you type Suzan instead of Susan or you enter 12 volt instead of 22 volt, your entry would remain as you typed in your form). In this case, you need to do a quick final review of your form, before save it, and make sure that there is no any typing error in your form.

Please try the WPSAmerica.com online Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

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2.9 Does the software guide us for selection of shielding gas? Does the software have the ability to choose between short-circuiting mode of transfer and spray mode of transfer for GMAW (MIG) welding process?

To achieve spray or short circuit mode of transfer, you need to have both right shielding gas, and right weld parameters (Amperage, Wire Feed Speed, Voltage). Welding procedure also needs to comply with the weld code for selected mode of arc transfer; for example, prequalified joints for MIG process apply to spray transfer only, according to the AWS D1.1, while both spray and short circuit mode allow for prequalified joints of AWS D1.6 (with some limitation).

WPSAmerica.com 10,000 prequalified procedures for GMAW (MIG) and FCAW processes have the right gases that would meet with the acceptable mode of metal transfer (Short circuiting, Globular, Spray Transfer) based on the applicable welding code.

Quick guides and presentations for shielding gases are also included by the software that helps users for choosing an appropriate gas.

Please try the WPSAmerica.com online Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

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2.10 Does the software offer access to any code? How I can order welding code? We want to buy books of ASME and AWS Standard, as per details below:

ASME Section IX, ASME B31.3, AWS D1.1 and AWS D1.6, please advise how to order?

Please note that our online welding software supports both AWS and ASME welding code, including your requested standards. However we are not in business of selling any code book!

The software provides no access to a code book.  However, the software provides full code's rules and complete guidance for the most essential variables; users can also gain an insight from highlights for many codes, plus guides provided in each form (WPS, PQR, WPQ, WPQR, Welders Management Report).

Please try the WPSAmerica.com online Demo to see how simple online software work for you.

You can order the latest edition of welding codes from www.AWS.org or www.asme.org or www.techstreet.com

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2.11 Can I adapt your forms for AWS codes that are not listed on your Product information on your site (i.e. AWS D14.1, AWS D14.3, AWS D1.4 and AWS D1.8)? Can I work with the software to create form for unlisted welding code? Are you planning on adding API 1104 certification forms in the future?

The software supports a dozen of welding codes, both AWS codes and ASME standards (as shown in our Product info Web page). AWS D14.1, AWS D14.3, AWS D1.4, AWS D1.8 and API 1104 are not supported by the software; however, you can still use the AWS welding software with using all the guidance on essential variables from your code book (i.e. AWS D14.1, AWS D1.8 or API 1104).

WPSAmerica.com is committed to providing you a reliable, simple to use, intuitive online welding software for all your weld documents. Software upgrades and enhancements and codes update on dozens of welding codes that software currently supports is our first priority.

We continue to grow and improve our service on what we currently have, rather than starting to add more code.

2.12 Does the software provide Standard WPS (SWPS) for the ASME code?

The AWS.org provides SWPS's that are acceptable to the ASME code (See Article V and Mandatory App. E of ASME IX).

If you need to purchase SWPS's, please check the AWS website or just click here:

http://www.awspubs.com

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2.13 Does the software provide Welding Procedure Data Sheet (WPDS) for the CSA Standards (CSA W47.1/W59-13, CSA W47.2/W59.2)?  

The software from our sister website, WeldCanada.com, supports the CSA Standards.

Note: Companies which require certification with the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) shall meet with all the requirements of the CSA codes (CSA W47.1, CSA W47.2, CSA W178.1 or CSA W186). Learn more on WeldCanada.com

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2.14 Do you recommend us for choosing proper procedure, electrode or material that works for our project?

Please note that as for liability issue, we are not providing consulting services online or suggesting you a product, electrode or material. There are many factors involved for a project, and designated engineer, for project, is responsible to make decisions. According to welding codes, an authorize person for preparing weld documents is an engineer (s), with sound knowledge of codes, specifications and any additional requirements, when requested in your contract document for the project (see Question #1.4 for detail info).

Many of our users are engineers and professionals with knowledge of welding codes, who are responsible to make decision for their project (i.e. type of materials, electrodes, joint configuration, etc.). To make a quick decision, the software provides users with instant codes' qualified ranges (code's rules) and full code's guidance for a fast preparation of your weld documents (WPS, PQR, WPQR, WPQ, Welders Management Report).

It is also simple to download procedure (s) from the library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's in our database, by anyone (i.e. professionals, quality control staff, inspectors, welders, educators, students). However, engineering judgment for choosing a proper prequalified procedure for use in a project, when permitted by code, is highly advised by the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3 or AWS D1.6 code.

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2.15 I need a WPS to weld 304 stainless steel to mild steel which conforms to the AWS requirements. Can your service help? We are a machine shop, which also does welding. We are certified per AWS for carbon steel but don't have the technical resources to develop more complex procedures.

There are over 10,000 prequalified WPS's in our database for AWS codes (D1.1 for carbon steel, D1.3 for sheet carbon steel and D1.6 for stainless steel). In addition the software help you to prepare any type of WPS, PQR, and WPQR based on most D1 Series code, as explained in Product information webpage of the site, including demos and samples.

Welding carbon steel to stainless steel is not assumed a prequalified WPS based on the AWS and ASME codes, so you need to qualify your WPS by preparing PQR.

In regards to welding carbon steel to stainless steel, you need first to decide which code you need to prepare your procedures for, then to qualify your WPS, you need to prepare PQR by doing test in your shop, in according to the AWS or ASME code.

The software provides user with all the tools, guide and code's rules for a dozen of the AWS and ASME codes to prepare your weld documents.

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2.16 I am an HVAC and Electrical Engineer and know nothing about welding. Will your software guide me to which standard to follow, type of joint, and welding process for a given pipe size and pressure?

The software does not replace engineering judgment or experience otherwise all engineers would be out of job. Each code specify responsibility of an engineer in charge of a project for design and welding, a person who should decide about choosing the right code, materials, filler metals, type of weld, size of weld, etc. NOT the software.

However, with some knowledge, user can benefits a lot by take advantage of the software. The software has all the tools that one need to add all the dots together in a short period of time and manage all your documentation in according to code.

Please ask a welding specialist to help you, as welding is a serious business and one should decide for the code restrictions, code requirements, type of material, process, etc. Also keep in mind that in welding codes there are definitions for engineers, responsibility, contractor, and all other requirements for creating a sound weld practice.

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2.17 We do not have a structural engineer in house. We outsource that service. I am the senior engineer and my degree is in Electrical Engineering. While I do know the difference between a fillet and a butt joint, that is about the extent of my welding knowledge. Would I be able to complete an online WPS with a limited understanding of welding? Does your software "ask questions" or will I need to know what I am doing already?

The software does not replace engineering judgment or experience otherwise all engineers would be out of job. Each code specify responsibility of an engineer in charge of a project for design and welding, a person who should decide about choosing the right code, materials, filler metals, type of weld, size of weld, etc. NOT the software. However, with some knowledge, user can benefits a lot by take advantage of the software. The software has all the tools that one need to add all the dots together in a short time and manage all your documentation in according to code.

There are also 10,000 prequalified WPS's in our database, based on AWS codes, that you only need minutes to search and download what you might need right away. When you need to create your custom WPS or qualify your WPS, then the software helps you with that too, but again you would make decision of what and how you want to weld two pieces together, not the software.

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2.18 I need a weld procedure for welding ASTM A234 WP22 to A312 304L. I'm not sure what welding process to use for this weld. Can you provide some instruction in this area?

Please note that in our library of 10,000 prequalified AWS WPS's, only austenitic stainless steels are covered, because AWS D1.6 only allow using of austenitic stainless steel materials for the purpose of prequalification.

ASTM A312 304L is austenitic stainless steel seamless pipe that includes in Table 3.2 of AWS D1.6 prequalified materials, however ASTM A234 WP22 is Cr-Mo pipe fitting alloy steel that is not considered prequalified material based on AWS D1.6 code.

There are also Table guides in AWS D1.6 for selecting right filler metals, when you weld two different metals.

You can use the welding software and create your procedure for AWS or ASME codes.

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2.19 We do in house welding with ASTM A36, A572, A514 and SAE 4130. I was curious if your database has prequalified weld procedures for these types of materials? Do you have Prequalified WPS for 4130 material?

First, you didn't specify welding code that your procedure shall be written and comply with. If you are referring to AWS D1.1 prequalified WPS , materials in our prequalified WPS's are steels in Groups I, II and III of Table 3.1 of AWS D1.1 code. ASTM A36 is listed in group I and II, and ASTM A572 is listed in group II of Table 3.1 of prequalified materials in AWS D1.1 code.

Note: Only materials listed in Table 3.1 of AWS D1.1 can be used as prequalified materials in a prequalified WPS.

ASTM A514 is listed in Table 4.9 of AWS D1.1 and it needs to be qualified by conducting test at your shop in according to code.

AISI-SAE 4130 is not listed in AWS code. You need to qualify your procedure for this material in according to code.

AISI-SAE 4130 Heat Treatable Low Alloy Steels (HTLAS) material should be welded based on guidance from material supplier. There are also more guides about welding of this material for subscribers of WPSAmerica.com

Please continue to read this section to find more details about our library of 10,000 AWS prequalified WPS's.

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2.20 For AWS D1.1 code, do you have a WPS for a CJP weld made from one side in base metal thickness up to 5/8 in., root opening to be 3/4 in. Welding procedure does not have to be prequalified, if it has been qualified by testing. Are you able to provide this WPS or do you have other WPS that fit my needs?

The answer could be YES! It depends on welding code that shows in your WPS. AWS D1.1, D1.3 and D1.6 structural steel codes have provisions for using prequalified procedure, which means that a WPS can be used without any further qualification test. In case that your project allows use of these AWS codes, you can search in our library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's and use any of those WPS's for your shop right away for CJP, PJP and Fillet welds types.

Here what we recommend you to do first:

-Please look at Figures 3.3 (PJP) or 3.4 (CJP) on section 3 of AWS D1.1 to see, if the joint can be considered to be used in prequalified WPS based on thickness, orientation (vee, bevel, J, U, flare), process (FCAW, SMAW, GMAW, SAW), position (Flat, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead), etc.

Tip: in a minute, you can also search our Library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's to check, if the joint that you are looking is shown within thumbnail results in our demo, based on your selection.

-If you find that your procedure is not prequalified, then you need to qualify your WPS based on requirements of such code, at your plant and prepare document (WPS/PQR) for it.

The software supports both AWS and ASME codes, and you can manage all your weld documents (both welding procedure and welder performance) by using the software.

Please also don't get confused that we provide the software not engineering services.

2.21 If I test a welder and that test can cover him/her for different codes, do I have to enter the information into the system for each code separately or will the software automatically recognize this?

Yes, the software only recognizes the code that you start with at a time (i.e. AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.5, D1.6, D17.1, etc.). However, software has great features that can help you to avoid creating multiple forms [WPQ (ASME) or WPQR (AWS)] from scratch.

-Our WPQ and WPQR forms are fully automated and it takes a few minutes to finish your document.

-Save your document online feature helps user to not only access from everywhere, but also to modify your document very fast, especially if you have many welders or you need to create many documents. After that you saved your first WPQ or WPQR, for the same code, just open your saved one and modify it for another welder and save it again as 2 nd , 3 rd , etc. in the blink of an eye.

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2.22 I purchased this product under the impression that I would be able to acquire a prequalified or tested ASME section IX WPS. I am not experienced enough to complete all the required info for writing my own WPS. It appears that I will still have to hire an engineer to help me write my WPS; am I missing something?

Indeed, there are more restrictions and requirements in ASME Section IX welding code compare to the AWS codes, as ASME codes are normally used for pressure parts (process piping, power piping, pressure vessels, and power boilers).

The ASME software helps you to prepare any of your welding documents (WPS, PQR, WPQ) in according to the requirements of the code (ASME Section I, ASME Section VIII, ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3).

ASME code requires that fabricator (organization) to prepare and qualify their own WPS, and record all test data in PQR form. In another words, ASME code requires that any WPS supported by the Procedure Qualification test Record (PQR).

Note: ASME Section IX only addresses writing and qualifying welding, brazing and fusing procedures and those who will apply them, nothing more. It also notes that, when the referencing standard or specification wants to impose impact testing, it needs to specify the test temperature, extent of testing and acceptance criteria.

Please also don't get confused that we provide the software not engineering services.

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Part III: Technical Questions about the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 Prequalified WPS's:

3.1 What is the definition of Weld Type (Fillet weld, Partial groove weld, Complete groove weld)?

Partial Joint Penetration (PJP) Groove Weld: Groove welds without steel backing, welded from one side, or groove welded from both sides, but without back gouging, are considered PJP groove welds.

Complete Joint Penetration (CJP) Groove Weld: CJP groove welds made with backing, or welded without the use of backing, but have the root back gouged to sound metal before welding is started from the second side, are considered CJP groove welds.

Fillet Weld: Joints where the joined pieces are between 60 and 135 degree are considered fillet weld.

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3.2 What is a prequalified weld joint or prequalified Welding Procedure Specification (pWPS), and what are the benefits of using prequalified WPS's? What is a Non-prequalified weld joint?

A weld joint specified in a governing code that does not require validation of welding parameters through the performance of a procedure qualification test (PQR), is prequalified weld joint.

Governing codes that designate joints as prequalified are the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.6

Prequalified procedures that meet with the requirements of the AWS codes could save your company time and money, by eliminating needs to perform costly welding tests (PQR). Using proper procedure would also improve quality of your products.

A weld joint that does not specified in a governing code as prequalified weld joint, that does require validation of welding parameters through the performance of a procedure qualification test (PQR), is Non-prequalified weld joint.

Database of Sketches library of the software, includes over 500 codes' related weld joints, including all prequalified weld joints, as well as standard weld joints, that help you avoid drawing on your own.

You can access to over 10,000 AWS prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's), for steel and stainless steel (Plate, Pipe, Sheet, Box), by click here

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3.3 What welding codes allow the use of prequalified weld joints and prequalified WPS's?

Governing codes that designate prequalified weld joints, for using prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's) are the following codes:

-AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel:

See weld joints on Figures 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, and 3.11 (PJP, CJP, Fillet)

-AWS D1.3 Structural Welding Code-Sheet Steel:

See weld joints on Figures on Section 3 (PJP, CJP, Fillet)

-AWS D1.6 Structural Welding Code-Stainless Steel:

See weld joints on Figures 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6 (PJP, CJP, Fillet)

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3.4 Are you keep the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's) up-to-date with the code updates?

By using from the WPSAmerica.com prequalified procedures, you avoid doing unnecessary costly tests. These procedures prepared by the code experts and are updated with the latest edition of structural steel welding codes.

The software are continuously updated to meet with the latest version of each AWS and ASME welding codes, reducing the costs associated with ordering code's revision every year.

WPSAmerica.com's prequalified welding procedures ease the complexity of development of weld procedures for structural steel applications (Sheet, Plate, Pipe, Box), in accordance with the AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3 and AWS D1.6 welding codes.

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3.5 What types of weld process are used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's?

Prequalified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS's) were prepared for the most used industry weld processes:

SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) or stick welding

FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding)

SAW (Submerged Arc Welding)

GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) or MIG welding for both Solid wires and Metal Cored wires

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3.6 Does the software provide prequalified welding procedure specification for GTAW (TIG) process?

The AWS D1.6 Structural Steel Code-Stainless Steel, and the AWS D1.3, Structural Steel Code-Sheet Steel, allow using GTAW (TIG), as prequalified process, but not the AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code-Steel.  However, the software helps users to create procedures for any process, including prequalified TIG or non-prequalified TIG process. Our database of Sketches library (weld joints), includes over 500 codes' related weld joints, including all prequalified weld joints for TIG process of AWS D1.6 code [Figure 3.5 (CJP) and Figure 3.4 (PJP)], and AWS D1.3 code (Figures on Section 3).

Complete Joint Penetration (CJP) Groove Weld; Partial Joint Penetration (PJP) Groove Weld

The main reason that WPSAmerica.com doesn't provide instant prequalified procedure for TIG process is because that industry tend to use other low cost and faster process (GMAW, FCAW, SMAW, SAW) for structural steel applications.

Note: TIG process requires higher skilled welder, and mainly used for quality welding of the ASME code's products, like pressure parts that require 100% X-Ray and NDT approval rate. It also used for structural works, mainly for cosmetic purposes.

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3.7 Does your library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's includes WPS with multi-process (like a prequalified welding procedure allowing a SMAW for the root and FCAW (gas shielding) for the rest on a "T" joint)?

AWS welding codes (D1.1 and D1.6) allow using prequalified WPS for combined processes, if each process meets with the requirements of the code (for weld joint configuration outlined as prequalified in code). However single process welding is more common for structural steel works.

WPS's in Library of 10,000 prequalified WPS's are in according to AWS D1.1, D1.3 and D1.6 codes and all are prepared for single process.

The software of WPSAmerica.com allows you or your engineer to prepare WPS for multi-process welding (prequalified or non-prequalified procedure).

3.8 What are the base materials groups used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's?

Depends on your search and selection of electrode types, base metals on a prequalified WPS includes one of the following material groups to meet with the codes' requirements:

-Steels in Groups I and II of Table 3.1 of AWS D1.1 Code (Excluding Weathering Steels)

-Steels in Category A of Table 3.2 of AWS D1.1 Code

-Weathering Steels, ASTM A 588 (Cor-Ten B) or Steels in Group III of Table 3.1-AWS D1.1

-Steels in Groups I and II of Table 1.2 of AWS D1.3 Code

-Steels in Group I of Table 1.2 of AWS D1.3 Code (for AWS A5.1 E60XX only)

-Austenitic Stainless Steel 304/304L, 316/316L Grades, Group A & B of Table 3.2-AWS D1.6

Note: Prequalified procedure is only acceptable for AWS D1.1, AWS D1.3, and AWS D1.6 code, considering limitations for each code. Therefore, use of prequalified procedure is not allowed by other codes (i.e. ASME, and AWS D1.2).

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3.9 What are the generic gas mixtures used in the WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified WPS's for FCAW and GMAW (MIG) process?

WPSAmerica.com's 10,000 prequalified procedures for GMAW (MIG) and FCAW processes have the right gases that would meet with the acceptable mode of metal transfer (Short circuiting, Globular, Spray Transfer) based on applicable welding code.

One of the WPSAmerica.com valued members is Mr. Ed Craig from WeldReality.com. He worked with gas companies, AWS Technical Committee and weld industry for over 40 years; he wrote a few books in regards to weld process control and shielding gases. He describes in his website and his book that many expensive Tri-Mix generic gases (like combination of CO2, Argon and O2) in the market are not necessary produce a better weld for MIG welding, and he recommends to choose right weld parameters with dual gas mix instead.

Ed recommends using only Ar+15% CO2 or Ar+10% CO2 for carbon steels and Ar+2% CO2 for stainless steels.

Quick guides and presentations for shielding gases are also included by the software that helps users for choosing an appropriate gas.

Here is just a preview of shielding gases guides for GMAW (MIG) process:

-Carbon steel solid wire (MIG): Shielding gases, spray mode: Ar+8 to 10% CO2 or Ar+15% CO2

-Stainless steel solid wire (MIG): Shielding gases, spray mode: Ar+2% CO2 or Ar+2% O2

-Stainless steel metal cored wire (MIG): Shielding gases, spray mode: Ar+2% CO2 or Ar+2% O2

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