Whether you are a manufacturer, construction company or involved the mining, oil and gas industry, it is vital to ensure you are purchasing and using steel products that are designed, manufactured and tested to comply with the correct standards for your intended use. Failure to do so can lead to safety issues, replacement costs, re-work, delays and hefty compensation claims.
Supplier’s Quality Management System
The first point of consideration in purchasing quality steel products is in selecting a supplier who is able to demonstrate that they have an audited and certified quality management system. The system must comply with the requirements of the appropriate or stipulated Australian or International Standards. A quality supplier will also be aligned to manufacturers or mills that have similar quality credentials. Information on the requirements of a quality management system is set out in AS/NZS ISO 9001
The purpose of product certification is to provide assurance by the manufacturer that the products they produce comply with the stated standard. Tracing the metal product to that represented on the Test Certificate is a vital step in the process which is usually stated as a “Heat number” related to the batch of bulk metal used to manufacture the product. The heat number or some other unique identifying method needs to visible on or with the product to complete the traceability process. Test certificates will confirm that the chemical analysis and mechanical property test results of the material comply with the stated standard along with other necessary data such as the steel making process and a commitment from the manufacturer that the product conformance is to the standard. Most Australian Steel standards also require that the material is tested in a laboratory independent to the manufacturing division.
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