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Can I use a WPS previous

Can I use a WPS previous

Can I use a WPS previous


Can I use a WPS under asme B31.3 used with the same client years ago.

My client indicates that it must be re-qualified.

Thank for your help.


RE: Can I use a WPS previous

Not exactly what you are looking for...but shows requalification is not required.

Standard Designation: BPV Section IX
Para./Fig./Table No:
Subject Description: QW-100.3 and QW-200.2, Procedure Qualification Record Time Limits
Date Issued: 06/10/2004
Record Number: BC04-601
Interpretation Number : IX-04-10
Question(s) and Reply(ies):

Question: Is there a time limit on the validity of a PQR?

Reply: PQRs always remain valid but may only be used to support WPSs, provided they meet the requirements of the 1962 or later Edition of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section IX. See QW-100.3.

RE: Can I use a WPS previous

If your customer has time limits to requalify a WPS (some do), that's one thing. But if they are saying ASME has a time limit, that's not correct (other than the 1962 limit)

RE: Can I use a WPS previous

B31.3 section 328.2.2. seems to apply here. No mention of maximum time, but

The key phrase is "subject to the approval of the owner".

It seems you don't have that approval.

So can you use it - Yes
Does the owner/client accept this - Up to him/her. See what the welding specification / construction specification says.

I've often seen a 6 month time window imposed on WPS qualification testing.

I think those clause got written in by the testing companies....

Remember - More details = better answers
Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

RE: Can I use a WPS previous

328.2.2 deals with a WPS qualified by others...This is there own procedure.

RE: Can I use a WPS previous

It only says they "used" a WPS, not that they created it....

Either way I think the point stands - the client wants one thing but hasn't said where this requirement was specified.

Remember - More details = better answers
Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

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