With 70 MIG/MAG, TIG and MMA welding machines and 60 full-time welders, Outotec Turula was in need of a solution that would aid in managing a large staff, monitoring welding quality and improving productivity across the entire welding production. Working with demanding materials made it critical to stay within the WPS limits, and competitiveness was directly derived from consistency in meeting quality requirements. In addition, extra hands had to be hired during production peak seasons, which made the management of welding quality and welder qualifications seem like an impossible task without a proper system in place.
Outotec has developed its partnership with Kemppi by deploying different modules of WeldEye welding management software (previously KAS 3) in phases. In 2012, Kemppi provided the Turula workshop with ARC Quality (now available as Welding quality management) as a concrete way to verify welding quality. With increasing demands on quality assurance from customers worldwide, the software’s ability to produce qualitative data and reports on welding quality was seen as a clear competitive advantage. In addition, it was now easy for Outotec to demonstrate welding production compliance with the requirements of the EN ISO 3834-2 quality standard in regular auditing procedures.
In 2014, Outotec Turula upgraded to the complete welding management software solution, which covered all aspects of the workshop’s welding operations. Not only was it now possible to control and verify top-level welding quality, but also make WPS and welder qualifications management more efficient, and have the complete project documentation ready in just a few minutes.
With positive experiences and proven benefits of use, Outotec is now considering extending the software solution to its other production facilities and subcontractors. As a modern, cloud-based solution, WeldEye is a perfect fit for a globally operating company such as Outotec with the need for a multisite welding management solution.