Understanding EN 1090
Conforming with EN 1090 can be a complex undertaking. First and foremost, you need to identify and understand the regulations and standards that apply to you. At Linde, our experts can steer you through this process. Our EN 1090 guideline is a solid starting point, giving you plenty of useful pointers and tips. We have also prepared a step-by-step checklist to walk you through certification and make sure you have not overlooked anything. And if you still have questions, our EN 1090 experts would be delighted to advise on your individual case.
Selecting the right execution class
The next step involves choosing the execution class that applies to your business. Here again, we have developed useful information resources to make sure you select the right class. And our experts would be delighted to advise if you have any doubts or questions.
Engaging the services of a notified body
The certification process must be carried out by a notified body. You can view a list of the accreditation organisations nearest to you.
Implementing and documenting a factory production control (FPC) system
We can facilitate various activities involved in this stage of the certification process. For instance, our dedicated training offering can help you demonstrate that your staff is qualified to the necessary level. You can choose from a series of classroom or in-house training modules, seminars and welder qualification courses to build the skill sets you need and ensure you have the right personnel in place to oversee welding, cutting, preheating, flame straightening and other thermal processes. We also offer gas safety training programmes.
In addition, we run process audits to help establish whether your cutting, welding, shaping, heating, forming and holing processes conform with the applicable standards. This simplifies and accelerates the subsequent certification process for constituent products and equipment.
Based on the results of this process audit, our experts will advise you on the process technologies or corrective measures best equipped to meet your welding procedure specifications and type testing needs. Drawing on our wide portfolio of high-performance cutting, joining and heating solutions, they can help you eliminate post-processing steps or increase productivity by changing fuel gas or process technology, for example.
We back up the findings of our process audit with proof-of concept trials at your site or in our labs. Here we compare the various fuel gas options, cutting speeds, material thicknesses and welding parameters to establish the best possible cost/performance ratio for your needs, while ensuring compliance with stricter regulations for preheating and hardness.
Gas audits & documentation
In addition, we offer gas audits. These focus on your entire gas pipeline system – ensuring integrity of supply and the right mixture ratios right up to the point of use. All of our gases, consumables and hard goods come with certificates of compliance with EN 1090, helping you to meet your documentation and traceability requirements. If needs be, our experts can help you document your production and quality control procedures, also advising on the traceability and inspection documentation you will need to submit to your accreditation body.
Audit / initial inspection
The synergised benefits of our training, documentation, auditing, consulting and trial services will greatly enhance your chances of a rapid, successful outcome once you get to the initial inspection stage.