Everything You Need to Know About the New Welding Calibration Standard in 2021 - Weldsafe

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Welding Calibration Standard in 2021

BS EN IEC 60974-14:2018 and BS EN 60974-4:2016

With the news that there are major changes on the horizon regarding the standards governing the calibration of welding machines, we thought now would be the perfect time to refresh your memory on the importance of calibration of your welding equipment.

By investing in a high-quality and durable machine that you can maintain through professional calibration and regular maintenance, you can significantly extend the life span of your equipment and ensure that your welding machine operates at maximum compacity year after year.

What calibration consists of and why it’s important

Calibration compares the displayed values against the reference values. To ensure production work is carried out in accordance with the applicable standards, regular calibration of your welding machine is required, usually annually.  Modern machines are rarely out with the reference values, but regular inspection reduces the risk of any safety-related defects.

Regular calibration of power sources is essential in the regulated welding technology sector where special quality standards are in force. 

Alongside regular servicing and maintenance, having your machine professionally calibrated is one of the best ways to ensure that your welding machine performs at its best.  The demands of the welding industry today require the use of properly calibrated welding equipment to enable you to perform the high-quality welds that your customers are looking for.

The new standard

Major changes have occurred regarding the standards governing the calibration and validation of the welding plants. The current applicable standards of BS EN 50504:2008, are now superseded by BS EN IEC 60974-14:2018. They are presented both valid and running in conjunction with each other. However, BS EN 50504:2008 is to be withdrawn in November 2021 and the new BS EN IEC 60974-14:2018 will be the current standard. Any calibrations and validations performed within the confines of BS EN 50504:2008, prior to November 2021, will be valid for a full year from the date they were carried out.

The new standard, BS EN IEC 60974-14:2018, also specifies the requirement for periodic inspection and testing which is now governed by the standard BS EN 60974-4:2016. Therefore, not only has the welding equipment to undergo calibration and validation but it will also be subject to a machine compliance test (MCT), which is essentially an electrical safety test.

We have recently had our calibration and test equipment upgraded and we are now fully compliant with the new standard.

How we can help

Here at Weldsafe we are widely recognised for delivering an unparalleled level of service. We are proud to offer calibration and validation, in line with both the old standard until the end of October 2021, and following our recent test equipment upgrade, we are now fully compliant with the new BS EN IEC 60974-14:2018 standard.

The charges for the new standard, which we can only offer to recognisable brands, include a cost for the MCT plus a calibration for each welding process within the equipment. Contact us today for more information on our calibration and validation service.

TIP: Combining servicing with calibration is an effective way of saving time and money.

What’s more, the service we offer doesn’t stop after the point of purchase. Weldsafe aftercare service means we can make sure that our customers are getting the most out of their products and ensures that we are on hand to resolve any problems you may have quickly and seamlessly.

We provide recommendations and advice based on years of knowledge and expertise, which ensures that our customers get the right products for their budget and requirements. As industry experts, we can support you and your business to make sure your welding machine is fully calibrated and validated. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff today to discuss what we can do for you.

Disclaimer: Thank you for reading this article. Please note whilst we are welding industry experts, our articles are for informational purposes only and do not constitute as official advice. Please visit the European Standards website for more information.