Question and answers are meant to give concise quick responses to commonly asked questions about Stainless Foundry & Engineering Inc. Quality Management (QM) program as well as giving insight to some of the process and standards that we are certified to and follow in our every day business practice. The responsible QM parties fielding these questions claim not to be experts in the third party subject matter discussed but are here to help you answer basic questions and provide a general overview. This section will be updated on a periodic basis, contact us if you have questions.
SF&E’s Quality Program
Q: What is the basic structure of SF&E’s quality program?
A: The structure of the documented quality system is three tiered. A Quality Policy Manual (QPM) followed by Quality Management Procedures (QMP’s) followed by Work Instructions (WIP’s). These are listed in order of precedence.
Q: What standard is the QPM structured around?
A: Revision 19 of the QPM is compliant to ISO 9001:2008 edition. Compliance to key elements of the requirements of many third party standards are addressed and followed by the QPM. To name a few MIL-I-25208, ASME B&PVC, Section III, NCA-3800, 10CFR50, appendix B, & 97/23/EC PED.
Q: How can we receive a copy of your QPM?
A: Uncontrolled copies can be received by clicking on this link Quality Policy Manual. Controlled hard copies are available through US mail / UPS.
Q: Who is SF&E’s ISO 9001 registrar?
A: TÜV SÜD America.
Q: How is your Quality Program maintained?
A: Primarily through internal auditing personnel and via an annual management review.
SF&E’s Welding Program
Q: What standards are the welders at SF&E certified to?
A: Welders are qualified to one or more of the following requirements – ASME Section IX, MIL-STD-248, NAVSEA S9074-AQ-GIB-010/248, and EN-287.
Q: What methods of welding can be performed at SF&E?
A: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).
Certified Material Test Reports (CMTR)
Q: Are all material certifications compliant to EN 10204, paragraph 3.1b?
A: Yes. All technical content is covered on all CMTR’s whether it is a commercial job or a nuclear job.
Q: Are certifications available to be sent via e-mail?
A: Yes. Special provisions can be set up to deliver documents in an electronic format.
Q: Do certifications accompany shipment?
A: All certifications accompany shipments and can also include email copies.
Q: Are radiographs sent with the casting or machining shipments?
A: No. They are sent via UPS so that their routes may be tracked on the UPS web page.
Q: How long are certs kept on file?
A: Our standard time of retention for certs and other technical qualification documents (heat treat charts, metallurgical records, NDT data) is 5 years unless there are prior customer arrangements with SF&E’s QA department or by special third party specification requirements.
Available Non-destructive Testing Capabilities
Q: What methods of NDT can SF&E perform?
A: SF&E’s QA/QC employees are certified in Liquid Penetrant (PT), and/or Visual testing (VT).
Q: What standards are their NDT personnel at SF&E certified to?
A: ASNT-TC-1A and MIL-STD-410E for most qualification of methods.
Q: Are all forms of NDT performed on site at SF&E?
A: SF&E’s QM department has retained the services of an on-site NDT lab that handles all of the NDT: Liquid Penetrant (PT), Magnetic Particle testing (MT), Visual testing (VT), Ultrasonic testing (UT), and Radiographic Film Interpretation (RT).
Q: Does SF&E retain a NDE Level III on site?
A: Yes, for the methods of Liquid Penetrant (PT) and Visual testing (VT). SF&E’s onsite third party NDT lab retains Level III qualifications for Liquid Penetrant (PT), Magnetic Particle (MT), Radiographic Film Interpretation (RT), Ultrasonic testing (UT), and Visual testing (VT).
Q: What edition of ISO 9001 is SF&E certified to?
A: The 2008 edition is the current certification status.
Q: What is the scope of applicability at SF&E?
A: This is the cornerstone of the entire quality program at SF&E. Every job that goes through the Foundry and machine shop follows the policies set forth by the quality policy manual and the quality management procedures (QMP’s) and Work Instructions (WIP’s) that support it.
Q: Who is SF&E’s ISO 9001 registrar?
A: TÜV SÜD America.
97/23/EC PED/CE Capabilities
Q: What is the PED?
A: The European member states have ratified directive 97/23/EC, called the PED. It specifies that all pressure components with service pressures that exceed 0.5 Bar meet specific technical parameters as specified in the directive. It mandated that a manufacturer have a quality system that follows the guidelines of the ISO 9000 series of standards and that personnel and process procedures follow proper harmonized EN standards as mentioned in the 97/23/EC directive. These special processes mainly pertain to heat treatment, non-destructive testing, and metallurgical testing but are not limited to these activities. Becoming qualified to produce PED class castings allows the Foundry to affix a CE mark to the casting if specified by our customer.
Q: What Alloys can SF&E produce for PED rated orders?
A: Stainless Foundry currently is qualified and authorized to cast numerous alloys that we have technical and historical proficiency in. As of May 2002 the harmonized standards listing has been finalized.
Q: When did the 97/23/EC PED go into effect?
A: May 29, 2002
Q: Who is SF&E’s 97/23/EC registrar?
A: TÜV Süddeutschland
Q: What is a DNV rating?
A: DNV is an inspection and specification third party agency that performs inspections on primarily ocean going vessels during shipbuilding and as a port authority. They also, as in SF&E’s case certify manufacturers for production of primary materials used in construction on DNV rated projects.
Q: What alloys can SF&E produce on DNV rated orders?
A: Non-Ferrous and Steel alloys such as nickel based alloys, carbon and carbon-manganese alloys, austenitic stainless, ferritic – austenitic stainless and precipitation hardening stainless.
Q: What are the weight restrictions of castings that SF&E can produce?
A: 1000 Kg maximum.
Q: What is Norsok?
A: Norsok (the competitive standing of the Norwegian offshore sector) is the industry to add value, reduce cost, and lead-time and remove unnecessary activities in offshore field developments and operations.
Q: Is SF&E certified to Norsok?
A: No. The intent of Norsok is to specify proper manufacturing and testing parameters for products destine for use in the offshore oil platforms specifically in the North Sea. There are no previsions to certify nor is it the intent of Norsok to approve or certify – only to guide.
Q: What third party specifications are called out in the Norsok standards?
A: The majority of the third party specifications called out are in the Norsok’s Material Data Sheets (MDS) are ASTM, ASME, UNS and other popular industry standards.