ISO 3834

Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials

Welding constitutes an integral process of the fabrication industry. Conventionally, welding was approached in a limited manner and only extended to qualifying welding procedures and the certification of welders. This resulted in rising rework costs to fabricators and third party inspection costs to clients. The fabrication industry needed to upgrade their welding processes to an internationally recognized standard which would result in greater efficiencies for the welding industry.

The International Organization for Standardization, ISO, introduced the ISO 3834 standard that laid down specific quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials. It provides a complete set of requirements for welding quality enabling higher efficiencies in the fabrication industry.

What is ISO 3834?

ISO 3834 provides criteria for the selection of the appropriate level of quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials. ISO 3834 is complimentary to ISO 9001 requirements and brings together a complete solution of quality requirements related to welding. Some international standards recommend ISO 3834 as their prerequisite to sector specific quality requirements.

How does ISO 3834 help you?

When special processes like welding and heat treatment are used in product manufacturing, it is difficult to ensure the quality of finished products until final inspection. ISO 3834 helps in validation of the welding process and specifies the quality requirements for welding. It can be used in fabrication industries, construction companies, by repair and maintenance contractors, for manufacturers of products and is sometimes a prerequisite for other standards.

What are the key benefits of ISO 3834?

Advantages of ISO 3834 to Fabricators:

  • Less rework leading to on time job completion
  • Local & international recognition as a competent organization
  • More efficient coordination of welding activities
  • More proactive and responsible workforce
  • Increased opportunities and capability to bid on jobs
  • Cost savings – more efficient technology
  • Reduced surveillance audits and inspections by purchasers

Advantages of ISO 3834 to Purchasers:

  • More assurance of contract delivery dates
  • Greater assurance of the quality of welded products
  • Greater reliability and performance of products
  • Reduction in maintenance costs after installation
  • Reduction or elimination of third party inspection costs
  • More competent suppliers of welded products