Fusion Newsletter – November 2019



SAIW Fusion Newsletter - November 2019

The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran, John Tarboton, as the association’s Executive Director. Leveraging many years of experience in the stainless steel industry,
Tarboton is responsible for driving the association’s vision of promoting world-class excellence in welding.



Barely a month into my new role as Executive Director at the SAIW, it was a privilege and honour to celebrate my inaugural and the institute’s 71st Annual Dinner with the welding and fabrication industry. Despite its long legacy and rich history, the reality is that our industry is under immense pressure and has shown successive contractions over the past five years.


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SAIW President’s Award for NDT

This year, the SAIW Certification Governing Board gave the award to Quintin Ayres – for achieving distinctions in Magnetic Testing Level 1; Penetrant Testing Level 1 and Ultrasonic Wall thickness Testing Level 1 and combined with Visual Testing Level . He achieved an overall average of 90% for examinations undertaken during the period August 2018 to July 2019.


Phil Santilhano Memorial Award

The Phil Santilhano Award, which was presented to the best student on the Institute’s courses in Welding Supervision and Inspection.
The winner for the award was Quintin Ayres, who achieved a distinction in all three Welding Inspectors Level 1 examinations.

Best IIW Manufacturing Certification Company Award

This award is made in recognition of a company that has excelled in the ISO 3834 Certification Manufacturing scheme, by recognising the excellence of a manufacturing company with the implementation of a welding process control system.

The nominees for this award were:

  • CMP Aljimm Engineering
  • FP Engineering
  • Hi-Tech Pressure Engineering
  • ND Engineering
  • Plant Design & Project Services
The SAIW Certification Governing Board adjudicated Hi-Tech Pressure Engineering be the recipient for this year’s Best IIW Manufacturing Certification Company Award for their highly innovative, in-house developed ISO 3834 system.

Institute Gold Medal Award for 2019

The award went to Sasol Secunda Inspection Authority.
The award citation reads:
“The award to Sasol Secunda Inspection Authority is made for the outstanding opportunities made available to local young school leavers to prepare for a career in the inspection field.”

Special mention for Stefan Lottering at SAIW’s Annual Dinner


At his maiden SAIW Awards, which took place at the 71st Annual Dinner on the 25th of October 2019, incoming Executive Director John Tarboton made a special mention of Stefan Lottering, who entered the SAIW Youth Welding Challenge held at the SAIW in January 2019.

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Glamour and glitz at the 71st Annual Dinner

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Assuring Quality Product
ISO 3834 is certainly one, if not the most important Welding Quality Management systems during the fabrication process in the welding fabrication industry. That much we would all, especially the end users of weld fabricated products, agree. To ensure the proper quality of
welded product and to optimise the manufacturing cost, it is set out in the ISO 3834 that the whole welding process must be controlled from the very start.

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Please note that the SAQCC CP committee has decided that the SAQCC CP Limited category of certification, which usually applies to persons inspecting only air receivers or only small autoclaves, is to be phased out with effect from June 2020.
From that time only the Unlimited category of certification will be offered.
Please note that this does not affect existing certified persons who will be able to retain the Limited certification scope subject to meeting the normal renewal and re-certification requirements.
More information will be published in later editions of Fusion


In recent decades welding has become a dominant process in the fabrication of industrial products and in the building of structures from steel. It is used in all phases of production and is needed not only nationally but also internationally in almost every industry ranging from micro-electronics to construction of petrochemical plants, power generation, buildings and transport. Due to the diversity of welding-related projects, there is excellent flexibility to switch industries without the need to change your career.

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Heat Treatment Practitioner

Heat Treatment Practitioner performing local heat treatment of welded fabrications on site, or in a workshop, using resistance heating, will benefit from this course. The course is also suitable for maintenance personnel who are responsible for supervising heat treatment operations. Candidates who preferably have a Grade 12 qualification as well as experience in engineering and/or metal working is recommended.

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5-Day Engineers – Appreciation of Welding

In many companies a mechanical or electrical engineer, engineering superintendent or engineering supervisor is given the responsibility of managing ‘the welding
department’. Often this engineer will have absolutely no welding background and almost certainly his/her university or college study programme will have included no training in welding technology. If the engineer is lucky he/she may be assisted by an experienced welder or even a welding supervisor but this is not enough to accept the responsibilities assigned to his/her job.

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  NDT – PART 1

Modifications to the Company Written Practice as required by the 2019 edition of ASME BPVC.

The following changes to the recommended practice ASNT SNTTC- 1A, have been mandated by the latest edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel code and should be considered when creating a  company’s written practice.

Measurement of Arc Welding Parameters
To confirm that a weld has been made to specification it is usually required to measure and often document the parameters that have been used. For arc welding the main parameters are as follows:
  • Welding current
  • Arc voltage
  • Travel speed
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The Durban branch has been busy all year, with a minimum of one class being held every week. Notably, the branch was involved in the testing of apprentice welders at LIV Village in Cottonlands, Verulam on 25-27 September.
Cape Town
Since the previous edition of Fusion, SAIW’s Cape Town branch has been hard at work, running a couple of courses. The branch ran the first Welding & Fabrication Inspector Level 1 course with its first group and the second intake is currently underway. 
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The success of every organisation hinges on its people. The SAIW has propelled itself to the summit of welding-fabrication training in
South Africa. But, behind this feat is a team of committed individuals who excel and give their all in what they do every single day. One such person is Laetitia Dormehl, senior training administrator, who is the first point of call for every student wishing to go through our training regime.

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Golf Winner – Pumps and Valves

Winners Bowls
A joint sports day between the SAIW, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) and SAPSDA (South African
Pump Systems Development Association) was held on the 17th of October at the Irene Country Club.
There was a shot gun start at 11h00 and the format was a Mystery Golf Competition – a Fourball Alliance with Mystery Scoring on each hole.
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