The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) today released the RSI-100 Product Quality Certification Standard for tank car components.
The new “recommended practice” will enable suppliers to produce tank car components that conform with Association of American Railroads (AAR)-approved specifications and applicable federal regulations, RSI said.
It will, in turn, “provide tank car manufacturers and repair facilities with confidence” in the products acquired for installation on tank cars, added John Byrne, Vice Chairman of the RSI Committee on Tank Cars (CTC), which developed the standard.
RSI also consulted with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and AAR in developing the program and evaluating its effectiveness as a compliance tool for tank car facilities.
The new standard “sets forth clear roles and responsibilities between purchasers and suppliers; defines key quality criteria; identifies objective evidence to establish compliance; and serves as a tool for certified tank car facilities to engage with non-certified facilities, which are a critical part of the supply chain,” according to RSI.
The RSI Quality Assurance Committee will ensure that RSI-100 remains a “best recommended practice” for tank car component suppliers and issue revisions, as needed.