Operation and maintenance of railway systems

What is railway operation and maintenance?

Rail vehicle and rolling stock manufacturers and operators face the challenge of guaranteeing personal safety and protecting the value of assets and the environment, while also complying with statutory requirements and product liability regulations. Innovative operation and maintenance solutions for railway systems as well as the integration of maintenance into operation support manufacturers and operation to manage this challenge and ensure safety and quality of railway systems.

Why is operation and maintenance valuation important?

Operation and maintenance solutions for rail vehicle and rolling stock manufacturers and operations provide several benefits:

  • Save time and money through our global experience from numerous projects ensuring you to minimize the risk of time-consuming and costly rework
  • Minimise risk by identifying safety- and approval-relevant weaknesses at an early stage to avoid project delays and ensure railway system safety
  • Gain a competitive edge by working with a single partner who provides services as a Notified Body (NoBo), Designated Body (DeBo) and Assessment Body (AsBo)

TÜV SÜD is your partner for rail maintenance and operation

TÜV SÜD draws on more than 50 years of experience in the rail business and has extensive specialist expertise in all types of systems and subsystems in rail transport and rolling stock. We are recognised worldwide as a railway safety assessor and many of our experts hold accreditation from Germany and other European and international authorities. We provide you overall support and guide you through the fields of operation, maintenance and the relevant management processes, thereby evaluating your existing Solutions, support you during your projects and provide suitable trainings to transfer expert knowlegde. We are your partner for all services throughout the entire scope of rail, light rail and metro system assessment and provide services as a Notified Body (NoBo), Designated Body (DeBo) and Assessment Body (AsBo) under one roof.

TÜV SÜD's operation and maintenance services for railway systems

You will be competently guided through the fields of operation, maintenance and the relevant management processes:

  • Evaluation of your existing solutions
  • Technical advisory and coaching
  • Development of strategies
  • Compilation of entire concepts and programs

Operation (interface to maintenance)

  • Integration of maintenance into the safety management system
  • Operational strategies, integration of maintenance into operation
  • Definition of resources and deployment planning of resources (vehicles, personnel)
  • Organisation of operation and interface to maintenance
  • Rules and regulations for operation
  • Fire protection and rescue concepts with respect to protection objective definitions
  • Concepts for optimizing safety, reliability and availability
  • Studies and analyses with respect to calculations and optimization of life-cycle costs (LCC)
  • Examination of technical systems and work procedures with respect to health and work safety aspects.'

Maintenance

  • Maintenance theory and strategies
  • Maintenance concepts (incl. guidance for practical realisation), planning processes
  • Organisation of maintenance and interface to operation
  • Maintenance processes (incl. optimisation)
  • Definition of resources (personnel, material, tools, measurement and test equipment)
  • Maintenance infrastructure (incl. storage and logistic concepts)
  • Rules and regulations for maintenance
  • Examination of the maintenance and repair-shops with respect to work safety and functional safety and regarding conformance with local regulations and legal rulings
  • Support in relation to constructional and maintenance activities

Management Processes for Operation and Maintenance

  • Maintenance (e. g. ECM)
  • Risk management (CSM – risk analysis/evaluation and assessment)
  • Quality and requirement management
  • Documentation and information
  • Training for operation and maintenance
  • Safety at work and environmental protection
  • Management systems (requirement and interface specifications)

Certification (in cooperation with our affiliated groups)

  • ECM
  • QMS / IRIS
  • Jointing (EN 15085)
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Systems requiring obligatory monitoring

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