Acknowledges Company Focus on Quality Management
L.B. Foster recently announced that its rail technologies subsidiary, Salient Systems, Inc., achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification in the second quarter of 2016. This facility engineers and manufactures remote infrastructure and vehicle monitoring devices and software for the global rail industry.
The Dublin, OH-based company now joins thirteen other locations within the overall L.B. Foster Rail Business that are part of a multi-site Quality Management registration. “We have developed a top level Quality/Business Operations Management System manual which describes our strategy and policy for the L.B. Foster Rail Business,” notes Neal Dow, L.B. Foster's Director of Quality Assurance and Plant Support. “This recognition is significant because Salient's business practices meet the international standard for operational excellence. We also received high marks from the auditor regarding the understanding of quality practices by every one of our employees at this facility and their ability to effectively communicate that understanding.”
Per Mike Hudson, General Manager, L.B. Foster Salient Systems, “This certification is the result of years of hard work and the dedication of our employees at Salient Systems. Becoming ISO 9001:2008 Certified further demonstrates our commitment to adhere to our company policies for continually improving the products and services that will meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. It is a tribute to the employees at Dublin and their dedication to the quality process in everything that they do.”
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced he met with CSX Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward to discuss ways to improve rail safety.
On July 22, Durbin asked the Association of American Railroads to conduct a comprehensive review of rail industry plans and practices to ensure trains can move “safely and efficiently” throughout the nation during extreme weather events, he said in a prepared statement. Durbin also requested that the review’s findings be made available to the public, including residents of Northbrook and Glenview, Ill., where a Union Pacific Railroad train derailed and a bridge collapsed earlier this month.
Because excessive heat was cited by preliminary findings as a factor in the derailment and bridge collapse, Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) urging the agency to increase efforts to ensure railroads have the proper training, inspection plans and protocols to deal with excessive weather events, Durbin said. The FRA later issued a safety advisory to help ensure railroads and safety agencies are adequately inspecting tracks to identify and address areas prone to heat buckling, he said.
“As one of the largest railroad operators in the country, CSX has an important role to play in ensuring safety by providing the proper training, inspection plans and committed personnel to deal with excessive weather events,” Durbin said. “I will continue working with the FRA and railroads around the country to encourage them to take every precaution necessary.”
L.B. Foster Company's Salient Systems was recently featured in the June 2011 edition of railroad publication, RailwayAge. Managing editor, Douglas John Bowen discusses how technology is helping railroads to apply the needed fix before something breaks.
In the article, "High productivity: Fault detection." The proverbial ounce of prevention is worth more than any cure when it comes to keeping heavy tonnage on track.
To view the article, please refer to page 19 at the following link: Click here.