BTRoS Interiors and Cabling has been awarded the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) quality certificate. The approval covers manufacture of Interiors, cabling and cabinets as defined by IRIS Scope 8 and 12 in their standard IRIS Rev 02, V 2.3
IRIS is a common, global method for evaluating business management systems throughout the railway supply chain. It is based on ISO 9001 and tailored to the specific requirements of the international railway industry.
This certification was introduced in order to further raise the quality standards in the railway industry sector and thereby also increase safety in public passenger traffic and freight transport.
The IRIS regulations and guidelines offer a high level of transparency for auditing railway suppliers. It applies to equipment and component suppliers to railway industry and has been mandatory for the rolling stock and signalling sectors since 2009. IRIS was developed by the Association of European Railway Industries (UNIFE).
Objectivity and transparency are guaranteed by only using approved and independent certification bodies, known and recognized in the industry, in the case of BTRoS we are accredited by SGS UK Ltd.
BTRoS’s QHSE manager, Nigel Lister states “Achieving IRIS certification demonstrates our commitment to quality and safety. We have strengthened our project management systems as a result, and incorporated risk and lessons learned more directly into our processes. The main objective of IRIS is to improve quality in the rail sector by reduction of efforts and costs”
“Audit results are scored, it´s not a fail/pass system, and some requirements have a ‘K.O.’ criteria, which makes you consider your processes very carefully. We are delighted to be one of the few companies, who are IRIS certified in the area of wiring harnesses, control panels fabrications for the rail industry”
BTRoS’s business development manager Martyn Turner added, “We are proud to be awarded IRIS certification, it has been the culmination of some hard work and effort, but it sends out a clear message to the market that BTRoS is both a quality supplier with robust operating systems, operating with a competitive cost base which retains our competitive position in supplying the refurbishment and upgrade sectors of the rail industry”
As manufacture of the new Crossrail fleet of Aventra based vehicles commences, by Bombardier in Derby, the task of manufacturing the main wiring harness assemblies has been entrusted to BTRoS.
All of the underframe HV /LV harnesses and roof mounted harnesses are being assembled on special jigs, the underframe jigs can be rotated 270 degrees to allow an optimal, ergonomic build position, which in turn ensures a quality product can be assured.
With BTROS’s involvement in the “design for manufacture” process the jig design enables a complete vehicle set of underframe and roof tray assemblies to be lifted in one operation within BTROS and subsequently lowered in one operation onto the vehicle in the Bombardier production line, this development reduces production hours, saves cost, builds in quality which in turn reduces project risk.
Typically, the two sets of cable trays are first manufactured in house and fitted to the jig using fixed location features which represent their final position in the underframe or roof void, then the pre tested harnesses are laid into the tray, tie wrapped into position and the whole assembly flash tested.
The special turntable jigs represent an investment of £500k, each are 25m long and configurable for a wide range of harness designs.
BTRoS will be present at the RVE 2015 exhibition to be held on 8th October 2015 at the Riverside Centre , Pride Park Derby.
The RVE event focus’s on Refurbishment and enhancement of Rolling Stock. RVE continues to expand the range of industry coverage and for 2015, the show will be a truly international exhibition. This will include a Technical and Commercial Forum and a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event.
BTRoS will be present on stand 7A, and will be exhibiting its capabilities in rolling stock upgrade and refurbishment services, particularly wiring harnesses, fabrications and control panels.
BTRoS Interiors and Cabling has become the latest member of the Rail Alliance.
As BTRoS promotes its capabilities in wiring harnesses, fabrications and control panels to the wider rail market the Rail Alliance becomes an ideal vehicle to assist with this message. “We also see the benefits that the Rail Alliance brings in its networking events” states Martyn Turner, BTRoS’s Business Development Manager.
We are also taking advantage of being a member to exhibit at the RVE show in Derby on October 8th, where we will be on stand 7A.
Lewis Slack, Fabrication Shop Team Leader at BTRoS Interiors & Cabling Division, a subsidiary of Bombardier Transportation has won the 2014 Rail Engineer of the Future award.
Lewis was born to work in the rail industry, with a long family history in the sector, from his great grandfather to father, clearly inheriting his ancestors passion for working with trains, which is reflected in his shrewd appreciation of the significance of the role he plays today in helping to build fabrications at BTRoS.
Lewis is pictured receiving his award from Giles Brandreth and the main sponsor.
Kirsten Gorton, an apprentice welder at BTRoS in Derby has been having a interesting time of things in recent months. At 20 years of age, not only was she nominated for Rail Engineer of the Future award, she also met with the Secretary of State for Education, Nicola Morgan MP, and made such an impact that she was invited to speak at the Conservative Party Conference in 2014 on behalf of apprentices.
To round off an interesting year, when Boris Johnson visited the Bombardier site earlier this year, he also wanted to meet Kirsten, who demonstrated her welding prowess to the Mayor of London.