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ECE Global, LLC
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North America Rail Services - ECE Global

Our Mission

For over 15 years, we are supporting railroaders, rail suppliers and OEM around the world. We engage with and consult at all levels. Our mission is to guide and support our clients in achieving their national and international goals. As a specialized service company, we understand that our clients success is key to ECE Global. Let us earn your trust. We go where we are needed!

What We Do

ECE Global specializes in Engineering, Process Improvement, Welding Compliance, Quality & Systems, Inspection & Testing, and Compliance with Contract and Regulatory Requirements, Training and Certifications for the USA and Europe.

Why ECE Global ?

ECE Global’s vast service portfolio covers processes such as design, fabrication, welding, inspection, training, and certification, as well as vendor approvals. The understanding of the relationships between these processes, together with a SME understanding of the requirements and objectives are key factor why ECE Global is a great business partner.

Scope of Railroad Services

Engineering support

(Stress Analysis, Conversion of Drawings (AWS, ISO), Base Material comparison (EN, ASTM, ASME, etc.))

Pre-fabrication assessments

(Quality System compliance, welding process implementation according to e.g. AWS D15.1, Inspection system and performance)

Welding support

(Implementation or validation of WPQR, Welder Performance Testing, Repair weld support, etc.)

Monitor Shop Repair Programs

Onsite project support. Fabrication inspection and validation, Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) and IWE services,
Welder training, Inspection services

M-1003 Quality System

(Consulting, Implementation, Validation); We either review existing systems (e.g. ISO 3834-2) and validated compliance with M-1003 requirements, or can support with the implementation.

M-1003 Activity Codes

(Consulting, Implementation, Validation)

Certification

(Consulting and support services concerning the application for certification)

Supplier Management

(First approval audits, FAI, Supplier improvement program, Supplier certification)

Inspection Services

(As-Built inspection, Weld inspection, Contract conformity assessment, Independent Safet Assessment (ISA), Non-conformity and Preventive Action assessment validation)

Provide Inspection of Damaged Railcars

(Prior to Authorizing Repairs; Follow-up Inspections to insure Repairs are done correctly and completely)

 

Capability Details

Engineering Codes / Assessments

  • Weld Shop Requirements
  • Classification of Parts / Assemblies
  • Weld Joint Classification
  • Weldment Coordination
Welding Drawing Requirements

  • Weld Detail Review (Joint Design & Procedure)
  • Weld Seam Quality Review & Support
  • Weld Mapping & Log Preparation
QA Weld Management & Planning

  • QA Weld Management
  • Material Receiving & Handling Procedure Support)
  • Material Identification / Traceability)
  • Welding Qualification Program)
  • Review / Evaluation of Existing Approvals)
  • Development of Approval Plan)
  • Working with Welders on Floor prior to Testing (rendering support))
  • Welding Procedure Approvals (e.g. AWS))
  • Welder Qualifications (e.g. AWS))
  • Welding Operator Qualifications (e.g. AWS))
Surveillance / Validation Services

 

Vendor Support Services

  • Vendor audits
  • Vendor Surveillance
Training

  • Welder Training
  • NDE Training
  • QM System Training
  • Supervisors on Rules and Tasks
  • Inspections Requirements
  • Welder Training Program
  • Supervisory / Inspection of Welds
Certification & Validation Services

  • Technical File guidance
  • Weld Procedure Approval
  • Welder / Operator Approvals
  • QA System Audit preparation
  • QA System Pre-Audit

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North American Rail Standards Information

In the North American market, railroad safety is governed by the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration), a division of the DOT (Department of Transportation), and the AAR (Association of American Railroads) rules and regulations, such as:

      • AWS D15.1 Railroad Welding Specification for Cars and Locomotives
      • AWS Structural Welding Codes (i.e. AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.6, …)
      • AWS D1.1 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded steel structures.
      • AWS D1.2 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded aluminum structures.
      • AWS D1.3 This code contains the requirements for arc welding of structural sheet/strip steels, and cold formed members.
      • AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions

For additional information look at “Rail Standards and Information

      • CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II FRA (Code of Federal Regulations)
      • AAR Manual of Standards & Recommended Practices (MSRP)
      • AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules
      • AAR Office Manual of the Interchange Rules
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II
Description
Requirements
Equipment
Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards
CFR 49, Part 215
Railcars
Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock
CFR 49, Part 224
Railcars
Railroad Safety Appliance Standards
CFR 49, Part 231
Railcars
Brake Systems Safety Standards
CFR 49, Part 232
Freight / Non-Passenger Trains
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices
Description
Requirements
Equipment
Car Construction -Fundamentals and Details
MSRP Section C
Railcars
M-1001
Specification for Design, Fabrication, and Construction of Freight Cars
MSRP Section C Part II
Railcars
M-1002
Specification for Tank Cars
MSRP Section C Part III
Railcars
M-1003
Specification for Quality Assurance
MSRP Section J
Railcars
Truck and Truck Details
MSRP Section D
Railcars
Brakes and Brake Equipment
MSRP Section E
Railcars
AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules
Railcars

Note 1: These are incomplete standards lists and are for reference only

Note 2: MSRP – AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices

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