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Fruitful exchanges for IRQB at PRO//MOTION.EXPO, in Russia

From 28 to 30 August, IRQB participated to the International Railway Fair for 1520 Area, PRO//MOTION.EXPO, in Shcherbinka, Russia.

PRO//MOTION.EXPO is a large-scale salon of railroad machinery and technologies, designed for the 1520 track gauge, and is the only one in Europe to be strategically important for the development of the Russian railroad industry and the enhancement of international cooperation.

In the frame of the Expo, a round-table on «Development of ISO / TS 22163 IRIS System in Russia: Results and Prospects» took place on 29 August, under the lead of Mr. Valentin Gapanovich, Chairman of NP-UIRE, and Mr. Oleg Senkovskiy, Deputy Chief of the Technical Audit Center at Russian Railways. Over 60 participants attended the event, coming from the IRQB members, certification bodies and companies from the rail industry and the sector. Several presentations were delivered from certifications bodies and from Russian companies, sharing their experience from the field with the implementation of IRIS Certification®, being very beneficial for the audience and the Russian market.

Stefan Siegler, IRQB Chairman, presented the official vision and strategy of IRQB for the years to come to demonstrate the necessity and added value of IRQB activities and missions.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRQB Coordinator, presented the current ISO developments, rules and IRIS Addendum 2019. He explained his role within the ISO developments as ISO/TC269 WG convenor, working on the development of the ISO/TS 22163 to a full ISO by 2022. He also highlighted the status of the current guidelines being developed, for supporting the rail companies and monitoring the fulfilment of the IRIS Certification®, as well as the application of the rules and its latest improvements, as published on July 2019 in the IRIS Addendum.

Marijke Vandenberge, IRQB representative of SNCB, shared her experience with the supply chain towards IRIS Certification®. She presented the difference she notices between IRIS certified companies versus non-certified companies, stating “SNCB experienced that IRIS certified suppliers are more mature than the non-IRIS certified. For example their OTD performances are better, even if improvements are still needed”.

Reinhard Otto, IRQB representative of SBB/CFF/FSS, highlighted the need for IRIS Certification® to enhance the product quality and to ensure the service to the final user, emphasizing the importance from the point of view of an Operator.

Finally, Markus Kleinheidt, IRQB representative of Knorr-Bremse, expressed his experience as equipment manufacturer and customer with IRIS Certification®, highlighting the benefits that he sees for a corporation of implementing IRIS: “For organizations with several entities, the IRIS scheme is offering a chance to harmonize and streamline the internal processes and structures within its organization”.

In the afternoon of 29 August, RZD hosted n IRQB Board Meeting, to further discuss IRQB ongoing topics and to validate the two first Guidelines: Maintenance and Special processes. They are both under editorial review, and will be published in the coming weeks.

For further information on this topic, please contact the IRQB Coordinator at Bernard.kaufmann@irqb.org.