Quality assurance in railway manufacturing and contracting

A lot has been written about the virtues of Quality Assurance and the Quality System Standards applicable in Australia. To the outsider looking in, Quality Assurance often implies the need for more intensive inspection by the customer to ascertain that the standard of products and services has been achieved to satisfy the customer's given requirements. However with Quality Assurance Certification the case is entirely the opposite. By way of an example, and as is currently the case with our Glued Insulated Joint production, the customer's inspector spends several days a month performing Quality Inspections for Acceptance by individually inspecting with the supplier, each parameter for every joint, on the basis ofthe Specification, including witnessing "Pull Apart" Tests on 1 in 10 joints. With Quality Assurance however, the supplier must be able to provide Objective Evidence that he has carried out all the nominated tests, and this objective evidence is brought about from the Quality System that the supplier has in place. With the same task now being performed under controlled and audited rules by the supplier under his Quality Assurance System, considerable time and costs are saved by both parties and in particular the customer. A Quality System is the customer's assurance that the supplier has a self assessment system in place to ensure that their products, processes and services will satisfy the customer's needs.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1993 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
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  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:24PM