The consortium consists of railway operators such as Deutsche Bahn and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), system integrators such as Siemens and Alstom, as well as component suppliers such as Knorr-Bremse and HARTING. The consortium’s founding marks the first time an international association has been created across all levels of the value chain of the rail industry. This makes it possible to jointly define industry-specific quality standards that are adapted to the demanding requirements of the rail industry. In addition, participants from the different value-creation levels can also directly monitor results, such that specifications lead to immediate benefits for the customer.
"Joining means we’re always in tune with the times. We know early on which quality requirements the railway industry places on our HARTING products and solutions and can continue to actively ensure the high quality standard within the rail industry," says Dr. Ing. Frank Brode, Chief Technology Officer of the HARTING Technology Group.
An important instrument for ensuring quality will be the expansion and continuous improvement of the IRIS certification scheme. After the transfer of the IRIS standard to the international standard ISO TS 22163 and the revision of the certification scheme to Revision 3, the conditions for this are very good. HARTING has been involved in IRIS certification from the very beginning as a member of the IRIS Steering Committee and e.g. holds the first IRIS certificate. That is why it was natural for HARTING to assume responsibility here as well and to further enhance quality within the railway sector as a member of the IRQB.
The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 13 production plants and branches in 44 countries. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2016/17 business year, some 4,600 employees generated sales of EUR 672 million.
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