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Empresa española de ingeniería busca compañías con experiencia en certificación emitida por Underwriters Laboratories (UL) para un producto destinado a infraestructuras ferroviarias

Resumen

Tipo:
Demanda Tecnológica
Referencia:
TRES20190221001
Publicado:
01/03/2019
Caducidad:
01/03/2020
Resumen:
Una pyme española de ingeniería con más de 45 años de experiencia en diseño y construcción de redes de abastecimiento de energía, subestaciones eléctricas y sistemas de señalización y comunicación para ferrocarriles busca compañías con experiencia en certificación emitida por Underwriters Laboratories (UL) para un producto destinado a infraestructuras ferroviarias. La empresa está desarrollando un dispositivo para grabar y evaluar en tiempo real e insitu diversos parámetros geométricos del entorno ferroviario considerados críticos en términos de mantenimiento para los administradores de infraestructuras. El producto es portátil, ligero y fácil de usar. La tecnología incluye un carrito con sensores que puede ser empujado fácilmente por el operario a lo largo de las vías. Los algoritmos adaptados de aprendizaje automático y actualizados permiten al usuario visualizar en el software integrado las medidas grabadas, sin necesidad de procesar posteriormente la información en la oficina. La empresa está interesada en establecer acuerdos de servicio.

Details

Tittle:
A Spanish engineering SME seeks companies with expertise in underwriters laboratories (UL) certification for a product devoted to the railway infrastructure
Summary:
A Spanish engineering SME seeks companies with expertise in Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification for a product devoted to the railway infrastructure. A services agreement is being sought.
Description:
The company has more than 45 years of experience in the field of engineering and construction of energy supply networks, electric substations, signalling and communications systems for railways in Spain. This wide knowledge of the railway infrastructure has fostered an innovative approach of every task, its employees have to deal with in their everyday work. As a result of this, the company is currently developing a device which records and evaluates, in real-time and on-site, several geometrical parameters of the railroad environment, considered critical in terms of maintenance for infrastructure administrators.

The product is conceived as a portable, lightweight and easy to handle device. Several sensors are integrated in a specifically designed trolley, enabling an operator to easily push it alongside the tracks. Up-to-date and machine-learning adapted algorithms let the user visualize in the embedded software the recorded measurements, with no need of later office post-processing.

The company has initiated product homologation according to European directives to finally obtain the CE mark approval. This seal means the product comply with the essential requirements of European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. As the United States are also considered a key market according to the company´s business plan, there is a need of extending this certification to applicable North American standards as established by underwriters laboratories (UL), the corresponding authority.

According to that need, the Spanish SME proposes a services agreement with a consultancy company with expertise in UL certification. The starting point will be the accredited compliance gained with the CE mark. The entity shall also provide in-depth knowledge of railway infrastructure, and requirements for products devoted to this field.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The services agreement will be based on a turnkey solution with the final objective of obtaining the most appropriate UL certification, according to the device characteristics and its field of operation.

Starting by the CE mark, first step will be evaluating whether the strategy for obtaining the mark should be ´UL listed´ or ´UL Classified´. This will determine if the device must be certified with regard to all foreseeable safety-related hazards, or on the contrary, only under specific conditions. The convenience of asking for an enhanced UL Certified Mark will also be addressed.

After that, contact with accredited laboratories shall be made, so that all needed tests to gain the mark can be performed. Results will be communicated to the Spanish company and, just in case any change should be made in the design to comply with any of these standards, specific advice on that issue should be given. The consultancy company will also seek, in that case, the entity able to implement these design changes.

As a final result of the consultancy services, the corresponding UL mark will be emitted by underwriters laboratories or any other authorised entity.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is looking for a long-term service under the form of a services agreement with a consulting entity. In those terms, any SME, research and development institute, technological center or university with accredited expertise in UL (Underwriter Laboratories) product certification will comply with the company requirements. This entity must also be acquainted with the North American railway environment, and follow any guideline established by the Federal Railroad Administration in terms of any standard to comply with, taking special care on electromagnetic compatibility compliance. The services provided will be in terms of a turnkey solution, taking the CE mark as a base to finally obtain the UL mark.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 50-249
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish