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What is a Light Rail And Subway Components Manufacturer

DataMyte EnGage!™ Software Improves Gage Traceability and Helps Manage Gage Availability 

A manufacturer of complete braking and compressed air systems for light rail transit and subway cars produces air compressors, piping, reservoirs, mechanical brake pads, and the components used to attach these to the wheel assemblies, known as “trucks.”

Components were customized for U.S. transit systems in specific cities, such as Atlanta and Portland, as well as for foreign customers. Brake components were directly related to transit system safety, so inspections were important to ensure that all parts were within tolerances and that all systems functioned properly.

Problem

The manufacturer was maintaining two separate databases, one for gage calibration and one for gage inventory in the gage crib. The system generated a paper trail between the manufacturing facility and the calibration laboratory, which sometimes led to misfiled calibration records or misplaced gages. In addition, the manufacturer spent time and money maintaining and checking the two databases.

Solution

EnGage!,™ DataMyte’s gage management and calibration software, was installed to maintain a single database for the manufacturer. The result was paperless data transfer between the company’s manufacturing facility and its calibration laboratory

Because EnGage! is automated, the possiblity of misfiled calibration records was eliminated and the instance of misplaced gages was greatly reduced. The manufacturer also has saved time and money by maintaining a single database instead of two.

The gage kitting feature allows operators to check out the gage kit needed from the crib prior to using it in the machine shop. All gages needed for a specific operation were documented in EnGage! and immediately available, so operators were ready to begin work more quickly. 

EnGage!’s “accumulate” feature computed time between calibrations on actual hours of gage usage, rather than calendar days. This helped the manufacturer eliminate unnecessary calibrations and increase gage availability. It also resulted in increased assurance that brake and compressed air system parts were within tolerances and would function properly.

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