EN 15085 Railway applications — Welding of railway vehicles and components is concerned with rail welding systems, including railway vehicles, components and sub-assemblies. It establishes criteria to guarantee the quality of welded works within the rail industry, ensuring that basic welding technical requirements are met and that the safety of public transport can be assured.
EN 15085 was introduced to harmonise the requirements for welding materials during the manufacture and maintenance of railway vehicles, and builds upon the requirements outlined in ISO 3834 Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials. While the international uptake of this certification has grown in recent years, in Australia there are still very few EN 15085 certified manufacturers. Clearly, the potential market share that newly EN 15085 certified Australian manufacturers could capture is huge.
More and more, EN 15085 certification is gaining interest and attention from government departments and railway industry manufacturers as part of the tender assessment process.
Benefits of Certification
The benefits associated with EN 15085 certification are myriad, including: independent confirmation of welding capacity, competence and employee capabilities within a defined scope of activity; and the potential to participate in large, profitable international supply chains, thereby increasing orders and work won.
Compliance: EN 15085 certification demonstrates that you comply with internationally acknowledged standards for welding operations in the railway industry.
Efficient Processes: EN 15085 certification can lead to improvements in efficiency of processes and procedures, which in turn reduces production times and improves profitability.
Client Satisfaction: Customers and original equipment manufacturers have greater confidence in using organisations with EN 15085 certification and are more likely to offer return business.
Technical Knowledge: Gain specialised technical knowledge to benefit your entire organisation through assessment and certification in EN 15085.
Global Supply Chain Opportunities: EN 15085 is recognised around the world as the gold standard in rail industry certification. Gain opportunities for international contracts and large-scale local projects ahead of overseas competition.
Reduced Risk: EN 15085 promotes safe working behaviours and operation of equipment, leading to fewer accidents and errors, reduced risk to staff and resources, and a better quality product.
What is EN 15085 Certification?
EN 15085 certification applies to a range of railway applications, including railway vehicles and components production, overhaul and maintenance. It also applies to the manufacture of welded metal products during the production and maintenance of railway vehicles and components.
This certification demonstrates that your operations meet the railway industry’s international standard for consistency and high quality in fusion welding of materials in rolling stock and components manufacturing.
Holding EN 15085 certification inspires customer confidence and grants your organisation the ability to win contracts for large and international manufacturing projects. Certification is rapidly becoming a pre-requisite for contract award or acceptance as an approved supplier.
How is EN 15085 Structured?
EN 15085 is a suite of standards comprised of five parts:
- EN 15085-1 General
- EN 15085-2 Quality specifications and certification of welding manufacturer
- EN 15085-3 Design features
- EN 15085-4 Manufacturing rules
- EN 15085-5 Inspection, testing and documentation
Why Choose Weld Australia for Certification?
Not only is Weld Australia a highly respected independent third-party, we are the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Authorised Nominated Body. This makes Weld Australia the premier welding certification body in Australia.
Plus, with Weld Australia conducting your certification audits and assessment, you have access to our highly-qualified team of welding experts. Our experts work closely with you to improve your processes and procedures to ensure they’re in-line with all Australian and International Standards requirements, thereby increasing your productivity and profits.
All our assessors are:
- Qualified and experienced in quality system auditing and experienced in welded fabrication
- Either IWE or IWT qualified, with at least three years’ experience in welded fabrication
- Extremely familiar with factory production control systems and quality management systems