Technical Consulting

Salco Engineering and Technical Services (Salco) is engaged in the delivery of highly technical, compliance-based services to our transportation partners.
Our services help our Customers move product from design to destination in a safe and cost effective manner. An aspect of our business is compliance with federal regulations, industry standards and to customer requirements.

As a Compliance Management Company

Salco maintains membership in several trade and professional organizations. These memberships, and our participation, helps to ensure that our customers are fully-informed of developing issues, and that we maintain leadership status by promoting scientifically-based and practical solutions to achieve compliance.
 
 
 

Tom Delafosse

 
VP, Technical Consulting & Engineering Services
 
 

 

AAR Circular Letter Summary (Downloads)

 
2019
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2018
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2017
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 Technical Consulting

Compliance Support

  • Rail and shipping corporate compliance assessments (FRA/PHMSA with PSM integration).
  • Rail transportation consulting regulatory support.
  • Tank car qualification and maintenance plan work instructions (49CFR180.509)

  • Plant operator hazmat and railcar training (Examination before shipping: railcar, highway cargo tank, ISO containers, and closed container blocking and bracing).
  • Repair Shop single car air brake training.
  • Various shop function specific procedure development and training.

Engineering Support

  • AutoCAD and SolidWorks design capabilities.
  • Design for ease of fabrication (lean manufacturing).
  • Quality improvemnet initiatives (Kaizen).
  • Failure analysis including corrosion, mechanical, in-service and in-plant litigation support and developement of corrective action to prevent recurrence.

  • Metallurgical and welding engineering support, including process and procedure developement and oversight of process implementation at the facility level.
  • Railcar design, modification and repair engineering.
  • Research, engineering and product development.
  • Reliability analysis of fleet maintenance data.

Quality Assurance

  • M-1002/M-1003 (technical/quality program) certification assistance.
  • AARB-3 and B-3A application support.
  • Audit or training.

  • Root-cause analysis training.
  • Internal facility and process audit.
  • Supply chain (vendor)

Car Inspection

  • Railcar third-party inspection services.
  • Inspctor and AAR field manual training.
  • FRA/OTMA management and root cause analysis.
  • Manufacture and repair facility car inspections covering inbound inspection, estimate generation, in-process inspection, final inspection, and customer acceptance
  • Pre-acquisition and lease return inspection.

  • JIC inspection representative.
  • Damage inspection on railroad property (with proper permission), storage facilities and customer property.
  • Inspection for failure analysis and failure prevention engineering services.
  • Evaluation of in-plant railcar damage.

NDT and Welding Support

  • AAR Field Manual Rule 82, AWSD 15.1 compliance, mobile on-site welder training, bend-testing and immediat qualification.
  • Welding program development and AWSCWI support.
  • Work with shop floor personnel during implementation of new processes, including post implementation surveillance and follow-up assistance.

  • Auditing and surveillance.
  • ASNT NDT Level III on-site services (training, written practice and procedure development.
  • AWSD 15.1, AAR Appendix W, ASME Section IX welding procedure development, and training and welder qualifications.

Language Services

  • English and Spanish support services available.
  • Audits.
  • Car inspection.
  • Procedure development.
  • Procedure translations.
  • Training.

Literature/Technical Resources