• June AAR Circular Letter Summary

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Need Solutions For Achieving Compliance?

Salco's Regulatory Compliance Group 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.


Matthew Grove

Vice President, Regulatory Compliance
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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.
  • Inspector 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. 
  • Procedure development.

  • Procedure translations.
  • Training.

AAR Certifications

The Association of American Railroads Quality Assurance (AAR QA) Certification is an industry specific company level certification based on specification M-1003 published by the Association of American Railroads. The standard includes clauses related to management responsibility, production, inspection and test planning and document control. AAR QA certification is required for companies that supply a commodity or service to the Association of American Railroads. Click the links below to view Salco’s certificates.


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