RideTight® a turnkey compliance program for all tank car seals, exclusively from VSP Technologies
Education and Best Practices Training to ensure Compliance
Robust QA documentation and Assembly/Installation guidance
Seal Selection and Updated, Detailed Specifications
Expert, timely Root Cause Failure Analysis and corrective action support
RideTight® , the proven Six Sigma Fluid Sealing Management Program synonymous with Sealing Reliability and Compliance, will now include Service Equipment Repair Kits (SERK™) in an expansion of RideTight® , VSP Technologies’ regulatory compliance program.
The RideTight® Program – All-in-one package, under one roof, from the company you’ve trusted for years
Gaskets and Assembly Sheets
Service Equipment Repair Kits (SERK™)
RideTight® QA Packaging
Documentation for Compliance Requirements
Material per Specification
Parts clearly labeled with cross-check label
Quality Assurance/Tracking Form
Detailed Assembly/Torque Sheet
Shelf Life Expiration Date
Function Specific Training conducted at repair shops, loading facilities, and customer sites. This training is provided at no cost to the shipper/client and has proven to be extremely valuable for the industry since the RideTight® Program inception in 2004. Topics include: materials, bolted flange assembly specifics, Service Equipment (SE), best practices, and lessons learned from root cause failure analysis.
VSP Technologies invested in new technology and equipment expanding the RideTight® program to include Service Equipment Repair Kits (SERK™). This investment ensures we can continue to provide world class service to our customers for all tank car seals.
FTIR Material Spectrometer
Due to the critical nature of the commodities(assets) transported by tank cars, material verification, for elastomers in particular, is a valuable Quality Assurance Compliance Check (QACC™). Using FTIR ensures material specification compliance, and improves sealing reliability.
Verification of the Service Equipment (SE) seal dimensions is another Quality Assurance Compliance Check (QACC™) to ensure the supply chain is compliant.
Dimensional verification also aids in Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) promoting shipper operational efficiencies and at the service provider level.
Durometer Gauge for Elastomers
Another critical aspect of the Service Equipment (SE) components is the specific hardness, or
durometer of the elastomers. This Quality Assurance Compliance Check (QACC™) confirms the elastomer seal is within the specified durometer range for optimum sealing reliability. Through this in-process check, VSP can ensure these parts are supplied correctly.
Durometer verification also aids in Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) promoting shipper operational efficiencies and at the service provider level.
VSP strives to bring value in each step of the Service Equipment Repair (SERK™) Process.
Each component is individually packaged with an identification and tracking label. During Service Equipment (SE) repair the Technician performs the final Quality Assurance Compliance Check (QACC™) when checking the component label before installation.
This automated equipment is an example of continuous improvement in compliance with VSPs’ ISO-9001:2015 program.
Packaging Tables with Heat Sealers
Each component of the Service Equipment Repair Kit (SERK™) is packaged individually. After a Quality Assurance Compliance Check (QACC™) to ensure all components match they are then placed into a heavy-duty 4 mil poly package before being hermetically sealed. This process eliminates concerns of cross-contamination with similarly appearing items.
Take the next step in reducing NARs and streamline your Tank Car sealing
Your RideTight® program sealing materials and sizes per your approved specifications.
Improve shop efficiency by ordering all Gaskets and Service Equipment Repair Kits (SERK™) from VSP Technologies. We will ship everything in one bag labeled by tank car number.
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