What is RAMS?
RAMS is the operation of a product or system to fulfill its intended functions throughout its life cycle; It is an engineering approach that aims to develop different techniques and methods to control the results that will emerge in this context. It aims to predict the functionality of products, systems and applications to ensure safety in railway applications and to evaluate risks to safety and health with certain parameters (RAMS parameters).
What is RAMS Management?
EN 50126 defines RAMS management for the railway industry and describes the necessary RAMS parameters in the life cycle of a product or system. The term RAMS consists of the initials of the words Reliability, Availability, Maintenanceability and Safety. The full name of the EN 50126 standard, which was also accepted by the Turkish Standards Institute and whose latest version was published on January 15, 2018, is as follows:
TS EN 50126-1: Railway Applications - Reliability, Availability, Maintenance and Safety (RAMS) Determination and Display - Part 1: General RAMS Process
EN 50126 defines the necessary procedures and rules for the implementation of RAMS management in all railway applications, main systems and subsystems connected to these systems. EN 50126, which can be applied to new and existing systems, is also used in the modification of existing systems. Designed for use by railway authorities and the railway support industry, EN 50126 can be utilized at all relevant stages of an application´s lifecycle.
According to EN 50126-1, the RAMS lifecycle phases are:
2. System description and operational context
3. Risk analysis and assessment
4. System requirements
5. Architecture and allocation of system requirements
6. Design and implementation
9. System verification
10. System acceptance
11. Operation, maintenance and performance monitoring
EN 50126 explains in detail the objectives, applications and documents to be prepared for all these RAMS steps. EN 50126, apart from these steps, mentions:
Railways RAMS management
Multi-level systems approach
Overview of the railway system
Railway RAMS and service quality
Factors affecting RAMS
Defining RAMS requirements
Risk reduction strategy
Basic requirements for RAMS management
Implementation of the standard and its adaptability to project scope and size
General requirements for RAMS documentation
Verification and confirmation
Independent safety assessment
How to Obtain EN 50126 RAMS Certificate?
The railway industry is a sector in which safety risk management is of great importance and manufacturers and operators have great responsibilities in this context. For this reason, companies operating in the railway industry are required to declare that they meet internationally accepted safety requirements in their work by obtaining the EN 50126 Certificate. It is of great importance that the EN 50126 RAMS management system is set up, operated and followed correctly in companies.
Railway organizations wishing to obtain EN 50126 Certificate should first have basic information about the EN 50126 standard and the RAMS management system and increase their awareness on this issue. For this, receiving EN 50126 training and consultancy services provides great convenience to companies. As Aşan Danışmanlık Hizmetleri, we support companies that want to have EN 50126 Certificate in all matters and provide necessary information and guidance from the beginning to the end of the certification process.
The basic steps of the EN 50126 certification process can be listed as follows:
Preparation for EN 50126 Certificate; determining the project teams and providing the necessary agreements with the consultancy firms
Planning the certification process; Establishment of detailed work steps and determination of deadlines based on the current situation of the company and the requirements of the RAMS management system
Providing the information needed by the personnel who will take part in the project through various trainings
Installation of RAMS management system
Implementation of the system and receiving feedback; monitoring system operation with specific indicators to ensure that the system is installed and operating correctly
Certification phase; After the necessary preparations for the EN 50126 RAMS management system are made within the company and the system is established, the certification process is started by choosing the right certification body.
Why is EN 50126 RAMS Certificate Important? What are the advantages?
EN 50126 Certificate provides many direct and indirect benefits to companies. Railway organizations that correctly apply the RAMS approach to their activities are free from safety risks. It´s a difference that happens to you by annoying and controlling all sorts of things. As it seems from all angles, the incremental increase in charges is met when purchasing from EN 50126 certified orders. Railway applications Companies that can implement RAMS can also adapt the operation of these training processes. EN 50126 RAMS management can be easily integrated with other management systems.
EN 50126, the risks from the safety of vehicles from things and dangers caused by being wrong or stolen. It can be used long term and money. With RAMS, companies can develop their safety culture and set an example for other organizations in this industry. Being prepared to be prepared while being runnable with systems with RAMS.