Technical Consulting

Salco Engineering and Technical Services

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.

        Compliance Support

  • Rail and shipping corporate compliance assessments (FRA/PHMSA with PSM integration)
  • Rail transportation consulting and 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 improvement initiatives (Kaizen)
  • Failure analysis including corrosion, mechanical, in-service and in-plant litigation support and development of corrective action to prevent recurrence
  • Metallurgical and welding engineering support, including process and procedure development 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 auditing
  • Supply chain (vendor)

        Car Inspection

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

  • 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, training and welder qualifications
  • AAR Field Manual Rule 82, AWSD 15.1 compliance, mobile on-site welder training, bend-testing and immediate 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

        Language Services

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


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Tom Delafosse

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