Pandrol develops weld traceability app

Pandrol has released an innovative new app to improve weld traceability across the rail sector, with the aim of facilitating the recording and transmission of the data between all welding parties, including railway authorities, welding companies and welding kit suppliers. All data is stored in the cloud for easy sharing to contactors and the network, automatically. Confidentiality is ensured, as Pandrol Connect allows only authorised users to view data.
Pandrol Connect app has been specifically designed for use in Aluminothermic welding of the rail track and enables live data capture, saves time on data entry and improves traceability.
The app enables cost optimisation and enhanced customer service across the supply chain allowing users to save time and dramatically cut down paperwork. The app is both customisable and cost-effective, requiring no capital outlay.
Available for Android, the app has already been trialled with great success by Pandrol’s welding services teams and contractors across the UK and France. The feedback has resulted in enhancements to the app, including a new function that improves weld documentation opportunities and data sharing overall.
Compatible with all welding kit suppliers, data from Pandrol Connect can be downloaded by technicians on location. To support use of the new software, Pandrol has released training videos, which can be easily located online.
The app is very user friendly and offers immediate access to welding instruction manuals, as well as use of QR codes to allow consumable scanning. There is also the possibility of adding voice comments and compatible interface gloves to enhance traceability.
The launch of Pandrol’s new app is part of its commitment to offer an unrivalled customer experience in maximising rail infrastructure availability, safety and lifetime value.
The app “is aligned to Industry 4.0, as part of our commitment to visibility and optimisation of the entire value chain. The app saves a significant amount of time on manual form completion and provides instantly accessible information on each weld at the touch of a button,” Thibaut Descamps, Director for aluminothermic welding at Pandrol said.

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