Rails Supplied To Indian Railways Totally “Defect Free”; Processing Of Tracks Follows Highest Level Of Quality Control: SAIL

Rails Supplied To Indian Railways Totally “Defect Free”; Processing Of Tracks Follows Highest Level Of Quality Control: SAIL

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Date Of Post: 15 Jan, 2018

New Delhi: The rails supplied to Indian Railways are totally “defect free” & processing of tracks at the PSU follows highest level of quality control, SAIL said.

Production Of Rails At SAIL-

  • A company official said,”Production of rails is a complex multi stage process. The processing of rail tracks at SAIL follows highest level of quality control by virtue of which almost 15% of work in progress is kept aside during various stages of production.”
  • State-owned SAIL has been its sole supplier so far.
  • The public sector undertaking (PSU) has been supplying tracks to Indian railways for more than 5 decades.
  • The official added,”The 100% of rails supplied by SAIL to Indian railways are inspected by a third party and are completely defect free.”

Image Credit: SAIL

Global Tender For Rails-

  • Railways had to invite a global tender for procuring more than Four lakh metric tonne of rails to meet the shortfall of supply from SAIL.
  • The requirement of rails for Railways for year 2017-18 was 14.59 lakh metric tonnes, Minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain had informed the Rajya Sabha.
  • Gohain had said,”SAIL as per their latest projection has given commitment to supply 9.5 lakh metric tonne rails during 2017-2018. To meet the shortfall of supply from SAIL, Railway has invited a global tender….”
  • The pre-bid conference for this tender was held on 21 November.
  • The technical bids of tender for procurement of 4,87,000 metric tonnes of 60 kg-UIC rails was opened on 22 December 2017.

Image Credit: SAIL

New Universal Rail Mill-

  • SAIL, recently, commissioned its 1.2 MTPA new Universal Rail Mill (URM).
  • And with this, the PSU has begun the commercial production of world’s longest single rail of 130 meters from the new URM.
  • The official said,”This URM will take BSPs (Bhilai Steel Plant) total capacity to produce rails at 2.0 MTPA, which will be the largest rail production capacity in any single location for a plant world over.”
  • The official added,”Alongside the URM, a long rail welding complex had also been set with proven technology for world class rail welding. The welding complex is equipped with fully automated flash butt welding machine to weld rail panels of 260-metre length and fully automated long rail handling facility.”
  • The official said, this URM complex will equip SAIL to meet railways specific demand of 260-metre rails as the new mill is capable of producing 260 metre long rail with a single weld and also has the provision to supply welded panels up to 520 metre length in future.

Image Credit: SAIL

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