Certification in accordance to DIN 6701
Adhesive bonds on rail vehicles have differing safety requirements. For this reason, the DIN 6701standard, which was published in May 2006 was adopted by the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA / Eisenbahn-Bundesamt) in 2008. It formulates binding standards for adhesive bonding work in the rail vehicle manufacturing and maintenance sector.
Companies that carry out safety-related adhesive bonding processes for products/services for the rail sector in Germany must have their facilities audited and certified according to the DIN 6701standard.
Fraunhofer IFAM runs a Certification Body for auditing and certifying companies in rail vehicle sector in accordance to DIN 6701. Our certificates are recognized by the German Federal Railway Authority. Therefore it is not exaggeratedly to say that we will help companies to enter the German rail market in case adhesive bonding is requested.
Although DIN 6701 is a German standard, it also has an influence on the international stage: Major international companies were involved in the development of the standard and they recognized the need to give the quality of the adhesive bonding work in the rail vehicle manufacturing sector both a reliable and binding basis. In addition, many German companies prefer to work with national and international suppliers who meet the requirements of the DIN standard. As similar quality standards, up to now, do not exist anywhere else in the world, it is to be assumed that DIN 6701 will become a sort of global directive.
Workforce qualification in Adhesive Bonding and Composite Technology
One basic requirement of achieving a certification according to DIN 6701 is the qualification of employees involved into the adhesive bonding processes. Similar to the welding certification system the employees must have the capability to establish, control and perform adhesive bonding processes.
The skills of adhesive bonding have to be learned. Therefore the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology of Fraunhofer IFAM was set up in 1994. In order to ensure a high level of knowledge transfer many of the research and development scientists at Fraunhofer IFAM are also working as course tutors in the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology.
The Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology is accredited according ISO/IEC 17024 as a training establishment by the DVS (German Society of Welding, Joining and Cutting), a member of the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF).
To date, several thousand people have successfully passed the following internationally recognized EWF accredited courses:
European Adhesive Bonder – EAB
European Adhesive Specialist – EAS
European Adhesive Engineer – EAE
The objective is to transfer R&D findings to industry and to simultaneously support the quality management of companies by passing on practical adhesive bonding skills and knowledge.
In the rail vehicle sector, qualifications gained through accredited courses at Fraunhofer IFAM are a precondition for using adhesive bonding in production and for achieving a certificate according to DIN 6701.
These qualifications allow the personnel to effectively utilize the potential of adhesive bonding technology. In their specific work area they are then able to assess all factors which influence product quality and hence make the correct decisions. Regardless of whether it concerns the construction of a component, design, adhesive-specific performance features and parameters, optimization, monitoring of the bonding process in the production or work safety: The company also benefits in many ways from having a correctly qualified workforce.
Services of Fraunhofer IFAM like work force qualification and certification according to DIN 6701 are carried out around the world. Cooperation partners in many countries help to ensure a reliable relation between customers and us.
For more detailed information or in case of any question please feel free to contact us. Of course you can also visit us in our institute in the lovely city of Bremen in the northern part of Germany.