Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD July-Aug 2017 Contents THERE ARE CALLS FOR THE ADOPTION OF GS1 STANDARDS TO IDENTIFY AND
MARK PARTS AND COMPONENTS ACROSS THE AUSTRALIAN RAIL INDUSTRY
he Australian Rail Industry has a massive
challenge to improve safety, reliability and
quality across the value chain.
Since January 2015, the Australasian Railway
Association (ARA) has been driving the industry-
wide Parts and Components Identification
Project in Rail with GS1 Australia to confront
some common problems relating to inventory
management and maintenance repair and
overhaul (MRO) processes.
As part of this project, the Implementation
Guideline for the Effective Management of
Inventory in the Australian Rail Industry was
developed and officially launched at AusRAIL
2016. The objective of the guideline is to aid
implementation of GS1 standards to improve
efficiency, lower costs and deliver better
customer service for the Australian Rail Industry.
Call to action for standards
In April 2017, the ARA Board recognised the
need to set an industry standard and announced
its support for the adoption of GS1 open global
standards for identifying and marking (barcoding
and/or tagging) parts and components.
To reinforce this significant announcement,
the Australian Rail Industry is now being called
to respond to a Call to Action to standardise
the way materials are identified, so that a solid
foundation for enhanced automation is laid
that will support full lifecycle tracking and more
effective asset management outcomes.
Chief executive officer of the Australasian
Railway Association Danny Broad said the
announcement by the ARA Board to support the
adoption of common standards is a significant
milestone for the Australian rail industry.
“We invite the Australian rail industry to join us
in embracing a ‘Call to Action’ to reduce costs,
improve safety, reliability and quality using GS1
standards. The adoption of GS1 standards will
provide a common framework to support a range
of processes, including the current challenge of
managing efficient MRO processes.”
Implementation by 1 January 2019
The objective of the Call to Action initiative is to
implement GS1 standards across the Australian
Rail Industry by 1 January 2019.
This initiative is important from the perspective
of quality assurance traceability and cost savings.
The implementation of GS1 standards across the
Australian rail industry is a critical foundation for
the subsequent phase of full lifecycle tracking of
components from acquisition to disposal.
CEO of GS1 Australia Maria Palazzolo,
said: “A level of effort will be required for the
implementation of these standards as many
rail operators, suppliers, manufacturers and
contractors are at various stages of barcoding
their products, with some rail organisations
already actively working with their suppliers.”
GS1 Australia’s senior manager of trade,
transport & heavy industry Bonnie Ryan added:
“Calling on industry players to work with us
gives the Australian Rail Industry a unique
opportunity to collaborate with a standardised
approach for consistently identifying and
marking components and assets.
“Standardising the way materials are identified
will bring industry wide efficiencies that will help
reduce costs and inventory, improve safety,
maintenance and traceability, and eliminate
unnecessary manual tasks using automation.”
The benefits of implementing
• Rail and network operators will have a universal
baseline for identifying parts and components
when they are received from suppliers.
• Manufacturers will have a common industry
standard to work with for barcoding and
tagging parts and components.
• Contractors will be better placed to capture
and provide accurate maintenance history of
assets for both customers and suppliers.
• Systems integrators and solution providers
will have clear direction as to the industry’s
• The industry will benefit by lowering its
overall cost base, making the industry more
competitive and profitable.
The preparation for
standards has begun
To prepare the industry for the adoption of GS1
standards, suppliers across the Australian rail
industry were invited to attend a Rail Industry
Supplier Workshop in their capital city to learn
about the Call to Action initiative; to hear from
operators and customers to gain insights about
the business benefits; and to understand the
framework of the next steps.
The workshops were conducted in Perth,
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from May
through to early August and were well attended
with proactive interaction and positive feedback.
For more information download a copy of
the ‘Call to Action’ at http://bit.ly/2sqR90d or
contact Bonnie Ryan, Senior Manager – Trade,
Transport & Heavy Industry, GS1 Australia at
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