Wabtec Rail Takes The Tensor train
Wabtec Rail Limited provides rail vehicle overhaul, conversion and maintenance services throughout the United Kingdom and is based on a 23 acre site in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
In 2000, during a period of reorganisation, the Accounts Department wanted to replace the company’s
time clock system because it was too time consuming to process that clock cards manually, especially at the end of the week when the punch cards were totalled and entered on a computer.
Peter Holmes, the Site Services Manager, was in charge of finding a system that could not only automate the employee time keeping function but would also provide access control to the offices. Peter looked at the various systems on offer from many companies and finally chose Tensor because he liked Tensor’s approach of having both Time & Attendance and Access Control in one software package and he liked the Tensor Smart Card, which he thought was more robust than other competitor products. In Peter’s view, the superior build quality offered by Tensor would mean that there would be fewer problems with both cards and readers.
Tensor installed a WinTA Time & Attendance and Access Control system in December 2000, which consisted of six Smart Card clocking stations and a number of Smart Card scanners for access control. These access control scanners replaced the manual locks in the office block where access was previously restricted to a limited of key holders.
Wabtec Rail also use the Fire Roll Call feature within WinTA, replacing a manual paper-based system they had before. Peter said, Tensor’s Fire Roll Call facility is great from our point of view, because the fire officer likes it and it instantly reports who is one site – no-one is ever missed. Even contractors and visitors on site for more than a day are issued Smart Cards. This way nobody remains unaccounted . Peter added During fire drills the Tensor system has performed well. The old system relied on key personnel checking whether staff were accounted for. With Tensor, key personnel are freed up so they can investigate why the alarm was going off in the first place!
Anybody who is works within the rail industry and is employed in safety critical jobs must adhere to the self imposed Safety Critical Working Hours Regulations explained Peter. This is where the reporting aspects of WinTA are essential, as system is not only time and attendance or access control, it’s also about the Health & Safely benefits gained from using the fire roll call functions.
Peter concluded The Tensor WinTA system is easy to use and our accounts staff have no trouble with it. Adding new employees and Smart Cards only takes a minute
Wabtec Rail Limited provides a ‘One Stop Shop’ service for rail vehicles within the United Kingdom. Based at the historic Doncaster Works in South Yorkshire, Wabtec Rail’s service include the overhaul and refurbishment of passenger vehicles and the manufacture, overhaul and conversion of freight, infrastructure support vehicles and shunting locomotives.
The company’s Fleetcare division provides rail fleet maintenance services across the United Kingdom. Wabtec Rail also overhauls an extensive range of rail vehicle systems and components.
These include wheelsets, passenger and freight bogies, air brake equipment, hydraulic dampers and buffers. The company also supplies a range of Wabtec, Wabco, Cardwell, Westinghouse, Cobra and Futuris friction products including brake blocks and pads, brake equipment, cooler groups, radiators and locomotive components. A newly established Service Centre provides aftermarket support in the UK for Wabtec’s electronic products, including data recorders.
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