Certified Green Power – NATURKRAFT is a subsidiary of EAA-EnergieAllianz Austria. Energie Burgenland AG holds a ten-per cent stake, and EVN AG and Wien Energie GmbH have a 45-per cent stake, one of Austria’s most environmentally-friendly electricity suppliers.
The company has set itself to supply electricity to customers exclusively from renewable energy sources (water, wind, biomass, geothermal energy, solar, etc.). The origin of its electrical power and the associated environmental impacts are checked annually by TUV AUSTRIA and confirmed through a certificate.
TUV AUSTRIA checks NATURKRAFT’s supply sources to provide consumers, companies, cities, and municipalities with the assurance that the green electricity they purchase is produced sustainably in Austria. NATURKRAFT receives a relevant confirmation from TUV AUSTRIA if it is established that the electricity comes from the renewable sources that customers have been assured of.
When the facilities are stopped in a six-year cycle at the OMV refinery in Schwechat, there is a reason for it: legally prescribed cleaning, maintenance, and inspection work. The shutdowns are split into two-year periods. After the crude oil processing section last year, it is the turn of the petrochemical area this year. TUV AUSTRIA BIC. has been a safety services partner for OMV for a long time.
A large team of authorized experts will be on-site until mid-June. Every pressure vessel, new welded joint, and flange connection is inspected with the utmost meticulousness by TUV AUSTRIA BIC. technicians – a substantial contribution to ensuring the plant’s safety and environmentally sound operation for the coming years. For TUV AUSTRIA’s experts, however, the focus is not only on the technical security of the plant but also on the issue of occupational safety within the scope of the inspection. Therefore, correct behaviour in any dangerous scenario is practised in numerous training sessions.
Systematic assessment from planning to commissioning
Safety technology has significantly developed over the last few years. Although safety devices for pressure equipment and systems are still being realized with mechanical safety equipment, such as safety valves and rupture discs, electronic safety devices are becoming increasingly apparent.
The normative and safety requirements for such so-called MCR protection systems (measurement, control, and regulation devices, including, for example, overfill protection for containers and safety chains for steam boilers) are very high. Therefore, they require a systematic assessment from planning to risk analysis and execution and commissioning.
Being a safety services partner of OMV’s for many years, TUV AUSTRIA BIC. invests a great deal of time and training to ensure its specialists have top-of-the-line qualifications. All departments within the large team of refinery inspectors consequently have the necessary expertise for such safety equipment.
The preparatory work for testing the MCR protection systems had already started a few months before the refinery was shut down. While the plant is stopped, all the safety equipment will be subjected to appropriate tests, examinations, and assessments until mid-June to allow the systems to continue to be operated safely and reliably in the future.
Efficient test methods, safe facilities
By developing its test methods, the TUV AUSTRIA BIC. materials technology unit has achieved a high reputation domestically and abroad in non-destructive testing of materials. These are methods for assessing the internal condition of materials and welded seams, containers, and pipelines without cutting open the container or the pipeline. Physical, optical, and chemical parameters allow an accurate assessment of a material’s state, making, for example, even the most delicate cracks visible.
Acoustic emission is also included in non-destructive testing. For example, this method can be used to determine the condition of a container or pipeline of cracks and corrosion. Depending on the application, this examination can even be performed during the ongoing operation of the systems. Therefore, acoustic emission is a time- and money-saving method to examine plants to be sure they are in a safe condition.
In addition to the classical methods of non-destructive testing, modern imaging methods are also used in inspecting the OMV refinery in Schwechat to determine the current condition of the systems. Depending on the results of these tests, specific repairs are made or, if necessary, components are replaced. Read More…
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification provides guidance and support in setting up test environments. In the next three years, the TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification will be a strategic setup partner of ALP.Lab, the Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving. With the project partners AVL, Magna, TU Graz, Joanneum Research, ASFINAG, AIT, TTTech, and Siemens, testing will be carried out on how highly automated vehicles can prevent traffic accidents caused by human error in over 90 per cent of cases.
Digitrans, an experimental project to establish a test region for automated and connected driving in freight transport, is supported by AIT, Automobile Cluster Upper Austria (Automobilcluster Oberösterreich) ASFINAG, Rosenbauer, Hodlmayer, Kapsch, and MAN. TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is involved as an associate project partner.
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification also participates in the innovative project auto. Bus – Seestadt with safety- & IT security for systems used in highly automated driving. In Vienna’s new district, technologies are to be tested for autonomous driving in public passenger transport and local public transport. In this three-year project, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is a partner of Wiener Linien, Wiener Stadtwerk, Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, AIT, Siemens and nauva.
New vehicle system architectures with redundancies will be necessary for the near future, which transfer control to the human driver in a defined manner in driving modes that are no longer controllable. Fail-operational systems ensure the functional safety of automated vehicles. These have a host of sensors (camera, radar, light detection, and ranging – LiDAR) for the redundancies required.
In addition, new high-performance steering units are planned to manage the fusion of incoming data with its associated processing.
High requirements are naturally posed for safety-related actuators, like brakes and steering. As in all technical fields, the TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification provides guidance and support for ongoing development, with analyses of scenarios and situations to enable automated and connected driving functions.
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Whether it be a large vehicle fleet or a manageable number of company vehicles – there is a lot of potential in optimizing any vehicle fleet. It begins with the right choice of vehicle or appropriate financing and ranges from professional fleet management to fuel cards and recycling end-of-life vehicles.
With its interdisciplinary know-how in the areas of fleet management, transport, CO2 reduction, electric mobility, charging infrastructure, and photovoltaic plants, as well as funding opportunities, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification offers companies a unique portfolio of services. For example, with “e-fleet,” TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification developed an offering in 2016, with which companies not only make an enormous contribution toward preserving the environment and set an example for greater awareness but also save money.
Experts have calculated that people who drive electric vehicles not only drive at significantly less cost than they would with conventional fuel, but they also save around 35 percent in maintenance expenses. E-fleethelps save money e-fleet identifies instances of existing potential in a vehicle fleet and makes them transparent, managing them effectively and efficiently with the help of an innovative online administration portal.
It gives companies a comprehensive account of vehicles, infrastructure, and contracts, all in one place. Special features include, among other things, a compilation of reports according to customized needs and an optional driver’s logbook for each employee. In addition, all vehicles are centrally managed in a modern database and constantly compared with new reference vehicles. Finally, it allows those in charge of vehicle fleets always to know which vehicle is currently best suited to their needs.
In addition, in-service training is offered in fleet management, electric mobility, and the Austrian Federal Energy Efficiency Act. In addition to promoting electric mobility, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is a competent go-to partner for gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles for vehicle conversions, tuning, and type approvals. With testing locations in Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, and Styria, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification experts are always close to the motor community in Austria and southern Germany. On top of that, the company also operates one of the giant wheel and tire databases in Europe and has long been a sought-after partner for wheel and tire tests.
We develop fully customized quality, safety, and environmental management systems making certification easier and saving a lot of time and money.
TUV AUSTRIA Group Is Continuously Expanding The Technical Services
With continuous technical modernization of production and work processes, safety and security issues are gaining more importance. Safe working environments are also an essential ingredient for productivity, efficiency, and thus attractive jobs. Only products, services, and processes that have been tested for safety and quality give consumers a palpable sense of security.
Technical safety and quality criteria are also a significant plus in the ranking of cities, municipalities, communities, and private institutions, such as hospitals, kindergartens, schools, universities, and sports and leisure facilities. The same applies to the hotel industry, gastronomy, and large food chains.
A top-performing partner with broad expertise must maintain, expand, or establish safety, security, and quality criteria. TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is a service partner that provides sustainable, flexible, and tailor-made solutions to safety/security, technology, the environment, and quality. In Austria and around the world. With branches and cooperation partners in more than 40 countries, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification Group is not only outstandingly positioned in Austria. Still, it can offer its range of services as a technical safety/security service provider worldwide, with maximum quality and reliability.
With its wide range of services, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification always creates added value: by providing technical expertise, innovative IT security solutions in matters of energy efficiency, customized primary and further training offerings, and much more. The TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification Group has been completely reorganized during a comprehensive organizational project.
To meet the requirements of all its customers and partners in an optimum fashion, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification is organized in four business areas: Industry & Energy, Infrastructure & Transportation, Life, Training & Certification, as well as Service Providers & Public.
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification Fraunhofer Austria, and Joanneum Research set up an exemplary human-robot collaboration system at TU Vienna’s Pilot Factory Industry 4.0 (Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0) Aspern. The insights gained provide valuable incentives for future industrial production processes. It has become impossible to imagine the economy of the future without the cooperation of humans and robots. In contrast to earlier trends favouring unattended production automation, today, it is about optimum designs for production systems with combinations of humans and machines.
In such Human Robot-Collaboration (HRC), each participant plays a part in their unique abilities. Humans score with their methodology, intuition, flexibility, faculties, and problem-solving orientation, while machines do so with high repetition accuracy, force, and precision as well as with more documentation.
Both together not only increase production efficiency but also ensure an additional boost in quality. TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification, Fraunhofer Austria, and Joanneum Research contribute specific know-how regarding risk assessment in terms of machinery safety, IT security, production management, and production logistics, as well as metrological assessment of HRC systems. TU Vienna’s Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory (Industrie 4.0 Pilotfabrik) enables the testing and research of new product concepts in a protected, low-risk environment.
Safety plays an essential role in the process. Christoph Schwald, corporate innovation manager of TUV AUSTRIA: “Efficiency enhancement and quality improvement can only be successfully implemented in HRC applications if appropriate safety systems are allowed for. Safety must be taken into consideration comprehensively, meaning both functional safety and information security. In an Industry 4.0 context, IT security and machinery safety grow together entirely.”
More in it for the economy
The findings of the tests are transferred directly to industry and business. Fabian Ranz from Fraunhofer Austria: “In addition to the safety aspects, the biggest challenges are not only to ensure technical feasibility but also to guarantee the economic efficiency of the processes. Only then will we achieve a point at which industry will be ready to put the principles we are exploring here into practice.” Michael Hofbaur is setting up a robotics research centre for Joanneum Research.
The researcher introduces the expertise available there to the metrological assessment of HRC systems. “With our findings, we are providing additional added value for the Pilotfabrik in Aspern. Robotics requires specific knowledge, in assembling parts, for instance. We create safe and secure applications through appropriate configurations.”
Production of the future
Robotics has made significant progress in recent years and is constantly evolving. The experts at TUV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer, and Joanneum Research emphasize that science and technology partners need to develop solutions for dealing with safety and security concerns and risk issues.
TUV AUSTRIA BIC. CERTIFIES THE FINEST INDUSTRIAL PLANTS ALL OVER PAKISTAN
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification awarded its internationally renowned ISO 9001 Certification to Peoples Steel Mills Ltd, a world-class alloy and unique steel manufacturer plant located in Karachi, Pakistan. Set up by the Government of Pakistan in 1975 with Japanese assistance.
The plant was upgraded in 1996 through a comprehensive balancing & modernization program with technical help from Bohler of Austria. As a result, the plant is now equipped with modern melting, refining, degassing, electro slag re-melting, and necessary casting, rolling, and forging facilities with an annual capacity of 70,000 mt.
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification The leading Engineering and QA/QC organization in Pakistan has skilled and trained 300 grades of the steel-producing layout. The steel mills contribute to the automotive, defence, machinery construction, special/high rise buildings, transportation, and engineering sectors. TUV AUSTRIA Group has the honour of serving customers in more than 300 areas of expertise.
TUV Group boasts a presence of 50 plus offices in more than 40 countries. Its scope of services is extensive in food safety, quality, environmental, occupational health and safety, and other critical sectors.
Safety/Security Concept for Collaborative Work Systems
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification offers a complete service package in the field of industrial robotics.
Risk analysis according to ISO 10218, ISO/TS 15066:2016, assessment of biomechanical limit values according to ISO/TS 15066:2016
Support and guidance for development with design and process FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effects Analyses), workplace evaluation
Test of functional safety: electrical, electronic, electronically programmable systems, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical tests, type examination according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, CE conformity assessment/verifications
IT security manages verification of secure data networking and transmission within the system and to the outside; simulation of attacks on the infrastructure (penetration tests), network security according to ISO/IEC 18028, setup/auditing of information security systems. Read More…
TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification, Simply Safe
Whether you are an industrial company, plant operator, commercial or service sector, a start-up, or simply in the initial phase, TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification´s expertise gives manufacturers, operators, suppliers, authorities, and municipalities the essential added value of sustainable, flexible, and, above all, practical solutions.
Industry & Energy:
It offers industrial production, plant construction, mechanical engineering, and e-economy.
Infrastructure & Transportation:
It produces customized services for the construction industry, building management, stage technology, games, sports and leisure, and automotive services.
Life, Training & Certification:
It is an exceptional service provider in health care, the tourist industry and food production, primary and further training programs, and certification of persons and systems.
Service Providers & Public:
It offers a diverse range of services for public authorities, financial services providers, and the telecom sector, e.g., risk management, IT security, municipalities, and administration.
TUV AUSTRIA CEO Stefan Haas is the new president of the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations.
Within the latest general meeting of the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations in Lyon, France, Stefan Haas was elected as the new president.
With an office in Brussels, CEOC represents its members from 19 countries both vis-à-vis the European Union and in the international arena.
Haas wants to use his three-year term of office to expand CEOC in the European and international arenas to promote cooperation projects and be a competent go-to partner for developing safety guidelines and quality standards.
Together with the CEOC management team, Haas intends to give this central priority at the European and international levels. Those to benefit from this are the member companies and, in particular, their customers and buying public—because only products, services, and processes that have been tested for safety and quality make for a palpable sense of safety and security.