The railways test laboratory usually helps big manufacturing companies (Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Kawasaki…) with its accredited test services.
Nevertheless, CETEST also provides these services to the suppliers of components installed on the train. In the different test benches in its facilities, axle box and bearing tests are performed on a recurring basis. Its customers include SKF, NTN, SCHAEFFLER-FAG or KINEX. Apart from that, CETEST has special test benches for other rolling stock components tests, as axle, wheels, spherical joints, couplers and gear boxes. They can even design specific test benches for some special components as the last test for the variable gauge axlebox design by OGI consortium.
CETEST also works with engineering firms, providing test services as well as consultancy works within its expertise areas. During last two years, they have performed several tests for Notified Body Belgorail during the Regio 2N homologation test campaign in France, consulting in EMC and structural certification processes for Belgium M7 project and EMU in Luxemburg. Similar works have been made for Bureau Veritas and in the coming months, extensiometric test will be performed for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) through engineering firm CH2M.
This way, CETEST covers the entire value chain, from the components suppliers, train manufacturers, engineering companies and final train operators.