Stay on the safe side with the VPI-EMG

Your guide for the accepted maintenance of freight wagons

Since 2006, keepers of railway freight wagons have been responsible for the maintenance of their fleets as ECMs. VERS supports them in living up to this responsibility with its regularly updated VPI European Maintenance Guide, the VPI-EMG.

Information on current updates

Update 4.1- VERS Revision Module VPI-EMG General Part (Version: 21.7.2021)

 

 

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition of Module VPI-EMG 03 – Wagon superstructures and tanks (Version: 12/03/2021)

The VPI-EMG 03 Module is published in edition 4.0 / version: 12/03/2021 as a completely new edition. At the same time, the title was changed to “Wagon superstructures and tanks” as this edition no longer contains merely a general approach to the repair of wagon superstructures.

This new edition of Module 03 now contains general as well as specific repair and inspection recommendations related to wagon classes. Currently, not all classes of European railway traffic are mapped in Module 03. VERS is open to adding further wagon classes. It would be based on appropriately verified findings and experiences of the respective ECMs regarding the repair of these wagon classes to be supplemented. 
 
Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of VPI-EMG Module 03 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition of Module VPI-EMG 08B – VERS-Tool (Version: 20/01/2021)

As previously announced on 6 January 2021 with the publication of Part A of Module 08 , we are now presenting Part B ‘VERS Tool User Manual’.

Part B provides the user manual for setting up and using the VERS Tool. It is intended for the people who are responsible for installing the VERS Tool in their company and operating it as an administrator. It does not include practical instructions for working with the tool, since the tool is only used for processing submitted data and/or generating the following three documents:

  • Release to service
  • Wheelset repair sheet
  • Wheelset report

Videos to assist with the installation and use of the VERS tool are available on the VERS YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXKyB-zUwcIEQpo8MJz5a4A

 

We would like to point out once again that VPI-EMG subscribers can use the VERS Tool free of charge after registration. To get free access to the VERS Tool, please use the form attached to this email.

 

At the same time, we are publishing Annex 2 edition 4.0 for Module 08 (Part A). This annex contains the VPI-EMG forms/protocols and is relevant for programming of the digital interface but is not required for use of the VERS Tool.

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition of Module VPI-EMG 08A – Electronic Data Interchange (Version: 10/12/2020)

Due to the introduction of the VERS tool, VPI-EMG Module 08 “Electronic data interchange” is being divided into Part A and B. 

  • Part A of VPI-EMG Module 08, together with its annexes, describes the structure and setup of the digital interface for linking to a database.
  • Part B of VPI-EMG Module 08 will be the user manual for the VERS tool. The VERS tool is conceived as an app for simple generation of maintenance-related datasets and/or documents.

Please note that Part A of VPI-EMG Module 08 describes linkages and functions of the data structures (e.g. mandatory fields) that are not used in the VERS tool. The VERS tool serves for simple entry and transfer of selected maintenance-related data and documents. It falls far short of the full functional scope of VPI-EMG 08A and should be considered a simple and easily operable entry point into electronic data interchange.

The currently published Part A of VPI-EMG Module 08 has not been updated since 2016. The changes made since this time are documented with the publication of edition 4.0. The annexes 3 “Work procedure catalogue” and 4 “Defect catalogue” of Part A (see section 5) are purely informative and are not yet intended for application.  

Update 4.0 - VERS First Edition module VPI-EMG 10
- Work safety (Version: 10.11.2020)

The new Module 10 – Mobile repair is being published for the first time. Module 10 is designed as a further development to meet the needs of VPI-EMG users and close the gap of the other modules between operationally safe repair in operations and planned maintenance in a workshop.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module 10 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes.

 

Update 4.2 - VERS Revision Module VPI-EMG Introduction notes (Version: 4.11.2020)

The module VPI-EMG Introductory Remarks has been expanded with a new, important point:
 
Due to the previous (sometimes misunderstood) information on the validity and implementation of changes and additions to the VPI-EMG as well as practical considerations, a new rule is now required with regard to publication. This should be understood in connection with the remarks on application.

 

Update 4.0 - VERS First Edition module VPI-EMG 11
- Work safety (Version: 1.10.2020)

Occupational safety and health protection are becoming increasingly important in Europe.

The EU Commission was already working on this topic before the current COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the topic of the use of asbestos in freight wagons in the sector led to a wide range of discussions a year ago and to significant costs.

Therefore, VERS worked with various technical working groups to create a new module VPI-EMG 11 for occupational safety and health protection in the maintenance of freight wagons. The procedures described in the module are only recommendations and in no way replace the respective valid national provisions.

Within the framework of the specialist technical evaluation of workshops by VERS, the workshops’ measures in the field of occupational safety and health protection will be included in the assessment in the future.

The module will soon be supplemented with points 17-25 which are currently still being processed. Because it has been published for the first time, there is thus no margin marking version in the update area.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of VPI-EMG Module 11 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes.

 

Update 4.1 - VERS Revision Module VPI-EMG Introduction notes (Version: 10.09.2020)

Two important points have been added to the VPI-EMG Introductory Notes module:

  • Differentiation between first edition/new edition, revision and modification and the resulting version numbers of the respective module
  • Regulations on the introduction of new components, as well as operating and auxiliary materials in the CPI-EMG

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 09 - Non-destructive testing (dated: 15 june 2020)

Module 09 – Non-destructive testing – of the VPI-EMG has been edited from 15/06/2020 and revised and updated in the VERS layout. In general, the module has been tailored to the specifications of Module 04 Wheelsets.

The relevant technical changes are: 

  • P-NDT procedural instructions have been moved to the general section in the module
  • The procedural instructions for monitoring measurement and test equipment for non-destructive testing are a new addition
  • The procedural instructions for MT on treads are a new addition
  • Test plans for wheelset axles have been retracted
  • Some individual and collective records have been removed

As a result of the fundamental restructuring and revision of the module, no redlined version of the previous edition 3.1 is available this time.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of VPI-EMG Module 09 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 04 - Wheelsets (Version: 1 may 2020)

Module VPI-EMG 04 – Wheelsets from 01/05/2020 has been revised and updated to the VERS layout. The relevant technical changes are: 

  • Implementation of recommendations for JNS “broken wheels”. Particular attention must be paid to the measures for wheelset type 004.
  • Other types of wheelsets added
  • Free use (replaceability) of KINEX or ZVL bearings restricted
  • Comparison of NDT measures with Module 09

The change notifications 1/18 and 2/18 for the module have been integrated and are therefore no longer valid.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module VPI-EMG 04 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 07 - Brakes (Version: 1 april 2020)

Module 07 – Brakes from 01/04/2020 has been revised and updated to the VERS layout.
The relevant technical changes are:

  • Expansion of Annex 11 for revision of the compact brake unit CFCB after a service period of 12 years / mileage of 600,000 [km]
  • New Annex 19 on the special activities for replacing brake blocks on the compact brake unit CFCB.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module 07 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 02 - Underframes, bogies (Version: 10 december 2019)

Module VPI-EMG 02 – Underframes, bogies (Edition: 10/12/2019) received an early revision and update to the VERS layout.

The most relevant and urgent change refers to work safety and environmental protection in relation to the asbestos problem with side bearers and bottom centre pivot casting inserts (see also VPI member information no. 41-2019). Minor editorial corrections were also made. An extensive update of Module 02 is planned for 2020.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module 02 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

With the release of this update, Change Notifications No. 1-2013 and 3-2018 were also incorporated into Module 02 and are thereby no longer valid.

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 01 - General part (Version: 1 december 2019)

Module 01 – General part from 01/12/2019 was revised and updated to the VERS layout.
The relevant technical changes are:

  • The definition of visual inspection in the sense of an evaluation and a VT based on the principles of non-destructive testing
  • Rules concerning responsibilities, tasks and competence were added

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module 01 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 

With the release of this update, Change Notification No. 4-2018 was also incorporated into Module 01 and is thereby no longer valid.

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG 05 - Springs (Version: 25 october 2019)

VERS is now publishing the revised Module 05 – Springs, updated on 25/10/2019, as Version 4.0.
 
Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of Module 05 within the framework of its own internal regulations. VERS recommends a maximum transition period of 3 months for implementing fundamental changes. 
 
The module has been substantially updated, i.e. the tables of components have been expanded and repair terms have been harmonised with other sets of rules. 

 

Update 4.0 - New VERS-Edition module VPI-EMG ‘Introductory Remarks’ (Version: 20 september 2019)

The VPI Maintenance Guide will be gradually adapted and revised to reflect the new structures as it is taken over by the newly founded VPI European Rail Service GmbH (VERS) on 1 January 2019.

The conversion from the VPI Maintenance Guide to the new VPI European Maintenance Guide (VPI-EMG) is currently being completed as version 4.

We start with the release of the module ‘Introductory Remarks’ (formerly E) as the new VERS Edition 4.0 under a new logo and group of publishers.

The other modules will remain valid until the release of version 4 and will also be adapted one by one.

 

 

Update 3.1 – Revision of Module 01 General part (Version: 1 october 2018)

Module 01 – General part – has been revised and is now available for downloading in version 3.1.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation and application within the framework of its own internal regulations.

In connection with the publication, we would like to make special reference to the following points:

  • The change notification 01/2017 for Module 01 has been integrated into the new version and is therefore no longer valid.
  • The Annexes 23 / 24 / 25 are new and should therefore be given special attention. 

 

Update 3.0 – New version of Module 07 Brakes (Version: 21 June 2018)

Module 07 – Brakes – has been completely revised and is now available for downloading in version 3.0.

 

The most important points of the revision are as follows: 

  • Thorough editorial revision
  • Evaluation and integration of proposed changes, where appropriate
  • Adaptation of the limit dimensions for composite brake blocks
  • Removed: Disassembly of the hand brake for BR3 / only function test and refurbishing, as needed
  • Measurement of the brake block shoe 
  • Repair of the Ch brake added
  • Repair of the SW brake added
  • Repair of the DK brake added
  • Updating of the KE brake and deletion of KE brake equipment no longer in use or only rarely used
  • Creation of a list of the differences in the brake behaviour of KE / Ch / SW / DK brake equipment
  • New annex for AC3D automatic load braking devices
  • New annex for disc brake
  • New annex for compact brake unit BFCB

In connection with the publication, we would like to make special reference to the following points:

  • The change notification 01/2016 for Module 07 (compact brake unit CFCB) has been integrated into the new version 3.0 and is therefore no longer valid.
  • Each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation of the VPILF within the framework of its own internal repair regulations.

 

Update 3.1 – Revision of Module 04 Wheelsets (dated: 15 November 2017)

Module 04 – Wheelsets – has been revised and is now available for downloading in version 3.1.
Module 04 now refers only to the maintenance of wheelsets that have been removed from the vehicle.

Please note that each ECM is itself responsible for the implementation within the framework of its own internal regulations.

  • In connection with the publication, we would like to make special reference to the following points:
  • Annex 18 is being moved to Module 01 – General part – and remains valid. A corresponding change notification for Module 01 will be issued later.
  • The four Annexes 23 / 24 / 26-1 / 26-2 (messages and reports) are now only part of Module 08 and will be maintained there from now on. A cross-reference can be found in Module 04 at the corresponding locations.
  • The change notification 01/2014 for Module 04 has been integrated into the new version and is therefore no longer valid.

Additional changes are listed on pages 5 and 6 of version 3.1.

 

Update 3.0 – New version of Module 06A Draw gear (dated: 2 September 2016)

The old Module 06 Buffing and draw gear has been completely revised and is now invalid as of the appearance of the second part of Module 06A - Draw gear.

Modul 06A is being published as a new edition in version 3 and is available for downloading. Because the version has been completely revised, there is no redlined version this time.

 

Update 3.1 – Expansion of the digital interface Module 08 “Electronic data interchange” (dated: 20 February 2016)

The digital interface Module 08 “Electronic data interchange” has been expanded and as of the official release on 9 July 2016 at 24:00, it is now also possible to electronically exchange information from the VPI Maintenance Guide reports and regarding the completed work.

The XSD schema that serves as the core of Module 08 is available from the VPI partner STERNICO at the LINK:

http://www.sternico.com/support/downloads.html

for downloading.

The implementation of Module 08 as a digital interface is in no way an obligation for recipients of the VPI maintenance guide. Implementation takes place on a voluntary, bilateral basis between two users (generally: keeper/ECM and workshop).

The technical assessment by VPI does not cover the application and implementation of Module 08 in the workshops/service centres.

The digital interfaces covers all relevant information/data on a wagon contained in the VPI maintenance guide as far as possible. The decision of whether to use all data of the interface or only a portion must be made bilaterally between the keeper/ECM and the workshop in each individual case. Based on the structure of the interface, it is possible to implement individual additions based on company-specific requirements; however, these additions are then purely bilateral.

VPI offers the individual user a free, web-based software solution with the basic functionality for structured data interchange between an ECM/keeper and a workshop. Data security as well as confidentiality is ensured when using this tool.

If used in connection with existing company-specific software, it may be necessary for the user to implement internal adaptations (programming work). In no case will the publishers cover the costs for any such work.

In this regard, please also read item 1.1 General information and scope of application.

Legal remarks

The VPI-EMG does not relieve the keepers/ECMs of their obligation to give special consideration to specific usage conditions and special equipment/features of their wagons with regard to maintenance. The VPI-EMG encompasses only the most important and most common freight wagon types and components. The keeper always issues his or her maintenance instructions to the maintenance workshop under his or her own responsibility. In particular, he must ensure that freight wagons that were maintained in the past according to other maintenance policies are appropriately transitioned to the new maintenance system.

Despite all the care taken, no liability can be accepted for the accuracy, currency and completeness of the VPI-EMG maintenance guidelines. Liability for damages arising through use of the VPI-EMG shall therefore be limited only to gross negligence and wilful intent.
The VPI-EMG is published and developed in German. The additionally published localised editions are derived from the German edition. In case of doubt, the German edition shall take precedence.