In order to promote the Railway Technical Research and Certification Institute Project, BOHSR has successively arranged relevant supervisors and associates since May this year to pay official calls to the Industrial Development Bureau (MOEA), Taiwan Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. (TRSC), Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). On the one hand to understand domestic testing equipment, technical energy and industrial needs; on the other hand, to understand laboratory construction and operational experience of the testing agencies as reference for the following Railway Technical Research and Certification Institute construction.
By visiting the Industrial Development Bureau, BOHSR exchanged views on topics such as domestic rail industry development policies and promotion of inspection and verification matters. As for the TRSC, the bureau went to understand the technical expertise and development bottlenecks. BOHSR also understood the demand and urgency of the railway industry and related manufacturers toward the Government regarding the national standards establishment matter for further industrial technology upgrade and market localization.
During 1960-1980, Taiwan focused on the development of independent national defense and industrial technology, established the NCSIST and ITRI and invested tens of billions of funds to build a complete technology research and development system. So far, we have accumulated years of experience in research & development and testing & verification capabilities and also cultivated numerous professional and technical personnel. In 1990, MOEA set up the ARTC based on the promotion of the automobile industry development program, to support the upgrade and development of the domestic vehicle industry and provide testing and certification services with international credibility for vehicles and components. The center is a research institution that is part of both the government and civil society to work exclusively for the automotive and motor industry. Its nature and scale are similar to the Railway Technical Research and Certification Institute Project that is planned by BOHSR so its establishment process and experience are of great reference value.
Integrating the testing technical strengths provided by the organizations, the scope covered environment, fatigue and durability, noise and vibration, shock an bump, traction power, material physics, electromagnetic compatibility, flammability, measurement and correction and other fields. Most of the measurement capacities still need further reinforcement since there are often gaps between the volume and weight of the rail testing components. Currently, the domestic rail measurement technology and equipment still lack abilities to endure high voltage, high strength and high speed and also lack system performance simulation equipment and capacities including rail vehicle bogies, brakes, and collectors.
The Railway Technical Research and Certification Institute Project has been incorporated into the Forward-Looking Infrastructure Plan. The project will turn into a testing and verification platform in the future, combining with the existing domestic technology business energy with practical demands of operating agencies and the rail industry, to develop Taiwan's future railway industry. Therefore, BOHSR will fully cooperate with the aforementioned institutions during the project planning and equipment procurement stages of testing and verification matters, hoping to establish a world-class technology research and certification institution to support the development of our domestic railway industry.