Retlif Testing Laboratories is proud to be part of the team of five local companies that has won a $4-million Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) contract to design, build and test a supervisory control system for the Long Island Rail Road’s Divide Tower, east of the Hicksville station. The prime contractor and project manager will be Power Resources International of West Babylon, an engineering solutions provider. Also on the team are software provider Railware Inc. of Ronkonkoma, electrical products maker Twinco Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Hauppauge, railroad engineering firm Grappone Technologies Inc. of Hicksville and testing and engineering company Retlif Testing Laboratories Inc. of Ronkonkoma.

The team was assembled under the auspices of the Long Island Forum for Technology’s (LIFT) Rail Alliance. The tower controls trains east of Hicksville on the Huntington/ Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma lines. The new control system, which will replace an outdated one, will accommodate an additional track planned between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

Commenting on the award, Michael Bozza, Retlif’s Manager of Rail Services, commented, “We at Retlif are very proud to be part of the “hometown team” that won this award and in turn, helped to provide and secure manufacturing jobs here on Long Island”.

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Retlif Testing Laboratories has been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved sub laboratory to evaluate and test technologies to treat ballast water onboard ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. Retlif is a sub-laboratory to NSF, the primary approved laboratory. The arrangement facilitates the application process for manufacturers applying for U.S.C.G. certification of ballast wastewater treatment systems and components. Retlif will complete testing of the electrical and electronic components, including each alarm, control and monitoring device of the BWMS (Ballast Water Testing Requirements).

Cruise ships, tankers and bulk cargo carriers use huge amounts of ballast water which is essential for safe and efficient operation. It is often taken on in coastal waters in one region and discharged at another location. If not properly monitored, ballast water can transport non-native species into USA waters. The potential ecological, economic and public health risks can be disastrous.