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Enhanced Rail Testing Services for Axle Counters

The world is rapidly moving toward full digitalization of railroads and both rail operators and transit systems are switching to axle counters for their track vacancy detection requirements. Used in railway signaling, axle counters detect the clear or occupied status of a track section between two points.

Safety Advantages:

  • The most common use for axle counters is in railway signaling for track vacancy detection. A form of block signaling, the systems do not permit two trains to be within the same section of track (block) at the same time.
  • Axle counters are also used to switch on and switch off warning equipment at grade crossings by closing the crossing to pedestrians and motor vehicles when a train is detected, and allowing them to open when the train has passed over the crossing.
  • Unlike traditional track circuits, axle counters do not require installation of insulated rail joints, which eliminates the need to break the continuity of long sections of welded rail for insertion of insulated joints.
  • Axle counters are particularly useful on electrified railways as they eliminate the need for traction bonding and impedance bonds. They also require no bonding and less cabling in comparison to track circuits, and they are generally less expensive to install and to maintain.

Concerns and Solutions: As is the case with any new technology placed on the property, concerns can arise. In this case the concern is that magnetic fields from rolling stock could cause Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues with axle counters.

Test methodology has been developed to address this concern. Both ‘CLC/TS 50238-3: 2019 Part 3, Railway application, Compatibility between rolling stock and train detection systems, Compatibility with axle counters’ and also ‘EN-50592 Railway Applications, Testing of rolling stock for electromagnetic compatibility with axle counters’, set limits and define the test methodology to measure rolling stock’s electromagnetic compatibility with axle counters.

The Retlif Advantage: Retlif’s experienced field test engineers are equipped with the latest test instrumentation to address procedures set forth in both applicable standards. This represents a further enhancement of Retlif’s 40-plus year history of involvement in rail and transit engineering services that that are available to manufacturers and users of rail and transit equipment and systems.

Contact sales@retlif.com for further information and proposal requests.

Retlif Leading the Way to NIST 800-171 Certification

Retlif Testing Laboratories (Headquarters, Ronkonkoma, NY), a globally recognized, independent EMC/EMI and environmental testing organization, has achieved a significant milestone through the deployment of an effective cybersecurity plan that is in compliance with NIST 800-171 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). 


Overseen and coordinated by Team Logic IT (South Setauket, NY), completion of the 12-month NIST cyber security compliance project means that Retlif’s Ronkonkoma New York, Harleysville, Pennsylvania and Goffstown, New Hampshire laboratories are certified to deliver a higher degree of cybersecurity protection.

“Our clients find that such compliance is a high level difference-maker,” Retlif President Walter Poggi observed. “Given today’s rampant cybersecurity attacks that plague every business in every industry, the U.S. government created a comprehensive set of regulations to combat hacking efforts and to keep Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) secure. In commercial manufacturing, this would be anything other than COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) and includes modified COTS products. I’m very pleased to announce that Retlif is one of the first organizations in the testing industry to offer NIST standard cybersecurity  compliance to our clients in defense, aerospace, homeland security, rail and transit and maritime.”

CUI, a term applied to virtually any sensitive, unclassified information that the U.S. government shares with governmental agencies, contractors and subcontractors, runs the gamut from financial information to product patents.

“Achieving certification to NIST standards is a complex process,” commented Roger Noakes, President of Team Logic IT. “With Retlif, all required controls, documentation and procedures were defined and established, followed by extensive training of all personnel. Both Team Logic IT and designated Retlif engineers will continually monitor for full cybersecurity compliance .”

Mr. Poggi agreed. “We collectively recognize that cybersecurity countermeasures and threats appear and evolve rapidly. NIST 800-171 compliance at Retlif is not a one and done situation. It’s about vigilance over time. It’s about Retlif remaining fully committed and fully engaged in a continuous process of threat discovery, threat defense and threat prevention for the ultimate benefit of our clients.”

Bill Hayes Article in ACCESS Magazine

Retlif Executive Vice President Bill Hayes added another feather to his writing cap with an article published in Volume 8 Issue 3 of the prestigious ACCESS magazine. ACCESS is the official magazine of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

Retlif received the Cogswell “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS), and Bill wrote a “Cogswell In Their Own Words”article for the publication detailing Retlif’s intensive efforts, processes and protocols that earned the much-coveted recognition.

“We have formulated a solid security program by building on smaller successes and incrementally integrating the advances made at each step of the way,” Bill observed. “Over the years, the collaboration with our assigned DCSA representatives has been the ingredient that pulls all the pieces together, resulting in our program success.”

BTW, this marks the second time in five years that Retlif has received the Cogswell award whichinvolves the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements.As Retlif FSO security officer, Bill headed up that effort also.

Congratulations to Retlif and to Bill Hayes on an outstanding job!

 

Supporting LI Power Electronics Symposium

Not only is it the area’s premier annual event for professional engineers, managers, and technicians but it gets bigger and better every year. The Long Island Power Electronics Symposium is coming up once again on Thursday, November 7th, and Retlif will be a proud exhibitor.

Bill Hayes at 2018 Symposium

Retlif supports the Symposium because it represents all sectors of power electronics, including military, industrial, medical, aerospace, consumer and automotive. If you are a professional engineer, manager or technician involved in the use, design, qualification, test or manufacture of power supplies, power converters, power management, servos or energy storage this event is for you. Students and educators are also welcome.

Free but…General attendance (and parking!) are free, but you must register https://ieee.li/forms/power2019/

Registered attendees will receive complimentary networking lunch, admission to the exhibit floor, technical lectures, and the complimentary networking dinner.

First 200…The first 200 registered attendees will also receive a complimentary swag bag full of gifts from our exhibitors.

  • Where:Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.
  • When: November 7, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.
  • Where:Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.
  • When: November 7, 2019.
  • Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.

Retlif Recognized With Defense Security Service Award

Ronkonkoma laboratory receives “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS).

St. Louis, Missouri, USA………….Retlif Testing Laboratories, the internationally recognized strategic compliance organization,and one of the USA’s leading independent EMC/EMI and Environmental testing laboratories, has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS). The Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program. Established in 1966, it honors the late Air Force Colonel James S. Cogswell, the first Chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense.

Retlif Executive Vice President and Facility Security Officer William K. Hayes commented, “Retlif prepares for DSS assessments by continually maintaining an active readiness posture where security is an integral part of every employee’s job. We have a security education program in place, and we regularly apply DSS training and resources to solve situations at our facility in an efficient manner. Considering there are over 13,000 defense contractors, we are very proud to be selected for the award.”

Retlif President Walter Poggi added, “The DSS criteria for the Cogswell Award centers on the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements. We are greatly honored to receive the Cogswell Award for a second time in five years.”

 

 

Photo Caption: [left to right]

  • Gus Green, Director of Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service
  • Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service
  • Donald Dwyer, Assistant Facility Security Officer, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • William Hayes, Facility Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • Cheryl Matthew, Northern Regional Director, Defense Security Service
  • Mike Halter, Deputy Director Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service

 

Retlif Testing Laboratories, with headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY, also has locations in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Retlif recently celebrated its 40thanniversary.

Does Life Begin at 40? Retlif Milestone Celebrated.

Forty years in business is a milestone that few organizations ever reach especially with the same mission and leadership. And in testing, only a handful of independent laboratories can lay claim to the feat, let alone have the impact that Retlif Testing Laboratories has had upon the industry and the customers the company has served throughout the USA and the world.

There are always underlying reasons for long-term success. Perhaps Retlif’s achievement of this milestone is due to the fiercely independent entrepreneurial spirit that emanates from the top, or perhaps it is because of the knowledge, training and education that Retlif engineers apply to each test and project.

Either way, to be healthy and thriving after forty years in business, is a remarkable accomplishment, and Retlif recently celebrated the milestone with Anniversary Open Houses and Employee Recognition Events at three Retlif facilities. The Goffstown New Hampshire, Harleysville Pennsylvania, and Ronkonkoma New York events were held on different days, but all shared common features: Honored guests, current and former employees, and the overriding spirit and sense of family.

Richard Reitz, John Williams, Todd Hannemann, Walter Poggi

Retlif New Hampshire: New Hampshire may have been the ninth state to join the union (1787), but it was the second state to join Retlif…199 years later in 1986! The Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event marking the fortieth anniversary of Retlif’s founding brought a great many customers, employees, families and elected officials to the Goffstown facility to mark the milestone.

One particular highlight was New Hampshire state senator Lou D’Allesandro, who has represented the 20th District since 1998. He presented a New Hampshire Senate Resolution Certificate recognizing and congratulating Retlif for over 40 years of service as an independent testing and engineering organization. David Pierce, former Representative, New Hampshire House of Representatives, and Ms. Bonnie Guevin, Goffstown Economic Development Council, also graced the event with their presence.

Tom Cilmi, Walter Poggi

Retlif New York: The Retlif New York Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event was appropriately held at the Ronkonkoma NY headquarters facility. The festivities featured laboratory tours headed by Executive Vice President Bill Hayes and Business Development Manager Owen Watford and brought together a broad cross section of customers from all industry sectors, as well as Retlif employees and local leaders. The presence of a number of former employees added to the pervasive feeling of family that characterizes the Retlif organization. Guests of honor included Suffolk County Legislator and Minority Leader of the Legislature’s Republican Caucus Tom Cilmi; Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter; and William G. Mannix, Director, Town of Islip Office of Economic Development.

Richard Reitz, PA State Senator Bob Mensch, Walter Poggi

Retlif Pennsylvania: At the Harleysville Pennsylvania laboratory, tour guides escorted guests through the secure 18,000 square foot facility, including anechoic rooms, environmental lab and the recently dedicated Michele and Dan Signore Conference & Training Room. Guests of honor at the Retlif 40th Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event included Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th District, and Pamela A. Kelly President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. A good time was had by all!

Forty years of successful business is truly a milestone of distinction and a badge of honor. Congratulations to Retlif employees, founders and customers who made this achievement possible. At Retlif, life begins at 40. Here’s to 40 more!

Retlif Supporting Communities

Retlif’s sense of corporate responsibility to the community permeates the organization from top to bottom in all our locations. We actively embrace giving back with focused a commitment to charitable giving driven by the collaboration of Retlif employees and management. We foster this commitment with paid time off so that our people can volunteer to help all people within their communities. While Retlif remains active throughout the year, the holiday season brings people together, and 2018 was no exception.

Employees at Retlif New York, Retlif New Hampshire, and Retlif Pennsylvania participated in a number of charitable efforts, continuing longstanding commitments to helping those in need within our communities.

Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters:

Retlif employees organized a very successful toy drive. All items collected were distributed to two organizations,  St Joseph’s Parish Outreach (Ronkonkoma, NY) (www.outreach.stjoronk.org) and Refuge Apostolic Church of Christ (Freeport, NY) (www.refugefreeportny.org).

Both of these institutions provide a wide variety of outreach services to those in their respective congregations and communities.

Goffstown, NH:

Retlif New Hampshire has had a longstanding relationship with the Goffstown Network Food Pantry (www.goffstownnetwork.org). A 501c3 organization, the Goffstown Network’s mission is to address the hunger-related needs of people in the community. This past holiday season Retlif NH employees collected canned and packaged food as well as other goods for the Pantry.

Harleysville, PA:

Retlif employees participated in the Adopt-A-Family Program organized by The Open Link (www.theopenlink.org).The Open Link is a multi-service agency dedicated to addressing the nutritional, educational and social needs of people in the community. Retlif employees collected toys, clothes, gift cards and more to brighten the holiday for a local needy family.

A heartfelt Thank You goes out to all our employees for their time and support of these various worthy programs, and for their overwhelming generosity!

Aftershock Ready for 2019!

“Aftershock”, The widely acclaimed Sachem High School First Robotics Team 263 recently visited Retlif’s Ronkonkoma New York location prior to the start of the 2019 robotics season.

Retlif Executive Vice President William Hayes hosted the enthusiastic group and discussed the vital importance of STEM (Science Technology Education Math) programs in high schools all across the US.

Mr. Hayes also presented lead Sachem facility member Mr. Andrew Cifuni with Retlif’s official 40th Anniversary Challenge Coin. Challenge coins, also known as “portrait medallions”, are commemorative pieces and heir to a tradition that dates back to the Roman Empire. The Retlif 40th anniversary coin will be prominently affixed to the Aftershock team’s robot for the 2019 robot competition.

Also present at the gathering was Retlif EMI Laboratory Supervisor Ron Hull, a past member of Team 263 Aftershock.

Retlif Testing Laboratories has proudly sponsored the Sachem High School robotics team for the past 18 years.

After the presentation, the Sachem High School First Robotics team was treated to a detailed tour of Retlif’s Ronkonkoma facility, including both the EMC and the Environmental laboratories.

 

Retlif Honored By Islip Town

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently presented Retlif founders Marilyn and Walter Poggi with a special citation recognizing Retlif as one of the companies that commits itself “to their town and county to ensure the improvement and success of future generations” and cited the organization’s “standard of excellence and trustworthiness in their industry that becomes synonymous to their name.”

Supervisor Carpenter presented the citation at a recent Open House at Retlif Headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY.

Left to right:  Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter; Walter Poggi: Marilyn Poggi: Scott Poggi.

In part the proclaimation read: “Retlif Testing Laboratories, founded in 1978 by Walter and Marilyn Poggi, has for over forty years provided field leading electromagnetic compatibility solutions, rising to become a globally recognized independent testing expert relied upon for aerospace & avionics, commercial aviation, rail & transit, maritime, military, homeland security, medical, and transportation applications in the areas of EMC/EMI, environmental simulation, lighting and composites.

Retlif Testing Laboratories continues to meet the high demand for many of today’s military and defense products, providing cutting-edge and innovative solutions, whose strategic and operational leadership drives Retlif Testing Laboratories not only towards growth but to the support of our local communities, participating and engaging in many charitable initiatives powered by the hard work and dedication of the over fifty local employees in their Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters.”

 

 

 

Success at IEEE in 2018

 And a great time was had by all!

Retlif’s presence at the IEEE 2018 Long Island Power Electronics Symposium was greatly felt with Executive Vice President heading the charge and advising visitors of the Retlif approach to testing and compliance. Held at the Radisson (Hauppauge, NY), the show attracted engineers, technicians, managers and marketing types from a broad swath of industries, from aerospace and avionics, to military and consumer, to industrial and medical. The Retlif booth and the show in general were busy from start to finish. The Long Island Power Electronics Symposium is getting more and more recognition, and Retlif’s has helped with financial, guidance and outreach support.

See you same time next year!