SafeSmart Access Roof Platforms Enhance Tram Manufacturing at Dandenong

As part of Alstom Transport Australia’s strategic initiatives to enhance tram manufacturing efficiency and safety at Dandenong, the Car Body Fabrication Gantry delivered by SafeSmart Access plays a crucial role in facilitating easy access to critical areas of tram production.

In securing a ground-breaking €700 million contract with the Department of Transport Victoria, Alstom Transport Australia has solidified its position in the rail manufacturing sector. The agreement includes the production of 100 Flexity low-floor Next Generation Trams (NGTs) for Melbourne, with deliveries starting in 2025. This contract is historic because of its scale as the largest light rail contract in Australia and its emphasis on local content and manufacturing.

Alstom has committed to producing 65% of the trams locally, with 85% of the maintenance tasks handled within Victoria. Such commitments highlight the company’s dedication to boosting local economies and creating robust job opportunities.

The Car Body Fabrication Gantry delivered by SafeSmart Access is critical to manufacturing and future vehicle inspections. Engineered for accessing and supporting the Tram Car Body walls while welding, this versatile platform is designed for safe, efficient, and compliant access. Its application is critical in ensuring that the manufacturing processes align with the stringent safety and operational standards outlined by AS 1657:2018.

The innovative design and functionality of gantry stand out for its compliance and adaptability. Manufactured from a combination of steel and aluminium, it captures the advantages of both materials, including strength, durability, and improved handling.

With dimensions spanning 20 meters in length, 1 meter in width, and 2.4 meters in height, the platform is engineered to meet the specific requirements of Alstom’s tram production.

Using the Car Body Fabrication Gantry delivered by SafeSmart Access is pivotal in constructing the Flexity Next Generation Trams. Crews are utilising these platforms to safely and efficiently access the upper components of the tram. The platform’s design ensures workers have stable, secure access that complies with safety standards, facilitating a smoother and safer assembly process.

Durability is another critical feature of these platforms. The steel & aluminium construction offers durability that enhances workplace safety and offers long-term cost savings by reducing the need for frequent replacements.

Choosing SafeSmart as the supplier for these platforms underscores Alstom’s commitment to quality and safety. Known for their robust and adaptable designs, SafeSmart’s platforms are a crucial investment in ensuring that the tram production meets the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

This partnership highlights the importance of integrating top-tier equipment in complex manufacturing settings, ensuring that every aspect of production is aligned with industry best practices.

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