CRRC Chicago Enterprise Center Case Study

Flexible Lifeline Systems designed, fabricated, suppled, inspected, load tested and certified a Rigid Rail System to protect their manufacturing process.

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Project Details

CRRC undertakes design, manufacture, testing, commissioning and maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock, including: electric locomotives, diesel-electric and diesel-hydraulic locomotives, suburban and regional transport; trams and light rail vehicles; metro cars and passenger coaches; as well as full line of rolling stock cars.

This Chinese state-owned rail company’s assembly plant that will produce up to 846 new rail cars for the Chicago Transit Authority. The project will return CTA rail car manufacturing to Chicago after a 50-year absence, according to the city. CRRC Sifang will invest $100 million in building a 380,944-square-foot manufacturing facility on 45 acres in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood on the Southeast Side. Production will begin in early 2019. The facility will begin testing the new car prototype later that year and the cars will hit the rails by 2020.

FLS Fall Protection for Railcars

As part of the new development, FCL Builders contracted Flexible Lifeline Systems for the design, fabrication, supply, inspection, load testing and certification of the FLS’ rigid rail fall arrest solution, FlexRail.

Railcar/truck Fall Safety Solutions