On the ground and in the air, our products provide customers with world-class transportation experiences that break barriers in energy efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort.
We are the first and only manufacturer to have created an aircraft using a full EcoDesign approach. The Global 7500 aircraft will be the first and only business jet conceived using this approach.
OMNEO Electrical Multiple Units feature several of our ECO4 technologies reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as advanced aerodynamics. They are also made of 95% recyclable materials.
How we put innovation at the core of what we do
Every Bombardier product – from the Global 7500aircraft to the OMNEO Electrical Multiple Unit platform – goes through our Product Innovation Lifecycle. This five-step process ensures we’re innovating at every stage, which allows us to exceed customer expectations and produce the most sustainable and high-performing mobility solutions.
We closely engage with our customers during the design phase to understand their priorities and build products that address them. At the core of our Product Innovation Lifecycle lie two key approaches: EcoDesign and Design for Safety. By considering environmental and safety factors at the outset, we can identify innovative design solutions to challenges that may arise at every stage of the product lifecycle.
EcoDesign More than 80% of the environmental impact of both rail vehicles and aircraft is determined at the design stage, so our EcoDesign approach is a keystone of our product development.
Our EcoDesign approach consists of the following elements:
Applying a lifecycle perspective
Maximizing recyclability and recoverability
Managing and eliminating hazardous substances
Investing in technologies
Design for Safety
The Design for Safety approach guides us in evaluating and addressing the safety of our products. For example, our Design Guideline for Interior Passenger Safety ensures that all of our passenger rail vehicles offer optimal crash safety and applies the latest knowledge and technology in passenger injury, trajectories and impact characteristics.
Our suppliers are critical as we bring each innovation to life. When considering suppliers, we apply a rigorous selection process to identify and source the best materials and technologies for each product. We also continue to lead the development of industry-wide standards for responsible sourcing and reporting.
We apply rigorous product testing prior to entry-into-service to make sure our products perform as designed and adhere to all compliance regulations, such as the required extended test program for a clean sheet design.
We work with customers to ensure safe usability of our products. We’re also broadening our aftermarket services globally to provide more hands-on support to customers. For example, we’ve established a program to reduce maintenance tasks and provide operators with an optimal program tailored to their needs. We aim to produce Environmental Product Declarations for every new product by 2020.
Our aim is for all new products to be 100% recoverable. We’re working with industry organizations and our suppliers to increasingly use recoverable resources and materials that are easier to separate and disassemble for a second life.
ERCI Innovation Award 2017
Bombardier Transportation was awarded the Innovation Leader in Rail Transport Award by the European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) for its Obstacle Detection Assistance System for trams and light rail vehicles.
For more than 20 years, Bombardier has held its annual Safety Standdown —a knowledge-based aviation safety training program that aims to make aviation safer for the industry. The program is offered at no cost to all aviation professionals, regardless of the equipment they operate. Originally conceived in 1996 as a human factors safety training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the program quickly expanded beyond an annual seminar into a year-round program that continues to tackle aviation safety risks. To date, almost 10,000 corporate, commercial and military aviation professionals have attended Safety Standdown seminars in person, and thousands more via webcast around the world.
In 2017, we hosted our Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas and featured 10 new workshops around the theme of being intentionally safe.