Reducing costs through the integration of wayside train and infrastructure monitoring systems

Remote condition monitoring is becoming increasingly important for railways. Tougher requirements are being set for the safety and availability of both trains and tracks. These can be met by using sophisticated automatic monitoring techniques. Although railways rank worldwide among the safest means of transport, there are unfortunately several serious accidents reported every year. Most of these accidents, especially in the area of freight traffic, are caused by defective wheel bearings and brakes, unbalanced loads, out of gauge devices, fire on board, track lapse, etc. Wayside Train and Infrastructure Monitoring Systems (WTIMS) can monitor these parameters in real time. Accidents can therefore be prevented and mitigated by using WTIMS. WTIMS detect several parameters related to different parts of the train or infrastructure: wheels, axle bearings, rail dilation, etc. The centre of integration of WTIMS, developed by Ansaldo STS, gives significant support to corrective maintenance activities thanks to the statistical analysis of data from WTIMS, and also supports maintenance planning by evaluating the frequency of component faults within a given period. In addition Ansaldo STS is involved in several high profile international projects which are studying the ‘Asset Register’, a system that collects and associates ‘dynamic’ (information that comes from WTIMS) and ‘static’ (information from Signalling, Traffic Management Systems, etc) data, in order to improve predictive and corrective maintenance activities. This in turns translates into maintenance cost reduction and guaranteeing the safety of the train in transit.

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  • Pagination: 6p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2013, driving the costs out of rail, 26-28 November 2013, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:02PM