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Following the successful testing of Alstom’s TrainScanner predictive maintenance prototype, a second machine will be deployed at Oxley Depot in the West Midlands, UK to service the West Coast Main Line. The first test took place on Virgin’s fleet of Pendolino trains in Manchester. The two machines at different depots will enable the Pendolino trains to be scanned every five days, creating a detailed and accurate assessment of the condition of the trains and parts.
TrainScanner is part of Alstom’s HealthHub solution; a predictive maintenance system that automatically monitors the status of rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling, identifying components which require repair work or replacement and when. This streamlines supply chain and maintenance works, reducing downtime and improving fleet availability. The system analyses data from lasers or 3D camera measurement systems by way of a diagnostic portal the pain passes through. The collected information relates to the condition of certain equipment and predicts the remaining lifecycle.
said Rob Whyte, Managing Director Regional and Intercity, Alstom UK&I said:
“Now we have proven Alstom’s new technology works well, we want to bring a second machine to the UK at Oxley. This will massively increase Alstom’s maintenance capability here in Britain. The investment will also allow Alstom to take its prototype here in Manchester and turn it into a fully industrially designed solution. This will drive down the cost and allow easy deployment of TrainScanner to our customers worldwide.”
The second prototype TrainScanner is the final design – upgraded in relation to ease of repair, laser and camera units which may now be calibrated at the point of manufacture rather than onsite, ground level boxes which are now lighter, simpler and therefore more reliable, and upgrades which reduce the requirement to assemble the TrainScanner at the depot by 50%.
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