Sinara Transport Machines Center of Innovation Development (STM CID) and Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Systemtechnik have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the organisations share experience and best practices.
The MoU lays the foundation for the two parties to develop and undertake joint testing of railway equipment, collaborate with rolling stock manufacturers and prepare joint applications for international projects.
STM CID and DB Systemtechnik have agreed to undertake a number of activities together including the development of procedures to evaluate passenger comfort and test a number of European railway equipment and track elements on the 1520mm track.
They will also organise joint activities to introduce digital twin models for locomotives and rolling stock manufactured by Siemens and Bombardier (now Alstom) for Deutsche Bahn.
An important part of the agreement is the possibility to run a pilot project using a specialised diagnostic and comfort monitoring system developed by STM CIXD for the Velaro and Desiro platforms. Special emphasis has also been placed on sharing professional experience between Russian and German companies gained from projects using these platforms.
The document also covers preparation of joint applications for open bidding procedures to introduce the condition-based monitoring system manufactured by STM CID in various railway equipment.
“Closer cooperation with DB Systemtechnik will allow us to build a technological partnership with our German colleagues and not only transfer technologies, but also share experience and best practices. This, in turn, would considerably enhance STM developments and bring joint projects with our strategic partner – Russian Railways, JSC – to a new level.
“Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways are engaged in a number of joint projects and our cooperation with DB Systemtechnik, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, fully corresponds to Russian Railways approach to develop suppliers’ competencies. By signing this memorandum, we take another step towards creating an atmosphere of trust with our main customers' partners.”
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