This article first appeared in the Railway-News Magazine Issue 1, 2022.
Condition-based maintenance is the key to reducing fleet maintenance costs, improving reliability, reducing unexpected failures and maximising passenger satisfaction. Based on sensor data, a condition-based maintenance solution gives you the ability to understand the condition of all of your assets, and use trend analysis and predictive algorithms to get the very most use out of every piece of equipment and repair it in a streamlined, planned way.
This ability ensures that you obtain the maximum lifetime from every component. In the rail industry, many items are often replaced earlier than required and as a result the entire industry replaces parts that may have only reached 70% of their usable lifetime.
Key components such as wheel bearings are now designed to last much longer than before. Advances in bearing grease for example now reduce rolling resistance under load to an unprecedented degree. Metallurgical advancements have led to steel alloys that increase wheel life and mitigate both flats and profile wear.
Thanks to condition-based maintenance, you can gain insights into the wear characteristics of all bogie elements, track their wear patterns and establish an ideal repair time window. Get the very most out of your components and cut costs in the process.
This ability falls on the opposite end of the wear spectrum calculation. It’s used to predict the unexpected failure of a key component which can lead to train downtime and massive resulting costs. When a train unexpectedly fails it’s necessary to find a replacement train, refund passengers, deal with service delays and a loss of trust and handle disruptions to previously planned maintenance work. Components that fail before their time are always an expensive problem for rail operators.
Railway-News magazine Issue 1, February 2023: Televic GSP - Smart Lifetime Extension Makes Your Railway Fleet Last.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, September 2022: Televic GSP - Digital Fallback Increases Availability and Cost-Efficiency of Audio Communication Systems.
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