Wabtec GoLINC-M Case Study

Wabtec GoLINC-M Case Study
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Wabtec UK

Project

GoLINC-M Modules

Client

Eversholt Rail Group

A vital part of Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) is retrieving data from the systems on the trains. In many legacy fleets, the existing on- board Ethernet infrastructure is not in place to do this, or the equipment itself is often not set up for connection to Ethernet networks. Even in many newer fleets, the detailed system information is not exposed to the existing network. The M Module project addresses these issues by directly connecting to maintenance ports on equipment and communicating data wirelessly without the need for existing infrastructure.

Deliverables

  • Provide a method of quick and easy retrofit of RCM to legacy trains.
  • Be able to connect to equipment which may not have Ethernet networking capabilities.

Challenges

  • Retrofit of RCM systems to trains is difficult for a number of reasons:
  • Running long new cables to equipment is often disruptive and costly.
  • Lack of space for new conduits and equipment.
  • Lengthy downtime for installation of lots of new cables often unacceptable and costly.
  • Avoid the need for lengthy cable and conduit runs.
  • Have a solution which can be utilised on trains without an existing Ethernet network, without the need to install one.
  • Legacy equipment often does not have Ethernet networking capabilities.
  • Even if equipment does have Ethernet networking capabilities, there are often insufficient spare ports on existing Ethernet networks on the train to connect all of the pieces of legacy equipment which may want to be monitored.

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