Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement
MUNICH – Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and other rail and commercial vehicle systems, has signed a cooperation agreement with Deutsche Bahn on the use and analysis of train operating data and vehicle subsystem data. The agreement has an initial term of three years and aims to utilize big data insights to enhance condition-based maintenance of vehicle fleets.
“In the context of the ongoing digitalization of the rail sector, data-based products and services have huge potential to add value for customers and enable further operational optimization of the overall rail system,” explained Dr. Nicolas Lange, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems. “As a system supplier, we are continuously expanding our portfolio in this important strategic area and are delighted to have signed an agreement on the intelligent use of vehicle data with our partners at Deutsche Bahn.”
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“The agreement with Deutsche Bahn is an outstanding example of how smart vehicle and fleet data processing and the insights that it provides into the condition of onboard systems can be used to optimize maintenance intervals and costs,” added Mark Cleobury, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems and responsible for the RailServices aftermarket business. “Ultimately, partnerships like this allow us to work with our customers to further increase the availability of rail transportation.”
Deutsche Bahn is aiming to use the data to increase vehicle availability and optimize its vehicle maintenance cost structures. Meanwhile, the focus for Knorr-Bremse RailServices is on enhancing its digital and value-added services. These include condition monitoring of onboard vehicle systems, wear prediction, and the corresponding software support, for example for door controls installed in double-decker cars. In order to deliver the desired maintenance improvements, the agreement provides for the use of existing vehicle and system data and for the collection of additional data in the future.
Enabling condition-based maintenance through big data insights
The aim of the partnership is to make it possible to call rail vehicles into the workshop at the exact point in time when a system or component requires maintenance. The key to this is the condition-based maintenance system envisioned by the cooperation agreement, which will enable even more targeted and needs-based maintenance cycle planning. It also has the potential to reduce train downtime by minimizing the time that vehicles spend in the workshop.
Knorr-Bremse RailServices is taking its entire aftermarket business to the next level. As a trusted partner, it supports its customers with a range of new service models in the areas of
Energy Saving, Repair & Overhaul (One-Stop Shop), Parts Availability and Operational Optimization, as well as through scalable, data- and cloud-driven rail vehicle maintenance solutions. In doing so, Knorr-Bremse helps to improve the overall availability and reliability of rail transportation, while at the same time further reducing vehicles’ environmental footprint and adding value for its customers.