Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH — Knorr-Bremse has been awarded a major, long-term remote condition monitoring contract by Siemens Mobility. As Knorr-Bremse is systematically building its expertise in the field of digital Maintenance-as-a-Service (MaaS) for the rail industry, the company will be responsible for providing remote condition monitoring of the HVAC systems on 172 trains built and maintained by Siemens Mobility for UK operator South Western Railway.

The upgrading and modernization of the HVAC systems has commenced in 2021 and is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022, so that the new solution can go live in spring of the same year.

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Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division, explained the order’s significance: “The rail industry has huge untapped potential for digitalization due to factors such as high security standards, substantial investment requirements, and the need to become even more efficient. Against this backdrop, we are systematically continuing to develop Knorr-Bremse into a digital systems supplier, and to expand our portfolio of remote condition monitoring solutions. Therefore, we are delighted to have established this digital partnership with Siemens Mobility. The contract is a first for the rail industry, and will help the operator to offer its passengers an even more sustainable, affordable and modern rail service.”

Dr. Nicolas Lange, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems, expanded on these comments: “We are delighted to have signed this important contract, which further strengthens our partnership with Siemens Mobility in the field of digital services. By upgrading several large passenger train fleets with our remote condition monitoring solutions, we are helping to bring them into the digital age. Big data insights and new CO2 sensors will help to optimize fleet maintenance costs, reduce the trains’ energy consumption and control the flow of fresh air into the passenger compartments even more precisely.”

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In 2021, Knorr-Bremse has started upgrading a total of 733 HVAC systems on 172 trains with its digital remote condition monitoring solution, enhancing Siemens Mobility’s condition-based maintenance (CBM) capability. The fleets comprise 45 five-car Class 444 and 127 four-car Class 450 regional trains. The original HVAC systems were made by Merak, Knorr-Bremse’s global subsidiary for climate control solutions for trains. The upgrade will allow them to capture large quantities of operating data that will then be intelligently analyzed by Knorr-Bremse via the cloud.

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