AUTOMATING MAINTENANCE

PHILIP SHERRATT VISITS CENTRAL RIVERS DEPOT TO SEE HOW DATA

DERIVED FROM SCANNING TRAINS IS PROMOTING MORE EFFICIENT MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVED SAFETY

BOMBARDIER’S AVIS LEADING THE WAY

Train scanners: the measurement equipment at Central Rivers depot, which is located at the southern end of the site and scans arriving Voyager units. COURTESY BOMBARDIER

Condition-based maintenance is all the rage. And it’s easy to see why – it can yield increased maintenance intervals, less frequent replacement of key components, and overall reductions in costs and improvements in fleet safety. Bombardier is leading the way in this area with its Automatic Vehicle Inspection System (AVIS). This scans trains as they enter depots, with the data then processed and aggregated with additional data sources through Bombardier’s ORBITA Predictive Asset Management system. Works orders are then automatically raised through a third-party system, MAXIMO. Will Lanoe, Bombardier’s Technology and Digitalisation Manager, is keen to emphasise that while the scanners installed at depots are the visible element, the integration between these three elements to create the end-to-end process is key.

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