Vossloh enters into strategic partnership with Predge

Turnouts in Germany, source: Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Vossloh has entered into a strategic partnership with Swedish digitisation specialist Predge, to develop a forecast model for point machines, used to operate railway turnouts, especially at a distance.

This cooperative effort leverages Vossloh’s knowledge in the design and production of point machines, complemented by Predge’s experience in the fields of data analysis and artificial intelligence. Together, these two entities are aiming to create a predictive model that can deliver accurate predictions of faults and valuable insights into imminent malfunctions.

“With the help of this trendsetting forecast model, our customers will be able to plan their maintenance measures more proactively, in greater detail and better in the future. The number of failures will be noticeably reduced and ultimately the availability of the track significantly increased. At the same time, we will gain an even deeper insight into the interaction of the various track components,” says Oliver Schuster, CEO of Vossloh AG. He adds: “Vossloh is once again showing pioneering spirit and, together with Predge, is addressing the key customer need ‘availability of the track’ in a highly innovative and effective manner.”

Simo Pykälistö, the CEO of Predge is looking forward to the collaboration with Vossloh: “Rail Infrastructure is one of the key competence areas within Predge. We specialise in developing cutting-edge predictive maintenance solutions and design our AI models specifically for operational use. Joining forces with Vossloh extends the reach of our offering to point machines and makes predictive insights available to a broader market.”

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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