Alstom’s maintenance tool will monitor PKP’s Intercity trains

A predictive maintenance solution of Alstom will be used to maintain the fleet of 20 Avelia Pendolinos operated by PKP Intercity. The solution that goes by the name of TrainsScanner, has entered service in Warsaw’s Pendolino Service Centre. The French manufacturer’s tool will be providing services to help monitor the health of trains, infrastructure and signalling assets using advanced data analytics for predictive maintenance.

TrainScanner works through the use of digital data analysis and identifying the optimal moment for replacing components. “We are very proud to be inaugurating this TrainScanner in mainland Europe. It is another milestone towards the future of mobility,” says Artur Fryczkowski, Managing Director Alstom in Poland and Ukraine. “Thanks to automated, data-based solutions, we can continuously improve predictive maintenance processes, which translates into direct benefits for operators and passengers.”

The System

TrainScanner uses 3D cameras and lasers to automatically enable data from wheels, brake pads, pantograph carbon strips, under-frames and body shells. As the train passes through the TrainScanner, it captures the subsystem information. The inspected data is then transmitted to Alstom’s HealthHub platform, which is furtherly translated into actionable information using algorithms. Each asset receives a calculated health index. The larger or dispersed fleets benefit from this process or when the train requires a high level of service.

The system benefits fleet owners and operators by lowering the consumption of materials and the number of required maintenance. TrainsScanner and HealthHub commit to providing longer intervals between maintenance, longer component life and increased safety during operation. “I am glad that PKP Intercity trains will be inspected in this innovative way,” expresses Adam Laskowski, Board Member of PKP Intercity S.A. “It will not only bring us savings, but above all will allow us to ensure greater reliability of our trains, and thus the comfort and safety of passengers.”

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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