Siemens Mobility has purchased two Fortus 450mc 3D printers from Stratasys enabling the expansion of rail maintenance operations in Russia for the 16 existing Velaro RUS trains and for the 13 additional trains to be delivered. The investment will also support the contract fpr the provision of maintenance and services for the next 30 years.
The two 3D printers have been installed in St. Petersburg and Moscow, enabling Siemens Mobility to transform its maintenance operations. The new technology will allow a rapid and cost-effective 3D printing for rail replacement parts on-demand. The investment marks the start of Siemens Mobility’s ‘Easy Sparovation Part’ network in Russia, which aims to optimise services using 3D printing and a digital inventory of original train parts, facilitating the in-house replacement and production of spare vehicle components. For example, the ‘Easy Sparovation Part’ business in Germany recorded a real success as the technology has provided Siemens Mobility time-per-part savings of up to 95% compared to traditional manufacturing methods.
Dedicated to servicing the existing Velaro trains and the planned ones, Siemens Mobility Russia is working with more than 99% fleet availability record. “These availability figures would be physically impossible to achieve through external part sourcing and traditional manufacturing techniques alone, but Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers gives us the capability to cost-effectively produce the parts in-house, partially eliminating the need for warehousing or tools for a selected range of items,” said Alexey Fedoseev, Head of Customer Services, Siemens Mobility Russia.
By storing all part data online, Siemens Mobility can access and replace older or newer train parts ad-hoc to meet stringent time limits. The 3D printers allow Siemens Mobility to print rail parts in industrial-grade materials, with highly durable properties that can survive Russia’s extreme temperatures.