Rolls-Royce and Netinera, a subsidiary of Trenitalia, have signed a 11-year contract for the complete overhaul of up to 180 mtu PowerPacks based on mtu Series 183 engines using the so-called Reman process.
Under the contract which will run until 2032, Rolls-Royce will overhaul the PowerPacks used in regional trains of the type Siemens Desiro (VT 642).
Netinera has been relying on Rolls-Royce Reman solutions for many years. Rolls-Royce is currently also overhauling a total of 235 mtu PowerPacks for Alstom Lint trains and 13 mtu engines of type 16V 4000 R41 for ER 20 locomotives at its Reman site in Magdeburg on behalf of Netinera.
“We are very pleased that Netinera has once again chosen our Reman solutions. It shows how attractive our Reman PowerPacks and engines are: They offer absolute reliability and maximum availability at a very economical price,” said Marc Goldschmidt, Vice President Remanufacturing & Overhaul Technologies at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems.
Reman is the industrial reconditioning of main components and engines alike. Standardised processes are used to dismantle and clean the mtu PowerPacks and engines and then to test and re-build them using Reman components or new parts. The process automatically includes product improvements. The process is entirely anonymous – the customer does not necessarily get the same PowerPack or engine back as it handed in for refurbishment. The PowerPacks or engines reach their customers in as new condition. PowerPacks are then ready for another 18,000 hours, 720,000 km of operation. For some engine series, Rolls-Royce is able to provide exchange PowerPacks and engines,so-called swing units, before the drive systems are removed. By using swing units, the railcars and locomotives can be returned to service very quickly, which significantly reduces downtime.
mtu PowerPacks are compact drive systems which, in addition to the engine and the transmission, contain all the ancillary units required to drive the vehicle, such as the cooling system and the exhaust gas aftertreatment system. In the last 25 years, Rolls-Royce Power Systems has delivered more than 7,500 PowerPacks to rail customers all over the world.