voestalpine partners to develop a smart track solution

Rail and track maintenance PJ Messtechnik GmbH, an accredited testing centre, and voestalpine Track Solutions Germany GmbH, subsidiary of voestalpine Railway Systems, will collaborate to digitalise the rail and track maintenance for urban transport systems under a new service for customers.

This approach makes possible for the first time the smart digital measurement of rails and track on entire metro and light rail systems within a very short time, followed by processing using high-performance milling technology.

“We are convinced that this cooperation will lead to a sustainable increase in track availability for our customers while reducing overall lifecycle costs. We have already demonstrated this in our initial joint project,” Jochen Holzfeind, Chief Technical Officer, at voestalpine Railway Systems said.

By combining the respective core competencies of the two companies, a unique holistic service offering will be created, leading to a sustainable increase in track availability and reduction in overall life cycle costs.

Within a very short time, it will be possible to record, digitize and visualise the rail condition of entire track systems very efficiently. The results obtained may be used for targeted deployment planning of voestalpine Track Solutions’ mobile high-performance milling technology but can also be used as a general network condition report. To verify the improvement of condition or repair of damage, the “all-round carefree package” is rounded off by a further measurement campaign after the rail maintenance has taken place.

In the future, recurring or continuous analyses will be an essential aid in the transformation from reactive to proactive maintenance strategies which will benefit the support of the two cooperation partners.

The digitalisation and miniaturisation of the rail and track maintenance through the measurement technology now allows the superstructure to be measured with commercially available industrial sensors, which may be temporarily installed on maintenance or production vehicles. The use of special measuring vehicles is therefore no longer required. This approach enables network operators to record the condition of the superstructure easily and with reasonable effort and avoids problems such as when superstructure measuring vehicles are not available due to special clearance profiles.

PJM is an internationally renowned system specialist for rail transport. PJ Messtechnik GmbH, as an accredited testing centre, conducts worldwide registration tests for rail vehicles and technical inspections of rails and track systems and PJ Monitoring is a technology company in the digitisation of rail freight transport.

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