Wabtec has opened its first Transit Performance Optimsation Centre (TPOC) in Europe, located in Derby UK to help transit sector to improve operational performance and reduce service costs and lost productivity through real-time monitoring and analytics.
“We are thrilled to open this new centre, which will provide next generation service solutions for our customers in Europe. The combination of our inherent experience in global asset management, access to monitoring technology, analysis platforms and maintenance capabilities provide a winning combination for our customers,” Garry Mowbray, Wabtec Vice President of Regional Services said.
Porterbrook Leasing is the first UK rail business to utilise the services of Transit Performance Optimsation Centre across its fleet of 4,000 passenger rolling stock assets. The centre will help deliver enhancements for three key Porterbrook projects that include Class 170 powerpack power by the mile, Class 158/9 & 168 oil analysis, and Class 172 powerpack analytics.
“Better performance controls and analysis will help Wabtec and asset owners such as Porterbrook jointly provide more dependable whole-life asset management capabilities to passenger and freight operators. It will drive improved and more consistent performance and give us the opportunity to further leverage technology in our mission to deliver a safe, reliable and sustainable railway,” Ben Ackroyd, Chief Operating Officer at Porterbrook said.
The TPOC builds upon Wabtec’s expertise in fleet performance monitoring in the freight rail industry. Wabtec has four global performance optimisation centres located in the U.S., Brazil, and Kazakhstan that monitor more than 18,000 assets comprising freight locomotives, marine engines, OHV systems, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The opening of the centre is a major step in company’s expansion and growth into transit asset analytics and condition monitoring. Across Wabtec’s global optimisation centres, technicians monitor roughly 10 million pieces of data per day on the health status and performance of transit systems globally. This allows potential train/sub system failures to be predicted before they occur, and maintenance scheduled without passenger or train disruption.