Wabtec to deploy rolling stock monitoring system in India

train monitoring systemThe Central Organisation For Modernisation Of Workshops (COFMOW), part of Indian Railways, awarded Wabtec a contract to supply train monitoring system.

The automated rolling stock monitoring system is a wayside solution comprising rail bearing acoustic monitor (RailBAM) and wheel condition monitor (WCM/ WILD) to detect faults in the axle-journal bearings and wheels of rolling stock. The RailBAM technology uses acoustic signatures from bearings to identify bearing defects in advance before they would be identified through human inspection. The WCM technology uses impact forces exerted by wheels on to the rail to identify wheel defects. The monitoring systems enable operators to optimally plan the inspection and removal of defective bearings and wheels based on condition instead of fixed time-based inspection schedules, resulting in a healthier and reliable fleet.

“This project will bring in state-of-the-art global digital high-tech solutions to the substantial portfolio of the India business enabling Indian Railways in their journey of modernization and digitalisation,” Sujatha Narayan, Senior Vice President and India Region Leader of Wabtec said.

As part of the contract with, Wabtec’s teams in Australia and India will lead the design, development, supply, installation, and commissioning of 97 online monitoring of rolling stock equipment in various zonal railway locations across the country. The data from all the wayside automated systems will be fed into a state-of-the-art Central Data Control Centre to be established in Delhi through the Wabtec Fleet ONE software.

The train monitoring system contract is part of Indian Railways’ Online Monitoring of Rolling Stock (OMRS) project included into the “Smart yard” initiative which will improve the availability of the railway’s fleet of coaches, wagons, and locomotives by detecting and addressing defects, preventing in-service failures. “Indian Railways is at the forefront of deploying digital solutions to modernise their operations and drive efficiency across its rail network. This order supports their ‘Smart Yard’ initiative, which will showcase the next generation of condition-based predictive maintenance technologies,” Nalin Jain, Digital Electronics Group President at Wabtec said.

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