Alstom has launched a new predictive maintenance tool, HealthHub, to examine the health of trains, infrastructure and signalling assets using advanced data analytics.
Alstom has presented this tool at the international trade fair for transport technology, InnoTrans 2014.
The new tool allows the operator to perform a condition-based predictive maintenance, which will eventually decrease lifecycle costs rather than the traditional mileage-based maintenance approach.
HealthHub is equipped with different types of high technology data capture solutions including TrainScanner, the automated diagnostics portal that able to measure the condition of wheels, brake pads and pantograph carbon strips.
In the case of infrastructure, the track and catenaries will be monitored by another solution called TrackTracer.
Alstom is conducting a series of tests on the HealthHub maintenance tool, which is expected enter service by the end of this year.
At InnoTrans 2014, the company unveiled its latest innovations, such as the Citadis X05 tram and Atlas 400 and 500 scalable ERTMS solutions among others.
The first of new generation of H3 hybrid shunting locomotives was also unveiled by the company in partnership with Deutsche Bahn, which was developed as part of an initiative of the Eco Rail Innovation (ERI) platform.
On a separate development, Alstom signed letter of intents with Landers of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authorities of Hesse, to develop a new emission-free passenger train equipped with fuel cell drive.
Image: Alstom’s new predictive maintenance tool, HealthHub, offers a condition-based predictive maintenance. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.