Siemens has opened a new rail service centre at its Munich-Allach plant in Germany, for the manufacture and maintenance of locomotives.
Designed to carry out preventive and corrective maintenance of locomotives, the new 2,000m² centre is the company’s first site that combines production and maintenance at a single location.
The company noted that it will equally carry out repair work and modernisation at the new centre in Munich, which is a major node in east/west and north/south connections in the European rail network.
Every locomotive travelling across Europe passes through Munich, which can also serve as an interim stop for major inspections, maintenance, overhauls or additional tests.
In the future, the new centre will also help rail operators to avoid lengthy transfers to send their locomotives for servicing.
It also creates synergies as production engineers receive direct feedback from their servicing colleagues, which can be used into the latest locomotive developments.
Bavaria interior and transport minister Joachim Herrmann said: "This traditional factory, once solely for locomotives, has become a facility for modern technology that sets standards for innovation and service."
The company has also established a new data services centre at the site, where huge amounts of information from remote diagnostic systems will be analysed on vehicles worldwide to identify patterns and improve predictive maintenance.
Siemens mobility CEO Jochen Eickholt said: "These two facilities will pave the way for Siemens to provide the rail service of the future. Double-digit growth is expected in the market for digital service in particular, and we have invested in this field in Allach so that we can profit from this growth and create value for the benefit of our customers."
In future, the data centre will analyse and process maintenance data from projects around the world at a high level and over the long term.
Digitalisation facilitates optimal access to data that is important for service activities.
Last September, the Munich Public Transportation Company (MVG) started revenue service with the new Siemens-built Avenio low-floor light rail vehicle (LRV) on tram Line 19 from St Veit Strasse to Pasing Station, Germany.
The LRV is the first of eight Siemens Avenio vehicles for MVG, which were ordered under a €29m contract in September 2012.
The low-floor, four-section trams will have a length of 36.85m, a width of 2,300mm and the capacity to carry 220 passengers.
Image: Bavaria’s transport minister Joachim Herrmann and Siemens mobility division CEO Jochen Eickholt open the new service centre for locomotives in Munich-Allach. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.