Siemens is expanding its portfolio in the field of predictive maintenance by digitalisation through acquiring Australian company MRX Technologies Group.
Both entities declined to reveal the financial details of the acquisition.
The group consists of multiple companies, including JRB Engineering, MRX Technologies, MRX Rail Services and MRX Rail Service UK.
The deal is expected to be completed early next month, and will see MRX Technologies managed as a legally independent firm within the Siemens Mobility Division.
Siemens’ rail service business CEO Johannes Emmelheinz said: “Siemens is focusing on condition-based and predictive maintenance. The digital monitoring of components and systems combined with the analysis of the resulting Big Data by our system experts enables these experts to spot sources of problems at an early stage.
“With the MRX Technologies Group, we are gaining a highly competent partner for collecting a full spectrum of measurement data related to rail systems as the basis of our central diagnostics system.”
The MRX Technologies Group has been providing services to the manufacturers and operators of rail systems since 1996.
The company owns a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for monitoring rolling stock components and rail infrastructure.
It is also known to provide measurement data that can be used to optimise rail systems and maintenance to facilitate the reduction of operating costs.
Operators within the industry frequently demand full availability of the rolling stock and infrastructure to avoid delays and operational failures.
Accordingly, the importance of predictive maintenance of rolling stock and rail infrastructure for rail companies is growing.
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