German railway cargo carrier DB Cargo has awarded Siemens a contract for the installation of condition-based predictive maintenance systems on-board its locomotive fleet.
The contracted upgrade works will be carried out on 152 Series Eurosprinter ES64F trains, as well as 170 and 191 series Vectron locomotives.
Siemens will install the necessary telemetric systems on the 152 Series trains, and connect all locomotives with the ‘TechLOK’ system used by DB Cargo. The contract is set to run for a six-year period.
DB Cargo CEO Dr Jürgen Wilder said: “With the digitalisation of our fleet, we are focusing primarily on one thing: further improving quality for our customers and optimising the locomotive value chain.
“Close to 1,000 locomotives equipped with the ‘TechLOK’ system are already operating internationally.
“With the signing of this new cooperation with Siemens, we are intensifying efforts to reach our goal.”
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The telemetric systems to be installed on the trains are capable of continuously gathering data relating to the locomotive’s condition.
The information will be used by the experts at Siemens’ Mobility Data Services Centre to develop identified applications and data analytics models in collaboration with DB Cargo.
Analytics models will also be used from Siemens’ Railigent platform, which is connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) operating system MindSphere.
The process is expected to be effective in identifying faults and disturbances within the trains at an early stage, allowing operators to plan maintenance servicing and workshop visits accordingly.
It is also expected to optimise the locomotive's overall availability and economic efficiency.