HCL AXON, the enterprise application services division of HCL Technologies, has released a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solution for the rail industry called iMRO.
Previously, iMRO has been used in the travel and transportation, high-tech, energy, aerospace and defence industries.
The company said the new solution, if used with the SAP Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM) application, will enhance operations for the rail industry, as well as integrated lifecycle management of linear assets, rolling stock and road vehicles.
Since 2008, HCL AXON has been working with SAP to develop iMRO for the aerospace industry, while in 2011 it started developing it as a rail solution.
SAP head of transportation and logistics industry business unit Till Dengel said: "Through delivery of iMRO for rail, used together with SAP EAM, rail customers have an even stronger set of solutions available for rail-assets management."
The main aim of developing the iMRO solution is to improve productivity and planner visibility, while reducing variations encountered between planning and rail operations, which will allow higher asset utilisations to be realised for large and small railways, manufacturers and third-party MRO providers.
The IMRO solution, which is certified by SAP for integration with SAP solutions, will cut down the time it takes to implement, risks, as well as the cost of support and custom development.
iMRO, which is supported by the company's ReadyForRail Framework, includes accelerators, such as rail process models, benefits-dependency maps, rail-asset cost models, user guides and rail-specific dashboards for speeding up deployments and increasing the value of investments.
The solution covers all key rail asset management processes and was developed based on a rail reference process model, validated by the SAP User Group for Railways (SUGRAIL) and Railway Users.