Perpetuum announces cooperations with Schaeffler, Knorr Bremse and Siemens
Perpetuum is excited to announce these 3 partnerships, which are part of their next phase strategy.
BERLIN/SCHWEINFURT, September 19, 2018. Schaeffler AG and Perpetuum, a remote condition monitoring systems specialist in the rail sector, plan to revolutionize axlebox bearing maintenance: At the InnoTrans 2018, the two companies signed the letter of intent for a cooperation with the aim of offering a mileage/kilometer-based payment system for axlebox bearings. This solution will make axlebox bearings available to operators by the kilometer or mile and guarantee the achievement of the planned maintenance intervals. This will reduce the operating costs and make it possible for them to be precisely planned, as well as significantly increasing rail vehicles’ availability. A further advantage is that the combination of axlebox bearing condition monitoring and Schaeffler’s rolling bearing expertise will allow the maintenance intervals to be significantly extended.
Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial at Schaeffler, emphasized the significance of this cooperation: “The sale of operating hours instead of engines has long proven to be an effective solution in the civil aviation sector, and together with Perpetuum, we are now set to bring the same solution to the railway industry. The negotiations currently taking
place with various operators show that we have hit on exactly what the sector is looking for with this business model.”
Berlin, September 21, 2018 – Knorr-Bremse RailServices, the aftermarket specialists in the Rail Vehicle Systems division of Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems, and Perpetuum, the global leader in the provision of information to maximise safety and reliability and reduce costs, have signed a declaration of intent as the basis for further furture cooperation between the two companies.
The declaration allows both companies to continue servicing their customers independently from each other while working to accelerate the adoption of digital applications in the rail sector.
Perpetuum has developed an algorithm for recording and monitoring vibrations of wheels, gearboxes, motors and wheel bearings on rolling stock with the aim of obtaining a better understanding into the condition of the vehicle fleet. It is also able to simultaneously monitor
the track. This allows maintenance cycles, quality, and efficiency to be optimized and conclusions drawn regarding the systems’ behaviour in the future.
Knorr-Bremse RailServices is looking to combine the Perpetuum system and its information with iCOM Monitor, both systems are already being used by various operators to support condition-based maintenance. iCOM Monitor collects, consolidates, and processes the data generated by other systems on the vehicles and then sends them to a back office for further
Perpetuum have signed a Cooperation Agreement with Siemens Mobility for the
introduction of Perpetuum's condition information on Siemens´ application suite Railigent, used for supporting maintenance and operations of rolling stock and infrastructure. Perpetuum's Health Index information is envisaged to be used to enrich Siemens´ Railigent.
The Cooperation Agreement allows both companies to continue servicing their
customers independently from each other while evaluating ways to combine
their core strengths to deliver enhanced value on specific mutual projects. As a result of the development of advanced rolling stock analytics, particularly around bogie monitoring, both companies intend to accelerate value creation for operators and owners, which will be measured through higher availability and cost optimization in their fleets.
Due to its easy to install solution onto existing Siemens Mobility trains and back office, the Bearing Health Index and wireless, vibration harvester node from Perpetuum is planned to be deployed on a series of Siemens fleets starting in 2019 – a logical step for Siemens in rolling stock maintenance.
The existing Perpetuum condition apps for axle bearings, wheels, gearboxes,
motors, track and ride are also envisaged to be made available via Railigent, the Siemens application suite for rail customers, as part of a subsequent cooperation among both companies.
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