All fields are required.
By Andrew Whawell Railroads in Europe and Australia have been using hardware and software to transform traditional wayside assets into smart devices, which are automatically monitored by a predictive-analytics, cloud-connected software platform. This end-to-end combination of Internet of Things (IoT) technology has enabled their railroad maintainers to change the way they work, moving away from inflexible, reactive maintenance programs to dynamic planning based on the condition of their wayside equipment. This results in a direct improvement of on-time performance due to a measurable reduction of signal equipment failure.
Centrix also provides a sophisticated suite of analytical and machine learning tools that maintainers can use to remotely diagnose problems as they develop. Maintainers can also plan maintenance work, preventing faults from progressing and disrupting the operation of the railroad. The Centrix system can be configured to automatically generate email alerts related to degraded equipment performance based on intelligent statistical analysis of historical data and pattern recognition algorithms.The MPEC Technology remote condition monitoring system is a tool that enables railroad maintainers to adopt modern condition-based maintenance strategies. With appropriate training and access to data through systems like Centrix, maintenance work can be conducted more efficiently, with less time spent travelling to work sites, while at the same time reducing the number of disruptive failures. Andrew Whawell MIRSE is managing director of MPEC Technology. Based in the United Kingdom, MPEC specializes in remote condition monitoring technology, providing industrial data acquisition units designed for the unique safety and environmental requirements of the rail industry. In addition to providing ruggedized hardware systems, MPEC has developed advanced server systems to provide graphical replay, analysis and fault prevention on acquired data.