Voith and Siemens have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a condition monitoring solution for the Voith Scharfenberg. Voith will be taking over the development phase within the framework due to its extensive expertise in the areas of energy absorption, front end systems, couplers and digital know-how.
Siemens will then integrate the application into Railigent, which is based on MindSphere, the underlying Siemens IoT. Railigent offers a wide range of digital services to manage rail assets smarter, including apps for smart monitoring, smart data analysis and smart prediction for rolling stock, signaling as well as for rail infrastructure.
The Voith solution, which is to be offered on the Siemens Railigent application suite, monitors the coupler’s deformation tube and damper and will be able to lower inspection and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the solution reduces unplanned downtime and increases the level of passenger safety.
The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to present a preliminary solution at the Innotrans 2018 in Berlin.
“Rail operators are required to increase the availability of their rolling stock. By means of this cooperation, we combine the competencies of both Siemens and Voith to offer a digital, value-adding solution that serves this need of our customers”, explains Cornelius Weitzmann, Executive Vice President & CEO Mobility, Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG.
Voith is a global technology group. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.
The Siemens Mobility Division is a leading international provider of products, systems and solutions that enable people and goods to be transported in an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly manner. Business activities include rolling stock, rail automation, intelligent traffic and transportation systems, and rail electrification.