Ermewa grain wagon (Photo Ermewa)

FRANCE: The Maintenance 4·0 project to improve the efficiency of condition-based and predictive wagon maintenance has been launched by manufacturer Inveho, leasing company Ermewa and French research institute IRT Railenium, building on an agreement signed at InnoTrans in September last year.

Maintenance 4·0 aims to combine industry experience with academic research to substantially cut the time a wagon is out of service for maintenance.

CEO of IRT Railenium Bertrand Minary said ’we have to identify and better understand the laws of wear and tear of wagons and their main components, relying in particular on our expertise in energy management as well as in data mining and artificial intelligence’.

Inveho Managing Director Julien Mathiaud said the project ‘will lead us to better prepare our workshops in drawing up their workload plans; it will also lead to an increase in the proportion of mobile maintenance operations’.