DB and Siemens have launched a predictive maintenance pilot project for the Velaro D high speed train fleet.

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens have launched a 12-month pilot project to provide data to support predictive maintenance of the Class 407 Velaro D high speed train fleet.

Data received from moving Velaro D trainsets will be systematically analysed at the Siemens Mobility Data Services Centre in München, complementing diagnostic data stored onboard. This will provide advance warning of impending faults and data to enable the causes of problems to be identified. Specialist staff will then recommend corrective action to technicians at DB’s workshops.

The aim of the pilot project is to ‘precisely align maintenance work with the vehicle's actual status’, according to Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility. ‘With intelligent algorithms and precise analytics, availability is increased.’