The condition monitoring solution enables digital condition monitoring of the rail infrastructure and driveline components.
Therefore, sensors are mounted on the bogie of the rail vehicles to record accelerations, vibrations and anomalies in wheel-rail contact during operation. The data is then analyzed and visualized in the cloud. With the help of these daily measurement data, rail operators can plan the maintenance cycles based on actual conditions, increase efficiency in rail transportation, and avoid unplanned downtimes.
The wireless sensor Heavy Duty TAG forms the basis for the condition monitoring of vehicle components and the rail infrastructure. The HD TAG can be mounted either on the transmission or the bogie. The recorded data is transmitted via Bluetooth Low Energy to a Secure Gateway, the VCU Pro Onboard Unit. The gateway triggers measurements and collects the data from the wireless Bluetooth sensors. Then, the collected measurement and rail track data is processed and securely transferred to the ZF IoT Cloud.
With the Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring, we offer a turnkey solution consisting of hardware, software, and the associated platforms. The system is developed for independent and maintenance-free operation and uses its digital potential effectively: Thanks to the connection to the ZF cloud, data can be recorded, transmitted, and evaluated on a permanent basis.
Customers benefit especially from the modularity offered by the system: The condition monitoring solution can be individually extended by evaluations and monitoring functions. The system can be widely installed in a significant range of rail vehicles, in short and long-distance traffic. Since existing vehicles can also be retrofitted with the required ZF components, every single train used for normal line service could also take over a monitoring function.
Flat spots occur through uneven wear on the steel tires of the vehicles. As a result, the wheel no longer rolls gently over the rail, but slides or slips on the track. As a first consequence, you can usually hear and feel blows and rumbling while the train is in motion. In case of increased wear, further damage to the wheel and rail is possible. Flat spots are a possible reason for noise pollution for passengers and residents.
Wheel-tread wear is expressed (for example) by small microcracks on the wheel surface of rail vehicles, which causes vibrations. If the wear is not recognized immediately, further bogie components can be damaged. In the worst case, it can lead to crumbling in the wheel surface. A complete replacement of the wheel tire may be necessary. In passenger transport, the safety of passengers is top priority. Therefore, it is of upmost importance to the fleet operator to identify and resolve such damage as early as possible.
The ZF condition monitoring system is designed to detect wheel-tread wear at an early stage – before serious damage occurs. Rail operators obtain daily analysis results, which support condition-based maintenance cycle planning, increasing the vehicle availability and efficiency in operation. Both passengers and residents benefit from increased Reliability and safety of rail vehicles and reduced noise nuisance.
Weather fluctuations, peak utilization, and everyday wear: The rail network is under a lot of pressure, which is why it nowadays is highly important to monitor the condition of the tracks precisely and effectively. The digital monitoring system from ZF aims to identify potential damage at an early stage. Existing vehicles can also be easily retrofitted with the required ZF components. Thus, every single train used for line service could also take over a monitoring function.
|Condition monitoring at any time and from anywhere||Prevention of noise pollution|
|Increased efficiency in operation||Reduction of noise emissions|
|Predictive and condition-based maintenance planning||Prevention of comfort restrictions|
|Reduction and avoidance of downtime||Increased reliability of rail vehicles|
|Increased customer satisfaction||Increased vehicle availability|
ZF and Graz Linien are partnering in the development of a digital system for condition monitoring since 2018. Today, several trams of Graz Linien are equipped with ZF’s Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring system.
First application: Flat Spot Monitoring. This is a main reason for noise nuisance of residents and passengers. The ZF solution detects flat spots at an early stage, thus reducing consequential damage, as well as stress and comfort restrictions for people and environment.
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The Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring can be easily retrofitted to existing vehicles. Contact us now to get more information about the solution.
In a new joint project, ZF and DB Systemtechnik combine existing competencies to increase efficiency in the monitoring of critical infrastructure. Their digital monitoring solution detects potential rail deficiencies at an early stage. This enables predictive and flexible planning of maintenance work, thus reducing unnecessary expenses, preventing delays and breakdowns, and offering a real added value in terms of safety and comfort.