Home Rail News Innovative maintenance system automatically monitors the underside of trains for faults

Innovative maintenance system automatically monitors the underside of trains for faults

An RSSB-funded innovation that automatically monitors the underside of trains for faults is ready for testing.

Gobotix has designed the Vehicle Underframe Examination System (VUES), which is installed at the track side and uses a combination of cameras, non-visible wavelength light and computer vision algorithms to monitor for dislodged or damaged equipment and leaks.

Recalling the history of trains passing by, the self-learning equipment generates data trends and detects any anomalies.

Any faults that have been detected are then reported electronically for maintenance teams to investigate.

The system has been designed with part-funding from the RSSB’s Railway Operator Challenge Competition. The RSSB said that VUES can provide cost savings for TOCs in terms of greater life-span of components and benefits include examinations carried out daily as well as increased fleet service life.

Gobotix is currently looking to produce a low-cost demonstrator system ready for market.


Read more: Managing risk at level crossings


1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must Read

DfT (finally) publishes list of rail enhancement projects for CP6

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a list of rail enhancement projects in its updated Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP).

First light: The Riding Sunbeams trial of solar-powered electric traction

How many times have we looked at clever innovation and wondered why on earth no one thought of doing it before? Often the...

HS2 way out in front in tunnel design for high-speed rail

Now, what are the similarities between Cyrano de Bergerac, the central character in the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand...

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019....

Back to portals

Headspans were necessary but now improved resilience is neededGenerally, the railway electrification schemes that first emerged in Britain, before...