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Innovative Product for train door condition monitoring based on vibration analysis algorithms

Objective

It is crucial to reduce rail operational costs as well as increasing the reliability of service especially in terms of punctuality. Train doors prove to be a critical element with respect to both maintenance cost and cause of train delays. Door actuator defects are the most common found; especially in older trains where door malfunctions amount to 25%-50% of the rolling stock defects. To overcome this, a consortium led by German SME Hitex, have come together with the aim to rapidly seize the business opportunity presented by commercializing the VA-RCM system.
VA-RCM is a highly innovative condition monitoring system based on cutting-edge technology involving advanced vibration analysis techniques. Its unique features will enable accurate assessment of train door actuators as well as targeted feedback on subsystem malfunctions well in advance of their potential occurrence.
Train operators and passenger train car manufacturers will benefit from the VA-RCM system by improving the efficiency of train doors and reducing the failure rate or downtime of trains, thus reducing maintenance cost.
The consortiums vision is to achieve gross sales of 140 million by 2025; a ROI of 60.68 within the first 4 years of commercialisation; and business growth which will create 1298 new jobs. It is our strong belief that the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot is the ideal financial instrument for us to accelerate the commercialization of VA-RCM.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

HITEX GMBH
Address
Greschbachstrasse 12
76229 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 570 746,13

Participants (4)

TRANSPORT SYSTEMS CATAPULT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 382 002,50
Address
170 Midsummer Boulevard
MK9 1BP Milton Keynes
Activity type
Other
FERROCARRIL METROPOLITA DE BARCELONA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 214 130
Address
Carrer 60 Zona Franca 21-23
08040 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 782 551,24
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 725,63
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)