Rail vehicles: in good hands
All trains need regular maintenance services to keep them performing reliably. Maintenance must not necessarily be carried out directly by the manufacturers, but can also be undertaken by a service provider who offers a manufacturer-independent inspection of the rail vehicles.
TMH Germany, an enterprise belonging to the international TMH Group, offers such manufacturer- independent maintenance in the Bavarian town of Langweid am Lech. This required a willingness on the part of TMH Germany to make a long-term investment and to assume full responsibility for the construction and management of the maintenance facility. Operators usually do not have sufficient capacity themselves to do this. Therefore, one of the most modern maintenance plants in Europe was built in Langweid for more than 45 million euros. The know-how of the TMH Group from more than 100 maintenance workshops is bundled here.
Modern equipment for the digital future
The maintenance plant is equipped with state-of-the-art tools, including a measuring device for data collection to improve the intervals between reprofiling of wheels and other tools. Digital workflows are being placed at the heart of maintenance activities; central to this is the model of a true digital twin which is being introduced. Thanks to robust processes with a focus on predictive maintenance, TMH Germany not only offers the know-how or the technical possibilities which are already available on the market, but also makes it possible to think ahead for future needs.
The specially developed Amigo platform (Asset Management Integrated Global Organisation), based on Boom Rail Solutions software, which is also used by other European rail operators, supports the planning process and the introduction of a condition-based maintenance system.
Full commissioning in 2022
The first part of the maintenance facility entered into service at the beginning of December 2021 – Go-Ahead Bayern is the first client to bring its electric fleet, consisting of a total of 280 railcars, to Langweid under a twelve-year maintenance contract. A digital twin is created for each vehicle in the Go-Ahead fleet, allowing the condition of each component to be monitored and analysed before the train arrives at the depot.
Terence Watson, TMH’s Senior Vice President Europe, is optimistic about the future as many well- established railway undertakings are looking for a sustainable model for their growth. They would need increased versatility, faster responsiveness to change as well as new ways of thinking. “That‘s where we come in with our targeted investments in maintenance assets!” TMH Germany has strengthened its European presence with a new state-of-the-art maintenance centre in Germany, he said. When fully commissioned next summer, the depot will have a capacity of 200,000 maintenance hours per year with over 70 staff and will offer other operators the opportunity to have their rolling stock maintained there.