AusRAIL, Condition Monitoring, Events, Operations & Maintenance, Rollingstock & Manufacturing

Pointing industry in the right direction


In providing a range of vehicles, services and systems for rail traffic, the focus of transport solutions leader Siemens Mobility at AusRAIL PLUS this year was around enhancing how operators manage their equipment.

Speaking from the company’s stand, Siemens Mobility Head of Product Innovation Stephen Baker said the focus was not just around the products themselves, but the enhancements  put on top of those products.

“For example, we’ve got systems here where we can actually monitor the behaviour of all that equipment for our axle counter and the behaviour conditionings,” he said.

Siemens Mobility has a number of high level systems on display at AusRAIL PLUS, including a point machine and a train vacancy detection system, among others – and they are all running live at the event.

“Everything you see here is live, there’s no blank screens,” Baker said.

“The point machine is Australian designed and manufactured, while the axle counter is from overseas. We’ve also got a system that is monitoring the whole Alice Springs Darwin railway and some of our broader offerings for mass transit. We have a machine over here which is part of our mobility exhibition in Perth, and this fits on the front end of the train and continuously monitors the railway for defects in the rail.”

With a number of high level systems showcased at the event, Baker said it goes deeper towards a more in-depth maintenance level.

“We’ve made a lot of enhancements so that these are easier to install and easier to maintain,” he said.

“Mobility is not just a cull face, it’s about what the enhancements can do on a digital level and the stats you can provide to clients because that gives them the opportunity to manage their railway and maintain it. These dashboards we have on display are really a dataset and a tool for that.”

At Stand 158, Siemens Mobility is making complex tasks more easy to manage for the rail industry.

“Railways evolve – most old railway equipment are all in museums as they are high maintenance and have a high input,” Baker said. “But what we need to do now is have systems that maintain, while having data systems sitting on top of them to make complex tasks more easily manageable.”