Knorr-Bremse at InnoTrans 2016: networked systems for highperformance rail transport
"Uncompromising safety, high-level reliability and low life cycle costs - those, in a nutshell, are the main advantages of the intelligent networking solutions we will be showcasing at InnoTrans 2016. Their technological backbone is the train control management system
(TCMS) manufactured by the Knorr-Bremse Group company Selectron Systems AG, an acknowledged specialist in the field," says Klaus Deller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. "We will have a total of five exhibition booths, as our subsidiaries will also be presenting new and advanced braking, door, HVAC, and power supply systems as impressive proof of our leading role as innovators."
Advantages for rail vehicle manufacturers, operators and users
Networking a train's subsystems generates significant added value for manufacturers, operators and users. Vehicle builders enjoy access to complete solutions from a single source, fleet owners benefit from lower operating costs, and passengers experience improved reliability and punctuality.
The advantages for vehicle builders range from easier project handling to simplified approval processes. Well-matched sub-system hardware and software that has been tested prior to integration makes the system architecture easier to plan and reduces the electronic complexity of the various different sub-systems.
Closer networking of individual sub-systems in a rail vehicle increases the benefits for the operator. If, for example, across-the-board diagnostics are available for the brakes, doors, HVAC, and power supply, there is no need for separate service tools for each individual sub-system - meaning lower costs and simpler, faster and cheaper commissioning and maintenance.
Knorr-Bremse iCOM® - an innovative platform for the new generation of rail vehicles
Knorr-Bremse has developed a comprehensive, modular system for the digital railroad age that increases safety and reduces costs for fleet operators: iCOM. This consists of on-board equipment, a back office and a large number of groundbreaking apps. The iCOM Monitor app, for example, combines detailed measurements and analytical data with automated diagnostic functions to display the current status and servicing requirements of all the train's main systems.
This enables fleet operators to carry out condition-based or preventive maintenance on their vehicles, avoiding component failure and enabling cost-effective repair and maintenance work to be carried out as required.
Further applications are iCOM Assist (LEADER®) and iCOM Meter: iCOM Assist helps the driver maximize energy efficiency and reduce wear and tear while still adhering precisely to the timetable; iCOM Meter monitors and records the train's actual power consumption in real time, enabling the operator to ensure accurate billing and use the data to identify potential for further reductions. All iCOM apps share a common hardware platform and a state-of-the-art user interface in the iCOM back office. The system is based on an open standard, making it equally suitable for vehicle builders and operators alike.
New products for greater safety, comfort and efficiency
At InnoTrans 2016, Knorr-Bremse will be showcasing a wide range of new products designed to improve the safety, comfort, and efficiency of rail travel. The innovative SNAKE door system for mass transit vehicles from Knorr-Bremse subsidiary IFE is a case in point: The ultra-flat, light-weight doors can be installed in a restricted space and offer rapid opening and closing, making them ideal for operations with high passenger volumes. The door system is not only extremely robust but also requires minimal maintenance, thanks to its lubricant-free spindle drive.
Knorr-Bremse's Intelligent Air Control® system adjusts the volume of air it supplies according to the vehicle's operating status. As it also functions without the need for an auxiliary compressor and is effectively sound-proofed, the overall result is lower costs, a simplified system and reduced noise emissions for passengers and the surrounding environment.
Further innovations on show at the Knorr-Bremse booth are the modular CCB-3 locomotive brake unit and 'CFCB Light' - a new compact freight train braking system designed for applications where weight is crucial.
With its acquisition of the rail transport division of brake pad specialist TMD early in 2016, Knorr-Bremse significantly expanded its friction material portfolio to include not only retrofittable organic LL pads but also low-noise organic pads as original equipment. These and the related services will be on show at InnoTrans, together with other products such as new sintered pads.
With its standardized, modular products, Knorr-Bremse PowerTech is able to offer on-board converters for a wide range of performance categories and vehicle types. The converter technology can also be linked with other Knorr-Bremse products and systems such as iCOM diagnostic software, air compressors or HVAC systems.
Knorr-Bremse RailServices - support during the entire life cycle
The success of the life cycle solutions on offer from Knorr-Bremse RailServices is mainly due to a combination of operating safety, short downtimes and low repair costs. RailServices supports its customers during the entire life of their vehicle, providing them with complete service packages, efficient spare parts logistics and rapid, flexible service using highly-qualified, experienced staff on the ground.
Knorr-Bremse RailServices also offers modernization solutions that can help reduce the total cost of ownership and extend a vehicle's operating life. The Knorr-Bremse engineering team ensures that customer-specific solutions are homologation-ready and all available cross-product synergies are utilized.
Knorr-Bremse adds to its technological lead
The products and services showcased at InnoTrans 2016 are a further demonstration of Knorr-Bremse's global leadership in the field of rail vehicle systems. To make sure it can continue to supply vehicle manufacturers and operators with innovative systems that deliver improved safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, Knorr-Bremse opened a unique new development center in mid-2016. Costing more than EUR 90 million, it represents the biggest single investment in the company's 111-year history.
With a total of 100 test rigs, the building offers optimum conditions for developing and testing new types of braking systems for rail vehicles and trucks. For example the development engineers are currently working on advanced solutions that will make low-wear, precise braking of trains possible whatever their load and whatever the weather conditions. This will enable train frequency to be increased and further improve punctuality.
Knorr-Bremse is the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, with sales totaling almost EUR 6 billion in 2015. In over 30 countries, some 25,000 employees develop, manufacture, and service braking, entrance, control, and energy supply systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems, as well as powertrain and transmission control solutions. As a technology leader, for more than 110 years now, through its products the company has been making a decisive contribution to greater safety by road and rail. Every day, more than one billion people around the world put their trust in systems made by Knorr-Bremse.