Thinking ahead with HARTING: RFID Improves the Railway Market
Imagine a train and all its important components is identified automatically when a train is approaching the maintenance hall
All over the world, every day, hundreds of trains and trams are carrying millions of people and tonnes of goods. This is everyday business! But have you ever had a closer look at such trains? Have you ever spent a minute thinking of how the equipment is maintained, or how the train position and location system works? Something automatic, for sure. But could you imagine that UHF RFID is more and more important improving this everyday business?
By Olaf Wilmsmeier, Product Manager Software, HARTING IT Software Development
A train is approaching a train service and maintenance centre. Now the clock is ticking, because a train which is in maintenance is not available for customers, and due to this every hour costs a lot of money. There is no need for further discussion: to make sure that a train or a tram is working reliably and safely, regular maintenance intervals are required and mandatory.
Different Components have different maintenance cycles
The different components of a train have different maintenance cycles, needing maintainence by specialised technicians, and of course the maintenance work has to be scheduled to make sure that the train is available in time for its next journey.
Imagine, to speed up this kind of work, a train and all its important components (such as the axles of the train and the wagons) will be identified automatically when a train is approaching the maintenance hall. Because of this, the maintenance crew knows the train configuration exactly and what kind of work needs to be done. In addition, critical parts can inform the technicians or the train driver if they need to be maintained, based on the information of their actual condition. With these benefits, expensive time could be saved, because the technicians can concentrate on the parts of the train which need really to be maintained.
This is not a kind of fiction. With specialised and robust HARTING transponders (IP69K) for instance, different train parts can be uniquely identified. Due to the combination of an excellent knowledge of the railway market and of UHF RFID, individual and specialised solutions can be realized. Reading distances of up to several meters at a train speed of more than 200 km/h can be handled.
Read the complete article at "RFID im Blick" Online. This article is published in the Company + Application Guide 2015 | RFID | Smart Cards | NFC.
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