Conference on advanced technologies in the railway sector

THE WORKSHOP ORGANISED ON THE 14TH OF NOVEMBER  BY IK4-TEKNIKER AND THE SPANISH RAILWAY ASSOCIATION, MAFEX, HAS FEATURED THE COLLOBORATION OF THE SPANISH RAILWAY TECHNOLOGICAL PLATFORM (PTFE), ADIF AND RENFE ALONG WITH COMPANIES OF THE STATURE OF CAF, BOMBARDIER, INGETEAM AND SDEA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS.

During the event, innovation was addressed in the railway sector through the sharing of state-of-the-art technologies in materials engineering, advanced manufacturing, automation and industrial robotics, electronics and predictive maintenance, which offer new opportunities to the railway sector.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Managing General of IK4-Tekniker, Alex Bengoa. Later on, Pedro Fortea, Managing Director of the Spanish Railway Association explained how cooperation is “a key element in innovation and competitive improvement”. After this first part, which included a presentation detailing Tekniker’s capabilities applicable to the railway sector, a tour of the facilities of the Technology Centre was carried out with all attendees such as; Tribology Laboratory, PVD and Solgel Coatings Laboratory, Electronic Laboratory, Industrial and Collaborative Robotics [DEMOS], Industrial Maintenance [DEMOS] and Advanced Manufacturing.

To end the day, the companies Bombardier, CAF, Ingeteam and SDEA Engineering Solutions had the opportunity to unveil their technological developments and applications in the railway sector within the scope of the event.

After the presentation of each of them, it was the turn of Adif, Renfeand the Spanish Railway Technology Platform (PTFE) where they were able to expose their technological strategies in R&D through their needs and challenges and the vision of R&D+i on a national and European level.