Some mafex members with technological achievements

Alstom, TrainScanner, the predictive maintenance solution that optimizes the evaluation of the train equipment

Innovation and the development of sustainable mobility solutions are two fundamental pillars of Alstom Spain’s activity. The company has four international reference innovation centers in our country to develop solutions and new technologies in signaling, manufacturing, ergonomics, maintenance, safety, and digital mobility.

Among the projects developed by Alstom Spain’s R&D teams, TrainScanner, a predictive maintenance solution that provides a continuous assessment of rolling stock’s technical conditions. Thanks to digital data analysis, it identifies the optimal time to replace a component. The technology, present in cities such as Warsaw, Manchester, Oxley, and in the PKP (Poland) and NTV (Italy) fleets, is particularly suitable for large fleets in different locations that require a high level of service.

Alstom, the system to measure train energy consumption and optimize costs

Among the technological developments carried out from Alstom Spain’s innovation centers is the measuring equipment for the control of train energy consumption (EMS -Energy Measurement System-), which have been supplied to both national and international operators.

This equipment allows continuous recording of energy consumption, with real-time data exchange between rolling stock and workshops, to avoid thousands of tons of carbon dioxide per year.

This onboard energy measurement system aims to provide reports that enable railway operators to improve their rolling stock’s energy efficiency and performance and reduce operating costs during commercial service.

ArcelorMittal, permanent evolution in the rail sector

With the permanent evolution in the rail sector, ArcelorMittal has reinforced the improvement of its product range through the development of new types of rails, the optimization of its manufacturing process and its welding techniques. The need for fast and reliable transport has encouraged R&D in this sector, making it possible to overcome challenges unimaginable a few years ago.

A welding pilot plant, the advanced testing and In-use properties testing systems (twin-disk & real size rolling contact fatigue bench), as well as the developments of wireless sensors for track monitoring are some examples of the solutions that ArcelorMittal’s R&D is developing through open innovation in collaboration with a network of universities, technology centers and companies from railway sector.

Ardanuy, Technological Improvements in Railways

Ardanuy commits a great deal of both its material and human resources to promoting R&D. The company is an active participant in the EU’s Shift2Rail programme whose aim is to expedite the integration of new and advanced technologies, thus providing avant-garde solutions for different railway products. Some of the main projects the company is working on are ETALON (energy storage for signalling and communication systems) and ASTRail (improvement of signalling and automation technologies).

Furthermore, Ardanuy is also a member of other EU projects, for example the Mistral project (preparation of the technical specification of the future communication system), OPTIMA (design of a communication platform) and 4SECURail (collaborative tools to coordinate a joint-European response in the face of a cybersecurity attack).

CAF develops an on-board vehicle system for track monitoring based on digital twin

 

The new system seeks to determine the state of the track through sensors installed in the vehicle during its normal operation. This is based on a physical model of the track that allows predicting the behavior of the vehicle in the face of various types of defects (corrugation, breaks, etc.) and automatic learning techniques (Machine Learning) to extract patterns for the automatic identification of defects and their magnitude.

The signal recorded by the sensors is divided into small sections. Advanced signal analysis techniques allow the extraction of patterns in each of them that are compared with results of a Digital Twin obtained under different types of defect. This comparison, performed with machine learning techniques, establishes the current condition of the track. Subsequently, a suitable visualization is generated that allows the maintenance provider to quickly determine which the most problematic track sections are and to establish a maintenance schedule.

CETEST commitment to R&D

 

R&D activities make up a fundamental pillar for CETEST to keep up-to-date in the field of instrumentation and measurement. In this line, CETEST participates in projects within Shift2Rail such as PINTA, PIVOT y CONNECTA.

PINTA aims at improving and evolving railway traction by means of new technologies. CETEST participates in the investigation of the impact of these new technologies on the behavior and interaction with the vehicle, as well as in the development of new virtual validation tools.

PIVOTis aimed at improving different key railway subsystems to improve their reliability, availability, capacity and performance. CETEST participates in the research and development of new on-board monitoring solutions to provide railway vehicles with tools for making maintenance decisions, both for the vehicle and the infrastructure.

Finally, CONNECTA is oriented towards the evolution of the TCMS system. CETEST participates in the virtual validation solutions for the different developments in the different phases of their life cycle.

IDOM,

Catenary-free trams, shaping the urban fabric

 

Catenary-free trams are ever more evident in the urban environment. This type of transport system can be more intrinsically inserted into the city, with low visual impact, and greater flexibility when it comes to design.

IDOM has designed the tram project for the city of Cuenca (Ecuador), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Catenary-free technologies have been used to preserve the architectural heritage of the city. Hybrid systems have been implemented in Spain, in Seville or Zaragoza, inserting them in urban centers, areas with limited space and green areas.

Another advantage of this type of tram is the savings in energy consumption, thanks to the electrical supply systems mounted on the ground. These allow energy from the storage device on the vehicle to be charged or discharged, while also using energy from regenerative braking. All in all, turning them into transport systems which are ever more sustainable and resilient.

IDOM, Nevomo, the next generation of a mass rapid transport system

Nevomo (before Hyper Poland) is a pioneer company in the implementation of magrail technology that combines existing railway infrastructure with magnetic levitation, enabling gradual implementation of hyperloop. IDOM support the Polish Company to implement the next generation of a sustainable long-distance mass rapid transport system using existing railway superstructure.

IDOM collaborates with its rich, global experience in designing high-speed rail systems, traffic research and business analysis. “IDOM participates in many projects that may potentially become the technology of the future. That’s why this project has drawn our attention. It shows potential to implement magnetic levitation, keeping the current rail superstructurepoints out Marcin Warda, IDOM Country Manager for Poland.

Indra drives solutions that exploit IoT and wireless communications

In projects such as SCOTT or X2RAIL-2, 3 and 4, within the Shitf2Rail program, Indra is working on innovative solutions based on secure wireless communication that interconnect devices installed in the infrastructure and trains with control centers and cloud platforms. They make it possible to reduce the safety distance between trains and their virtual coupling, thus increasing frequency, infrastructure capacity and competitiveness, or even Automatic Train Operation, also known as autonomous train.

These wireless communication networks facilitate coverage in areas where there is no previous network infrastructure and intelligent maintenance. They will also allow existing infrastructures, with their own technological legacies, to accommodate the safest and most advanced systems, such as ERTMS, without the need for substantial investment.

Indra develops new solutions that advance towards intermodality

A more sustainable mobility requires progress in the digitization of passenger services and a multimodal vision based on the integration of transport, traffic, infrastructure and logistics data. Indra materializes this “Mobility as a Service” vision through its integrating platform, In-Mova Space, and the Travel Partner travel companion application.

In the freight sector, Indra has developed an artificial intelligence-based railway gantry in the FR8hub project, which automates and speeds up document management and control of wagons and cargo by hours, even days, as well as eliminating costly errors due to current manual procedures. Together with the SIMPLE project for the digitalization of logistics, which is being developed by Indra and Minsait, this could represent a qualitative leap in the sector in Spain.

Ingeteam high power converters for high speed vehicles

For every topology and configuration, INGETRAC are comprised of all necessary elements to be fully operational, according to customer´s requirements and with the capacity to work on exigeant operational conditions. INGETRAC offers high availability, minimum weight and space and ease maintenance activities. INGETEAM has developed traction converters for different High Speed projects.

Thanks to its know-how and capacities, INGETEAM can develop and also supply the complete traction system. The system tests carried on our own facilities will allow to simulate the operation conditions and will ease the assembly operations. Because of its success, it is worth to underline the HS vehicles that operates the Tahkent-Samarkanda route in Uzbekistan, since 2011, which include High Power INGETRAC converters.

SENER continues to offer new solutions in the railway market

SENER, in line with the innovative and technological development trajectory of its 65 years of history, continues to offer new solutions in the railway market, framed largely in the process of digital and sustainable transformation of the sector.

Among its most recent developments are the artificial intelligence system for ventilation management RESPIRA©, in operation in the Barcelona Metro, the ACROT system for controlling operating risks in tunnel boring machines, the BIM integration solutions in operation and maintenance and digital twins, the structure monitoring and management system implemented in the Toluca – Mexico City line, or the innovative technology for green hydrogen generation through autothermal high-pressure reforming of bioalcohols.

Siemens Mobility, commitment to innovation

Siemens Mobility, in its commitment to innovation, has developed a new Control Centre, R9Kloud, which arises from the need to digitize and modernize the existing Controlguide Rail9000. R9Kloud will offer an on-demand, cloud-based digital signaling microservices model that will eliminate hardware and maintenance of current railway facilities.

Furthermore, in collaboration with Siemens Mobility Germany and after a demanding approval process, the company has carried out the first release of the new DS3 vital platform. This is a major step in digitalization, as this is the first interlocking based on commercial hardware and operating system put into service by the company.

In addition, Siemens Mobility has recently developed a new ATO track system for efficient and high-precision train driving. This system has been redesigned to use a more generic technology that is more robust against obsolescence, while also reducing its volume. Initial on-track tests have shown that it is fully compatible with trains already equipped with the on-board ATO system.

Stadler´s new generation of Co’Co’ locomotives for the rail freight transport

The new high-performance EURO locomotives of Stadler Valencia have been designed to boost rail freight transport in Europe by making it more profitable and competitive as well as greener and safer.

They are the most powerful locomotives and the ones with the highest hauling capability on the European market. They allow to carry longer and heavier trains with a single locomotive, which means savings in operating costs and an increase in payload. In addition, they are efficient and reliable and incorporate the latest advances in remote location and diagnosis systems to advance in preventive maintenance.

It is worth highlighting the EURODUAL locomotive that is used in freight services combining both traction modes: electric and diesel. The versatile machines can run on electrified lines but they are also powered by an engine rated at 2800 kW to run on non-electrified lines. Since its approval in Germany in February 2020, several German operators have chosen this locomotive for its competitive advantages. More than 50 units are already running in this country. Furthermore, EURODUAL operates in France and Scandinavia.

For narrow gauge and low-axle load rail networks, Stadler Valencia has developed the SALi locomotive platform. With an ultra-light-weight design and state-of-the-art technology, it successfully faces the challenges entailed in operating on narrow-gauge networks, combining a high-power output with reduced fuel consumption. To highlight are the locomotives that FCA operates at 5,000 m altitude in Bolivia or those that will soon be supplied to the Taiwan Railways Administration or to Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Stadler Valencia supplies locomotives at the forefront of technology that cover any transport need efficiently and reliably, offering railway operators numerous economic and ecological benefits.

Teltronic, Broadband communications to improve safety and efficiency of rail operation

There is an increasing demand in the transport sector for applications requiring high data rates, thus it needs broadband communication systems which enhance both management and safety as well as the quality of service for passengers. Teltronic’s LTE solution is designed to meet the requirements of applications such as voice dispatching, real-time video surveillance or railway signaling applications (CBTC, PTC, FRMCS…), as well as being IoT ready which will transform passenger experience, operational efficiency and maintenance tasks.

Teltronic offers a complete solution including the infrastructure, integrated command & control centre and its cutting edge RTP-800 onboard radio, which has already proven its efficiency boosting security and services in transport systems.