André Navarri, president of Bombardier Transportation, announced the official international launch of Bombardier ORBITA, a new capability which is designed to redefine predictive maintenance in the rail sector.
Bombardier ORBITA, which is being heralded as "The Future of Maintenance", has been developed by Bombardier with the aim of helping operators to increase fleet utilisation, improve reliability and availability, reduce in-service failures, and ultimately improve the passengers’ overall journey experience.
Navarri launched the product at Bombardier’s official press conference at Innotrans on September 20 in
Advancements in on-board systems and global communications technology have paved the way for ORBITA, as they enable rolling stock to provide ‘real time’ performance-related information directly from the vehicle to the operator or maintainer.
However, as Navarri explained, “Bombardier has taken this capability a stage further with ORBITA, which utilises teams of Control Centre based system experts who interrogate the data, liaise with the depots and cross-reference information from Bombardier’s extensive global fleet database to establish patterns of equipment performance. This enables them to diagnose and identify potential issues before they occur, as well as respond quickly and knowledgeably to in-service faults”.
With Bombardier ORBITA, maintenance activities can be planned and managed proactively, reducing "crisis" responses, improving maintenance scheduling and optimising spares planning.
Bombardier ORBITA is being actively used in a groundbreaking contract with First ScotRail in the
Andy Mellors, engineering director of First ScotRail, said, “We awarded Bombardier a contract to supply technical support and materials for our fleet of Class 170 diesel multiple units (DMUs), and are optimistic that it will deliver improvements in reliability, together with reduced maintenance costs. We were impressed by the value proposition introduced through Bombardier’s ORBITA capability, and are pleased to be involved in this exciting technological development.”
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