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Meet Senior Decison Makers From

  • Transit Agencies
  • Class 1 Railroads
  • Short Line Railroads
  • American Rail Properties
  • Canadian Rail Properties
  • Latin American Rail Properties
  • European Rail Properties

With The Following Job Titles

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Rolling Stock
  • Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Innovation
  • Asset Management
  • State Of Good Repair
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • High Speed Rail
  • Fleet
  • Systems
  • Shops
  • Revenue Equipment


  •     Rail Car Manufacturers
  •     Rolling Stock Maintenance Services
  •     Equipment Suppliers
  •     CBM Technologies And Services
  •     Sub Contractors
  •     Fleet Management Services
  •     Manufacturers of Wheels, Axels, Gear Boxes, Traction Motors, Bearings
  •     Life-Cycle Extension Technologies
  •     Diagnostic Systems
  •     Data Analytics
  •     Automation Technology
  •     Maintenance Facility Design, Engineering and Construction Companies
  •     Motion And Fluid Control Technology
  •     Analytic Software
  •     Asset Management Services

Agenda - Day Two

Day 2 - Wednesday March 28, 2018

Moving To Condition-Based And Preventative Maintenance Technologies - Showcasing Results, Trends And Railroad Information And Data - Measuring The Impact On The Operational Performance Of Their Programs And Cost Savings Achieved

08:30 Coffee and Re-registration

09:00 Interpreting the Practicalities of the Federal Ruling On Asset Maintenance and Life

Operators looking to utilise CBM technology to extend inspection intervals and alter time periods between maintenance routines will need to know if FTA guidelines are flexible in some cases. There are thousands of dollars that can be saved across an assets' lifetime, but what are the rulings of the FTA (or FRA) on maintenance and what are the logistics of working together to meet federal guidelines as well as utilising the new available technologies?

  • How are partnerships with FTA to extend maintenance and age intervals for rolling stock operations working in practice?
  • What are the cost benefits of this?
  • Latest update on Map 21 on keeping assets in good repair
  • Federal funding update - are transit agencies obtaining approvals for funding requests and will they continue to receive FRA funding?

09:40 Questions & Discussion

09:45 Optimizing Rail Operations, Safety and Maintenance With Real-Time Data

  • Safety: The shift from post-mortem incident investigation to accident prevention using real-time data
  • Operations: The importance of on-time service performance and service optimization (e.g. capacity, comfort)
  • Maintenance: Striving for highest availability and cost-efficiency using predictive maintenance
  • Connectivity: The need for a powerful all-in-one connectivity-solution
  • Digital Service Platform: Data Analytics for a maximum asset performance
  • Using Smart Analytics and Smart Prediction to realize highest availability for Mobility Services
  • Secure data transmission from sensor to central data storage
  • Turn data into value to enable Digital Services solutions (Smart Monitoring, Smart Data Analysis, Smart Prediction)
  • Overview of successful examples regarding 100% system availability
  • New Business Models to fulfill highest availability and customer satisfaction

Johannes Emmelheinz, CEO, Mobility Customer Services Siemens

10:25 Questions & Discussion

10:30 Networking Refreshment Break


If agencies are moving towards more predictive or CBM technologies, what systems or components are the most critical to them? What do they actually need to monitor, and how is this working in practice?

11:00 The Current And Future State Of Wayside Diagnostic Monitoring As A Tool For Condition Based Maintenance
Wayside train monitoring systems are designed to measure and monitor the condition and performance of railcar components. Automated analysis of component condition data can identify faults before failures occur, allowing maintenance to be completed with minimum impact on services. This decreases in-service failures and enables efficient planning of preemptive maintenance, maximizes component usage, reduces maintenance and materials costs and improves safety. This presentation will use examples of customer success to demonstrate to benefits of wayside condition monitoring today and look at the huge potential of the future of this technology.

Lee Braybrooke, Director of Marketing, Trimble Rail

11:20 WHEELS: Assessing the Evolution and Performance of Predictive Maintenance Technologies For Holistic Wheel Inspection (Tread and Flange)

  • Describing the evolution of devices that are available for in-wheel brake inspection (e.g. devices that use sound and noise emissions/optic systems using cameras and lasers to verify defects in the wheel profile
  • What technologies are available in the market and how they are performing?
  • What level of measurement and accuracy do they allow?
  • Impact of track train dynamics and the behaviour of rolling stock on the track under different conditions, different actual loads with profile etc.

12:00 Real World Application of Self-Powered, Onboard Wireless Condition Based Monitoring - New York City Transit (NYCT) Case Study

This presentation will cover the application and benefits of the utilization of Perpetuum's energy harvester powered condition based monitoring solutions on the NYCT #7 R188 trains, Flushing Meadows Line after 1 years use.

Highlighted will be the results, actions and benefits from real-time onboard monitoring of Wheel Health (WHI), Bearing Health (BHI) and Track Health (THI), with a more in depth look at an example of the benefits realized from Track Health monitoring.

The presentation will also review additional measurement modules now available which include Gearbox and Traction Motor Health (GHI / MHI) and Rough Ride (RRI) which is a measure of comfort passenger experience as a result of in motion car body dynamics.

Keith Abate, Sr. Director Business Development, Perpetuum Rail

12:25 Questions & Discussion

12:30 Lunch in the Networking Exhibition Area


13:30 Implementing a Change Management Strategy to Embed CBM Processes and Ensure Workforce Buy-In
Introduction of CBM can yield a great competitive advantage for any operator, but the industry can be resistant to change. What are the most effective methods for driving change from the bottom up?

  • Identify the advantages of predictive maintenance to demonstrate its tangible benefits
  • Implement a communication strategy to break down the workforce's barriers to change
  • Embed changes in process and effectively transfer knowledge to ensure a motivated and competent workforce

Wan Jui-Lee, Data Scientist, Dutch Railways

14:10 Questions & Discussion


Maintenance Case Study - Axle And Bogies

14:15 How European Operators Are Benefiting From Actionable Information When Planning Bogie Maintenance And What Lessons Can Be Applied To Operators In USA?

Bogie maintenance is a strong cost driver for railway operators where one maintenance stop costs several thousands of dollars. At the same time, statistics show that 90% of railway wheel bearings could have run longer between maintenance than they do today. But as bearings are safety critical components, operators cannot take the risk of failure and extend maintenance interval without the approval from the bearing manufacturer. To understand bearing damages through vibration analysis requires reliable, well proven algorithms. Several European railway operators are today using SKF Insight Rail as the way to reduce maintenance cost. It helps to avoid unplanned stops and at the same time supports reliable extension of bearing maintenance intervals. This presentation will discuss:

  • The importance of correct, actionable information
  • Open system architectures allowing integration of different monitoring system
  • Cost savings enabled through efficient maintenance planning
  • Flexible financial models as a way to reduce entry barriers to new technology

Maurizio Giovannelli, Business Development Manager, SKF Insight Rail

14:45 Questions & Discussion

14:50 BRAKING: Assessing the Advances in Technology and Maintenance Savings Achieved

  • Simplifying and creating more user-friendly repulsion systems
  • Changes to air valve systems - studies from brake companies that are working with the FRA to be approved for extensions of their air inspections
  • Possible use of using wheel-less air compressors on fleets - weighing up the costs of investing in these technologies and understanding their safety and effectiveness in not breaking down
  • What maintenance would be able to be saved?
  • What mechanical challenges are posed as we transition to more software, computer-driven analytical parts?

15:10 Questions & Discussion

15:15 Networking Refreshment Break

15:45 Maintenance Case Study - Traction Motors

  • Extending the life cycle of the traction motor to reduce rebuild and overhaul
  • How is data being analysed internally when traction motors are brought in for scheduled maintenance?
  • Can effective usage of data enable you to bring them in less often and avoid a complete tear them down and overhaul/ rebuild?

John Calkins, System Development Engineer, TE Connectivity

16:05 Questions & Discussion

16:10 Information Sharing Panel for Rail Operators and Technology Suppliers

  • Identifying the maintenance priorities of operators in light, heavy and commuter rail
  • Where would operators like efficiencies to be made?
  • What are some of their biggest concerns and what systems actually need fixing?
  • What other new equipment are suppliers proposing and assessing the reliability of this equipment - what impact will this have on maintenance costs and operational performance?
  • How can systems be monitored best to improve service levels and passenger comfort?

16:30 Chairs Conclusion and Close of Conference

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