VTG uses Brake Monitoring System on its wagons

VTG Rail Europe embraces innovation in transportation through a new collaboration with Siemens Mobility. The logistics company will start using the Brake Monitoring System (BMS) in a test period that will last for a year, following the contract signed with Siemens. Proving the system’s operational capability is one of the primary purposes of the new deal.

The BMS applies automatic braking tests in each train wagon individually, saving considerable time and effort compared to manual testing. Consequently, it is estimated that if the testing period results in success, the system could have European-wide market potential. “The Break Monitoring System, developed by Siemens Mobility, is a crucial step towards a further automated and digitalised freight railway”, said Anne Fischer, Head of Rail Automation Products, Siemens Mobility.

BMS characteristics

The BMS is considered a top-shelf option when it comes to braking safety checks. Providing data for the wagon’s both sides, automated reporting of complete wagon-status and live updates of wagon settings in the locomotive, it truly is a state-of-the-art solution.

BMS also improves overall security, allowing for detailed visualisation of incorrect settings, tightened hand brakes or other problems with wagon components upon inspection by the wagon inspector and directly before the departure.

VTG developed the first ideas for BMS back in 2016. By 2019 the system had already undergone enough test and upgrades to be almost fully operational. This testing round will prove that the technology is ready to use in freight transport, with many benefits. “With the implementation of the Brake Monitoring System, the network capacity can be used more efficiently, train staff will benefit from the reduced workload, and overall safety will be enhanced”, said Dr Hanno Schell, Head of Technical Innovations at VTG.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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