REDUCE DOWNTIME

REDUCE
DOWNTIME

Anticipate breakdowns and avoid unnecessary stops in service thanks to an integral knowledge of your units.

STREAMLINE RESOURCES

STREAMLINE RESOURCES

Do not invest excessive resources in rudimentary tasks that a monitoring system can perform automatically.

ADDED-VALUE INFORMATION

ADDED-VALUE INFORMATION

Do not settle for the usual information, increase the knowledge about your rolling stock without excessive expenses and find a way to optimize its use.

WHY POINT-HEATING MONITORING?

smart motors® solution offers the possibility to remotely switch on/off a point-heating, based on manual activation or triggered by bad weather conditions. Also it identifies undetected breakdowns during inactivity periods which can block future operation.

Periods of Heating use are linked to weather conditions and uncertain. In addition, there is a lack of a centralised control because nowadays is done mostly on-field. This situation increases bad praxis risk, for example, when they are left switched on longer than required, increasing energy expenditure noticeably.

This solution becomes interesting when the use of a centralised, autonomous and remote control is imposed.

WHY BREAKDOWNS HAPPEN ON POINT HEATING SYSTEMS?

Point machine Heating systems seriously influences the availability of the point machines during winter periods, and therefore they are crucial to ensure the rail service.

Several constraints jeopardize the condition of point machine Heating systems.

The intermittent use generates large risk of breakdown. Often, during large inactivity periods harsh weather condition or other causes deteriorate wires and resistances and makes it difficult to ensure its availability when required.

Furthermore, the restricted possibilities to know the real condition remotely, because revisions have to be done on tracks during non-circulation hours, make these elements expensive to maintain.

smart motors® provide a solution to monitor and control the point machine heaters from any location and ensure their proper operation the next time that they are suddenly needed.

Functionalities of the system

Its design responds specifically to their current limitations, making it possible to control them remotely or program them to turn on/off. Other possibilities are:

  • Remote control (turn on/off)
  • Option to program inactivity after a certain use period
  • Remote condition monitoring
  • Test functionality to ensure a correct status after inactivity periods
  • Current consumption alarms
  • Last activity and historical data
  • Events tracking
  • User access tracking

WHY POINT HEATINGS ARE DIFFICULT TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN?

SEVERAL CONSTRAINTS JEOPARDIZE POINT HEATING CONDITIONS

Point machine Heating systems seriously influences the availability of the point machines during winter periods, and therefore they are crucial to ensure the rail service.

There are several constraints that jeopardize their condition. For example, their intermittent use brings large inactivity periods. In those periods, the risk of deterioration of internal mechanisms is high, compromising their availability.

In addition, the lack of a centralised system, requires on-field solution-solving, often in bad weather conditions, which make these elements complex and expensive to maintain.

CONTROL POINT HEATING SYSTEMS FROM A CENTRALISED PLATFORM

Digitalization and new IoT solutions give several opportunities to improve the conditions in which point heatings are operated and maintain: remote control, automatic response to weather conditions, status autotest, operation and maintenance alarms…

The concept of a overall Digitalization platform with all the different assets that are manage by the Signalling department with centralised information and the use of sensors to provide an immediate response give a new approach to Heating of point machines.

FUNCTIONALITIES

In response to the above-mentioned improvements and aligned with the approach of a Digitalization platform for different type of systems, directly oriented to improve conditions on operation and maintenance, streamline processes and reduce low profitability task, smart motors® proposes a new Smart Point-heating systems.

A smart Point-heating system has to offer functionalities for both, control and condition monitoring, as follows:

CONTROL

CONTROL

  • Remote manual control (turn on/off)
  • Automatic control according to the current temperature
  • Option to program inactivity after a certain use period

CONDITION MONITORING

CONDITION MONITORING

  • Test functionality to ensure a correct status after inactivity periods
  • Current consumption alarms
  • Last activity and historical data
  • Events tracking

SMART POINT-HEATING INSTALLATION

  • Simple to install and maintain, the solution consists of a cabinet indoor or outdoor.
  • The solution is designed in collaboration with Weidmüller, a company with a solid reputation in Industrial Connectivity and IoT solutions.
  • Accomplishing all the certifications required to be connected to a point machine Heating system.

BENEFITS OF POINT HEATING MONITORING BY SMART MOTORS®

Compatible with installed Heating systems

There is no need to change the previous system

ADAPTABLE TO ANY PROJECT DIMENSION

Costs decrease sensibly when controlling 2 or more heaters in the same cabinet.

A Unique platform for the whole network

The user can access in the same application to all their network of point heatings monitored.

Simple and fast installation

Located indoor or outdoor, its design can be easily adapted to preexisting requirements.

Safe heating operation

Accomplishing all environmental, electromagnetism and electrical security certifications.

Highest level of reliability

Even under extreme operating and environmental conditions, with ice or snow.

Want to know more?

If you wish to obtain more info about Smart Point Heating, request it in the following link

HOW WE WORK

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT METHOD

Digital Train® constantly increases its functionalities. Thanks to the tight collaboration between smart motors® and our customers, new ideas and the improvements are continuously proposed and shared among all the users.

+10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE RAILWAY SECTOR

Thanks to our background working for the railway sector, starting in 2006, Digital Train® is a reporting tool that truly provides added value information to the operator.

AGILE METHODOLOGY

At smart motors®, we have experience in managing complex projects on large institutions. We use an approach based on the Agile methodology that has already shown benefits in many costumers.

BIG DATA AND PREDICTIVE ALGORYTHMS

We have experience in the collection and processing of large volumes of data in different railway assets. We apply Big Data and breakdown prediction algorithms to streamline the maintenance of assets.