Latest Rail News

08.06.17

RSSB unveils ‘self-learning’ underframe inspection system

An innovating system that monitors the underside of trains for faults automatically has been designed using funding from the RSSB Railway Operator Challenge Competition.

The system, called Vehicle Underframe Examination System, or VUES, uses multi-spectral cameras installed at the track side.

With the help of vision algorithms that identify and recall the history of trains passing by, the technology generates data and trends on the rolling stock, like overheating components and changes in appearance.

Information about the faults can then be reported for maintenance teams to investigate and repair before the problems worsen.

VUES is also self-learning, meaning that it can provide focused anomaly identifications as further images and data are gathered.

“Continuous inspection and maintenance of trains can be costly and even with regular checks it is difficult to detect equipment which is faulty, beginning to fail or dislodged,” an RSSB spokesperson said.

“VUES can provide cost savings for train operators in terms of greater life-span of components and benefits include examinations carried out daily, better utilisation of existing stock and increased fleet service life.”

The manufacturer of the product, GOBOTIX, is looking to produce a low-cost demonstrator VUES system ready for market.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here  

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >