Railway systems are characterized by large, long term investments and fast paced operational environments.
Whether it’s mass transit or freight, rail transport relies heavily on successful operations. Needless to say is punctuality critical in a system where everything from train paths to dwell times at platforms, is carefully planned with the operation of the total network in mind. Being on time is a vital part of the service quality, and lack of punctuality can be costly, not only for the customers and the operator, but also for the other operators sharing the railway infrastructure. >What does it take to be on time, and how can it be achieved with cost efficiency? It takes reliability and availability in rolling stock, infrastructure and supporting systems, a great deal of planning, and cost awareness and control. Having the proper tools and methods in place to balance the RAM (Reliability Availability Maintainability) properties of your fleet and its support system against Life Cycle Cost (LCC) is key for long term success. To reach cost effectiveness, you need to:
- optimize spare part inventories and supply solutions
- analyze LCC and find cost effective alternatives
- quantify maintenance needs and dimension maintenance facilities such as depots and workshops accordingly
- simulate traffic and evaluate your support system design