Siemens is to pilot a new digital predictive maintenance system with Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) fleet of Series 407 ICE 3 high-speed trains.

Siemens, which manufactured the Velaro D trains operated by DB, will analyse the data gathered by the trains and directly recommend any required maintenance to DB’s engineers.

Siemens will analyse the data at its Mobility Data Services Center in Munich – the first facility of its kind for the rail industry, Siemens believes.

By not only predicting faults but also identifying the cause, DB and Siemens hope to reduce the fleet’s down time and improve reliability. The pilot will run for 12 months.

Jochen Eickholt, chief executive of the Siemens Mobility Division, said: “Siemens offers a digital service, unique in the industry, which makes it possible to precisely align maintenance work with the vehicle’s actual status. With intelligent algorithms and precise analytics, availability is increased.”

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