Railway EIIR (Engineering, IoT, Industry 4.0 and R&D ) Trends Q-2 2019

How are railway enterprises leveraging R&D service providers? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)

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    Dassault Systèmes will supply Alstom with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate the delivery of 150 tailored trains to its customer, Trenitalia, the Italian national rail operator introducing a new virtual product experience in the rail industry. Alstom is leveraging the high-end 3D visualization applications of the “Virtual Garage” industry solution experience to present realistic virtual models of trains that correspond to Trenitalia’s needs for regional and suburban transport.

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    Accenture has helped Metro de Madrid develop and implement a self-learning AI-based ventilation system that mini­mizes energy costs and emissions and ensures high air quali­ty in metro stations and commuters’ comfort. The artificial intelligence (AI)-based system has enabled Metro de Madrid to reduce its energy costs for ventilation by 25 percent and cut CO2 emissions by 1,800 tons annually.

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    Etteplan and Škoda Transtech have agreed on cooperation concerning the production of technical product documentation of the city of Tampere’s ForCity Smart Artic trams and the Artic trams of the Jokeri Light Rail (Raide-Jokeri) line, which will be built in the Helsinki capital region, Finland. Technical product documentation refers to technical and functional descriptions, spare parts documentation, and maintenance instructions and manuals for products such as trams.

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    Semcon is expanding its cooperation with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).The contract covers a total of around 200 plants ensuring that trains can operate smoothly and safely

How are railway enterprises organizing their R&D? (GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)

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    Bombardier Transportation has installed a Stratasys F900 3D printer at its Hennigsdorf facility, north-west of Berlin. The F900 FDM/FFF printer will be used for the production of tooling, prototyping, and end-use parts for trains and trams. The parts will be included in Bombardier’s manufacturing operations for DACH countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland.

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    A modern railway R&D center was launched in the northern Italian industrial city of Turin by CRRC Tangshan. As the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment, CRRC has already set up R&D centers in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, South Africa and Turkey.

How are railway engineering service providers developing their solutions and capabilities?

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    Ricardo acquires Transport Engineering and expands presence in Australia in railway engineering.

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    Cyient invests in Cylus, a railway cyber security firm based out of Israel!

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    SEGULA Technologies opens its first center in Japan in Yokohama, a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. SEGULA Technologies will deliver a full range of services in Japan, mainly within the Automotive and Rail sectors, covering the full scope of skills from design to manufacturing engineering. The company will collaborate with the biggest players in the automotive industry, especially Japanese and Asian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier1/2 suppliers. Rail companies will also be amongst its main customers.

Railway industry news

Railway resources: consultant/ analyst updates

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    HFS Research: Signal Remains Green for GE Transportation (Link)

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    3D Printing Railway Industry (Link)

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    Roland Berger: Fuel cell and hydrogen trains: An ultra-green revolution for Europe’s railroads (Link)

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